Steamboat Springs offers a wide array of attractions for visitors to enjoy. The Steamboat Springs Arts Depot, also known as the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts is a renovated historic train depot that houses a gallery full of unique contemporary creations. Art shows are held at the depot through the year and contemporary art created by local, national and regional mid-career artists is displayed. During the summer you can enjoy a guided tour starting a few miles south of Steamboat Springs, at Stagecoach and traveling to the Flat Top. Your tour will include stops at several art studios.
The Tread of Pioneers Museum is another attraction that's worth stopping at. This museum has collected and preserved article of interest to the history of Routt County and exhibits these items as an appreciation for the area's historic heritage. Among displays are the 1908 Queen Anne-style Victorian home containing Routt County artifacts, a display of western life, a history of skiing exhibit and a Native American exhibit.
If the performing arts is an attraction to you, then you may want to visit The Emerald City Opera. The Opera productions include world-class artists along with local professionals. Although not professionals, the Steamboat Community Players present professional style productions annually.
An attraction unique to Steamboat Springs is the chariot races. Races are in downtown Steamboat Springs at the Romick Arena. Enjoy the excitement as two teams race on the quarter mile racetrack paced with ic and snow in the winter, or dirt in the summer. The Uampa Valley Cutter and Chariot Racing Association as established in 1960 and has been entertaining tourists since then.
If you still want to enjoy a taste of traditional Colorado winter activities, you can do so at the Howelsen Hill Ski Area. You can choose from downhill and cross-country skiing or try your hand at snowboarding, snowshoeing and even ski jumping. The Howelsen Hill is the oldest ski area in continued use in Colorado and has produced over 50 Winter Olympians from its Winter Sports Club.
The Alpine Slide lets you enjoy a winter activity you won't find at most ski resorts. Ride the chairlift to the top of Howelsen Hill, and enjoy the scenery as you ride back down on a sled that is provided. You'll enjoy the ride on this 2,400-foot track that takes you long the bends and curves of Howelsen Hill.
After a day of touring and enjoying the snow sports at Steamboat Springs, you won't have any difficulty locating a fine place to eat. Rich in restaurants, Steamboat Springs is a great place to sample buffalo and elk, or enjoy the traditional Italian and Mexican. If you prefer French or Japanese food, you'll find a restaurant specializing in these also.
The Strings in the Mountains Music Festival is a summer attraction in Steamboat Springs that includes over 170 musicians performing in a number of productions that include classical and contemporary shows. Besides hosting the summer music festival, the Strings in the Mountains also is host of Steamboat's Music on the Green which is a weekly summer concert, free to the public, and is held at the local botanic park.
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