A holiday to Colorado is simply like no other. Visiting this amazing American state gives you a number of options during your stay here and each of them are just as wonderful as the next. If western history is your bag then this great state has you covered with a number of amazing sites and museums. Home to many world renowned ski resorts, Colorado is also a great choice for those comfortable sliding down the state’s many mountains.
Aside from being home to the internationally known Rocky Mountain range, Colorado also has four wondrous national parks and world heritage site on its lands. Alternatively if you are just looking for a vibrant and modern destination which is home to some fantastic modern art, famous breweries and wonderful wineries, Colorado should be very high on your must-visit list.
A visit to Colorado just wouldn’t be complete without visiting the aforementioned Rocky Mountains. Breathtakingly beautiful in all four seasons, these amazing mountains have to be seen to be believed and whether you spend a single day in their presence or considerably longer, their impact on you will last a lifetime. During the winter, skiing and snowboarding are of course hugely popular pastimes and there are an abundance of spectacular slopes to keep you interested while doing so. But if you’re looking to do something a little different on the slopes, then Colorado has you covered there too.
Those not quite as confident can simply sled on the slopes, or if you want to try something a little more left-field then snow tubing is also a fun alternative. In addition to these great choices you can also try your hand at ice skating and dog-sledding. During other seasons, these same mountains are home to some fantastic hiking trails and the views they provide are almost otherworldly. Colorado really is one of the world’s best destinations for natural scenery and a must-see in Colorado Springs is the amazing Garden of the Gods. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing in between embarking on these amazing hikes, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a gem easily found. This fantastic zoo offers a number of amazing animals for you to marvel at and you’ll never get bored.
When choosing to dine in Colorado restaurants, you’ll notice that no place does better farm-to-table cuisine than this great state. Restaurants not only strive to source vegetables and meats from local farmers, but many are also starting to grow their own backyard gardens and even purchase farmland to fill out their increasingly authentic menus. A lot of the dishes on offer are simple and hearty meals that are bound to fill up the whole family. Those seeking something a little different will also find a lot of Mexican cuisine around due to the states south-west location, meaning you get two amazing cuisines for the price of one when visiting.
With food out of the way, why not try some of the amazing drinking holes in Colorado? This state, and specifically Denver, is well known to beer-lovers all over the world. Home to many major breweries, and craft-breweries, this amazing city holds The Great American Beer Festival each year. In addition to beer, Colorado’s wine industry is also a booming one. With over 100 producers in the region, the states unparalleled natural beauty is also home wine-tasting rooms like no others.
Active families could not pick a better destination if they spent a whole year doing research. Colorado simply has everything you could ever want from a place when it comes to experiencing the great outdoors with your nearest and dearest. From easy beginner winter sports like sledding and snow tubing to leisurely treks through amazing landscapes, Colorado has enough accessible options for the whole family to enjoy no matter their age.
Why not try a spot of fishing on Colorado’s amazing Grand Lake? Pack a picnic, plenty of bait and some relaxing music as you make the most of a day out on the waters trying to wrangle in some catch. An alternative national park to the well-documented Rocky Mountain range is the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Known as a Mecca for rock climbers from all around the world, this amazing site still has great trails for families. It’s abundance of natural beauty also serves to be an unbeatable geology lesson for all the youngsters.
Action & Adventure
Action and adventure is easy to find in Colorado and you’ll never have to move far to find your next exhilarating experience. Well documented already, there are a number of great options for Colorado in winter all the way from dog-sledding to snowboarding. But even if you visit outside of the popular winter period, you will find an endless list of active pastimes to fill your schedule.
With millions of acres of natural lands in Colorado’s National Parks and Monuments, National Forests and Colorado State Parks, the summer season is an enticing call to all travellers who love the great outdoors. For hikers, Colorado has hundreds of miles of trails that are suited to you no matter what your preferred speed is. Colorado trails are easy to access and lead through diverse landscapes which are sure to astound, from wild-flower meadows to captivating canyons. And when making your way through these amazing lands, why not pack a tent and experience a night on the plains? There’s no better way to get close to Colorado’s abundant wilderness areas than by making one of its many camp grounds your temporary home.
Although Colorado isn’t exactly a beach destination, it’s beautifully scenic mountain range and river more than make up for that fact. In addition to the many amazing lakes on offer, namely Grand Lake, this state is also home to plenty of high-end hotels, spas and leisure centres, meaning if swimming is really high on your priority list you won’t be disappointed by a trip here.
For a night out in style then head to Colorado's capita, Denver. Denver is home to many micro-breweries and craft beer outlets so there are plenty of bars for you to head to and try the specialities. Lower Downtown Denver is the trendy area for drinking. If you want to dance or club then there's lots of choice in Denver, for women Lotus hosts a ladies night with no cover and free drinks until 11 or of you want to try your hand at salsa dancing then Rumba dance club gives free salsa lessons with professional dancers showing you how it's done. Boulder is a University town so you are sure to find lots of bars and clubs here as well as live music.
Nothing says romance more than beautiful vistas and breath-taking landscapes and boy does Colorado have those in abundance. The Royal Gorge Bridge near Cañon City is America’s highest suspension bridge hanging 1,250 feet above the impressive Arkansas River. If one of you gets scared walking across then it is the perfect time to cling to one another tightly as you walk across. Once you’re in the middle make sure to enjoy the stunning views and of course sneak a memorable kiss right in the middle.
If heights aren’t quite your thing then why not take things a little easier with some of the world-famous hot springs. What could be more romantic than soaking in hot springs while a gentle snow falls around you? For optimum romance you can even book some private tubs in seclusion. One final destination which should be high on all couples lists is the picturesque town of Loveland. Known locally as Colorado’s Sweetheart City, Loveland has a thriving local art scene and a number of events perfect for couples trying to recapture some romance.
Colorado was one of the major gold mining states in the U.S. with hopeful explorers heading to the mountains here for gold. These mountains are now known for their skiing but Colorado retains it's proud history of ranchers and miners. The people in Colorado have always depended on the land for their living and still do, with tourism based around the mountains. In Denver, take a trip to the Art Museum for an excellent range of American and African art housed in an architecturally beautiful building. Denver also is an excellent place to catch a show as it is home to a theatre company renowned for its Broadway standard shows. In the summer, among the rocky mountains, the Vail International Dance Festival is well worth catching. Colorado also hosts one of the best bluegrass festivals in the country and a highly reckoned opera house. Wherever you head in Colorado you will find an abundance of art, music and theatre.