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Take in sublime valley views as you swing through the air on summit-bound ski lifts, hurtle through the snow on skis or snowmobiles, and shop in elegant boutique stores when you visit the pretty Colorado mountain town of Vail. Surrounded by towering mountains on nearly every side, Vail offers dramatic landscape views year round. The lush green scenery of sunny months beckons visitors to explore its zigzagging hiking trails, while the soft snowfall of winter tempts hardy adventures to visit its slopes.

Things to see

It’s non-stop fun on the runs at the Vail Ski Resort, an impressive winter sports destination that caters for everyone, regardless of age or skill level. The adventure starts at first light with a run down the freshly fallen snow, and you’ll still be there after dark, tearing around on ski bikes, hurtling along snowmobile tracks, and tubing down slippery lanes of hard-packed ice. Sip hot chocolate in a bistro before returning to the valley floor by gondola. Back in the pretty town of Vail, the Gerald R Ford Amphitheater has a far more laid-back air than the swift runs on the mountain tops above. This popular and well-attended concert venue sits in a natural bowl of lush green lawn, surrounded by towering pines. Dance festivals find their way here throughout the summer, along with popular music acts and local performers, and if you keep an eye on its event calendar you’ll see some free concerts pop up from time to time. If you’re visiting during warmer months, take some time out to enjoy a round of golf at the Vail Golf Club, a challenging 18 hole course surrounded by the lofty peaks of the Gore Mountain Range and the curving trail of sparkling Gore Creek.

Hotels in Vail

The mountains in Colorado are popular with skiers thanks to their idyllic views and accessible location, so it’s no surprise there are some seriously elegant hotels in Vail, tucked away amid tranquil, leafy avenues. Rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, featuring cable or satellite channels on their flat-screen televisions, WiFi, decadent en-suite bathrooms, and individual fireplaces in some. All of that plus luxury health clubs and fine dining restaurants make them perfect for romantic breaks away. For a less expensive vacation there are some pretty lodges, inns, and discount hotels dotted through the streets. They still benefit from the same outstanding views, and in this part of Colorado, affordable accommodation doesn’t mean you’re getting a bad deal. There are some excellent choices which offer comfortable rooms, business facilities, complimentary WiFi, and access to spa facilities.

Where to stay

Vail is a maze of winding roadways that lead off the highway, snaking through town to reach the lower mountain slopes. Dotted between walls of sturdy trees are pretty Nordic-style resort houses and luxury hotels, some with the benefit of ski-in and ski-out access to the slopes. The town center is a quaint brick-paved square edged by awning-covered cafés and outdoor clothing stores. In high season this is where locals and tourists head after a day on the slopes, to relax in popular bars and dine in trendy restaurants.

How to get to Vail

Vail is pretty easy to get to, being just 100 miles west of Denver International Airport. It sits right off Interstate 70, which carves its way through the vast mountain ranges this side of Colorado, enjoying the shelter of its valley walls. While you can get a bus here from Denver, the easiest way is arguably to drive. You’ll be thankful of your own car once you’re here because sightseeing without private transport isn’t an easy task.