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CO is home to 4 of the 15 best small vacation towns in the country!

June 26, 2017
Visitors hike in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area near Aspen. (Christina Capasso, The Aspen Times)

If you think Colorado’s mountain towns make ideal weekend getaways, you’re in good company.

Four Colorado mountain towns made U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 15 Best Small Towns to visit in the USA. The magazine’s travel rankings are based on an analysis of expert and user opinions. Each town on the list includes information about best hotels, airfare deals and things to do.

Sonoma, in the heart of one of America’s best wine-making regions, tops the list.

Here’s how the Colorado towns ranked:

No. 2: Breckenridge. The magazine, which says the town “retains the same Victorian-era charm it had during the height of the gold rush,” also put Breckenridge at No. 6 on its list of Best Ski Destinations in the USA, No. 13 on its list of Best Places to Visit in the USA and No. 18 on its list of the World’s Best Places to Visit. While in Breckenridge, the magazine recommends getting some exercise — whether skiing, snowshoeing or hiking — while enjoying the gorgeous surroundings.

Lower Peak 8 area, lower right, at the Breckenridge Ski Resort Saturday, February 4th, 2012.

No. 7: Steamboat Springs. The magazine says Steamboat offers “excellent ski conditions, a community of friendly locals and geothermal hot springs that are perfect after a long day spent on the slopes.”

Steamboat Springs celebrates New Year’s Eve with a torchlight parade and fireworks. (Provided by Larry Pierce, Steamboat Ski Resort)

No. 10: Aspen. Aspen makes several of the magazine’s lists including No. 3 on Best Luxury Destinations in the USA, No. 4 of Best Romantic Getaways in the USA, No. 5 on Best Ski Destinations, No. 7 on Best Winter Family Vacations, No. 8 on Best Ski Destinations in the USA and No. 13 on Best Winter Vacations. The magazine says few destinations can compare with Aspen as a winter wonderland: “This scenic mountain town is straight out of a snow globe, featuring picturesque mountain chalets hugged by the soaring Colorado Rockies.”

The magazine touts Aspen’s non-skiing attractions, including high-end shopping, museums, funky galleries and fun festivals.

Aspen Snowmass Gondola
The Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain. (Provided by Aspen Snowmass)

No. 14: Vail. Vail also ranks on several of the magazine’s lists including No. 4 on Best Ski Destinations and No. 9 on Best Family Summer Vacations. “Jagged peaks, miles of slopes and perfect powder attract thousands of visitors every year, earning Vail a noteworthy place among Colorado’s other winter heavyweights, Aspen and Telluride,” the magazine says. It also cautions that Vail “is a hard city for those on a shoestring vacation budget” and recommends a summer visit as a less expensive option.

Allison Rosenbaum of Avon, Colo., walks Bowie on the North Trail on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Vail, Colo. The trail system opened for the season; the system closes two months each spring for wildlife migration. (Chris Dillmann, provided by Vail Daily via The Associated Press)
 
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