Sophisticated, worldly, uproarious and downright beautiful, Vail is one of Colorado’s premier mountain destinations. During winter, riders flock to the wide-open back bowls and perfectly groomed runs of the United States’ largest ski resort. In summertime, this lofty mountain village comes alive with endless concerts, sporting events and festivals.
There is fine dining both on and off the mountain. The city attracts some of the world’s best talent who push the envelope in Vail Village’s haute-cuisine establishments, bistros and cutting-edge boutiques and galleries. Although it was built in the 20th century, the town’s hotels, pedestrian walks and plazas were designed to replicate a Tyrolean village, so there’s a decidedly European feel.
Adrenaline-seekers can fly through the sky on a zip line, take a heart-pumping mountain bike ride, go white-water rafting on the Colorado River or try their luck on Gold Medal trout streams. There are five gorgeous mountain golf courses in the area, and some of the world’s best spas and treatment centers. You won’t want to leave.