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Telluride offers a charming downtown and sweeping views of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado.

Located high in southwest Colorado's San Juan Mountains, Telluride used to be a rugged mining town, but now has transformed into the country's top ski destination as well as a charming mountain town. The San Juan Mountains surround the quaint town, and the scenic beauty is unmatched. 

Visitors can take a gondola ride up to the gorgeous views at the Telluride Ski Resort, one of the best places in the Rocky Mountains for skiing. Hiking trails to waterfalls or mountain lakes are available, and after exploring all day in the mountains, visitors can enjoy Telluride's Main Street, straight out of the Victorian era. Try out one of the delicious restaurants, interesting shops, art galleries or bookstores. With dramatic views and upscale amenities, Telluride is easily on of Colorado's top most beautiful towns. 

  • Population: 2,585
  • What It's Known For: Skiing, film/music festivals, Victorian-era downtown
  • Must-Visit Attraction: Telluride Ski Resort

Whether you are looking for historical sites, outdoor adventures or just a lovely mountain retreat, Telluride offers amazing views and fresh mountain air, as well as rolling green hills, snow-capped peaks and pristine lakes. Not to mention being a prime skiing destination that will excite experts and newbies alike. The Rocky Mountains of North America boast numerous charming, under-the-radar small towns that offer this breathtaking alpine scenery. 

In Telluride you can go rock climbing, try mountain biking, hike numerous trails or even try whitewater rafting in the summer. The unique brewpubs and cafes are also sure the delight. Accommodations range from the very high end to quaint bed and breakfasts. If you're looking for a retreat without the crowds, check out Telluride, CO. 

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