A view of the Strater Hotel in Downtown Durango, CO.

#3. Durango

The surrounding San Juan Mountains hold opportunities for Durango residents to mountain bike, hike, kayak and fish. While Durango is filled with Old West heritage, the city’s restaurants and shops provide a hip, modern entertainment scene. Thousands of visitors come to experience the Snowdown Festival, which includes fireworks and a beard growing contest. Located near five major ski areas, Durango serves as a gateway to great downhill skiing.

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