Places to Visit: Vail Colorado

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Vail Colorado

Vail is synonymous with luxury – fine dining and accommodation coupled with nonstop mountain activities keep Vail mentioned among the word's great ski towns.

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  • Vail is located on Interstate 70 about 4 hours north of Crested Butte.
  • Wedged between Interstate 70 and the mountain, parking is at a premium, so expect to pay at least $20 a day for a garage spot.
  • Vail boasts many fine dining and lodging options catering to high-end travelers.

Overview

The largest ski resort in the USA sits above two Bavarian-themed base villages, Lionshead and Vail Village.

Location

Vail is located alongside Interstate 70 about 4 hours north of Crested Butte.

Services/Amenities

Vail has every possible service and amenity. You'll not want for luxury providers or basic services like groceries, gas and sporting goods.

Activities

Great skiing and easy access to the imposing Gore Range ensures Vail remains one of the country's great ski towns. Vail's winter galaxy revolves around the mountain, which hosts events, competitions, festivals and killer powder days.

Summer brings world-class mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting and fly fishing.

Attractions

If Vail's fine dining and five-star accommodation aren't enough, then check out the hopping nightlife, summer concert series and annual events, including Teva Mountain Games.

The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame is worth a visit.

Getting Here

Leave Crested Butte on Highway 135, then head west on Highway 50 to 285 north. Take Highway 24 west, which will eventually dead-end at Interstate 70. Hop on 70 east for about 5 miles to exit 176.

Stop in two towns time almost forgot along Highway 24, Red Cliff and Minturn. Both have neat main streets with multiple dining options.