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Things to do in Vail

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Vail. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Vail attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Vail to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Vail.

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  • Dog Sledding

    Climb into a sled and drive your dogs along 10,000 acres of terrain in Diamond Star Ranch near Vail. Two tours per day run during the winter, and a... More
  • Gorsuch, Vail

    Ignore Gorsuch's chain-like omnipresence: when the moneyed set shop for the slopes, this is where they come. The original store, opened in Vail Vil... More
  • Mountain Biking

    The vertical that draws skiers in the winter lures fat-tire aficionados in the summer. The 20 or so trails range from over-your-handlebar black-dia... More
  • Pepi Sports

    One of the premier retailers of ski equipment and skiwear in Vail, Pepi Sports spans three stories in Vail Village. The lower level houses the stor... More
  • The Red Lion

    Vail's consistently hot après-ski spot, this neighborhood-like bar is always jam-packed after the lifts close for the day. You may have to elbow yo... More
  • Vail Resort

    Vail Resort, owned by the mountain resort company Vail Resorts, is an expansive skiing and snowboarding area developed around Vail Mountain. The ar... More

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