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Need a social-distancing getaway? Try Durango, says USA Today

Durango is the right place for a pandemic-style fall road trip, according to USA Today.

The national publication outlined a four-day road trip through some of the region’s attractions – highlighting the fact that Durango offers safe travel adventures during the coronavirus pandemic.

“If ever there was a tourist destination built for social distancing during a global pandemic, it’s this scenic and spacious town of about 20,000 residents at the base of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado,” the article says.

The Animas River Trail earned first listing in the spotlight, with a plug for e-bikes as an environmentally friendly way to get outside while staying distanced. Luckily for locals concerned about e-bikes whipping past them on the trail, the USA Today article emphasized slow speeds.

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument paired well with wine tasting at Sutcliffe Vineyards. Restaurants 11th Street Station and James Ranch Grill made the short list for outdoor eateries, while the Strater Hotel provided the lodging of choice.

The USA Today team sang praises for the San Juan Scenic Byway, looping from Durango to Silverton, Telluride, Dolores and back to Durango. The route, lined with golden aspens, and the Durango Hot Springs Resort and Spa are recommended as part of the four-day road trip.

“Durango offers plenty of wide-open spaces for nature lovers, adventure seekers and history buffs, with numerous outdoor dining choices – some in spectacular settings,” the article says.

Fans of small crowds and lower risk of COVID-19 exposure might be tempted to keep the crown jewels of Durango a little more secret.

But going into winter and a slower economy after an already difficult year, many locals might find themselves grateful for the national spotlight. And who doesn’t want to be complimented on the national scene?

Herald Staff

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