"I just referred a guest to take a 4 WHEEL Drive trip and they said it was the "highlight" of their stay in Telluride. Telluride Outside's 4-WD Tours provides an unparalleled opportunity to experience Telluride's fabulous high country while learning the history of one of the world's most famous and notorious gold rush towns.
Also, take a Glider Ride with Glider Bob - The Ultimate Flying Experience over some of the most beautiful terrain in the country."
"Telluride Colorado is known as the Festival Capital of Colorado. The town is alive with festivals every weekend. It is well-known for it's Bluegrass, Film and Blues and Brews Festivals. My favorite are Wine and Balloon Festival weekends."
"My favorite restaurants are Seasons Grill (like a NY restaurant in Durango!) Mahogany Grill (wonderful food at Durango's most celebrated and historic hotel, and Ken and Sue's (great food and ambience on south Main Street)"
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"Durango's downtown Historic District is a must-see when you're in town. Visit also Mesa Verde ancient Indian ruins (about 45 min from town), and drive the scenic Alpine Loop (Durango to Silverton, Ouray, Telluride and return -- 250 mile, day trip)"
"If you're looking for something low key, try "The Office" at Durango's Strater Hotel. Steamworks on 2nd Ave is a must-visit for great brew pub atmosphere."
"Skiing at Durango Mountain Resort, raft or fly fish the Animas River, and a mountain bike course all make for great family activities in Telluride. There is fabulous mountain scenery for hiking everywhere! Take the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Train to Silverton -- go one way and take car or bus back to Durango in afternoon for a perfect day."
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"Must Try Restaurants in Telluride: Honga's has amazing sushi and asian fusion food. New Sheridan Chop House has the best steak house in town. Cosmo features an intimate atmosphere and great high quality dishes. Brown Dog Pizza: Best Pizza/Sports Bar in town - get the 3-1-3 detroit style pizza --- amazing!!"
"Best place to grab a casual drink/hang with locals: The Last Dollar Saloon (the "Buck") or New Sheridan (play foosball or pool also) For a creative cocktail: There (great, creative cocktails & free popcorn; asian fusion bar menu)."
"Lots of festivals during the summer: Wine Fest, Bluegrass, Blues & Brews, Telluride Film Festival, Mountain Film."
Nestled in a box canyon in the southwest corner of Colorado and surrounded by the highest concentration of 14,000 foot peaks in the state, Telluride is the crown jewel of the Rockies.
Founded as a mining town in the late 1800s, Telluride's history is rich and its scenery is undeniably some of the most beautiful in Colorado. Telluride was designated as a National Historic District in 1964. The blend of historic architecture, mountain vacation rentals, spas and independent restaurants make any visit unforgettable. Linked by a free gondola, the historic Town of Telluride and European-styled Mountain Village effortlessly blend luxury and sophistication with authentic charm and mountain sprit.
A Summer Playground
Telluride, many locals will tell you, is a place where people come for the winter, then stay for the summer. Few places rival Telluride's scenery, outdoor activities and unique spirit, and its designation as "Festival Capital of the Southwest" means there is never a shortage of activity.
Nearly every summer weekend, visitors and locals have the chance to celebrate everything from music to independent films, craft beer, yoga and more. From the Memorial Day kick-off of Mountainfilm to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the lauded Telluride Film Festival, the diverse event offerings appeal to virtually all tastes and passions. Summer guests can also enjoy a variety of outdoor adventure including hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, golfing rafting, horseback riding, rafting, jeep tours, stand up paddle boarding and much more.
A Gourmet Dining Boom
After a hard day's play in the mountains, visitors can unwind at one of Telluride's exceptional restaurants. Recently voted one of the "Best American Cities for Foodies" by Condè Nast readers, Telluride offers a variety of culinary delights that satisfy the most discerning palates.
Getting To Telluride
Getting to Telluride has never been easier with two convenient airport options - Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) and Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ). Direct flights are available from eight major hubs during winter, and three hubs during summer.
In pedestrian friendly Telluride and Mountain Village, no car is necessary once you arrive, and a variety of transportation companies offer airport shuttle service.
Winter: Hiking Boots To Ski Boots
When the snow starts to fall, Telluride transforms into a winter wonderland. Voted the #1 ski resort in North America by readers of Condè Nast Traveler for the second year in a row, Telluride offers more than 2,000 acres of incredible terrain for all ability levels. A wide variety of other winter activities in addition to skiing are also available, including snowshoe and snowbike tours, snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, sleigh rides and more. The ski season runs from Thanksgiving to early April.
Information provided by: Telluride Tourism Board