Vail

Flights And Sights

Flying To Vail With American Airlines

Pack your ski or hiking boots when you take one of American’s flights to Vail. Known for its superlative downhill skiing, Vail’s slopes are far from the only attraction in this rarefied air. After the thaw, you'll find a destination for anglers, paddlers, bikers, and hikers, along with plenty of Western chic when you fly to Vail with American Airlines.

Ski or snowboard Vail Mountain

The largest single-mountain ski resort in North America. The 5,289-acre resort offers runs for every skill level in the family, including the legendary powder that fills its challenging Back Bowls. Come summer, the resort transforms into a magnet for hikers and mountain bikers who make good use of the lifts as well.

Hit the slopes at Beaver Creek

Vail's refined sister resort to the west. Besides the swanky base village and luxurious ski-in, ski-out lodging, the resort has plenty to offer even the best skiers and snowboarders, including the Birds of Prey, a World Cup race course certain to get your heart racing.

Celebrate skiing's rich local traditions at the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame.

Skiing fans can visit throughout the year, enjoying such museum exhibits as interactive ski maps and vintage gear and lift tickets. Legends such as Billy Kidd and Warren Miller are enshrined in its Hall of Fame.

Explore the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

The highest botanical garden in the world at 8,250 feet above sea level. Columbines, primulas, and asters are dotted throughout the garden's 30 sections, which also feature waterfalls, creeks, and pools. This romantic setting is just the place to take in a free concert, an author's talk, a yoga class, or a children's program – all of which are offered in the summer.

Go whitewater rafting or fly-fishing with a local outfitter

when all of that lovely powder finally melts each spring. Rafting trips and fishing expeditions generally take to the Colorado or Eagle rivers. Anglers also head to Gore Creek, which cuts right through the heart of Vail Village.

Book your flight to Vail with American Airlines today to see some of Vail's best attractions.

More Things to Do in Vail

Follow American Airlines as we go off the beaten path to discover more things to do in Vail, Colorado, one of the world's great ski towns. The fun's not over when the snow melts – that's just the time for a visit to Rancho Del Rio and a trip out on the Colorado River, or a hike into the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. American is with you every step of the way.

Visit the historic railroad town of Minturn

Located just west of Vail, which settled in the late 1800s at the confluence of Gore Creek and the Eagle River. The Minturn Saloon, known for its quail and enchilada combination plate and aprés-ski margaritas, is a landmark; hardcore skiers often get there via the back-country "Minturn Mile" and return to Vail via shuttle.

Whitewater raft from the funky river-rat community Rancho Del Rio

Situated northwest of Vail on a slow-moving stretch of the Colorado River, Rancho Del Rio is the home of several rafting outfitters such as the full-service Colorado River Center. For local cuisine, try the inimitable KK's BBQ, a.k.a. "The Center of the Universe."

Hike or climb the trails of Eagles Nest Wilderness Area

A few miles north of Vail, which attracts mountaineers of all skill levels. Hikers and backpackers take to the 180 miles of trails, while climbers scale the serrated majesty of the Gore Range, the mountain range at the heart of the wilderness.

Golf the Rockies once the snow retreats from the floor of Vail Valley

At two of Colorado's top links, including the ultra-scenic Vail Golf Club or the 45 holes on four courses at Cordillera in Edwards. Head "down valley" to enjoy the semi-private Tom Fazio-designed course at Red Sky Ranch in pastoral Wolcott.

Relax with a post-ski or -hiking spa treatment at some of Colorado's best resorts

Including the Spa at Vail Mountain Lodge, known for its organic botanicals. Aria Spa at Vail Cascade Resort & Spa is the area's largest with an extensive health club, and the 21,000 square foot Bachelor Gulch Spa is ensconced within the wooded majesty of the Ritz-Carlton.

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