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 Top 10 Mountain Towns in America

Vacation News » North America Edition | By Steve Winston | March 19, 2014 10:51 AM ET

1 – COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO: Coeur D’Alene is cobbled sidewalks and gas-lit streetlamps and green awnings and red-brick storefronts, behind which lie attractive little shops, eateries, and galleries. It sits on an ice-blue alpine lake with 125 miles of shoreline, from which rise 7,000-foot mountains covered in deep-green forest. Jutting out into Lake Coeur D’Alene is Tubbs Hill, a rocky, forested peninsula offering stunning views around every turn. People come here to hike, rock-climb, picnic on ledges overlooking the lake, row, sail, canoe, or kayak, with bald eagles flying overhead. A half-hour from town is “The Route of the Hiawatha,” a long-abandoned railroad track through a series of tunnels and 1,000-foot high wooden trestles, now one of America’s most unusual mountain-bike routes. Back in town, the Coeur D’Alene Resort sits at the foot of the lake. The resort has luxurious guestrooms (many with spectacular views), three good restaurants and an elegant bar, and, a float-plane service operating from its dock, along with lake-cruise boats. And it boasts a golf course (accessible by mahogany boat) with the only movable floating green in the world.

Well, there you have it – my Top 10 Mountain Towns in America. You folks probably have your favorites, as well. So let’s hear about them…let the debate begin!!!

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The Coeur D’Alene Resort sits right on the lake. (Photo courtesy Steve Winston) 

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