The likes of Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Vail are certainly three beautiful and popular mountain towns in Colorado. However, they aren’t the only players in the game. Check out some of these smaller mountain towns, and leave the hefty resort price tags for another trip.
Close to all of Summit County’s attractions, like the major ski resorts, Frisco is an excellent base for a mountain adventure. There are deals to be found, especially in the summer. If you’re visiting during the winter and can’t stomach the price tags of staying near the major ski mountains, Frisco is a great alternative.
For the visitor who wants to be right in the middle of the Summit County mountain scene, Breckenridge is usually the cheapest option. The town of Breck existed long before the ski resort, so there’s a vibrant downtown scene with plenty of options for dining, drinking and shopping. Winter sees a drastic increase in prices, but consider visiting during the summer for great deals on lodging.
Leadville used to be a booming silver mining town, but things have died down since the 1800s. The architecture around town is fascinating. Mountains also surround Leadville, making it a nature lover’s paradise. To keep costs even lower, consider seeking out some free camping spots on National Forest land.
Idaho Springs is, for many people, the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Most residents and visitors just drive right through on their way deeper into the mountains, but it makes for a worthwhile stop. The town has been adding amenities recently, like more restaurants, in an attempt to woo people into staying longer.
National Geographic recently put Carbondale on the radar as a top place to live and play, so get there before it becomes popular and prices get higher! Lodging options include campsites, rustic cabins, B&Bs and hotels. Also consider looking into options like AirBNB to snag an even better deal on accommodations.
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ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.