A restored Victorian main street is delightful for shopping, snacking and people-watching; you can sign up for a walking tour or guide yourself with a map available from the visitor's center. The Telluride Historical Museum is also a good resource for a quick town history lesson — from mining to ski-boom trivia. And the many galleries, arts organizations, performance spaces and other art happenings are reasons the Telluride Arts District was recently named a Certified Colorado Creative District, not to mention all the plein air artists seen around town capturing the spectacular scenery on canvas.

Almost any outdoor adventure is at your fingertips here, although because of the rugged and steep terrain, many opt for popular four-wheel rides rather than mountain bike spins. One hair-raising route is Imogene Pass to Ouray where you'll pass the old Tomboy mine and fort at 13,114 feet in elevation. The San Juan Skyway Scenic & Historic Byway is a popular trek that winds visitors through the rugged and historic region.

A hike every visitor should consider is straight out of town to 365-foot Bridal Veil Falls (Colorado's longest free-falling waterfall). Or for an easier hike that starts right from downtown, Bear Creek Falls is one of the town's most popular hiking destinations. Stream fishing is great along the Dolores or San Miguel rivers.

And of course, world-class skiing is available up the road or via a free gondola to the town of Mountain Village and Telluride Ski & Golf Resort. The free gondola runs in the summer and fall for easy access up the mountain and to Mountain Village.

Telluride has been coined the City of Festivals, the title pretty much guarantees that you're likely to stumble on some happening any summer weekend. This mountain community's most famous fests are the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Telluride Film Festival, but has many more destination events to plan a trip around.

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