I only spent a few precious days in Vail, Colorado - an excuse to visit with our son who landed a plum sports medicine assignment for the next year.
I thought Vail would be a ghost town in summer. I was dead wrong. For a 5,000+ town - Vail was hopping. No where near the buzz it receives in winter - but like many tourism towns in Colorado there is a 'Can-Do' mindset that has turned them into four season tourism destinations.
There are a lot of municipalities in BC and western ...Canada that could learn from Vail's experience, but I'm not holding my breath.
Speaking of breath - I never thought I would experience signs of altitude sickness that included shortness of breath and headaches. I had forgotten Vail is 8000 ft. above sea level. It took me three days to acclimatize.
What a beautiful town in summer - free parking - free bus rides. Vail was immaculate - no pan handlers - great food - tons of shopping - one feels safe and secure everywhere . You park your vehicle.
Everyone walks, bikes or uses other people or powered means. There were flowers, fountains and art everywhere - I just loved the sculptures and the tastefully landscaped grounds. It's ideal for families and just about any other age group.
I was blown away.
I'll be back when the Canadian dollar grows a pair.
All photos courtesy of Neil Bousquet @prwizard
All photos courtesy of Neil Bousquet @prwizardView Entry