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Vail is nestled in the Rocky Mountains and is home to Vail Ski Resort and Vail Village. Condos and townhouses in Colorado fill the area, giving visitors easy access to the mountain, restaurants, and shops. Some of these places are ski-in/ski-out properties, and many are within walking distance to day or evening entertainment. A lot of Northwest Colorado rentals feature kitchens and access to pools or hot tubs.
The area sits about 8,100 feet above sea level, and the towering mountains of the Rockies are in every direction. There's always something for outdoor enthusiasts to do, no matter what time of year. In the winter, people can head for the slopes of Vail Ski Resort. It's one of the best resorts in North America, and there are trails for skiers and snowboarders of every level. There's also an area designated for tubing as well as an ice skating rink in the heart of the village. In the summer, people can hike up the mountain, and mountain bikers can ride the gondola up and catch some real speed on the trails their way down.
Because so many people flock to the resort town, the restaurant scene rivals any that you can find in a big city. There are plenty of casual eateries, many of which feature upscale American cuisine. There are also several fine-dining establishments where you can splurge on a five-course meal. At night, things are still lively, and there are great bars where you can relax and enjoy some time with friends and family over some Colorado microbrews.
Kids love playing outdoors, and there's so much that they can get involved with in Vail. Strap them onto skates, skis, or snowboards in the winter, and they'll be thrilled as they glide around. You can also rent bikes as a family. While the extreme sports lovers head up and down the mountainous trails, you can take a leisurely ride on the bike path that runs through town. You can take a break to look for wildlife in Gore Creek. A great playground sits at the base of the gondola, and it's a perfect place for little ones to get some energy out.Vail Ski Resort
Vail Ski Resort is the largest ski resort in Colorado and the third largest in the U.S. It has bowls, glades, a terrain park, and 31 lifts that take you to the almost 200 trails.Vail Village
The village has heated cobblestone walkways and buildings built to resemble a Swiss alpine town. Most streets are closed to vehicular traffic, setting up an even more picturesque setting for shopping, dining, or grabbing a drink.
Vail is a year-round destination, and it's often packed during the major holidays of Christmas, New Years, and Independence Day. In the winter, highs are usually in the upper 20s, and lows are in the single-digits. In the summer, temperatures generally peak in the upper 70s but still fall to the upper 30s or lower 40s.
Vail is just under 100 miles east of Denver via I-70. You can take your own car up into the mountains, you can rent a car in Denver and then head over, or you can take the Bustang (public bus) up from the city. Some visitors fly into the Eagle County Airport and rent a car there. Town of Vail buses are free, and the ECO Transit bus can take you to nearby towns.