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    Nelson, photo by waferboard

    In many countries this is the hottest summer in a long time, so it’s no surprise that people are flocking to the mountains and any other place where the temperature is slightly lower than in the plains. While many people try to cool off at the beach or a poolside, if you want to bask in fresh and cool air, you should head to the mountains.

    There are plenty of resort towns in mountainous areas where you can breathe in the refreshing air and stop worrying all the time about sunburn and heat strokes. So if you want to spend some time in a heat-free haven, here are the top 5 cool mountain towns for summer where you can hide in the shade, hike, paddle, or bike.

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    Crested Butte, Colorado

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    Crested Butte is already a legend among hardened hikers and bikers, who just love the feel of adventure that the wild, green landscape provides. If you are not much into sports than you will also love long walks and maybe some nice picnics.

    Fortunately, the town hasn’t lost its authenticity like others of its kind, and the locals still go about their lives without paying more mind than necessary to tourists. No brand shops and tourist traps, just authentic living.

    Moab, Utah

    People who want to get some mountain biking done in a beautiful mountain scenery will love Moab, which has some pretty exciting trails like Pocupine Rim and Slickrock Trail, but if you just want to enjoy the shade of the great mountains of La Sal and the lush greenness of the national parks, you will love Moab anyway.

    Taos, New Mexico

    photo by Phillip Capper

    The New Mexican Taos is fairly unusual as far as the usual mountain towns go: the desert of New Mexico meets alpine mountains in an eclectic mix of all things Native American, Hispanic and even a pinch of New Age mellowness.

    There’s an art colony in Taos for the artistically inclined, historical attractions in the Taos Pueblo Native American village and much more. Visit the small town and get to know more about Native American culture and feel the ancient atmosphere.

    Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

    Nelson is not overly large, pretty quiet but never boring and very scenic, and also a great base for exploring the nearby natural attractions such as the Kootenay Lake or Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. The Canadian Rockies and the Bugababoos are also withing driving distance.

    Bozeman, Montana

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    Bozeman is a scenic little town located near the even more scenic Yellowstone National Park, and filled to the brim with museums and galleries. As a university town, there are plenty of cultural activities in town and a pretty lively nightlife too, but the cherry on the cake are the many great hiking trails round Bozeman.

    There are lots of young people in the town making it a lively small town destinations with lots of things to do all the time. You should also take a one or two day trips to admire the breathtaking sceneries of Yellowstone.

    Truckee, California

    You can find the town old Truckee at a height of 6,000 feet in the middle of Sierra Nevada. Unlike other areas of Lake Tahoe, Truckee is free of slot machines and other gaming related items, instead it has very charmingly conserved its classical wild west atmosphere.

    Not much has changed since its founding in 1863. It still has an operating soda fountain as well as false front shops, attractively old fashioned. August sees lots of events in Truckee: Truckee Championship Rodeo, barrel racing and much more. Charming hotels await you here and if you are lucky you might even see some film shooting as producers like to use the Commenrtial Row instead of building new western sets.

    Sandpoint, Idaho

    Lake Pend Oreille

    Lake Pend Oreille ©Mark Levisay/Flickr

    Located beneath the high peaks of Cabinet and Selkirk, Sandpoint also lies next to the stunning Lake Pend Oreille. In the winter the town is a popular ski destination, but summers are more fun and a lot more exciting.

    The lake has a 111 miles long shore lines and huge fish awaiting for you. You can go fishing as much as you like, you can get into a boat and take a picnic on the lake, long walks on the charming paths and a lot more.

    Book a room at one of the charming hotels of Sandpoint and discover all the area, relax and enjoy the cobalt blue waters of Lake Pend Oreille.

    North Adams, Massachusetts

    Eight years ago the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art moved to North Adams. The event brought the rebirth of the town with it as the place has become the largest center of contemporary art – both performance and visual – in the US.

    In the summer you can come during the amazing Bang on a Can experimental music festival, visit galleries and even more exhibitions than in other seasons, hike or walk on and around the nearby Mount Greylock and a lot more.

    Whitefish, Montana

    Whitefish, Montana

    Whitefish downtown ©Kris McGuire/Flickr

    The Montana town of Whitefish is the perfect destination for those seeking adventure and a high dose of adrenaline. The Flathead River near the town is the perfect place for some rafting parties of different classes, do not forget to have all the necessary equipment for your safety.

    The cold mountain river has got stunning blue and green colors, the water is very clear and ice cold as it is fed by the melting snow of the nearby mountains. It is a great hiking, tracking and camping destination as well.If you prefer to stay in comfort, many cozy lodges and hotels await you in the area as well as the Whitefish Mountain Brewfest in late August yearly.

    Brevard, North Carolina

    Both music lovers and those enjoying the beauties of nature should consider Brevard as a next small town destination. The town is located near Blue Ridge Mountain and is surrounded by as many as 260 waterfalls filling the nearby forests with the music of nature.

    The town itself gives home to daily concerts and musical performances every summer through July and August organized by the Brevard Center institute. The open air concerts in the shadow of the hills and the mountain are an extraordinary experience you will love! You will have lots of accommodation options to choose from: inns, lodges, resorts – whatever you prefer!

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