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Vail

4.5
Ski Areas · Gardens · Outdoor Activities
Western White House of President Gerald Ford
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents. The resort plays a big role in the village's economy and tourist industry; this is no surprise, with 21 square km (5,289 acres) of skiable area and almost 200 ski trails. The resort attracts many big-name celebrities, and upscale condos fill the town to house these guests. Visitors look forward to film and dance festivals in the town's center--it exudes European charm with latticed balconies and Austrian-style log buildings. "Bravo! Vail" is a festival of internationally recognized orchestras that visits the area annually. Unlike most towns that expand out from a city center, the village has spread into a long, narrow configuration along Interstate 70, because it's wedged at the base of the mountain. To personalize your trip to Vail, create itinerary details specific to you using our United States trip planner.
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Popular things to do in Vail

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Ski Area
Vail Mountain Resort
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Biking Trail
Vail Recreation Path
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Vail

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Mountain
Maroon Bells Aspen
4.8
Duration: 6 hours
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Thermal Spa
Thermal Spas Glenwood Springs
4.0
Duration: 3 hours
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing Buena Vista
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Scenic Drive
Independence Pass Aspen
4.8
Duration: 3 hours

Hidden gems in Vail

Hiking Trail
Booth Falls Trail
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Neighborhood
Vail Valley
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Missouri Lake Trail
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Piney River Trail (Upper)
4.9
Duration: 4 hours

Winter Sports in Vail

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Ski Area
Vail / Beaver Creek Resort
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Ski Area
Chaos Canyon
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Ski Area
Vail Nordic Center
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Ski Area
Adventure Ridge
3.3
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Vail

Hiking Trail
Shrine Mountain Trail
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Minturn Mile
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Lost Lake Trail
3.8
Duration: 4 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Vail

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Ranch
Piney River Ranch
4.2
Duration: 4 hours

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