(CBS4) – Sometimes you just want to get away from it all, and a small town offers the perfect opportunity to do so. Three mountain towns in Colorado are on US News & World Report’s new “Best Small Towns to Visit in the United States” list.
The magazine looked at communities of less than 50,000 inhabitants which still offer many restaurants and attractions while having a character of their own.
Telluride is # 2 on the list for both its skiing offerings and its year round scenery and festivals. The gem of Telluride is Mountain Village. The city hosts festivals and events year round like the Telluride Jazz Festival. You can take dozens of hiking trails, including one to an abandoned mining town. If you’d rather drive, don’t miss the scenic San Juan Skyway.
At # 8 you’ll find Steamboat Springs, a place to ski and then relax in the geothermal hot springs. You’ll find the perfect spot to view fall foliage in the surrounding Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. The whole family can also enjoy tubing on the Yampa River that runs through town.
Breckenridge’s Victorian charm earned it 12th place on the list. Main Street is full of restaurants, bars and shops to appeal to all budgets. Like any good little town in Colorado, Breck has a great toboggan run – you’ll find it in Carter Park. Of course there is world class skiing and all the other outdoor activities. Plus, check out Boreas Pass Road for some spectacular views.
You can find the full list of small towns here, and you can even vote for the ones you like best.
Bar Harbor, Maine, was the # 1 ranked city on US News & World Report’s list.
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