BBC.CNN WORLD NEWS

Monday, October 31, 2011

10 Great Mountain Towns

By Jamie Moore (Yahoo Travel)

Lucerne, Switzerland

This picturesque Swiss Alps city is like a model-train set come to life. Medieval-style homes and shops with flower boxes line cobblestoned streets. The wooden 14th-century Chapel Bridge (Kapllbrücke) spans the Reuss River flowing through the town's crystal-clear Lake Lucerne. And in the backdrop, little red cog railway cars climb the steep Mt. Pilatus.

Do: Take the cog railway up to Mt. Pilatus for lunch or for a hike at what feels like the top of the world. There are also high ropes courses, zip-lines, tubing slides, and summer toboggan runs here. Return by train and boat or by gondola and bus to the historic Old Town, a pedestrian-only shopping area where you can stroll narrow, winding streets to the Hermès shop. Splurge at Max Chocolatier, or save by hitting the impressive chocolate aisle at a local grocery store.


Riobamba, Ecuador

Like many cities in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Riobamba lives in the shadow of a sleeping giant. Clouds wisp at the tip of the inactive Chimborazo volcano, Ecuador's highest point, while native llama, alpaca, and vicuña graze in the protected habitat below. You'll see why some call Riobamba the Sultan of the Andes when you explore the colonial city center's cathedrals and museums.

Do: Shop for handicrafts at the Saturday market on the streets northeast of Parque de la Concepción. Try the market's snow cones (raspados) made from blocks of ice transported from the glacier by mules, a local tradition. Another favorite is the zigzagging Chiva Express train ride up a 45-degree pitch called Devil's Nose. Latin Trails will take you to the train or on an ice-harvest adventure.


Girdwood, Alaska

Next to the state's largest ski resort, just outside Anchorage, Girdwood was originally called "Glacier City" for the colossal icy peaks that surround it. Calving glaciers thunder into the Prince William Sound, and humpback whales play in nearby Kenai Fjords National Park. Set amid this idyllic valley's rugged beauty is one of Alaska's most productive and still active placer gold mines, Crow Creek Mine, where you can pan for gold.

Do: Find adventure and great photo ops year-round on a guided glacier hike or ice-climbing trek. A trip to the top on Alyeska Resort's aerial tram nets you a splurge-worthy dinner destination: Seven Glaciers Restaurant. The town's best cinnamon rolls are at The Bake Shop near the base of the ski hill.


Bled, Slovenia

Not far from the Austrian border, Bled in the Julien Alps has all the elements of a classic fairy tale: a clifftop castle, frosted peaks, an emerald lake, a church steeple, a wishing bell, and a signature sweet treat. This alpine town even sits at the edge of a dark forest (Triglav National Park) with a waterfall and mountains known for legends of the Zlatorog, the golden-horned chamois that is said to live here.

Do: Hike up to the 1,000-year-old Bled Castle, where you can bottle wine in the cellar, indulge in the herbal gallery's aroma, or stay for a meal with a view. Visit Bled Island in Bled Lake by rowing a boat or hitching a ride on a local gondola-like pletna, then ring the famous church bell. Don't miss the town's signature cream cake (kremna rezina) at Slascicarna Smon.


Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games introduced the world to this ski town's stunning beauty and cosmopolitan allure. At the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, icy blue streams gurgle through the pedestrian village. Boutique shops, lively pubs, and restaurant patios open onto great people-watching thoroughfares, where you can take in high fashion and sexy foreign accents in one delicious shot.

Do: Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola from Whistler to Blackcomb, or soak in the outdoor hydrotherapy baths at Scandinave Spa. In winter you can try the Sliding Centre's skeleton and bobsleigh runs—reaching speeds of up to 135 kilometers per hour—or race the luge track from spring through fall. At the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre cafe, sample traditional bannock fry bread and salmon chowder. Hit Zog's Dogs food cart for cinnamon BeaverTails or bratwurst and poutine (a mix of fries, cheese curds, and gravy).


Stowe, Vermont

Stowe is the quintessential New England village. In a fertile valley between the Green Mountains' peaks, this quaint town of 4,500 is a throwback to all things wholesome. The historical Main Street area is home to a general store, a malt shop, and even a mercantile with fresh handmade fudge. Head to the surrounding countryside for a grazing tour of Vermont's farm treats.

Do: You can stop in for free samples year-round at Laughing Moon Chocolates on Main Street or at Cold Hollow Cider Mill and Ben & Jerry's in the Waterbury area. Harrison's Restaurant & Bar, a popular watering hole in a historical Main Street basement, is like the Cheers of Stowe. Browse Stowe Craft & Design for handmade items, including great furniture for mountain retreats.


Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

This South Island lake town, away from the crowds of its popular Queenstown neighbor, sits in a glacier-carved basin near the edge of Mt. Aspiring National Park's Southern Alps. Mountains rise out of Lake Wanaka, vineyards drape the hillsides, and tiny islands harbor uninhabited sanctuaries for the flightless buff weka bird. It's no wonder the laid-back Kiwi vibe has such a stronghold here.

Do: Relax with a local beer and a slice of pizza at Kai Whaka Pai, which has the best view in town. Eco Wanaka boat tours take you to Moa Wahu Island to see the native weka. At Cinema Paradiso you can watch movies in comfy old couches and eat warm homemade cookies during the intermission. Experience the scenery from an open-air Vintage Tigermoth flight with goggles and a leather helmet or on a canyoning trip in a wetsuit, helmet, and booties.


Taos, New Mexico

This Southwestern town, in a high desert valley, is a study in contrasts. Rich blue skies meet an arid countryside dotted with adobe dwellings and the Taos Pueblo village. The Sangre de Cristo Range towers majestically above the desert floor. And the Rio Grande's whitewater cuts a deep gorge in red sandstone below. Is it any wonder Georgia O'Keeffe, D.H. Lawrence, and countless others have been inspired here?

Do: Find kitschy kachina dolls, baskets, pottery, and other treasures at Robert Cafazzo's Two Graces Gallery, Curios and Bookstore in Ranchos de Taos. Sip a local specialty—the Buddha Margarita—during Taos Inn's Adobe Bar happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For dinner, don't miss El Meze, a restaurant that puts a Spanish/Moorish twist on traditional local cuisine.


Gyalthang, Yunnan Province, China

Set among Himalayan snowcaps, this ancient rural town near the Tibetan border is a hidden highland utopia. Here in Gyalthang (Jiantang Town), renamed after the fictional land of Shangri-La in 2001, locals live simple, long lives far from the influence of the outside world. Shaggy yaks drag plows through rich soil, and the sound of chanting floats out of Tibetan monasteries. Just outside town, pastures open up to alpine lakes, gorges, and swift rivers fed by mountain snow.

Do: Shop for colorful scarves, blankets, and local handicrafts in Old Town, or stop at Bhuskar's Kitchen for authentic Tibetan and Indian/Nepalese food. View seekers can climb the local Shika Mountain or take a cable-car ride to the top. Songtsam Retreat leads excursions to Pudacuo National Park, home to 100 endangered species.


Breckenridge, Colorado

Gold seekers founded this Victorian mining town in 1859, and many of the original buildings that housed hotels, dance halls, and saloons still stand. The new occupants—quirky boutiques, restaurants, outfitters, and microbreweries—capture Breckenridge's pioneering spirit and down-to-earth character. It's an unpretentious Rocky Mountain high 90 miles west of Denver.

Do: Meet local sled dogs in their off-season and hop on a dogcart for a backcountry tour. Check out the whimsical, handmade clothing at Magical Scraps. Try Breckenridge Brewery, the Breckenridge Distillery, or the Blue River Bistro for drinks. For dinner, indulge in locally sourced cuisine in a historical Victorian house at Hearthstone Restaurant. Lucha's breakfast burritos are legendary.

Read current news at http://bbc-cnn-worldnews.blogspot.com

38 comments:

  1. Thanks for the informative post.

    If you need cheap mlm software in Bangladesh then we are ready to help you get cheap multilevel marketing software Bangaldesh. You can also get any kind of cheap software in Bangladesh at affordable price. We are also known as top web design company Bangladesh. So, never forget to try us for better service as we give value to your time and money.

    ReplyDelete
  2. epk free is a group of publicists, journalists, ‘tech geeks’ and award-winning humanitarians with over seventeen years of experience combined (Meet the Executive Team) looking to provide great, affordable and productive services to people. so being with epk free.......

    ReplyDelete
  3. Me and ozzy fucked more difficult, trying to show to my personal god!
    FUCK YES!' just before cumming inside my warm pussy. were still fucking

    Feel free to surf to my webpage; hcg injections
    Also see my page - hcg injections

    ReplyDelete
  4. I every time emailed this web site post page to all my friends, because if like to read it then my friends will too.


    Look into my weblog - Air Max

    ReplyDelete
  5. At this time it appears like Wordpress is the preferred
    blogging platform available right now. (from what I've read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

    Feel free to surf to my web page; NFL Jerseys Wholesale

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have read so many articles or reviews concerning the blogger
    lovers except this post is truly a nice article, keep
    it up.

    Review my blog: Converse Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  7. I'm truly enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It's
    a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to
    come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme?
    Outstanding work!

    my blog post; Louis Vuitton Handbags

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm impressed, I must say. Seldom do I come across a blog that's both equally educative and engaging, and
    let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head.
    The issue is an issue that not enough folks are speaking
    intelligently about. I am very happy that I came across
    this during my search for something relating to
    this.

    Also visit my web page; Cheap NFL Jerseys

    ReplyDelete
  9. Greetings I am so glad I found your website, I really
    found you by mistake, while I was searching on Askjeeve for something else, Anyways I
    am here now and would just like to say kudos for a marvelous post and a all round thrilling blog
    (I also love the theme/design), I don't have time to browse it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the excellent work.

    Also visit my weblog - Chaussure air max

    ReplyDelete
  10. Wow! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It's on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Excellent choice of colors!

    Also visit my web page - Abercrombie and Fitch

    ReplyDelete
  11. Ahaa, its pleasant discussion on the topic of this piece of writing here at this webpage, I have read all that, so now me also commenting here.


    Here is my weblog: Air Max

    ReplyDelete
  12. Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board
    and I find It really useful & it helped me out a
    lot. I hope to give something back and aid others like
    you helped me.

    Check out my web page: Gucci Sito Ufficiale Scarpe

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hi, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just
    wondering if you get a lot of spam comments? If so how do you
    reduce it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
    I get so much lately it's driving me insane so any assistance is very much appreciated.

    Also visit my webpage - Kris Letang Black Jersey

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really neatly written article.
    I will make sure to bookmark it and come back to read extra of your
    helpful info. Thanks for the post. I'll certainly return.

    My site - visit

    ReplyDelete
  15. Why visitors still make use of to read news papers when in this technological
    globe everything is presented on net?

    my site :: Abercrombie & Fitch

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it.

    Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! By the way, how
    could we communicate?

    Also visit my weblog ... maxleticssports.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles
    as long as I provide credit and sources back to your weblog?
    My blog site is in the exact same area of interest as yours and my visitors would genuinely benefit from a lot of the information you provide here.
    Please let me know if this alright with you. Thanks a lot!


    Feel free to surf to my website Abercrombie Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  18. Superb, what a web site it is! This weblog provides helpful information
    to us, keep it up.

    Also visit my site ... www.wsmisports.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. Anti aging lotion below Money75 realistically work would not have Doctor.
    Alkaite's cream and Bulgarian flower essential oil. antiwrinklecream247.com An issue containing E vitamin anti-oxidant antioxidant, A as well as which pieces us besides our rivals. [url=https://h2u.hartlake.org/groups/blakessciencepage/wiki/a0654/Age_Reversing_Skin_Care.html]best anti wrinkle cream consumer reports[/url] I don't need Botox comestic injection or other remedies through the skin doctor it is exactly what Used to.
    This oil is definitely an amazing topical ointment recovery acrylic for the
    http://www.computing-strategies.com/?q=content/sources-natual-skin-care-items-these-people-work because of its school and I consent.


    my blog post - anti wrinkle cream for men

    ReplyDelete
  20. Ft that no make contact with phase may range from the 30 days to many a few months.
    how to get your ex husband back 4.

    messages that many of us can begin transmitting for
    their ex-lovers immediately. [url=http://x.nicbit.com/blogs/47777/84470/relationship-advice-a-few-tips]how to get your ex back[/url] The other way is to find
    a exercising wizard or other tap out caster and out what gone completely
    wrong while using relationship and just what triggered the
    separation. If this sounds like the situation, you need to
    supply him with http://www.lizandgrizzblog.com/2012/11/19/bloggers-on-blogging/ only trigger wellness dangers, but most
    of which are solid ...

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love it when folks get together and share views. Great
    site, keep it up!

    My blog post - Sidney Crosby Black Jersey

    ReplyDelete
  22. Even Pimples may be successfully beaten by a remedy depending on natural skin oils without bringing on clog
    your hyaluronic acid using the all-natural compound Phytessence Wakame.
    The Antiaging Natural Skin Care Merchandise From Bellamora Produce Amazing Benefits wiki.cmsclan.de/index.php?title=Biotherm_Natual_Skin_Care_-_An_Anti_Aging_Natual_Skin_Care_Sheath Generate.

    Ounces claims fractional laser treatments isn't science fiction but a good choice for oily skin color. [url=http://socialcomputing.trojanifsc.net/wiki_fall2010/LogannxEliasxe]http://antiwrinklecream247.com[/url] Only one of many 14 boxes had been taken out, http://x.nicbit.com/profile/janetbarel just like a pencil.

    Feel free to visit my web page; anti wrinkle cream

    ReplyDelete
  23. Good day I am so glad I found your site, I really found you by accident, while I was browsing on Google for something else,
    Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a tremendous post and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at
    the moment but I have bookmarked it and also
    added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read
    more, Please do keep up the excellent work.


    My web-site ... www.drolet.ca

    ReplyDelete
  24. Wonderful goods from you, man. I've understand your stuff previous to and you're just too fantastic.
    I really like what you've acquired here, really like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it wise. I cant wait to read much more from you. This is actually a tremendous website.

    my web-site :: http://pornharvest.com/index.php?m=2339487

    ReplyDelete
  25. These are really fantastic ideas in concerning blogging. You have touched some
    good things here. Any way keep up wrinting.

    Have a look at my blog post - www.Earlylearningpreschool.com

    ReplyDelete
  26. Every weekend i used to pay a visit this web page, as
    i wish for enjoyment, for the reason that this this site conations actually good funny material too.


    Here is my blog: Michael Kors Handbags

    ReplyDelete
  27. I love it when people get together and share opinions.
    Great website, keep it up!

    My weblog ... tedxyse.com

    ReplyDelete
  28. It's very easy to find out any topic on web as compared to textbooks, as I found this article at this web page.

    Also visit my page Louis Vuitton Bags

    ReplyDelete
  29. Ahaa, its nice discussion regarding this paragraph at this place at this weblog, I have read all that, so at this
    time me also commenting here.

    Feel free to visit my blog; continue

    ReplyDelete
  30. Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as
    long as I provide credit and sources back to your website?
    My website is in the very same area of interest as yours
    and my visitors would definitely benefit from some
    of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this alright with
    you. Regards!

    Also visit my site :: Sac Louis Vuitton Pas Cher

    ReplyDelete
  31. It is not my first time to pay a quick visit this website, i am visiting this site dailly
    and obtain pleasant data from here every day.

    Also visit my blog - Evgeni Malkin Jersey

    ReplyDelete
  32. I am no longer certain where you're getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend some time finding out much more or working out more. Thanks for magnificent information I was in search of this info for my mission.

    my web site; get more info (http://www.hillclimbfans.com)

    ReplyDelete
  33. Hey there would you mind letting me know which web host you're working with? I've loaded your blog in
    3 completely different browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot
    faster then most. Can you suggest a good hosting provider at a honest price?
    Cheers, I appreciate it!

    Check out my homepage: Nike Air Max

    ReplyDelete
  34. I always come to this blog to learn some interesting and informative news. Very few blogs I have seen so much informative like this. Anyway thanks for the helpful posting.

    You may also learn some interesting and amazing news at http://beb24.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  35. I always come to this blog to learn some interesting and informative news. Very few blogs I have seen so much informative like this. Anyway thanks for the helpful posting.

    You may also learn some interesting and amazing news at http://beg24.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete