Clean, crisp air, sparkling river canyons and snow-dusted Rocky Mountain vistas are just a few of the things that make Colorado truly unique and a favorite destination amongst domestic and international travelers. Without reservation, you should focus a trip around all this intense, jaw-dropping nature and corresponding outdoor activities, but you’re also likely to make your way into town at some point, and when you do, you’ll want to carve out some serious time. The many adorable, small towns in this state cropped up thanks to their mining past, and today possess a decidedly Western charm with plenty of outdoor spirit. Here are some of the most charming towns The Centennial State has to offer:

COVID-19 Update: Whether you’re dipping your toe back into local travel, or just starting to plan your next vacation, these 15 small towns in Colorado should be high on your list. But if you do visit right now, remember to stay smart, mask up, keep your distance and adhere to all CDC and local guidelines.

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In addition to being a skier’s dream, the Vail Valley looks like an actual snow globe come to life. Nestled at the foot of sweeping mountains, Vail Village is steeped in European Alpine charms and is home to amazing bars, restaurants and shopping. For boots with the fur, our favorite fuzzy place in town to lay down some serious cash is Gorsuch, a ski meets fashion and home wonderland.

Airbnbs to book:
A-Frame Cabin: 4 guests
Mountain View Condo: 6 guests
Ski In/Sky Out Chalet: 6 guests

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