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Although the first thing you probably think of when you hear the words Vail, Colorado is skiing, the area is actually a great getaway destination in the summertime as well. Whether you’re into action and adventure, or shopping and relaxation, there’s something to capture everyone’s interest in this beautiful mountain town.
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At the Vail Ski Resort, Epic Discovery is the ultimate way to enjoy the mountain during the summer months with all kinds of “epic” adventures to be had. There are seven zip lines for flying above the trees, summer tubing on a 550-foot long tubing hill, two rope adventure courses, rock climbing, a giant bungee trampoline and the Forest Flyer, a raised alpine coaster that winds 3,400 feet down the mountain. There’s also plenty of trails for hiking and mountain biking, as well as the scenic gondola, which takes riders up above 10,000 feet to enjoy the views.
Located at 8,250 feet in the Rocky Mountains, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens are the highest botanical garden in the United States. There are several different ways to enjoy the beautiful collection of exotic high elevation plants and flowers including docent-led tours, mountain hikes and a variety of educational programs for both children and adults.
Just because there’s no snow for skiing or snowboarding doesn’t mean you can’t still learn all about it. The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum celebrates the evolution of snow sports, as well as the history of the Vail area. Check out the interactive exhibits on your own self-guided tour or take one of the guided tours that are offered on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The town of Vail is alive with music all during the summer months. The Vail Jazz Festival offers live jazz band performances in Vail Square on Thursday evenings, at the farmers market on Sunday afternoons and at the Riverwalk Amphitheater on Friday nights. You can also catch the Vail Summer Bluegrass Series on Wednesday nights at the scenic Lionshead Village.
There are literally hundreds of shops to choose from in Vail, so you’re sure to find something you love, whether you’re shopping for jewelry, clothes, artwork or outdoor gear. Plus, walking through the heated cobblestone streets of the area’s three pedestrian villages will have you feeling like you’ve just stepped into a postcard. Vail Village, Lionshead and Golden Peak offer a variety of boutiques and shops, as well as restaurants and nightlife.
Vail Village and Lionshead also offer several luxurious day spas where you can treat yourself to a relaxing massage, a rejuvenating body treatment, a facial, manicure or pedicure. With warm, inviting décor, botanical treatments and extras like whirlpools, steam baths and relaxation rooms, you’ll never want to leave! Several of the area’s spas also offer full-service fitness centers with cardio equipment, weights and studio space for yoga and Pilates.
Golfing at one of Vail’s seven world-class public and private courses is an experience you won’t soon forget, thanks to the wide variety of terrain and the unbelievable mountain backdrops. Vail Golf Club, one of the area’s most popular courses, is located at the base of the Gore Mountain Range and offers an amazing 18-hole experience at a whopping 8,200 feet in elevation.