The country’s best ski town. Favorite outdoor destination. Paradise. Home. Here are five reasons why you should make Telluride your go-to vacation spot.
- It feels worlds away, but easy to get to
If you look at a map, Telluride seems to be a remote location tucked into the San Juan Mountains. It is. It’s not hard to get to, however.
You can fly directly into Telluride from Denver through Boutique Air or Denver Air Connection. Alternatively, you can fly to Montrose, then travel the remaining 65 miles to Telluride by shuttle. You can also embark on a great road trip to Telluride from Denver and as far as Phoenix. Check maps and directions here.
It’s super easy to get around Telluride once you arrive. You can explore the town on foot and utilize the free bus service, “Galloping Goose.” To get to Mountain Village, the free Gondola will take you.
- There is so much local history to unravel
Telluride started out as a mining town in 1878 and its history is in full view from its historical buildings to the tales of its early inhabitants. To recognize and honor the town’s special place in America’s mining history, Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1961.
You can learn all about the history of the town at the Telluride Historical Museum. There is also a large collection of artifacts from the Ute tribe, which tell the story of this Native American nation. That’s just one of the many things to do in Telluride!
- The ski and snowboard runs are simply fantastic…
Of course, the primary reason for a visit to Telluride is the skiing and snowboarding. There are over 2,000 acres of trails for every level from beginner to expert. And while Telluride attracts throngs of skiers every ski season, you won’t feel the crowd as you hit the slopes.
- … But there is more to Telluride than winter sports
Winter isn’t the only time of year to visit Telluride. There are also numerous hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, parks, and fishing areas to visit during the rest of the year.
If the arts are more to your liking, Telluride has that covered, as well. Plays, concerts, dance, even opera can be enjoyed at the Michael D. Palm Theatre, the premier art venue in the area. Let’s not forget the Telluride Film Festival, which attracts the best talent in film and acting to this small ski town.
- Great food drinks are everywhere in Telluride
You don’t want to miss Telluride’s dynamic and thriving food scene. There are dozens of restaurants, serving everything from fast food treats to gourmet dining. One of the best ways to explore the local dining options is through the 3-hour Tasting Telluride Food Tour.
The Telluride Brewing Company is located here as well. Established in 2011, they started with one brew. Today, they have an extensive selection of artisan brews and ales.
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