The state of Colorado is known for its diverse landscape, which combines a mixture of snow-covered mountains, desert, and river canyons. It has also earned quite a reputation for its world-class resort towns that offer skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and other winter activities. People love to come here and rent a cozy cabin while enjoying the beautiful scenery, snow, and outdoor lifestyle at one of Colorado’s 26 ski and snowboard resorts that are open from October to April. A former mining state, Colorado has a rich American Indian history that can be experienced in more detail at the various galleries, festivals, museums, and historic sites. In addition, visitors also come to Colorado to experience the spas, shopping, national parks, historical sites, and much more.
There are so many things to do in Colorado, whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or you simply want to relax and enjoy lower intensity activities. At Dinosaur National Monument, visitors can walk the same paths that prehistoric dinosaurs walked. Explore interactive exhibits at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and learn more about frontier life at historic forts like Fort Garland and Bent’s Old Fort. Catch a performance by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, and experience performance art events like the Aspen Music Festival and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder. Other major attractions to visit include Pearl Street Mall, the Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens, and tours of different breweries and Old Town’s shops in Fort Collins. Enjoy a weekend in one of Colorado’s famous ski resort towns like Vail or Aspen, and relax at one of the 30 different hot springs like the more luxe Dunton Hot Springs, or the more rugged Conundrum Hot Springs near Aspen. If wine tasting is more your thing, definitely make a stop in Colorado’s wine country in Palisade and Grand Junction, which has numerous vineyards and orchards that offer wine tastings along with fresh jams, honey, and more.
Denver is the largest city in Colorado, as well as the capital, and is often referred to as the “Mile High City” because it is exactly one mile above sea level. Denver dates back to the Old West era and has many museums including the Denver Art Museum, and is where the mansion of Titanic survivor Molly Brown is located. In addition to the University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder is a hip town with lots of outdoor activities, shopping, community events, and a flourishing nightlife. Colorado Springs is Colorado’s second largest city with lots of attractions, including Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, one of three U.S. Olympic Training Centers, and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Aurora is another exciting destination in Colorado, which has more than 100 parks, lots of open space, 26 historic sites and landmarks, and six award-winning golf courses.
There are many great small towns in Colorado that have become popular resorts for skiing and other mountain activities. Telluride is located in the Rocky Mountains at the base of a popular ski and golf resort, and two of the big attractions in this town include the Sheridan Opera House and the Telluride Historical Museum. Vail is located at the bottom of Vail Mountain and has become famous for an array of winter sports and activities, especially skiing and snowboarding. It’s a great place to rent a cozy cabin for the weekend, then hit the slopes with friends. At the bottom of the Rocky Mountains is the town of Breckenridge, which offers year-round alpine activities and the preserved Breckenridge National Historic District located on Main Street, which features shops, restaurants and galleries from the 1800s. Aspen is another popular ski resort town in the Rocky Mountains that in addition to outdoor recreation also has high-end shops and restaurants, as well as points of interest like the Wheeler Opera House and the Aspen Art Museum.
There is an impressive selection of lakes located in Colorado that offer plentiful hiking, camping, fishing and more. Grand Lake is the largest body of water in Colorado and is located on the headwaters of the Colorado River. Lake Dillon is especially popular in the summer time for boating and sailing, while Maroon Lake is one of the most scenic places surrounded by wildflowers. Mohawk Lake offers a beautiful and challenging hike that offers stunning views of sweeping vistas, waterfalls, and more. Nymph, Dream and Emerald Lakes are located in Rocky Mountain National Park and offer a beautiful hike with spectacular mountain views.
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited parks in the United States, and is located between the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake. Many people come here to hike the numerous trails that offer varying degrees of difficulty, along with horseback riding. Other popular activities include rock climbing, fishing, snowshoeing and skiing. Mesa Verde National Park has well-preserved cliff dwellings, offers panoramic canyon views from Sun Point Overlook, and several rock carvings can be seen on Petroglyph Trail. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is in the western part of Colorado and surrounds a deep, steep-walled gorge with numerous roads and trails that offer gorgeous views. In addition to river access, many visitors often spot wildlife such as mule deer, golden eagles and elk. Located in southern Colorado, Great Sand Dunes National Park Preserve is famous for its huge dunes and trails that lead to forests, alpine lakes for fishing, and wetlands.
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