With warmer weather on the way, travelers are being coaxed out of hibernation to enjoy the great outdoors. Sandy beaches and swaying palm trees might sound tempting, but consider trading your sandals for hiking boots this summer and plan a trip to the mountains instead.
So where should you go?! We’ve rounded up some of the best spots to rent a FlipKey home, breathe in fresh air, and enjoy sunshine away from the beach. Best known for winter sports, in the summer the charming mountains towns on our list offer action-packed activities, welcoming locals, and a fun-filled atmosphere during the off-season.
“Our favorite part after going on adventures during the day was to retreat back to the chalet and sit around the fire pit as a family and enjoy the beauty of Cathedral Ledge right from our backyard.” – FlipKey Traveler
Known as the home of Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway is a popular place to visit when summer rolls around. Situated in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, this town boasts majestic mountains and trickling streams that instill an instant appreciation for Mother Nature. Must-dos include following the Black Cap Hiking Trail past fields of flowers, summiting Mt. Washington, and driving along the Kancamagus Highway. Whether you choose to fill your days rock climbing and hiking or shopping and strolling, there’s never a dull moment during a North Conway summer.
Eat: Delaney’s | 2966 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH 03860
Play: Mystery NH | 32 Mountain Valley Boulevard, North Conway, NH, USA 03860
See: Tuckerman Brewing Company | 66 Hobbs St Conway, New Hampshire, NH 03818
“We did it all! Went to Glacier National Park, enjoyed Big Mountain, toured the town and relaxed in the hot tub!” – FlipKey Traveler
Considered the gateway to Glacier National Park, Whitefish is a small town with big adventures. Soar above the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Resort on a zip line tour or maneuver from tree to tree at the resort’s obstacle course. Ready to relax? Soak up the beauty of the surrounding Rocky Mountains while sitting on your vacation rental’s back deck. Nature lover or extreme sports enthusiast, spectacular summer activities abound in Whitefish.
Eat: The Buffalo Cafe | 514 3rd St, Whitefish, MT 59937
Play: Whitefish Bike Retreat | 855 Beaver Lake Rd, Whitefish, MT 59937
See: Flyboard of Montana | Lakeside Blvd, Whitefish, MT 59937
“We always seem to have the perfect mix of activities and quiet times, and we come away from our vacation with renewed energy.” – FlipKey Traveler
It’s no surprise that visitors continue to fall in love with Mount Shasta long after the snow has melted. Situated at the end of the Cascade Range, the city’s namesake volcano is the main draw. Mount Shasta’s spectacular hiking trails are a delight, whether you have just 15 minutes or a whole day to explore them—keep an eye out to glimpse the local wildlife and admire the unique volcanic rocks. Prefer something more laid-back? Cast your fishing line into the clear waters of the high mountain lakes for the ultimate peaceful day in Northern California.
Eat: Black Bear Diner | 401 W. Lake St, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
Play: Alpen Cellars | 2000 E Fork Rd, Trinity Center, CA 96091
See: Turtle Bay Exploration | 844 Sundial Bridge Dr, Redding, CA 96001
“A perfect base to either hunker down and read around the wood burning stove or use as a base to explore the nearby hiking or the quaint town of Stowe.” – FlipKey Traveler
During the summer, the snowy-white mountains of Stowe turn a brilliant green and the area buzzes with life. This classic New England resort town is home to premier golf courses, scenic hiking trails, and endless adventures. Make the trek to the top of Mt. Mansfield—Vermont’s highest peak—for panoramic Green Mountain views. The region’s warm summer days provide ample opportunities to explore, while cool evenings allow for time gathered around a bonfire in the comfort of your FlipKey rental.
Eat: Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge | 1899 Mountain Rd, Stowe, Vermont, VT 05672
Play: ArborTrek Canopy Adventures | 1239 Edward Rd, Jeffersonville, VT 05464
See: Idletyme Brewing Company | 1859 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
Stay: See all rentals in Stowe
“Our extended family had a wonderful week viewing the nearby mountains through a frame of golden aspen trees.” – FlipKey Traveler
Adventure never goes out of season in Sun Valley. With its striking setting and abundance of outdoor recreation activities, this mountain town in Central Idaho is ideal for a summer escape. Climb aboard a gondola and ride to the top of Bald Mountain for unparalleled views of the Rockies, or brave the rapids of the Salmon River on a guided rafting tour. Want everything at your fingertips? Book a condo rental near Sun Valley Resort and you’ll be where most of the action takes place.
Eat: Despo’s Mexican Restaurant | 211 Fourth St, Ketchum, ID 83340
Play: Zenergy Health Club and Spa | 245 Raven Rd, Ketchum, ID 83340
See: Sawtooth Brewery | 631 Warm Springs Rd, Ketchum, ID 83340
“Perfect place for a relaxing and FUN mountain getaway.” – FlipKey Traveler
Home of Winter Park Resort, this winter-playground-turned- summer-adventure-park has a lot to offer outdoor enthusiasts once the snow disappears. Make yourself at home in a cozy Winter Park cabin rental then head out to tackle the varied mountain terrain on foot or via bicycle. When you’re not enjoying breathtaking views from the top of the mountain, join a horseback riding tour or take your summer vacay to new heights on a hot air balloon ride. Don’t wait until winter returns to visit this charming mountain town!
Eat: The Ditch on 40 | 78941 US-40, Winter Park, CO 80482
Play: Mad Adventures | 78941 US-40, Winter Park, CO 80482
See: Grand Adventure Balloon Tours | 220 County Rd 522, Fraser, CO 80442