While Vail is justly beloved for its skiing and snowboarding terrain, there’s much more to this Colorado mountain town than snow sports.
Whether you crave a big, bold adventure in the Rockies or prefer an afternoon of posh pampering, the Vail Valley offers vacationers plenty of things to see and do.
From hiking with llamas to sampling tasty craft beers, here are the experiences you can't miss on your next trip to Vail.
Remember playfully ramming into your friends and siblings in bumper cars at the local carnival or amusement park as a kid? Now picture doing it on an ice rink!
Relive this fun piece of your childhood in a slightly chillier setting at Vail’s John A. Dobson Ice Arena. The arena has 12 colorful ice bumper cars available for kids and adults to rent at a cost of $10 for 15 minutes.
Planning tip: You have to preregister for the ice bumper cars before you go to the arena.
Whether you’re a fly-fishing pro or just starting to (ahem) dip your toes into the water, the Vail Valley’s rivers and creeks are ideal for pursuing this relaxing activity.
Head out on your own or find a guide to show you the best spots on the Gold Medal waters of Gore Creek, the Eagle River or the Colorado River.
Gore Creek Fly Fisherman, Vail Valley Anglers, Minturn Anglers, Colorado Angling Company and other operators offer stress-free guided trips throughout the valley and beyond.
Craft beer is huge in Colorado, and the Vail Valley is no exception. Head to one of Vail Brewing Co.’s two locations – Eagle Vail or Vail Village – and order a flight to sample a selection of their rotating brews.
Founded in 2014, the veteran-owned brewery makes beers designed around the valley’s active lifestyle, each perfect for sipping after a day of hiking or skiing.
Drinks aside, you can get a sense of Vail’s local flavor by bellying up to the bar at any of the restaurants in the valley and chatting with the bartender and fellow patrons.
You can go pretty darn fast while skiing downhill – but you can really let rip on a snowmobile. These speedy machines are a great way to explore Vail Valley’s expansive terrain in the winter while also getting your adrenalin pumping.
Numerous local companies offer tours and rentals, including Vail Backcountry Tours, Nova Guides, Sage Outdoor Adventures and Vail Extreme Rentals.
Take to the ice and aspire to the grace of an Olympic skater or the strength of an NHL hockey player. Ice skating is a fun, family-friendly activity, and the Vail Valley is home to several indoor and outdoor rinks that are perfect for spending an afternoon gliding around on the ice (and warming up with hot chocolate after).
Check out the John A. Dobson Ice Arena, the Alderhof Ice Rink and the Solaris Ice Rink in town, as well as the rink at Beaver
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“It looks like Canada,” said Nate Disser, our guide, indicating the lofty, snow-cloaked peaks around us. Later that day, when our group of 10 had skied to another high-alpine basin where craggy rock monoliths jutted up from ridgelines, Mr. Disser noted a resemblance to the Italian Dolomites. Yet we were in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, a spectacular place in its own right.
It’s now cheaper and more convenient to hit the slopes this ski season at a popular Colorado resort. Amtrak announced the return of the Amtrak Winter Park Express, which provides seasonal service between Denver's Union Station (DEN) and the based of Winter Park Resort in Winter Park, Colorado. «This 'ski train' is another example of Amtrak's commitment to enhancing the travel experience for riders across the country, bringing travelers to exciting destinations safety, affordably, and sustainably,» Eliot Hamlisch, Amtrak's CMO, said in a statement obtained by Travel + Leisure. Ski enthusiasts looking to utilize the special route will have a choice of 40 round trips this ski season. The train will operate every weekend (on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) from Jan. 12, 2024 through March 31, 2024. There will be special routes on holidays such as service on Jan. 15, 2024 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and Feb. 19, 2024 (Presidents’ Day). The train will also operate on two Thursdays: March 14, 2024, and March 21, 2024. (Travelers should visit amtrak.com for the most current schedule and updates.) A one-way trip, which takes approximately two hours, departs Denver at 7:00 am and leaves Winter Park Resort at 4:30 pm local time. This means skiers can maximize their time on the slopes. Families can save money as children aged two to 12 are eligible for 50 percent off tickets. There are additional discounts for senior citizens and members of the military. Passengers also have the opportunity to carry on their skis, and the trains have special storage areas on board.
A sweeping storm system is impacting much of the United States on this, the final day of the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend. Nearly 14 million people found themselves under various winter weather alerts on Sunday, according to The New York Times.
Nearly 14 million people were under various winter weather alerts on Sunday as a post-Thanksgiving snowstorm moved over the Rockies and Central Plains and travelers trekked home after the holiday, forecasters said.
While the Caribbean is teeming with picturesque islands, few destinations can match the beauty of Puerto Rico. From the scenic shores of Rincon to the bioluminescent waters of Fajardo, this dazzling island has earned worldwide acclaim for its lush landscapes and pristine beaches—and as an added bonus, all of this abundant natural beauty has ushered in a wealth of world-class accommodations over the years, with the Condado Vanderbilt serving as one of the most lavish hotels to grace the grounds of San Juan.
When I caught up with 89-year-old Dr. Jane Goodall, she was visiting the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, in Colorado, where she gave three lectures to local school children on behalf of the Jane Goodall Institute and her youth organization Roots & Shoots. It was early autumn in Colorado and the last hummingbirds of summer dashed from flower to flower before embarking on their fall migration. The animal expert, who admits to not only loving birds, but all living things, was in her element among the wild landscape.
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