Oct 12th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Find Old West Town with Victorian Charm

I just received a nice tourist booklet on Durango in the mail.  Looks like a great place to spend some time, seniors. This Old West town, founded in 1880, retains its Victorian charm. Restored historic landmarks line downtown streets.  And for seniors who enjoy trains, take a trip through breathtaking canyons of the San Juan National Forest aboard the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Durango seems to offer an endless variety of year round activities and world-class experiences for the entire family, including senior citizens. Retrace ancient footsteps of the Ancestral Pueblo people who once lived in cliff dwellings located in nearby Mesa Verde National Park. Take a stroll back in time with a walking tour of downtown Durango, explore Durango’s eclectic shops and art galleries, and channel your grandchild’s inner artist at the Children’s Museum.

Located in southwestern Colorado, Durango offers numerous lodging and entertainment opportunities that feature something for even the most discerning tastes. Durango has many festivals and events throughout the year.

Senior Vacation Any Time of Year

The winter offers a wide variety of activities as well.  Durango and the surrounding San Juan Mountains are the ideal destination for a Colorado winter vacation. Durango offers skiing and snowboarding at Durango Mountain Resort where you will find world-class terrain, trails and amenities for skiers and boarders of all skill levels. In addition there are hundreds of miles of groomed trails for Colorado favorites like snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding.

In the summer seniors can enjoy the scenic chairlift, Diggler scooters, mini golf and the Alpine Slide.  And rated the #1 attraction in the US by is the Soaring Tree Top Adventure that boasts the largest, highest and safest zip line canopy tour course available.  Over a mile and a quarter of zipline spans through spectacular scenery.

As a contemporary mountain town, Durango celebrates its Wild West heritage. It is a self-proclaimed Napa Valley of beer and the City of Brewerly Love with four microbreweries and brew pubs.  Then there is the  Million Dollar Highway from Silverton to Ouray.

Mesa Verde is close by and is devoted to the preservation and discovery of the life of the people who have lived in the area. The park encompasses over 700 years of history from AD 600-AD 1300.  Cliff dwellings were built on this site and are perhaps one of the most well known sites of the park.

Historic downtown Durango is a Nationally Registered Historic District with famous hotels and a plethora of art galleries and museums. The city has been called one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations  and that says it all!  And don’t miss the San Juan Skyway that is called one of the most scenic drives in America. The road to the sky offers views of the towering 14,000-foot San Juan Mountains to rolling hillsides speckled with ancient Indian pueblo ruins. Victorian towns offer both excitement and relaxation. Soak in hot springs, ride the narrow-gauge railroad, and sleep under the stars or in a cozy lodge. Sound enticing seniors?  Do check it out.  jeb

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