Vail’s Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
A surprising location for America’s tallest botanical garden
Though ski season in Vail doesn’t kick off until early November, there’s another unique reason to visit the destination. Perched sky high at 8,250 feet above sea level, the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens hold bragging rights as the highest public botanical gardens in North America. Utterly charming and brimming with a variety of plants (including wild roses, columbines, and colorful perennials) this gem of a garden is free to the public and open every day of the year. Private tours are also available, and though the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is gorgeous on its accord – just imagine enjoying all this natural beauty against the backdrop of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.