Two Colorado towns named among best small towns in the West by USA Today


USA Today’s 10Best recently published a list of the top small towns in the West, and two Colorado towns made the list.

USA Today 10Best is an award that highlights the best in destinations, food and drink, hotels, and things to do. A panel of experts nominated small towns, each with a population of fewer than 25,000, and readers voted for their favorites.

Manitou Springs came in at fifth place. Located outside of Colorado Springs, the town offers fun attractions, outdoor adventures, delicious food, and more. Visitors will find everything from art galleries, ice cream shops, and the old- school penny arcade. Manitou Springs is also home to Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, which offers cave tours, scenery, rides, and attractions. Visitors can also do the Manitou Incline, a 2,744-step climb 2,000 feet in elevation.

Durango was ninth on the list. In southwestern Colorado, this mountain town has been used as the backdrop for movies including “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “City Slickers,” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” according to USA Today. Durango also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, including rafting down the Animas River and skiing and snowboarding at nearby ski resorts. USA Today also claims that you can explore over a dozen historic sites in Durango.

Durango. Photo Credit: Jacob Boomsma (iStock).
Durango. Photo Credit: Jacob Boomsma (iStock).

Seward, Alaska took first place, with its opportunities to see glaciers, wildlife, and the culture of the area’s Indigenous peoples.

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