Planning a trip to the best mountains in the world? Vail, Colorado is known as the Switzerland of North America because of its great winters and incredible skiing. But Vail can provide your family with one of the most amazing summer vacations on the planet. When the slopes turn from white to green, a whole new world of activities become possible. Here are some ideas to plan the ultimate summer day in Vail this year.
Breakfast at the Little Diner
Dubbed the best breakfast joint in this mountain town, the Little Diner is a must for your morning fuel up. Grab an omelette or German pancake with a hot coffee to kickstart your action-packed day in Vail.
Check out Vail Epic Discovery
One thing you definitely don’t want to miss out on are the beautiful summer days in the Colorado Rockies. Get your day started early due to the frequent afternoon showers come the month of July. Most days start with a clear blue sky, so take advantage and head to Vail’s Epic Discovery. Located on the mountain, Epic Discovery has a plethora of activities for all ages. For those who want to relax, jump on the gondola for a ride or book a Mountain Top 4×4 tours to catch some incredible sights. For those looking for a bit more excitement, Epic Discovery also has rock climbing, a high ropes course, bungee trampolines, a flying coaster, and much more.
Lunch at Bully Ranch
Located at the base of the mountain in Vail, Bully Ranch is a great lunch spot with a dog friendly patio and the perfect way to spend your noon hour. Their famous burger will set you up for a great afternoon in the Rockies and relaxing in the sun is never frowned upon.
Explore for a Few Hours
A classic Colorado afternoon is spent venturing through the backcountry. Whether it be on horseback, an off road vehicle, a bike, or your own two feet, there are plenty of ways to make the most of great summer days in Vail. Keep in mind, you need to be prepared for a rain shower! Keep an eye on the weather and don’t forget to pack a jacket and plenty of water.
Post-Adventure Dinner and Drinks
Make your way to Mountain Standard after concluding your afternoon of activities. This New American restaurant has a good selection of craft brews, spirits, and cooks the majority of their food over an open fire.
Enjoy the Amphitheater
Vail is also home to the beautiful Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. This open-air venue brings in big acts like Robert Plant, Dispatch, Robert Randolph, and 311. On other nights you can see symphonies and concertos. The venue has shows book through the summer and is the perfect way to wind down after an active day in the mountains.