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Steamboat Springs deemed one of America’s “30 Most Beautiful Towns”

The last rays of sunlight illuminate Mount Werner behind the More Barn. Known for its picturesque landscape, Steamboat Springs was listed on Expedia's "The 30 Most Beautiful Towns in America" list.

— It's often a surprise greeting us on our morning commutes, and it sometimes catches us off guard with a glance out the window or as we watch the sinking sun set fire to the sky, leaving traces of alpenglow in its wake.

The beauty found throughout the Yampa Valley is something those who live and visit the area know well. And now, it's being nationally recognized.

Steamboat Springs was recently selected as one of the "30 Most Beautiful Towns in America," according to an article, published by the global travel company, Expedia.

Steamboat Springs was recently selected as one of the "30 Most Beautiful Towns in America," according to an article, published by the global travel company, Expedia.

Steamboat is listed as No. 10 on the list, with an emphasis on its rustic charm.

"These 30 towns were selected for having unique charm, breathtaking architecture and the photo-worthy scenery that distinguishes each as a must-see destination," said Kimberly Deese, communications specialist for the Expedia content team.

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According to Desse, the 30 featured towns were selected based on a combination of Expedia staff's personal experiences in the selected towns and feedback from both visitors and locals.

Highlighting villages, larger cities and even islands, the author of the article, Chloe Mulliner, wrote, "Some places stood out for their tranquil vistas, and others made an impression with their enchanting historic districts."

Locations are varied and include the rugged coastline of Florence, Oregon; the 4.5 million tulips blossoming in Holland, Michigan; the quaint Midwestern town of Galena, Illinois; the scenic junction of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; the epic glaciers in Seward, Alaska; the picturesque town of Mount Desert, Maine; the colorful flair of Pella, Iowa= and the natural finesse of Skaneateles, New York.

Of Steamboat, Mullier wrote, "Thanks to the 150 hot springs, three Colorado State Parks, and two ski resorts around this mountain town, Steamboat Springs has a lot going for it in the rustic beauty department. The Yampa River babbles along the banks of downtown, while the nearby steamy Strawberry Park Hot Springs place you in a serene natural pool among an aspen grove. And trust, the backdrop of the ski slopes is really something you'd consider writing home about."

Desse said this is Expedia's first most beautiful list, but in the past, the company has showcased such topics as the "101 Most Comfortable Cities" and the "Best Airports to Rent a Car."

"Expedia wants to encourage people to be tourists in their own regions," Desse said. 'We realized many of America's small charming towns are absolutely beautiful and wanted to help others discover that too."

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1