Top 10 Reasons to Visit Vail in the Summer

Travelers hit the high country of Colorado and head to Vail in the winter because of is world class ski and snowboarding.  When the snow melts, summer in the Colorado Rockies is perhaps the best season to plan a vacation in Vail.

From world class events to exhilarating outdoor activities Vail’s summer experience appeals to everyone. Ride 11,000 feet up the mountain on a scenic gondola ride to Adventure Ridge. Swing our clubs on Vail’s golf courses, and you’ll even be gifted with a longer drive due to the thin air of the mountains. Vail’s event calendar is literally buzzing with experiences, such as the upcoming GoPro Mountain Games.

With picture perfect weather and dozens of iconic events taking place in Vail throughout the summer, consider these 10 reasons to visit Vail this summer.

  1. The weather. Average daytime temperatures sit around 75 degrees. Nighttime lows at 45. Dry with little to no humidity.  That’s why Vail locals say, “I came for the winters, but I stayed for the summers.”  BONUS: Enjoy Vail’s affordable summer hotel rates – - as much as 50% lower than in the winter. Although for holidays like 4th of July and Labor Day, Vail can be as crowded as the winter
  2. With so many outdoor activities, Vail is the perfect summer destination to kick-start wellness focused vacation with exercise. Choose the Colorado Rockies as your next outdoor playground with an unlimited number of calorie-burning exercise. You’ll be well on your way to a fit you with hiking, biking, fly-fishing, paragliding, rafting, and kayaking.
  3. Take a ride on the craft distillery trend with a sip of locally sourced craft spirits at the 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company. Welcome to Vail’s newest premier distillery and crafts spirits, commemorating the mountain lifestyle. Here you’ll taste Olathe corn moonshine, a rye whiskey, a Bourbon, a potato vodka, and a Colorado sage-infused, Palisade peach-vanilla cordial.
  4.  Sit back, relax, take in the beautiful mountain air and enjoy some bluegrass during the Vail Summer Bluegrass Series.
  5.  It wouldn’t be a Rocky Mountain summer without the Vail Jazz Festival, a 12-week program from June to September with nothing but the best talent in the jazz world. With over 40 performances and 150 artists, pick a week and your summer vacation will be brighter with the sound of music.
  6. Another musical adventure awaits you during Bravo! Vail, North America’s only festival in North America hosting the world’s finest orchestras in a single season. Each summer, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic take up residence in Vail. This year’s dates are July 1 – August 6.
  7. Don’t let the big one get away.  The streams and rivers of Vail are ready for your fishing adventure. Schedule your vacation during the 14th annual FIPS Mouche World Youth Fly Fishing Championship, held on August 10-15.
  8. From July 27 to August 10, visit Vail for the 27th season of the Vail International Dance Festival. The Festival is a two-week celebration of exceptional artistry taking place in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
  9. The USA Pro Challenge returns to Colorado and Vail with world class cycling. Stage 6 is a road race and Time Trial starting in Vail Village, riding up Vail Pass on August 23. Spend he afternoon watching cycling. Then create your own Vail adventure. When the sun sets enjoy everything Vail has to offer from world class food  and nightlife to lodging.
  10. With all these activities, we could hardly end without a bit of culinary  indulgence. Returning for its 10th year to Vail Village, celebrate Labor Day Weekend (September 4-7) with a multi-day, open-air food and wine tasting at the annual Gourmet on Gore returns to Vail Village for the tenth year September 4 – 7. Gourmet on Gore’s main event – a multi-day, open-air food, wine, spirits and beer tastings. Live music and entertainment rounds out the festivities.
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