It feels like Vail itself is an attraction – the sights, the sounds, the hustle and bustle, the glittering beauty that surrounds us. But there are a few must-see Vail attractions not crafted by Mother Nature.
If you’re the adventuring sort, plan on a hike. Booth Creek Falls, a gem of an attraction in Vail, is a grunt, but it is totally worth the 2.3-mile trek once you reach the falls and feel far from town. Or hike up Vail Mountain’s Berry Picker. If the views aren’t reward enough, you can sit back at Bistro 14 at Eagle’s Nest with a chilled beer and organic burger. Then, save your knees and ride the Eagle Bahn Gondola right back into Lionshead.
Closer to town, a visit to the world-renowned Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is a must. This true Vail attraction has a trail that winds through native, high-altitude plants and is the highest alpine garden in the United States. There are fun activities for kids, such as a scavenger hunt, which makes the floral environment interesting for them too. The Gardens are especially enticing in the summer, but they’re open year-round. There’s a recently completed Alpine House.
Vail Attractions are Beyond the Usual
Right next door to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is another famous Vail attraction, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Pack a picnic and go relax on the grassy lawn, listening to the New York Philharmonic … heaven! There are performances that will appeal to every member of your family every summer.
Check out the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum. It’s chockful of ski history, a funky gift shop and docents who truly love what they do.
Of course, the biggest Vail attraction is Vail Mountain itself. Hiking, biking, running, ziplining, skiing, snowboarding and snowbiking all make it part of your world. Simply pick your passion and give it a go. Remember to drink lots of water to replenish yourself!