Explore Colorado

Explore Colorado
There are such a variety of activities available in Colorado, it’s hard to know where to start. Riding a historic steam engine on the Georgetown loop, relaxing in the natural hot springs emerging from the Rockies (Steamboat Springs or Glenwood Springs), or exploring the state by way of a craft brewery itinerary.

If luxurious living is your desire then book a room at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs or at the Little Nell Hotel in Aspen.

The outdoor enthusiast will find the countryside is a mixture of landscapes ranging from the towering Rocky Mountains, to the US’s tallest sand dunes, to vast prairie grasslands, and, of course, the rushing rivers.

Pearl Street Mall, Denver
Mesa Verde National Park
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs

Places to Visit in Colorado

  • Aspen
  • Boulder
  • Denver
  • Lafayette
  • Durango
  • Colorado Springs

Unique Things to See and Do in Colorado

  • Tour the United States Mint in Denver
  • Walk across the Royal Gorge Bridge
  • Visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
  • Listen to a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • Check out the precariously perched rock formations at the Garden of the Gods
  • Ski, of course!

Travelling Through Colorado

Starting with the capital city of Colorado, Denver city dates back to the Old West era with some great 19th century buildings, such as the Colorado State Capitol building. Constructed in 1894 it features a beautiful gold leaf dome, Colorado white granite throughout and a rare rose marble called the Colorado Rose Onyx. Other great sights to see are the Denver Art Museum, the Botanical Gardens, and the Black American West Museum. For those who love history and luxury rolled into one book your stay at the Brown Palace Hotel or perhaps stop in for some afternoon tea. It’s worth the visit inside.

Next, head out to Boulder Colorado which is a short trip from Denver (an hour ride away). A top attraction here is the Pearl Street Mall, a four-block pedestrian mall with plenty of street vendors, quaint shops, live music, street performers, and lots of fun activities for the kids. Another historic hotel to visit is the Hotel Boulderado which opened in 1909 or check out the Avery Brewing Company for a great selection of craft beers.

You can’t go to Colorado without heading out the Rocky Mountain National Park. You can take scenic drives through the park, hike some of the 355 miles worth of trails, and watch for Bighorn, Elk, and Mule Deer. Before you start any hikes be sure to check out the Visitor’s Centre to learn about the tours and programs that are available.

Of course there are other places worth putting on your itineraries such as Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, The Broadmoor, and the Red Rock Canyon all located in Colorado Springs. And then there’s skiing in Aspen, and if you are there during the summer you can take a gondola up the mountains or hike the neighbouring trails. For the photographers out there – take a trip up to Maroon Bells to capture the beautiful jagged peaks.

Getting Around Colorado

By far the best way to travel Colorado state is by car, especially if you want to see all three of the major rivers; the Colorado River, Arkansas River, and the Rio Grande, but there are 224 rivers in total! The major cities, like Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs, all have good public transit systems. You can also fly between cities, but in some cases driving is easier and more cost effective – for example it is only 70 miles between Denver and Colorado Springs.

The other two options are the bus (Greyhound) and the train (Amtrak). Sometimes taking the train is much nicer and offers the same price point as bus service which takes longer.

Did you know…?

Pikes Peak Cog Railway is the highest cog railway in the world. The tracks run cog wheels that have “teeth” to clutch onto the train and allow it climb mountains.

Pikes Peak Train

Did you ALSO know…?

Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved road in North America. It extends up to 14,258 feet about sea level!

Ascending up the highway

Best Time of Year to Travel to Colorado

Really, there are only two main seasons which are; winter for winter sport activities like snowboarding skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling; and summer for summer activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rafting, golfing and enjoying the summer festival.

The best part about visiting Colorado is that the sunshine rarely stops shining. The biggest difference in temperatures will depend on the differences in elevation and relation to the mountains. The highest recorded temperature for Colorado was 48°C and the lowest -52°C.  That being said these extremes are highly unlikely but are a good gauge to demonstrate the variability in areas.

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