Places to Visit: Vail Colorado

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Vail is a resort type town and one of the United States’ largest skiing destinations.  Though only five thousand actually live in the town, millions of visitors flock to its high mountain location, enjoying a wealth of activities, events, festivals, accommodations, restaurants and cafes, recreation and other amenities.

The largest and most popular US ski resort is located in Vail, a medium sized town that is nestled in the Rocky Mountains.  It is conveniently located within driving and flying distance to other Colorado towns, villages and hamlets, as well as Denver, the state capitol.  Best of all, it provides visitors and locals alike with a huge supply of entertainment, amenities, recreation and services that are world class.

Vail is located just off the I-70.  Visitors can enjoy biking, boating, fishing, golfing, hiking, horse riding, ATV driving, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, mountain climbing, snowboarding, skiing and wildlife watching.  For those looking for less outdoorsy type pursuits, Vail is also filled with numerous museums and art galleries. 

Vail is also a great location for scenic drives.  There are three main scenic routes available in the area, including the Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway, the Top of the Rockies and the Top of the Rockies National Scenic Byway.  The national scenic byway is by far the longest, providing a seventy-five mile trip through the central Rockies, round trip from Vail, crossing the Continental Divide two times.

Dining in Vail is a treat.  There are thirty six restaurants throughout the resort with meals varying in price.  Visitors can enjoy Mexican, Southwestern, European, Italian, American, steak and seafood cuisine with a choice selection of fine wines, beers, spirits and desserts.

Getting to Vail from across the state, country and world is fairly simple.   Buses, cars, taxis and limos are available for trips from major destinations such as Denver and Grand Junction.  In fact, Vail is just a short drive to nearby Salida.  Otherwise, Vail offers a free bus service throughout the resort and a special airport shuttle bus that runs to and from Denver International and the regional airport in Eagle County.  A resort and mountain type bus service runs daily to and from major Colorado resorts, including Vail, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, Snowmass, Aspen and Beaver Creek.  A national bus service also carries travellers to and from destinations across the country with a main bus station situated in Vail town center.  However, there is currently no nearby train station.

Accommodations in Vail are numerous.  Eighty lodgings, including hotels, inns and hotels are located in or close to Vail.  Campgrounds are open during the summer close to Vail with sixteen major locations.  Many give easy access to Vail and the Holy Cross and Eagle’s Nest wilderness areas.  Some also have space for RVs.

Other services and amenities in Vail include spas, medical services and emergency services.  There are also numerous public phones and a visitor center for those requiring more information about tours, special discounts and other advice.

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