One of the most pleasant parts of summer is catching a show on a balmy evening, beverage in hand, as the sun sets overhead. Here are five of our favorite outdoor venues across the U.S., all conveniently close to an Inspirato hotel.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre — Morrison, Colorado
We couldn’t compile a list of amazing venues without including Red Rocks. Although it’s already a bucket list destination for many, this naturally created amphitheater nestled into the landscape where the Great Plains meets the Rockies creates an acoustically perfect environment. There’s something otherworldly about it—that must be why The Beatles, Sting, and many other iconic acts have made appearances there. You’ll just have to experience it for yourself.
Jay Pritzker Pavilion — Chicago, Illinois
A marvel amid the Chicago skyline in the city’s Millennium Park, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion features a unique “headdress” that billows outward, appearing almost like a silver bow atop a present. The pavilion’s most impressive structure, though, is its innovate trellis, supporting an aerial sound system that’s meant to mimic the acoustics of an indoor concert. Past acts have included Robert Plant, Bon Iver, Hozier, and Jim James.
Where to stay: You’ll be walking distance from Millennium Park with a stay at The Langham Chicago. And the views aren’t bad either; floor-to-ceiling windows in each suite offer a sweeping look at the Windy City.
Town Park — Telluride, Colorado
Tucked into the San Juan mountains of Southern Colorado, it’d be a difficult endeavor to find a more scenic venue in the U.S. than Town Park. Annual bluegrass and blues festivals draw visitors from across the country to this secluded mountain town—but the travel is worth the show. Past acts have included Neil Young, Steve Winwood, David Byrne, Melissa Etheridge, and Grace Potter.
Merriweather Post Pavilion — Columbia, Maryland
This beloved amphitheater located on 40 acres of protected land between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., has been a bucket list venue for decades. Another Frank Gehry design, Merriweather Post Pavilion’s rich history includes performances by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Grateful Dead. In that spirit, it makes sense that Woodstock’s 50th anniversary celebration is set to take place at Merriweather from Aug. 16–18, 2019.
Where to stay: Depending on which city you’d like to drive in from, the Sagamore Pendry makes for a good home base in Baltimore, situated right on the city’s iconic Rec Pier about a 35-minute drive to Merriweather. If D.C. is more up your alley, the Mandarin Oriental offers easy access to the city’s waterfront and iconic attractions.
Hollywood Bowl — Los Angeles, California
The Hollywood Bowl has been a staple in the Southern California music scene since its inception in 1922. From Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald to Paul McCartney and Dolly Parton, generations of influential and diverse musicians have performed at the bowl, constructed to tuck into the concave Hollywood hillside where it sits. The bowl’s so iconic that it even boasts its own on-site museum.