Set in a remote box canyon in southwest Colorado, Telluride marries a former Western mining town and a modern, luxurious ski resort. Downtown Telluride, nestled right up along the ski area, is a National Historic District with numerous outdoor shops, select art galleries, plenty of bars and restaurants for your après-ski fix, and zero stoplights. Take the free gondola (that runs until midnight!) from Telluride up to Mountain Village, the true “resort” of the two areas. Although Telluride is known for its steep expert runs and picturesque hike-to terrain, there’s plenty of skiing and riding for beginners as well. With 19 lifts and gondolas, the mountain offers spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains, whether you’re at the base area or way back in Revelation Bowl.