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Best Things To Do in Vail

The majority of Vail's visitors come to tackle the slopes. The Vail Ski Resort boasts 5,289 skiable acres, making it the largest single-mountain resort in the country. If that's not enough powder, head to neighboring Beaver Creek, which is quickly moving up the list of popular ski retreats. However, summer travelers shouldn't rule Vail out. With the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area and the Holy Cross Wilderness Area just a short drive from town, the region boasts ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in summery temps too.

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#1
Vail Ski Resort
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Boasting 5,289 skiable acres, a vertical drop of 3,450 feet and 31 lifts, the Vail Ski Resort is ... read more»

#2
Minturn Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: When the glitz and glamour of Vail and Beaver Creek villages gets to be too much, hop on the bus ... read more»

#3
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: It's no secret that Vail was the preferred vacation spot for former President Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty ... read more»

#4
Holy Cross Wilderness Area Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Straddling the Arkansas River about 30 miles south of Vail, the Holy Cross Wilderness Area makes for a great daytrip ... read more»

#5
Beaver Creek Ski Resort
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Located about 13 miles west of Vail in Avon, Colo., the Beaver Creek Ski Resort is the newest kid on ... read more»

#6
Eagles Nest Wilderness Area Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Covering 133,688 acres of the Gore Mountain range just north of Vail, the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area is not ... read more»

#7
Colorado Ski Museum & Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Before hitting the slopes, consider taking a quick tour of the Colorado Ski Museum & Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame ... read more»

#8
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Named for former U.S. President Gerald Ford, this outdoor performance venue plays host to some of Vail's most ... read more»

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