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Best In Colorado Travel 2018: Destinations

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Best In Colorado Travel 2018: Destinations

Our definitive list of the top travel destinations in Colorado! Every year we curate a list of the best places in the state that every local and tourist alike needs to visit. The winners displayed below are then voted on by the people that know best....the fans!

Category: Destinations


Summer Vacation Destination

Winner: Telluride

telluride town

There's simply no place like Telluride in the summer. With warm temperatures and incredible activities & festivals, you'll quickly find out what makes this place so magical. Float down the San Miguel River, wander through the incredible shops, hike the scenic landscape and take a ride on the gondola. You'll also find iconic festivals such as the Bluegrass, Jazz, and the Telluride Film Festival.



Winter Vacation Destination

Winner: Breckenridge

Breckenridge town

Known for it's ski resort and year-round alpine activities, the ever popular vacation destination offers something for everyone. Four mountain peaks make up Breckenridge Ski Resort where you'll find terrain for beginners and experts alike. The historic town of Breckenridge is full of world class dining options and hosts some of the biggest seasonal events in Colorado.



Bed & Breakfast

Winner: The Silver Lake Lodge (Idaho Springs)

the silver lake lodge

A popular favorite in Idaho Springs, the Silver Lake Lodge blends warm Colorado hospitality with rustic luxury you'd expect in a four-star inn. Nestled in the middle of the Rocky mountains, this relaxing retreat is filled with amenities and breathtaking views.



Small Town Destination

Winner: Durango

durango colorado

Small town vibes with big time attractions. Be sure to check out the Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, rafting, skiing, biking and historic downtown. With plenty of local festivals and events, you'll always have a reason to make the trip to Durango.



Destination Hotel

Winner: The Stanley Hotel

the stanley hotel

The inspiration for Stephen King's "The Shining", this landmark located in Estes Park is a Colorado treasure. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the blend of vintage charm and modern amenities makes The Stanley a must see destination.



Destination Restaurants

Winner: Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro (Aspen)

cloud nine bistro

This chic, slopeside bistro offers a lively ski atmosphere with Swiss cuisine. A favorite for locals and travelers alike, Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro transports you to a relaxed atmosphere with majestic views of the mountains in Aspen.



Hiking Areas

Winner: Longs Peak (RMNP)

long's peak RMNP

Longs Peak, the only fourteener in Rocky Mountain National Park, is one of the most popular Colorado mountains, with more than 10,000 hikers every year making the summit.



Hot Springs
Winner: Strawberry Park Hot Springs

strawberry hot springs

This historic site located 15 minutes from Steamboat Springs has both hot and cold pools set in a pristine forest. A must see gem for any visitor to Steamboat Springs, there's a reason this is a top tourist destination year-round.



Skiing Mountain

Winner: Vail Mountain Resort

vail mountain resort

World famous Vail Mountain Resort located in the heart of the Vail Valley, has some of the best ski terrain you'll find in Colorado. Spanning seven miles with legendary back bowls, this resort is known for it's world class skiing and celebrity visitors.



Snowboarding Mountain

Winner: Breckenridge Ski Resort

breckenridge ski resort

With five mountain peaks and over 2908 acres of ski terrain, Breckenridge is wildly popular.  You'll find the highest lift in North America (12,840 Feet) and miles and miles of endless skiing possibilities. One of the most popular mountains to snowboard, Breckenridge was also the first ski resort to actually allow snowboarders!




Winner: Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

glenwood hot springs

The world's largest hot springs pool, Glenwood Hot Springs Resort is located between Aspen and Vail. Amenities include a lodge, spa, athletic club and anything else you'll need for a relaxing getaway. Bring the kids too and enjoy the water slides and activities in the adjacent downtown.



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