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Old 09-30-2013, 08:12 AM
 
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I's say, WA state, Oregon, California, New Mexico and Utah has most of them. ( mountain cities )
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:16 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I's say, WA state, Oregon, California, New Mexico and Utah has most of them. ( mountain cities )
AND Colorado (Denver is closer to the Rockies than Portland is to Mt Hood & the Cascades), Colorado Springs sits at the base of Pikes Peak with a very striking mountain setting. I'd also Arizona for good measure, Tucson has impressive surrounding mountains, and Phoenix does pretty well with mountains as well. To sum it up, just about any large city in the West.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:20 AM
 
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It's a small city/town, but Bend, Oregon is a great Mountain town. It has a lot of amenities for it's size.



I agree. Bend Oregon would be high on my list!
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:21 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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The most striking mountain setting of any mountain city in the United States is Anchorage, Alaska. Having a window seat on plane while decending into Anchorage is astonishingly breathtaking.





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Old 09-30-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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^^ It's a bit of a stretch to call Anchorage a "mountain city," IMHO. If we accept that simply being able to *see* mountains makes it a "mountain city," then Seattle, Portland, and even Los Angeles are contenders too.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:11 PM
 
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^^ It's a bit of a stretch to call Anchorage a "mountain city," IMHO. If we accept that simply being able to *see* mountains makes it a "mountain city," then Seattle, Portland, and even Los Angeles are contenders too.
How so when the city is backed right by the Chugach range and there are foothill neighborhoods within the city limits? It is every bit a mountain city and it is palpably felt all around it. To say otherwise clearly indicates no experience with the place at all.

This photo was taken right IN Midtown Anchorage


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What are your standards for a mountain city? Built right on and around the summits?

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Old 09-30-2013, 12:13 PM
 
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How so when the city is backed right by the Chugach range and there are foothill neighborhoods within the city limits? It is every bit a mountain city and papably felt all around it. To say otherwise clearly indicates no experience with the place at all.
Probably because it's at sea level.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:28 PM
 
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Probably because it's at sea level.
So is Vancouver, and like Anchorage the mountains wedge the city between the ranges and the sea. Saying Vancouver or Anchorage is not a mountain city is like saying Las Vegas or Phoenix arn't desert cities.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:43 PM
 
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So is Vancouver, and like Anchorage the mountains wedge the city between the ranges and the sea. Saying Vancouver or Anchorage is not a mountain city is like saying Las Vegas or Phoenix arn't desert cities.
Then I guess we need to add Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and San Diego to the mix if that's your definition of "mountain city"..

No matter where you go in Phx or Vegas you're in the desert, not really the case with mountains and Anchorage or Vancouver. Also the whole "city limits" argument is a bit ridiculous with Anchorage considering it's about the size of Delaware.

Personally I would consider a "mountain city" somewhere at a relatively higher elevation and landlocked, somewhere like Reno, Santa Fe, Abq, etc.. There really aren't many large cities in the US that would fit that definition though.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:49 PM
 
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Then I guess we need to add Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and San Diego to the mix if that's your definition of "mountain city"..

No matter where you go in Phx or Vegas you're in the desert, not really the case with mountains and Anchorage or Vancouver.

Personally I would consider a "mountain city" somewhere at a relatively higher elevation and landlocked, somewhere like Reno, Santa Fe, Abq, etc.. There really aren't many large cities in the US that would fit that definition though.
I don't really understand the how presence of the sea (an inland inlet surrounded by mountains at that) would disqualify Anchorage being a mountain city if the mountains are just as visible and nearby as they are in a city like Albuquerque. Most of Albuquerque is in a valley, by that kind of logic does that make it more of a valley city than a mountain city? Take a flight up to Anchorage and land at the airport and look out the window while decending into the city and tell me it's not much of a mountain city. How would that even be debatable?

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Also the whole "city limits" argument is a bit ridiculous with Anchorage considering it's about the size of Delaware. .
Downtown Anchorage to Chugach Foothills Park is only 8 miles, I know Delaware is small but not that small. FAIL.

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=D...=h&mra=ls&z=12

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