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Best Mountain-Climbing Destinations in the United States

by Katie Skrzek

Apr 26, 2023

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Destinations / North America

Family travelers looking for an adventurous vacation should consider a mountain-climbing trip. Family Destinations Guide recently compiled a list of the best mountain-climbing destinations in the United States. Add these locations to your list.


Experts at Family Destinations Guide analyzed Instagram hashtag data and TripAdvisor ratings and reviews of 600 mountainous destinations in the United States to compile the Peak Score, resulting in the mountain-climbing destination ranking.


The top 10 mountain-climbing destinations in the United States are:


  1. Mount Rainier (Washington)
  2. Haleakala Crater (Hawai’i)
  3. Lookout Mountain (Georgia/Tennessee)
  4. Grand Teton (Wyoming)
  5. Camelback Mountain (Arizona)
  6. Mount Washington (Pennsylvania)
  7. Maroon Bells (Colorado)
  8. Cadillac Mountain (Maine)
  9. Mauna Kea Summit (Hawai’i)
  10. Clingmans Dome (North Carolina/Tennessee)


Mount Rainer topped the list, due in part to its high number of Instagram hashtags. Haleakala Crater had the most reviews on TripAdvisor, contributing to its second-place finish.


A spokesperson from Family Destinations Guide said, “The US is spoiled for choice with beautiful scenery, and mountain climbing is a popular year-round activity which allows you to immerse yourself in the country’s natural beauty.”


Visit the website for more information about the rankings.


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