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Vail Transportation Center

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1975, James T. Ream and Associates; Royston-Hamamoto, Alden Beck, landscape consultants. 1990, remodeling and expansion, Michael Barber Architecture. 352 E. Meadow Dr. (at Bridge St.)

A small, man-made mountain camouflages the largely sunken, five-story parking garage, bus terminal, and visitors' center, which should be the arriving motorist's destination, since Vail is a pedestrian town. It is topped by an information kiosk and the Vail bus depot. Tourists might well start here at the Colorado Ski Heritage Center (1990, Michael Barber Architecture), a spacious storefront museum whose exhibits trace skiing back to Scandinavia 2,000 years ago. The public plaza in front of this center leads to Vail's famous covered bridge, clock tower, and a landscaped hike-bike trail.

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Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "Vail Transportation Center", [Vail, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-EA05.

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