Pairing history with one-of-a-kind adventure and exploration is easier than ever for those travelers that make plans to make their way to beautiful Durango, Colorado. This modern marvel got its roots on the railroad and in the mines—both of which are wonderfully evident despite the passage of time. If you’re a traveler with a passion for pursuing the stories of the past and equally intrigued by modern restaurants and shops, coming to Durango, and checking out historic downtown promise to be a highlight of your stay.
Where Old West and Southwest Collide
Historic downtown Durango has earned its well-deserved place on the National Register of Historic Districts, giving visitors plenty to explore while they’re here. This area of town enjoys a collection of boutique storefronts, historic hotels, savory restaurants, art galleries, museums, and shops just to name a few! It’s a place where it’s just as easy to pop in and out of intriguing stores as it is to simply set aside time to stroll through and imagine what life must have been like here in the late 19th century. The founding of Durango is very much immersed in mining and railroad culture, both of which grew the area’s population over time and gave it its undeniable sense of western charm. The city has done an amazing job of keeping that vibe intact while also keeping pace with modernity throughout the downtown area.
Historic Durango Places to Check Out
There’s no shortage of opportunity when it comes to options for fun in historic downtown Durango. Here, visitors can enjoy easy access to the iconic Animas River Tails, check out the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Museum, wander through the Powerhouse Science Center, or enjoy an artistic demonstration at the Get Fused Glass Studio. Historic Durango is also home to Durango Rivertrippers and Adventure Tours for those looking to get out on the water and make the most of white water rafting excursions during their stay. Craft breweries abound in this area for visitors who are looking for a savory approach to their visit, while the Durango Visitor Center readily offers up self-guided historic walking maps when you’re up for some solo discovery designed to match your very own pace.
There’s so much waiting to be discovered in Durango and there’s never been a better time to explore! When you’re ready to book your stay, be sure you’re settled with the help of Durango Colorado Vacations. Reach out today to learn more. Check out our holiday cottages in Durango and enjoy a home atmosphere during your next vacation!