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Colorado Vacation Destinations

Living in Colorado means you don’t have to travel far to experience world-class vacation destinations, and summer is the perfect time to visit a quaint mountain town while avoiding the massive ski crowds. So round up your family, grab some friends, or head solo to your next Colorado getaway:

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek boasts tons of outdoor summer activities for adults and kids alike, including hiking, horseback riding, and wine excursions. Set the map aside and let an expert lead you on a guided hike on Beaver Creek Mountain, or if you’re feeling adventurous, venture up a nearby fourteener. For these treks, we advise training beforehand and educating yourself on tips for conquering these challenging, yet rewarding, hikes.

Like many of Colorado’s mountain towns, Beaver Creek goes all out for Independence Day, with live music performances all afternoon, a daytime BBQ and seafood buffet, free slides, bounce houses, games and more for the kids, and of course, a nighttime fireworks show. You may not want to ever leave.

Vail

Just east of Beaver Creek, Vail is absolutely breathtaking. Surrounded by the White River National Forest, it is also home to the world-famous Vail Ski Resort, one of the largest in the world.

With so much natural beauty, one of the best ways to see what Vail has to offer is by bike. Rent them from one of the town’s local bike shops (or bring your own) and take advantage of the many paved community paths around town, or try mountain biking on the area’s 343 miles of mountain biking trails.

After a fun day outside, relax at Vail’s countless bars, restaurants, and live music venues. Whatever your beverage choice, be sure to drink lots of water. Vail’s elevation is over 8,000 feet, so staying hydrated is essential.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Vail Jazz Festival, which runs for 12 weeks over the summer and includes everything from free outdoor concerts to an intimate late night jazz club series.

Breckenridge

Breck doesn’t disappoint when it comes to outdoor activities. It boasts some of the best-in-state hiking, trail running, and water activities, like fly fishing, whitewater rafting, and standup paddle boarding. It’s also super accessible to Quandary Peak, whose modest slopes make it one of the most recommended Colorado fourteeners for beginners.

It’s hard to top Breck’s Fourth of July celebration, which kicks off with a 10K trail run and Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race, which takes 800+ bikers around 50 miles of Breck’s beautiful trails. Later, enjoy mimosas and breakfast at the Fourth of July Garden Party while watching the Main Street Parade, then peruse the Street Arts Festival and free concert at the River Walk Center.

The National Repertory Orchestra plays a patriotic outdoor concert in the evening, followed by an epic fireworks show. You won’t want to miss any of it!

Steamboat Springs

Head northwest from the Denver metro area, and you’ll hit Steamboat Springs, named for the geothermal hot springs that surround the town and Yampa Valley. Soak in the famous Old Town Hot Springs or Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Nicknamed the “Medicine Springs” by the Ute Indians, a soak in the springs is sure to beat any post-hiking aches or soreness. After your soak, stick around and enjoy camping, massage, or fitness offerings at the centers.

Another summer tradition is the Strings Music Festival, which brings artists ranging from country and rock to flamenco and classical to Steamboat throughout the summer.

In the mood for something a bit more unconventional? The city’s signature Hot Air Balloon Rodeo coincides with Art in the Park, July 9-10, making it a weekend full of beautiful colors, both in the air and on the canvas.

Wherever you wind up this summer, we hope the most difficult part of planning your staycation is deciding where to visit first. We’d love to hear about your favorite Colorado spots to visit. Tell us about them in the comments below!

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