Colorado’s scenic terrain attracts millions of travelers overwhelmed by its natural splendor. Many cities, towns, and villages in Colorado, each with its unique outdoor offerings, cultural attractions, and general charm, make it hard to choose the best place for your next holiday. Here is a list of places you can include if you’re going for a vacation in Colorado.
Denver: Many travelers see Denver as a base for a vacation in the Rockies, using Colorado’s capital for its airport and nothing else. But what they miss is The Mile High City offers a mix of urban excitement and natural surroundings that other American cities can only dream of. From world-famous breweries to Rockies’ trails, Denver has many great attractions. Outdoor activities include:
- Biking along the Greenway Trail.
- Having fun in one of the many extremes sports parks.
- Playing golf.
- Strolling through beautiful parks and gardens, and of course.
- Visiting the Denver Zoo.
Telluride: Telluride has been voted one of America’s best ski resorts and offers almost all the snow activities you can imagine against the backdrop of peaks covered in dazzling snow. In the summer, you can discover endless trails through the beautiful scenery or try biking, fishing, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, and backcountry camping.
Durango and the Silverton Narrow-gauge Railway: In southern Colorado, the town of Durango enjoys a beautiful location at the foot of the surrounding mountains. The old town has a few well-restored old buildings which serve as hotels and restaurants. You can hike for the day or travel by mountain bike along the tracks, back and forth along the same trail.
Maroon Bells-Snowmass: Near the town of Aspen, Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness features some of Colorado’s most spectacular rocky cliffs landscape. Fishing in lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams is popular in the summer. In the winter, people come here for skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, making it an outdoor playground all year round.
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison: The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a big, rugged-looking canyon. Steep rock faces rise from the Gunnison River, creating a narrow and dramatic canyon. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located approximately 75 miles southeast of Grand Junction. Sweitzer Lake, Sylvan Lake, Eldorado Canyon, Lone Mesa, James M. Robb-Colorado River are also popular state parks in Colorado.
Dinosaur Monument: Dinosaur National Monument in northwest Colorado combines spectacular scenery with natural and cultural history to create one of Colorado’s most attractive sites. While most people are drawn here for the archaeological features, the recreational opportunities add another aspect to your visit. Your first stop should be the Quarry Visitor Center, from which you can access the main attraction of the park, the Quarry Showroom, built over the Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry. The fossils are in various states, from those still encased in the stone wall to fully assembled skeletons. Hiking trails range from short nature walks of less than half a mile to one-day hikes of eight miles. It’s easy to spend a few days in this area if you want to explore the park.