You are missing out if you do not travel here at least once!
Everyone knows that Vail is the flagship resort of the ski industry. It is the largest resort on the American continent, with three mountain areas, seven bowls, three terrain parks, and 5,289 acres of free-ride terrain. Better yet, Vail averages 300+ days of sunshine and has other seasons to enjoy the gorgeous natural beauty and numerous activities.
Last summer, we got a call from friends who were going to Vail and asked us to meet them up there. Neither my husband nor I had been to Vail, so it sounded like an interesting adventure.
Driving on 1-70 from Denver to the Vail area we saw breathtaking landscapes. As the road twisted and turned and fantastic views of mountain peaks and valleys.
However, sharp drops and steep climbs take your breath away. In fact, I can’t imagine driving up this challenging road in the winter months. After all, it is considered one of the most dangerous highways, and for a good reason.
I was happy that my car had good working brakes as we approached one of Colorado’s most significant grade shifts – 7% straight down!
Where We Stayed
Our hotel was about 13 minutes west of Vail Village – The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, located in Avon, Vail Valley. In fact, Beaver Creek Mountain is located just behind the resort, as is the Eagle River.
Vail Village is pretty extraordinary. I describe it as a charming European-styled mountain town. The day we were there, it was busy with what I assume are day-trippers and art lovers. The town has steel, granite, and bronze sculptures everywhere while showcasing local artists throughout the center of town.
We stopped to eat at one of the last local pubs – Bart & Yeti’s. The pub was open 38 years ago. The interior has a log cabin feel and makes the best clam chowder I have ever had!
What to do in Vail During the Summer
I can spend an entire summer in Vail and never run out of things to do. Here are just a few:
- Hiking Trails – best to start with short hikes until you acclimate to the altitude. No matter the trail you choose, the views are breathtaking.
- Mountain Bike – in the summer, the snow runs become challenging mountain bike trails.
- River Adventures – whether you enjoy whitewater rafting (Eagle River) or river floating (Colorado River), there are perfect river adventures for everyone.
- Gondola Rides – take you to the top of the mountains for breathtaking views.
- Eats – Vail Village offers plenty of food options, from extravagant meals to bar-type fare.
- Farmers Market & Art Shows – enjoy 16 weekends in the summer of 140 local vendors who show their wares; wine, cheese, bread, and art.
I can honestly say the trip to Vail, Colorado was well worth it. Gorgeous views, interesting scenery, and great food. We enjoyed the trip so much we will probably spend more time there this summer. If you have never been – It is bucket list-worthy.
If you are looking for places to go on your next vacation – check out our Trip to Denver, Colorado.