With millions of rugged acres, many people travel to Colorado with adventure vacations and activities on their minds - and they do not leave disappointed. Colorado’s 4 National Parks and 300 days of sunshine finds folks hitting miles of scenic Rocky Mountain trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and climbing.

Founded in 1858 as a gold mining camp, Denver is the capital city of Colorado. Denver's nickname is "The Mile-High City" because its official elevation is exactly one mile above sea level.

Colorado is packed full of things to do year-round. From family attractions, national parks and outdoor adventure to cosmopolitan cities and welcoming towns, these Colorado vacation ideas will fill your trip itinerary to overflowing.

Things to do:

Hot Springs & Cool Adventures

Buena Vista and Salida are family-friendly mountain towns located on the Arkansas River with many hot springs, restaurants, art galleries, breweries and distilleries. This year-round Colorado vacation destination is a playground for outdoor adventure. During the winter and spring enjoy skiing and snowmobiling. 

Adventure Sports
With millions of rugged acres, many people travel to Colorado with adventure vacations and activities on their minds - and they do not leave disappointed. Warm weather finds folks hitting thousands of miles of Rocky Mountains trails for ATVing, four wheeling, mountain biking, backpacking and climbing Colorado's 14ers.

Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is the state's second-largest city, but it's first in the hearts of many visitors as a place of spectacular beauty with dozens of family attractions, natural landmarks and unique museums. Explore Pikes Peak Mountain, upon whose summit Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write "America the Beautiful." Tourists still converge on the peak, where they can drive, ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway or even hike to its 14,115-foot summit. Visit the U.S. Olympic Training Centers, one of three Olympic Training facilities in the US, located in Colorado Spring, where visitors can watch world-class athletes in action. Another favorite is Garden of the Gods, one of the nation's most fabulous city parks. Nestled in the foothills of Pikes Peak, the stunning red rock formations draw tourists with cameras in tow to capture a perfect shot of the rocks framing the snow-capped peak.

Durango
Durango is an epicenter for many things: outdoor adventures in the surrounding high desert and mountains, river rafting on the Animas River, Native American and Old West heritage, arts and culture and a historic steam train, the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Durango has a history of cowboys and saloons, and this is part of the culture on Main Street. Tourists flock to the Diamond Bell Saloon to see the waitresses dressed in sequined corsets, their hair full of feathers. Hiking is almost a religion in Durango. With hundreds of miles of trails, it can be a family event, solo detox or a nice date! Durango is home to the beginning of the Colorado Trail.
 
Estes Park
Considered Base Camp for amazing adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park and picturesque mountain town. Outdoor adventures run the gamut from hiking to snowshoeing to rock climbing. Scenic drives show off the area, with Trail Ridge Road rising through the national park to more than 12,000 feet and several others wending through the valley, past historic landmarks and parallel to the fish-filled picturesque rivers.
 
Grand Junction
Colorado’s Canyonlands and Wine Country is located just 4 hours from Denver and 5 hours from Salt Lake City. Home to more than 20 wineries, a vibrant craft beer and culinary scene, the town is surrounded by stunning landscapes. From the Book Cliffs to the Grand Mesa to the awe-inspiring natural beauty and dramatic red rock landscape of the Colorado National Monument, exhilarating outdoor adventures await. These include hiking, camping or skiing on the Grand Mesa. Hundreds of miles of world-class mountain biking trails such as the Kokopelli Trail. Enjoy incredible whitewater rafting on the Colorado River or stunning golf courses whose green fairways are juxtaposed against the craggy Redland desert. 
 
Telluride
Few places in the American Southwest are as picturesque as this historic western town. A former Victorian mining town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, is set in a box canyon amid forested peaks at the base of a popular ski-and-golf resort. It is a place of legend, nestled at the end of a lush canyon and surrounded by some of Colorado’s most rugged peaks. Nowhere else in the country, or perhaps the world, does such a place exist. To some, Telluride is known for incredible alpine skiing. To others, summers full of cultural events, music festivals and endless outdoor activities. By everyone, they are embraced for their authentic mountain character, unpretentious attitude, and celebration of four seasons of adventure in the most beautiful spot of the Rocky Mountain high country. The town’s historic district houses landmarks like the Sheridan Opera House, or the original bank where Billy the Kid succeeded with his first heist.

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Welcome to Denver, Colorado, the outdoor city with 300 days of sunshine and spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. The Mile High City’s walkable city center offers urban adventures for all ages, from museums, parks and street art to boutiques, chef-driven restaurants and craft breweries. Upscale shopping awaits in Cherry Creek, while Denver's seven professional sports teams entertain year-round. It’s easy to get to the walkable city center with direct rail service from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station. The city’s neighborhoods are easy to explore on bike or on foot, and the free 16th Street Mall shuttles in the heart of downtown run from early morning to late at night. 

 
Mile High Culture Pass
With the Culture Pass in hand, you'll receive admission to some of the city’s most fascinating attractions, all for the bargain “Mile High” price of $30 for a three-day pass.
 
Example of some participating attractions:
  • Clyfford Still Museum
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Denver Zoo
  • History Colorado Center
How it works:
You can receive the Culture Pass via your mobile phone or in a printable format. Over the course of five consecutive days, the $52.80 pass will admit visitors to all participating attractions. Or the $25 pass will admit visitors to all participating attractions over three consecutive days. The pass is activated at the first attraction visited. All participating attractions are listed below.
 
Larimer Square
Historic Larimer Square is Denver's oldest city block, home to the first saloons and businesses in The Mile High City. Today, the Victorian buildings have been transformed into shops, wine bars and the hottest restaurants. Look for the sparkling lights strung across the street, relax at an outdoor cafe or bar, taste the best of cuisine created by local chefs or find unique clothing and accessories in the boutiques.
 
Lower Downtown (LODO) Historic District
Denver's happening historic district is filled with turn-of-the-century warehouses, now home to brewpubs, rooftop bars, restaurants, Coors Field baseball stadium and the newly renovated Denver Union Station. While you're in LoDo, stop by Rockmount Ranch Wear for a snap-button Western shirt at the store where they were invented; browse the locally-owned Tattered Cover Bookstore; or sip a handcrafted beer at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver's first brewpub originally owned by current Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper.
 
Union Station
Denver Union Station has undergone a massive restoration that transformed the landmark into a transportation, dining, shopping and entertainment hub, complete with the Crawford Hotel. The historic, Beaux Arts 1914 train terminal is now a foodie destination, featuring local favorites like the farm-to-table restaurant Mercantile and the Terminal Bar, serving Colorado craft beer and food from the station's former ticket windows. A handful of local retailers includes the popular Tattered Cover Bookstore. Denver Union Station is also fulfilling its original role as a major ground transportation hub for AMTRAK, buses, light rail, and the direct rail service to and from Denver International Airport.

Denver Beer Trail
Take a self-guided tour along the Denver Beer Trail and sample the craft beer paradise in The Mile High City. Explore the featured breweries, most of which are in the walkable downtown area, and you will find everything from Stouts to Lagers and all the flavors in between. Denver's craft beer culture is thriving and creative.


Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum is home to renowned collections of Western and Native American art. Explore the bold contemporary art inside and out of the new Frederic C. Hamilton building, designed by world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind. The museum, located in downtown’s Golden Triangle neighborhood, also offers free general admission on the first Saturday of every month and is free for kids under 18 at all times. 

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is famous for its one-of-a-kind outdoor concert venue that is surrounded by giant, ancient rock formations. Seeing a concert under the stars at Red Rocks is on every music lover’s bucket list. And, during the day, Red Rocks is a free city park with easy hiking trails and a visitor center that includes a Performers' Hall of Fame, where you can learn about all the great musicians who have performed on the stage, including the Beatles in 1964. Red Rocks is located 30 minutes west of downtown Denver.
 
Cherry Creek 
Cherry Creek Shopping Center is home to more than 160 stores and restaurants including Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi’s, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss. Visit the guest services desk and ask for your “Passport to Shopping” offering discounts for more than 60 stores and restaurants. Head across 1st Avenue to find the charming, tree-lined streets of the Cherry Creek North neighborhood, where you can explore galleries, boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, spas and more. Cherry Creek is located just 15 minutes southeast of downtown. 
 
Denver Botanic Gardens
One of the top five botanic gardens in the United States, Denver Botanic Gardens is lush oasis in the city, offering year-round events and art exhibitions, a children’s garden, a conservatory, the Monet pool with its picturesque outdoor café and more. The Gardens are located 10 minutes from downtown Denver near Cherry Creek.
 
Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave
The Wild West and Buffalo Bill Cody's exciting story as Pony Express rider, army scout, buffalo hunter and showman comes to life at the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, located high atop Lookout Mountain. Enjoy views of the snowcapped Rockies in one direction and the Great Plains in the other. For those with strong nerves, there is an adventurous drive to the museum on the “hairpin” Lariat Loop Drive; then continue to I-70, exit 250, to see a live herd of buffalo. The museum is located 40 minutes west of downtown Denver. 

Colorado Railroad Museum
Surrounded by towering Western buttes in the town of Golden, the Colorado Railroad Museum features more than 100 narrow and standard gauge locomotives, cabooses and cars. Exhibits in and around the 1880s-style depot include a working Roundhouse and model railroads. Train rides every Saturday on the Galloping Goose take guests on a one-third-mile loop of track, while "Steam ups" and special events including "A Day Out With Thomas" occur throughout the year. The museum is located 30 minutes west of downtown Denver.

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