Xplorie’s Favorite Summer Mountain Destinations

August 3, 2021

Escape the heat and enjoy a cool getaway in the mountains this summer. We all love a sunny beach getaway but there’s something uniquely special about spending time in the beauty and grandeur of mountain peaks and the great outdoors. Scenic mountain passes and wildflower trails leading to waterfalls, natural hot springs, and alpine lakes, charming mountain towns with outdoor patios, markets and music festivals, and miles of alpine surroundings leaving the level of human interaction completely up to you!

Whether you’re looking for a luxury retreat to recoup or exhilarating mountain adventures, America’s top mountain towns offer the best of both worlds with charming accommodations and unlimited activities and attractions for an idyllic summer vacation in the mountains. We’ve chosen our top vacation destinations for a quintessential mountain town experience this summer.


Park City, Utah

Park City offers endless hiking

Park City is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best Mountain Towns in America” and is booming! Nestled in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, Park City offers both world-class outdoor recreation and a historic, old west downtown with award-winning restaurants, galleries, markets and festive summer events. Park City boasts scenic golf courses, rivers for fishing and rafting, over 400 miles of trails, and sandy beaches at nearby Lake Jordanelle. Enjoy an abundance of family-friendly summer activities at Park City Resort, Canyons Village, and Deer Valley, or take a scenic drive to ride the Heber Valley Railroad.

This summer will be a lot more fun than 2020 with many events coming back to life! Park City is once again hosting fun summer events with the Canyons Village Summer Concert Series and Deer Valley Music Festival running throughout the summer, live music, food trucks, and over 200 artists at the Kimball Arts Festival on Main Street and the Tour of Utah for cycling enthusiasts. The Park City Farmer’s Markets is on every Wednesday and the open-air Park Silly Sunday Market with live bands and buskers is not to be missed!

If you haven’t yet booked your summer vacation in the mountains, our Xplorie partners, SkyRun Park City, and StayLuxe are sure to have your idyllic mountain getaway. From contemporary slope-side condos to secluded lakefront retreats, you’re rest assured a memorable summer getaway in Park City.


Angel Fire, New Mexico

Angel Fire is a small mountain village nestled in the Moreno Valley in the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, only 23 miles east of Taos along the Enchanted Circle Scenic Drive. Escape into to the Sangre de Cristos mountains at Angel Fire Resort and the Carson National Forest for an abundance of hiking, biking, and off-road trails to explore, cool off at Monte Verde Lake, rent a SUP or paddleboat, catch a rainbow trout and let the kids explore the bungee and climbing wall. Angel Fire Resort offers endless summer activities with the Chile Express chairlift taking you on a scenic ride to a mountain-top golf course, zipline adventure tour, and award-winning bike park. Take a scenic drive on the Artistic Vistas and Treasures Trail, stopping in Eagles Nest and Black Lake to discover the art culture of New Mexico, tour the wineries and breweries or book an exhilarating whitewater adventure on the Rio Grande.


Go on a whitewater rafting adventure!

Angel Fire Resort recently announced the return of their popular summer events including the Cool Summer Nights Concert Series on Fridays and the Angel Fire Farmers and Artisan Market every Sunday in Frontier Park. Enjoy warm hospitality, local food and art, and a great line-up of southwest rock and country favorites.

Whether you’re in search of a luxurious five-star home for a summer family reunion or a cozy mountain cabin in the woods for a romantic getaway, Resort Properties of Angel Fire offer a diverse selection of vacation rentals across the Village of Angel Fire to ensure an awesome summer vacation in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.


Asheville, North Carolina


Enjoy endless views in Asheville

Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, “America’s Favorite Drive”, soak up spectacular views from the roadside pullouts, explore the trails of Chimney Rock State Park, or chase waterfalls in the Pisgah National Forest. For kid-friendly Asheville activities, book treetop adventures or zipline canopy tours at the Adventure Center of Asheville, or spend the day at America’s largest home, the historic Biltmore Estate with 8,000 acres of Blue Ridge Mountain backyard to explore and endless family fun.

Asheville is a haven for summer festivities and events. Explore the local markets (there are over 17!), sample Southern Appalachian cuisine at the Chow Chow Culinary Event series throughout the summer, and enjoy live music under the stars.

Thursday & Friday is Arbor Evenings at the North Carolina Arboretum, Saturday evening head downtown for a picnic, mountain bluegrass, and impromptu jam sessions at Shindig on the Green.

Our Xplorie partners in Asheville offer a great selection of summer vacation accommodations for every occasion. From luxury lakeside retreats, pet-friendly cabins to private villas near Biltmore Estate, you’ll find the perfect place to stay in Asheville with complimentary activities for each day of your stay and access to some great exclusive offers.

If you’re on the east coast, the charming mountain town of Asheville is the perfect destination for a summer getaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The scenic French Broad River flows through the heart of town, galleries, boutiques, hip sidewalk cafés, rooftop bars, and art deco buildings line the streets and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains boast an abundance of outdoor summer activities for the whole family.

Please note: COVID-19 restrictions are in place and differ from county to county. Due to social distancing limitations, some activities may be temporarily closed or have limited capacity. Plan ahead, make reservations in advance to avoid disappointment, read up on local COVID regulations and guidelines for your destination and ensure social distancing for a safe stay.