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13 Great Last-Minute Mountain Escapes

Reader's Digest Logo By Gwen Pratesi of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 14: Celebrate the last days of summer with an escape to higher elevations. These 13 mountain destinations offer cooler temperatures, outdoor adventure, relaxation, extraordinary beauty, and wide-open spaces. With their small-town vibe, historic districts, dynamic arts and culture, and/or proximity to national parks and forests, each of these resort towns and resorts offer a unique experience. Many also have outstanding culinary and beverage scenes. Depending on when and where you want to go, you might even be able to hit the ski slopes for a late summer/early fall run down the mountain. From ranch-style resorts in the west to college towns in the Midwest or an eclectic, artsy destination in the South, you're sure to find the perfect escape to end your summer vacation.

Head to the mountains

Celebrate the last days of summer with an escape to higher elevations. These 13 mountain destinations offer cooler temperatures, outdoor adventure, relaxation, extraordinary beauty, and wide-open spaces. With their small-town vibe, historic districts, dynamic arts and culture, and/or proximity to national parks and forests, each of these resort towns and resorts offer a unique experience. Many also have outstanding culinary and beverage scenes. Depending on when and where you want to go, you might even be able to hit the ski slopes for a late summer/early fall run down the mountain. From ranch-style resorts in the west to college towns in the Midwest or an eclectic, artsy destination in the South, you're sure to find the perfect escape to end your summer vacation.

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