Visiting Winter Park only in the winter is like looking at the world with one eye closed: You're missing half the picture. Colorado's most laid-back major ski resort is even more homespun in summer. And that's how the locals like it.
Take away the ski area, the shops, the splendid spas and restaurants of Stowe, and what's left would be a pleasure in itself. A quaint Vermont village to stroll, streams to picnic beside, mountains to hike and endless dirt roads to meander.
A Big Mountain summer covers so much territory it helps to survey it over a slice of fresh huckleberry pie from the Summit House on top of the ski area. Stellar views include the surrounding tumult of mountains and their wide array of horseback riding.
Warm-weather funhogs know western Maine for its hiking and mountain biking. Northwest of Bethel, the Appalachian Trail crosses the Mahoosuc Mountains, a stretch hikers describe as the most grueling segment of the entire 2,000-mile route.