younger than the mountains' he isn't kidding 😳
Preferably nothing too we’ll know like Biltmore or Dollywood. Are there any towns or attractions you’d recommend someone check out during more normal times if they had a week or so to visit the mountains!? Thank you!
Actually, you probably will. He got a few responses and nothing really led anywhere and then eventually he made another post. Spoiler alert, this is that other post and he is me.
I tried to write one of these as a list concerning characteristics and interests that I hoped to find in someone else, and that got me one whole response, so I'll attempt a relatively concise version of the opposite - me and what to expect. I will preface this by saying that "relatively concise" is in the eye of the beholder, and if you're still reading this you have a decent idea that it's not going to be very concise.
To preface this, I grew up and currently live in the midwest. For my experience with the Rocky Mountains, I lived and worked in Logan, Utah for three months (January - April) a couple years ago. My experience with the Appalachian Mountains comes from annual family vacations to Maine, where we drive through New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. I have visited many parts of Vermont, as well as Asheville, NC a few times.
Reason 1: Trees. The Appalachian Mountains have far more trees, which are very pretty to look at. The Rockies are generally less forested, showing barren ground and rock, which is boring and ugly. I believe Appalachia in general to be more hospitable to plant and animal life, whereas much of the Rocky Mountain region is arid and lifeless.
Reason 2: Habitability. Any journey through the Appalachians will reveal small villages and towns nestled among the hills. These are good because you can stock up on anything you might need as you go deeper into the mountains. They are also a nice contrast to the less hospitable wilderness. The Rockies do not have many small towns in comparison, leading to a feeling of vast emptiness and loneliness.
Reason 3: Culture. The Appalachian Mountain region has a well-developed culture & history, with distinct dialects, musical genres, and folk tales. The Rocky Mountains don’t really have this (besides Mormonism, which is boring).
Reason 4: Mountain Aesthetics. The Appalachian Mountains are much older and therefore are more rounded from years of erosion. The round mountains are more distinct and pleasing to the human eye, rather than the mass of evil pointy rocks that is the Rocky Mountains. The Appalachian Mountains are also more mysterious, owing to the larger number of trees and human settlements. It is easier to hide something in the Appalachian Mountains than in the Rockies. This sense of mystery adds another dimension to the mountains that the Rockies are sorely lacking.
Other thoughts: I am not one for outdoor mountain recreation beyond hiking which can be done in both mountain ranges (i.e. I don’t ski so I don’t care about snow quality or whatever). Hiking is better in the Appalachians because of the mystery component I mentioned. There’s a real sense of discovery and getting lost in the mountains even when you’re on a well-defined trail because the mountains are so old and nebulous. Also, I have found that air pollution seems to be worse in the Rockies,... keep reading on reddit ➡