2 - ESTES PARK, COLORADO: This town sits a few miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, which is filled with some of Colorado's highest peaks and most unusual wildlife (such as bighorn sheep). Main Street has interesting shops and galleries - and probably the best collection of ice cream shops of any small town in the West. This is a four-seasons resort town, with plenty of outdoor activities in both winter and summer, and two great places to stay. The Estes Park Resort sits right on Lake Estes, with a restaurant overlooking the lake, a marina with boat rentals right outside, horseback riding across the street, and a homey, woodsy ambience. And The Stanley Hotel - built in 1909 by Freelan Oscar Stanley, inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile - is a white mountain lodge overlooking the town, Victorian on the outside and Western on the inside, with a reputation for "ghostly" nighttime visitors who've checked in, but never checked out...among them Mr. and Mrs. Stanley!