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Vail, Colorado

Vail—An Abundance of Year-Round Activities You Won’t Need Skis for

This week, we’re heading somewhere a little closer to home—Vail, Colorado. World famous for its skiing, Vail boasts stunning mountain views, perfectly snowy slopes, and brilliantly vivid evergreens. Grab your skis, lace up your hiking boots, pack your tennis racquets, practice your golf swing, and don’t forget your camera – this destination is a year-round adventurer’s dream.

Vail is located in Colorado, 100 miles west of Denver. It has a humid continental climate, which means that Vail experiences four very distinct seasons each year, with humid summers and harsh winters. Temperatures in Vail range from about 5 degrees fahrenheit to about 76 degrees fahrenheit throughout the year, so it’s a pretty chilly destination. Dress in layers to stay warm! Dr. Pasha rated Vail a 3 out of 10 on the Pasha Allergy Scale, which isn’t too shabby, if you ask us. Depending on when you travel, you might experience some pollen allergies, but we’ll break down the best times to visit and how you can manage your symptoms while you’re savoring your mountain getaway.

Pollen—Vail’s Allergen and What to Do About It

For pollen sufferers, you may want to stay away from Vail in the summer. From June through September, pollen counts are higher than they are throughout the rest of the year and may set off your sniffling and sneezing.

If you’re concerned about the level of pollen putting a damper on your vacation, try planning a trip during another season instead. Or, simply bring your normal allergy regimen with you when you travel so that you’ll be prepared to stop any symptoms in their tracks.

Now That Your Allergies Are Under Control, Let’s Have Some Fun

Take a trip to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Admire beautiful blooms and babbling brooks. Enjoy the sights and sounds of various waterfalls and spend some time meditating in the midst of breathtaking aspen trees.

Mid-season skiing at Arapahoe Basin, Colorado basing ski resortSpend an afternoon exploring the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum. Learn the history of skiing in Vail, and see many incredible exhibits. Among these exhibits, you may see the equipment used by the ski troopers of World War II, the gear used by U.S. athletes in the earliest Winter Olympic Games, and the evolution of ski bindings and skis. This museum will make for a great afternoon indoors when the allergies are too much to bear!

Bike rack stand on cobblestone street in Vail, ColoradoMany would argue that you can’t visit Vail without hitting the slopes—after all, the skiing is what the beloved town is known for! At Vail Ski Resort, you can fly down the mountain on a tube, ride a roller coaster through the forest, try your hand at ski biking, take a guided snowshoe tour, and of course, ski and snowboard. After a long day on (and maybe in, if you’re not so coordinated) the snow, spend the evening shopping or enjoying a warm, delicious dinner.

Loveland pass on late winter dayTake a hike up Vail Mountain. Stay hydrated and eat plenty of healthy snacks to keep you energized for the gorgeous views you’ll see at the top. This activity is probably best for summer, so bring along your allergy medication to squash any symptoms along the trail.

Golf aficionados, rejoice! The Red Sky Ranch and Golf Club is a mere 20 minutes away from Vail, and is ranked the number one best golf course in Colorado. It may be a hassle to lug your clubs onto the airplane, but you’ll definitely want to tee up for this one.

What to Know Before You Go—A Guide to Medications in Vail

If you’re traveling from a destination in the U.S., you shouldn’t have any issues bringing your medication on your trip (so long as you follow your airline’s packing regulations), nor should you have an issue finding a pharmacy that carries your medication if you run out or lose your medicine.

If you’re traveling to the U.S. from another country, you can find guidelines for bringing medication into the U.S. here, as well as information about getting prescriptions filled once you’ve reached your travel destination.

With plenty to do and see in Vail, you’ll never be bored. Whether you opt for a snowy winter getaway or an adventurous summer trip, you’ll fall in love with all that Vail and the surrounding areas have to offer. Remember to be mindful of pollen season when booking your trip and don’t forget your allergy medications, so you can be sure to enjoy every second of your vacation. Bon voyage!

Be sure to check out the Pasha Travel Guide to see this year’s top 12 travel destinations, and learn tips for traveling allergy-free. Next week, we’re featuring Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, and covering allergens to watch out for, fun activities to do while you’re there, and important medicine restrictions for travelers. Stay tuned later this week to learn how you can get quality sleep in your hotel room even if your partner snores. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest for more updates!