By Amy Rutherford, Examiner.com
It is never too early to start planning a summer vacation. Many people do not realize that a town that is popular for snow skiing can be a refreshing summer treat when the temperatures climb to sweltering degrees elsewhere.
Vail, Colorado is just the place to escape the brutal heat that summers can bring. Vail’s altitude is over 8,000 ft. above sea level. The high elevation coupled with mountain valleys can produce light, cool breezes and even moderately cold nights during the summer months.
Vail is an interesting little ski town. It is quaint, and has the appearance of a Swiss village. There are upscale shops nestled between the spruce trees and tucked among the billowing mountains. The gondola, which is open in the summer as well as the winter, is an exciting ride to the top of the mountain. An all-day ticket can be obtained, so that the visitor can come and go as they please.
On top of the mountain one will find a restaurant that serves a variety of tasty dishes, but the best part of the top is the winding foot path that take one through meadows of gently sloping terrain that is blanketed with colorful wildflowers. It is truly a hiker’s dream.
Vail is located right along the interstate highway, and is easily accessible from Denver. The surrounding area is a scenic panorama that is well worth an adventure drive. The majestic mountains will lure the traveler to experience its grandeur.
In the summer months the roads are passable and free from snow and ice, so venturing is easy. With all these activities, Vail makes the perfect summer retreat.