Travel+Leisure Readers Voted Stowe, VT one of America's Favorite Mountain Towns

Head for the hills: these cool mountain towns beckon with outdoor adventures, festivals, and local color.

From June 2014
By Deb Hopewell

No. 3 Stowe, VT

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Stowe was a summer destination for city dwellers seeking respite from the heat long before it became a skiing destination. And to this day, summer is peak season for this tiny Vermont town beneath the Green Mountains. Readers gave Stowe high red-white-and-blue marks for both its patriotism and its old-fashioned July 4th parade and celebration. It also scored highly for its active and athletic locals—the kind of people who’d appreciate the 5.3-mile hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing trail that threads through town. It crosses the West Branch River 11 times over wooden bridges and past the restaurants and shops lining Mountain Road.

Read the introduction and see the other 19 towns that made the list here.