2 of the the top 3 Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA are in our stomping grounds!

For getaways sometimes you don't want to get into the bustling cities of Houston, Salt Lake, Denver and for those places, there are the perfect places with wonderful views and things to do that don't involve a lot of people. U.S. News lists two Colorado towns on the Western Slope in the top 3 of 20 "Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA."

#1 Telluride

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Telluride ranks at #1, with beautiful scenery, skiing, festivals, and more. It is suggested that you visit this beautiful mountain getaway during Mid-June to August, or mid-November to early April as thees are the times when festivals and skiing are readily available. 

Telluride dates back to the Ute Native Americans who used the area as their summer abode until Spanish explorers discovered the region in the 1700s. The town really took off in 1875 when prospector John Fallon made the first mining claim in the Marshall basin. The town residents number around 2,000 making it one of the smaller towns in Colorado, with a punch to attract visitors. Just this month there is live music, theTelluride Americana Music Festival and more. 

#3 Steamboat Springs

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US News suggests that individuals consider traveling to Steamboat Springs during March or April before the end of the ski season or during the fall months of September, October or November.  With trails like the Yampa River Core Trail and sights such as the Tread of Pioneers Museum, there is always something to do or check out. This is a great outdoor adventure for individuals. There is a complimentary bus system which helps you get around without a lot of headache to boot. 

This fun ski-town was incorporated in 1900 and had hotels, stables, banks and more and was primarily a ranching town until the 1960s when recreation became the focus. Steamboat offers "world class skiing, biking, and year-round recreational destination."

With two western slope towns in the top 20, it is not hard to figure out why we love our neck of the woods in the wild and remote west. So Check them out! Have you been there?