Vail and Beaver Creek

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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Vail and Beaver Creek

Hot-air ballooning

High-altitude (off the mountain, that is) can be reached by floating up to 10,000-feet above the valley in an 8-person wicker basket. Colorado Balloon Rides transports Vail/Beaver Creek residents to the launch site in South Park Valley for no additional cost.

Colorado Balloon Rides, About 50 miles from Vail/Beaver Creek, CO, 888-468-9280,
Tags: sports and adventure | views | outdoors | day trip

Lodge & Spa at Cordillera

Unplug for an afternoon or stay the night at this hilltop chateau - a winner for its stellar valley views, 17 miles of cross-country-trails, championship golf course, and 20,000-square-foot-spa.

About 20 miles from Vail/Beaver Creek, 2205 Cordillera Way, CO, 970-926-2200,
Tags: golf | views | day trip

Whitewater Rafting

Get your adrenaline pumping on a rafting trip down the Upper Colorado River. Start in Rancho Del Rio and continue downstream through Little Gore and Red Canyons Trips run from May through September.

About 40 miles from Vail/Beaver Creek, CO, 888-888-7238,
Tags: sports and adventure | outdoors | day trip

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