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Coniferous forest covered by snow with skiing slopes in the foreground and Rocky Mountains in the background. This photograph was taken in Vail, Colorado. (photo via miralex / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

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Nestled in the midst of old mountain charm is Vail, Colorado, an absolute dream for the adventurist. This rustic beauty is where nature lovers come together to bask in the luxury of skiing along powdery slopes, kayaking through jagged valleys, and running around scenic trails. For decades, Vail has provided world-class amenities for travelers wanting to take in the crisp atmosphere of Colorado, while they glide in harmony with the wind along Vail’s grand cliffs. Whether you are in search of a winter wonderland or summer playground, this pleasant town screams everything alfresco.

Vail is an alpine resort town in Eagle County, Colorado bringing an influx of electrifying thrills to the forefront of its cobblestone streets. Since the 1960s, the town has become a pinnacle of destination options among travelers yearning for the embrace of nature from Vail’s highest peaks to its lowest valleys. Its many trails invite runners, bikers, and fishers to play amid the overshadowing Vail Mountain, as its cozy accommodations allow adventure seekers to snuggle amid the tranquility of Colorado’s exquisite beauty. As a host to an array of festivals and home to Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum, Vail is much more than a small town, it is one of Colorado’s best kept treasures, where the rush of adrenaline makes up the Vail experience.

Yes, Vail is a paradise for the adventure seeker. However, its many stores and boutiques make it a heaven for shoppers as well. From Vail Village to Lionshead, the town is dotted with merchandise fit for every budget. Whether you are in need of new skis or the perfect outfit for a night on the town, there is something for every taste. By night, its mountainous terrain is awakened by harmonies of live music or recorded hits, as thick aromatic beers fill the Après ski ambiance of hotspots like the Shakedown, the Red Lion, Whiskey Jack’s and The Club.

Vail’s cuisine is infused by a mixture of ethnic specialties and American dishes. From chic to casual, its restaurants overflow with the rich aromas of culinary treats drenched in flavors too extraordinary to be missed. So bring you appetites and head to restaurants like Sweet Basil, Lord Gore, Terra Bistro or Larkspur for a top-notch gastronomic experience.

Vail’s weather is characterized by a subarctic climate. From June to September (summer) the weather is typically cool with highs around 80°F and lows around 45°F. During November to March (winter) the temperature averages from a high of 30°F and decreases below 5°F at night.

Vail is accessible from Denver International Airport (2hrs away) as well as Eagle Airport (20mins away). The town’s bus transportation is free and provides travel between Lionshead and Vail Village. The Turtle Bus links Vail to Beaver Creek. Vail’s local taxis will also deliver you to your desired destination. Nevertheless, this small town’s charming scenery is best explored on foot.