Brightly colored Victorian-era homes, rustic clapboard storefronts, independent boutiques, art galleries, and gourmet restaurants are framed by the San Juan Mountain views in Telluride, Colorado. Named the #1 Small Town to Visit in the USA for a reason: The area was even honored with the highest level of historic status available from the United States Secretary of the Interior: National Historic Landmark District in 1964.
Telluride Ski Resort, which encompasses more than 2,000 skiable acres and sees a remarkable pairing of 309 inches of snow and 300 days of sunshine, is an attraction that brings many wintertime visitors to Telluride. Skiers and snowboarders both expert and novice are ensured panoramic scenery and powder turns in the San Juan mountains. If that’s not enough, thrill-seeking couples can knock heli-skiing (or snowboarding) off their bucket lists with Telluride Helitrax, a local heli-ski business that takes adventurers to some of the highest elevations of any heli-skiing operation in North America. For something a little more laidback honeymooners can try nordic skiing, ice-skating, snow-shoeing, or winter fly-fishing.
If you’re visiting in summer, there is no shortage of cultural activities for newlyweds to enjoy during a visit to Telluride. The town hosts numerous popular festivals all summer long including the Mountainfilm Festival, Telluride Film Festival, the Bluegrass Festival and the Jazz Festival. The Telluride Historical Museum tells the story of how the area evolved from a mining town to the ski mecca it is today. Pick up a walking guide from the Museum to guide the rest of your day’s adventures.
Warm-weather visitors can also try hiking, camping, cycling and fishing throughout the surrounding area. Magnificent Bridal Veil Falls is a must-do during the warmer months. Bridal Falls is Colorado’s tallest free-falling waterfall at 365 ft and makes for some fantastic photography. Golf-lovers should plan a visit to The Telluride Golf Course. The course is surrounded by the highest concentration of 14,000-foot mountains in the United States. Because it is situated 9,300 feet above sea level, the thin air creates less resistance against the golf ball during flight resulting in 15 percent more distance.
At a Glance
- Manageable by foot: The town of Telluride is just eight blocks wide and twelve blocks long.
- Telluride hosts so many festivals and events during the summer that the area has actually hosts a “Nothing Festival” for one event-free weekend.
- There are over 50 restaurants to wine and dine at in Telluride and Mountain Village alone.
- Couples can enjoy a romantic sleigh ride under the stars.
- Treat your beloved to a meal with a view at Allred’s restaurant. At an altitude of 10,551 feet, the restaurant is located at the top of the Telluride gondola and offers an award-winning wine list.
- The Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) is the primary airport for Telluride, and is a scenic 65 miles away. During the winter months, guests can take advantage of nonstop flights from 11 major hubs, and summer offers nonstop service from five major U.S. cities.
- Manageable by foot: The town of Telluride is just eight blocks wide and twelve blocks long but if you’d like to take the bus look out for the Galloping Goose.
- Neighboring town, Mountain Village, and Telluride are connected by a free, scenic gondola—the only system of its kind in North America. The ride is a convenient 13 minutes and is popular with both residents and tourists.
- There are no stop lights in Telluride. The nearest one is 45 miles away in Ridgway, Colorado.