7. Adirondack Mountains, NY
The Adirondacks are completely contained within New York and are filled with trails. Adirondack Park is the largest park in the continental US, and contains many permanent residents and vacation rentals, along with rivers, lakes, and ponds. Whiteface Mountain and Mount Marcy are just a few of the gorgeous peaks to venture up in this region. You can also stick more to the water, choosing to swim, fish, kayak, raft, or boat on one of the many bodies of water in the area.
8. Cascade Mountains, BC; WA; OR; & CA
The beautiful Cascades extend from British Colombia in Canada down the coast to northern California, so there are a lot of destinations to choose from. There are some volcanic mountains in this range, including the notorious Mount St. Helens, which had a minor eruption in 2008, the most recent eruption within these mountains. The tallest peak, Mount Rainier, found in Washington, is nearly three miles high. There is a lot of unique history and geography within these mountains, and any part of them will yield a bounty of wonder.
9. Teton Mountains, WY
This range within the Rocky Mountains is known for its breathtaking mountain peaks, Grand Teton is the most notorious, climbing to about two and a half miles high. Because of the scenery and many homesteads in the area, these mountains have been popular movie settings, specifically Westerns. Jackson Hole, a popular valley in this area, provides a flat surface perfect for meadows and homes. Whether you hike or drive, this range is certainly worth exploring to get that old West feel.
10. Saint Elias Mountains, AK
This Alaskan mountain Range is the tallest coastal mountain range on Earth. There are numerous peaks, the tallest being Mount Logan at just over a mile high. Get a taste of the rugged and wild-feeling terrain, but watch for the wildlife. Stay in a local town and ask around for ideas, or explore this wilderness freely. The feeling will take you back to times past.