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VailUnited States of America

One of the world’s most iconic ski destinations, this upmarket resort encompasses vast acres of open and forested terrain.

Vail is among America’s most popular and largest single-mountain ski resorts. Its wide appeal includes well-groomed and varied terrain, an energetic après-ski scene, diverse shopping and excellent hiking and biking. Hit the slopes on the resort’s legendary naturally sculpted back bowls or explore the pretty Tirolean-style village.

The resort’s main draw is Vail Mountain, which features 5,290 acres (2,140 hectares) of terrain. The front side of the mountain offers several long cruises and beginner runs while the north-facing Blue Sky Basin is home to almost endless backcountry trails and glade skiing. Head to the back bowls for more than 3,500 acres (1,416 hectares) of challenging terrain.

Learn about the development of skiing at the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame. The museum examines the world history of the sport, with a focus on Colorado’s involvement. One room is dedicated to the 10th Mountain Division, a decorated World War II alpine unit that trained in the surrounding mountains. See centuries-old skis and amusing early ski fashions.

Take the kids to Vail Adventure Ridge, located near Eagle’s Nest, to enjoy a variety of activities for all ages. Accessible via the Eagle Bahn gondola, the center offers snow biking, snowshoe tours, mini snowmobile rides and other family-friendly attractions.

Don’t miss the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, at an elevation of 8,250 feet (2,514 meters). They are touted as North America’s highest public botanical gardens and have more than 2,000 types of plants, showcasing the wide range of vegetation that can be grown at high altitudes. Wander down scenic paths lined with wild roses and alpine plants. Notice the rock garden with its gorgeous 120-foot (37-meter) waterfall.

Vail is located in Eagle County Colorado, 97 miles (156 kilometers) west of Denver. Fly into Eagle County or Denver International airports and catch one of the regular shuttle services running to Vail. The town offers one of the country’s largest free shuttle bus services, so it’s easy to get around without a car.

Top Hotels in Vail

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Tivoli Lodge
Tivoli Lodge
4 out of 5
386 Hanson Ranch Rd, Vail, CO
The price is $170 per night

Situated in the mountains, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cogswell Gallery and Vail Ski Resort. Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Betty Ford ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (975 reviews)

"Great sweet staff great property, strong walls that help keep noises low"…"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Tivoli Lodge
The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort
The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort
4 out of 5
174 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $121 per night

Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is steps from Cogswell Gallery and Vail Ski Resort. Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Vail Valley Medical Center ...

4.3/5Excellent! (793 reviews)

"The Lodge’s location was fantastic. The staff was helpful and very nice. Our family enjoyed the pool and the convenience to the slopes. Also, we enjoyed an updated room with a lovely balcony. We will definitely be back again."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort
Grand Hyatt Vail
Grand Hyatt Vail
5 out of 5
1300 Westhaven Drive, Vail, CO
The price is $237 per night

Situated in a regional park, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Adventure Ridge and Vail Ski Resort. Born Free Express Lift-8 and John A. Dobson Ice ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (328 reviews)

"The best property in Vail! Great pool, rooms, and food. Safe and sanitized."…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2020

Grand Hyatt Vail

Popular places to visit in Vail

Eagle Bahn Gondola
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Eagle Bahn Gondola

4.5/5(269 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Eagle Bahn Gondola, a well-known attraction in Vail. Discover the mountain views in this quaint area, or enjoy its ski slopes.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
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Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

4.5/5(85 reviews)

Explore the lovely green spaces of Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and enjoy the ski slopes in Vail. Wander the riverfront or discover the mountain views in this quaint area.

Top things to do in Vail

Visit Red Rocks Park, Continental Divide & Breckenridge
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Visit Red Rocks Park, Continental Divide & Breckenridge

$115
Per adult
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Breckenridge
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Breckenridge

$250
Per adult
Breckenridge Scavenger Hunt: Breckenridge Scavenger Hunt
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Breckenridge Scavenger Hunt: Breckenridge Scavenger Hunt

$20
Per adult

Reviews of Vail

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5/5 - Excellent

Bri

Mar 10, 2020

We loved Vail

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

Massive and varied terrain. Expensive but worth it

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

Everything about Vail was disappointing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

try the bison/elk sausage pizza at 2 elk lodge on top of the mountain! It's superb!

4/5 - Good

Gloria

Feb 9, 2020

We are from New York and was not used to restaurants closing at 8 or 9 PM! Make sure you get your food early as the options are limited at night

5/5 - Excellent

VisitorfromSLC

Jan 26, 2020

Pricey, but a nice break from reality. Well worth the trip.

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