Colorado mountain town makes global list of beautiful streets

DENVER (KDVR) — As the saying goes, taking the road less traveled can make all the difference, and according to Condé Nast Traveler, there’s something to be said for taking the scenic route.

The luxury and travel magazine acknowledged that not all roads are created equal — especially in Colorado. Some roads are full of potholes, while others are just downright frustrating. However, some roads are more notable for their natural features.

Condé Nast Traveler put together a list of 71 beautiful streets from around the world, and Colorado was honored to represent the U.S.

This list doesn’t just recognize streets and views from within the United States. Colorado was featured alongside iconic international spots like Mykonos, Greece and Amalfi Coast, Italy.

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Colorado is known for scenic routes that open up to amazing views of the high country, but only one street made the international list.

Telluride’s Main Street is one of the most famous and beautiful roads in the world, according to Condé Nast.

“Telluride was founded in 1878 as a prosperous mining town, and its original two- and three-story flat roof structures still line many streets—namely the main street, dubbed Colorado Avenue, where the city’s most famous landmark still stands. The New Sheridan Hotel, constructed in 1895 at 231 West Colorado Avenue, became an instant hot spot among the newcomers—mostly gold-hungry tycoons—and remained at the heart of the Telluride social scene,” said Condé Nast.

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Tourists from all over the world and locals alike travel to the southern Colorado town to get a glimpse of the San Juan Mountains and the isolated town at the bottom of a box canyon.

From Denver, it would take you about six hours to drive to Telluride, or you can take a direct flight to the Telluride Regional Airport from Denver or Phoenix.

Out of 71 streets named by Condé Nast, Telluride was one of 15 from the U.S. You can read the full list on Condé Nast’s website.

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