Estes Park, Colorado, is on the New York Times ’52 Places’ list to travel in 2022


The New York Times this week released its annual “52 Places” list for 2022, in which editors and contributors suggest dozens of global destinations travelers should have on their radar.

This year’s list includes options for an ever-changing world of travel. This means places that take into account issues such as overtourism and climate change, and where visitors can contribute to a solution. It is a daunting challenge, certainly, but a noble one.

“In the past, the list has often focused on things like a newly hot restaurant scene, an exciting new museum, or the opening of a fabulous beach resort,” write the Times editors. “Rather, this list highlights the places where change is really happening – where endangered wild lands are preserved, endangered species are protected, historical wrongs are acknowledged, fragile communities are strengthened – and where the travelers can be part of the change. ”

A city in Colorado made the list alongside cities such as Queens, NY, and Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

Entering at No. 32, Estes Park was selected for its low-carbon off-piste skiing at the former Hidden Valley resort, as well as its camping, snowshoeing, and extensive nature and wildlife photography opportunities. As for après-ski, editors recommend Rock Cut Brewing, which donates to local nonprofits for every Altruism beer it sells.

Need some extra inspiration for Estes? Discover our recent travel guide for the destination, more cover via ferrata and places to to ice skate.

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