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“Durango Historical Places”

Historic Downtown Durango
Ranked #3 of 73 things to do in Durango
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Historic Downtown Durango is the heart of the community. Filled with over 200 unique shops, stores and restaurants, Downtown Durango has something for everyone. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is located in Downtown, and has daily excursions plus a FREE museum. The Strater Hotel is also in Downtown and has been in operation since the 1800's. We have wonderful restaurants, from fast food to fine dining and everything in between. Plus there are amazing shops with unique items, including nearly a dozen world class art galleries. To learn more about Historic Downtown Durango, visit our website, and use the FREE wifi Downtown at Durango WiFi. Thanks for visiting!
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Durango is a marvelous town to live or even visit. I love the historical feeling of being in the then and now. K

Thank Karolyn J
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

You like fake and touristy kitsch, you'll just love Durango city. Loaded with attractive shops, especially of an outdoorsy motif and content. Let me admit, this is written from a strictly adult perspective, from a world traveller. Frankly, the town does not live up to the hype, that is a hype generously lathered on by the local marketing mavens. It's certainly a nice place, but how about this for balderdash: they claim more restaurants per capita than San Francisco! Let me tell you, that's a lot of steak and BBQ, and a few Asian and Mediterranean wannabes. It's a very orderly, Anglo place, and little cultural diversity is apparent. They are overwhelmingly a very comfortable as well as young Anglo population. Still, there is a World Class site 36 miles from Durango that is worth a full day trip, the unbelievable canyons of Mesa Verde with their Anasazi mesa top ruins, as well as their spectacular cliff dwellings. Communities of Anasazi Indians inhabited the Mesa from 600-1300 A.D. Secondly, the Durango to Silverton narrow gauge railroad day excursion with an old fashioned steam locomotive is well worthwhile, sometimes spectacular. Do not, do not skip the Mesa. If you have a second day, book the train. Other days do outdoorsy sports or, better yet,
just head down to Santa Fe for several World Class museums and real cultural diversity.

1  Thank Joecafone
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Lots to see on both sides of Main St. A little of everything for everybody. Safe traffic lights for pedestrian traveling with kids. Lots of outside seating for snacks and kid breaks in good weather. Parking could be better, bring your change for meters.

Thank Jill M
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Old west flavor with some interesting historic buildings and architecture. A lot of tourist shops selling trinkets and t-shirts. Some good restuarants that get crowded at meal times but thin out quickly.

1  Thank majjones74
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is a cute town with fun shops, but it's not big enough to spend a whole day at. If I had it to do over again, I would have used Durango as a half way eating place on my way to Mesa Verde National Park, from Pagosa Springs. The wine shop by the train station is a fun place to "Increase your happiness level" by doing a wine tasting. You get 4 samples and a nice glass of wine for $10!

1  Thank Monica D
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