Here’s Why a Mountain Vacation Is Objectively Better Than the Beach, Every Time

So, you really dig those hot summer days at the beach, eh? We know, they’re hard to resist. As it turns out, though, there’s an alternative that’s far better than your go-to coastal getaway. Don’t believe us? No problem. Here are the totally objective, not-subjective-in-any-way reasons why a mountain vacation beats a beach trip every time.

1. Fresh air

It feels good to be outside. | GaryKavanagh/Getty Images

Breathe in deeply. Can you feel that? That’s the fresh mountain air calling your name. And trust us, it’s worth every penny. In fact, it’s priceless. Not to sound overly dramatic here, but crisp, fresh air isn’t something you get everywhere in the world. So, soak it up while you can.

Next: Humidity has no place here. 

2. Zero humidity

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

No need to worry about humidity here | Ablokhin/iStock/Getty Images

To dovetail off of our previous point, that air isn’t just fresh, it’s dry. And we mean really dry. What does that mean for you? No sitting around in sticky clothes. And more importantly, it’s goodbye frizzy hair and artificial A/C, which brings us to our next point.

Next: A cool climate makes artificial air obsolete. 

3. No A/C needed

Leavenworth, Washington

Mountains are usually on the cooler side. | Marina_Poushkina/iStock/Getty Images

Air conditioning is an absolute must when you’re at the beach. That, of course, means that the windows need to stay shut. But doesn’t that totally defeat the purpose of being in a great climate? Yes, it does, which is why you should opt for a mountain stay, instead. Your lodging accommodations will have no A/C. If your place happens to get too hot, just crack the windows. Now isn’t that nice?

Next: Can’t stand crowds? This is the vacation for you.

4. Fewer crowds

Family hiking in autumn mountains.

Mountains are perfect for some peace and quiet. |

Of course, there are areas like Vail that draw huge crowds during certain holiday weekends in the winter. But generally speaking, mountain towns do tend to be much less populated than beach towns. People aren’t running in droves to beat out their condo neighbors for the best spot on the beach. And that, folks, is a beautiful thing.

Next: We don’t mean to generalize, but …

5. Less annoying people

Apache Trail, Arizona

You won’t have to deal with annoying people here. |

Let’s face it, beach-goers can be the worst. Whether it’s someone who doesn’t clean up after themselves or a gaggle of screaming children that seemingly belongs to no one in sight, some type of annoying sunbather is bound to ruin your day of not-so-fun in the sun, giving you one more bulletproof reason to swap the sand for the snow on your next vacation.

Next: Again, our totally objective viewpoint here

6. Mountain towns are full of health-conscious folks

Willow Lake

Many mountain dwellers are more health conscious. | Nick1803/iStock/Getty Images

It’s a bold statement, we know, but just hear us out, here. This claim means that you stand a better chance of swapping boardwalk fries for a locally-sourced smoothie. And don’t worry, we know what you’re thinking: I want to be able to indulge while I’m on vacation! If you do, that’s wonderful. However, a mountain trip is definitely better in the way of sticking to a healthy schedule rather than long days spent lying on the beach munching on fried food.

Next: Staying active can be the focus of your vacation.

7. More activities than just sitting around

You can get plenty of exercise on a mountain vacation. |

As we were saying, mountain towns generally tend to be chock-full of active, outdoorsy types, which is great news for anyone looking for an action-packed getaway. Wondering what’s in store for you, should you book a trip to the great wide open? Take your pick between hiking, mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and so much more.

Next: Ditch the phone, tablet, and any other device.

8. You can actually disconnect

Break away from social media for a bit. | iStock/Getty Images

It seems that a digital detox has become more of an idea than an actual priority while on vacation. After all, if it’s not on Instagram, did it really happen? Well, the good news here is that a mountain town escape really does give you a good reason for your phone to take a back seat.

Unlike beach-goers who are all too eager to post pictures of their sunbathing legs, mountain folks are too busy chasing powder and bagging peaks. Don’t worry, you’ll understand what we’re talking about as soon as you experience a mountain vacation for yourself.

Next: It’s never too late to get back in touch. 

9. You can reconnect with nature

Take the time to see nature’s beauty. |

Following up on the previous point, not only will you escape the grips of your phone, but you’ll stand to really, truly reconnect with the great outdoors. Everything from rugged terrain to untouched trails to breathtaking mountain vistas will all be at your fingertips.

Next: Say goodbye to sticky skin. 

10. You won’t be sweating all day long

Enjoy the temperate mountain air. |

We know we’ve already mentioned how great the cool climate really is, but we wanted to reiterate it one more time, because boy, it’s the tops. When you visit the mountains, you’ll be treated to pleasant breezes, crisp temperatures, and, most importantly, feeling dry all day long.

Next: The stars! The stars!

11. No pollution means more clear skies

Give your body a break from city pollution. |

Fancy yourself a stargazer? Wonderful, because a mountain town is the place for you. Seeing as most mountain towns are far from any major city, you don’t have to worry about light and noise pollution getting in the way of those epic clear sky evenings. And trust us, they’re pretty spectacular.

Next: No one wants to spend money traveling to a filthy destination. 

12. Your mountain destination will be clean

view of the lake and mountains at Baxter State Park in Maine

Not a trash bag in sight | Baxter StatePark via Facebook

Speaking of pollution, a general concern for the environment is a pretty well-known theme in most mountain towns. People care, and littering is pretty much obsolete. There’s nothing better than a clean, well-cared-for, socially-conscious town to make you feel right at home — a home you’ll never want to leave.

Next: This aspect can’t be duplicated at the beach. 

13. Wildlife

horse and mountains in Kyrgyzstan

Seeing wildlife in nature is simply spectacular. | Oleinik

The mountains are wild and rugged, which means most of the animals living there still get to enjoy an unspoiled environment. So, if you’ve ever had a hankering to spot an elk or mountain sheep in their natural habitat, book yourself a trip to the mountains.

Next: Nothing beats having to work for something in order to appreciate it.

14. You earn your views

Old woman pensioner with backpack stands

The climb will be worth it. |

Are mountain towns chock-full of breathtaking views and sweeping vistas? Yes. Do those views get even better the higher up you go? Absolutely. This, of course, means that you’ll have to work your way up to the vantage point of your choice. But it’s not all bad, because whether by ski tour, hiking, climbing, or biking, earning your views is undoubtedly the way to go.

Next: Have we mentioned how great that cool, mountain air is?

15. No shower? No problem


People don’t mind if you’re a little rough around the edges. | via Facebook

You guys, we seriously cannot stress this enough: Mountain towns have the absolute best climates! For real. You’ve been skiing all day, yet there’s no time for a shower before hitting the bar. No worries, just toss on your favorite hat.

Alternatively, if you think you really, really stink and are still debating taking a shower, just remember one thing: You’re in a mountain town, so you’ll be in good company.

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