Nowhere in the Rockies simultaneously evokes images of downhills slopes, fashionable patronage and cultural engagement quite the way Vail, Colorado does.
Long known as a ski resort haven, the town has branched out into music, the arts, festivals and museums. The outdoors beckon regardless of the seasons, with hiking and biking as ubiquitous as snow sports. And the growing indoor experiences just widens the area’s appeal. Despite its modest year-round population of about 5,500, Vail is anything but a sleepy mountain town. This vibrant hub of activity includes energetic events throughout the calendar organized around everything from food and beer to sports and rodeos, film, the arts and even motorcycles. Right in the surrounding area, you can also find the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and White River National Forest. Aspen, Breckenridge and Keystone are also all within driving range. Summiteers can also climb nearby Mount of the Holy Cross, Quandary Peak and Mount Lincoln.