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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
- Clyfford Still Museum
- Denver Art Museum
- Denver Botanic Gardens
- Denver Museum of Nature & Science
- Denver Zoo
- History Colorado Center
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
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 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.
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.
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.
- Degas: A Passion for Perfection at Denver Art Museum February 11-May 20, 2018
- The Dead Sea Scrolls at Denver Museum of Nature & Science March 16-September 3, 2018
- Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre Summer Concerts
- Denver Chalk Art Festival in Larimer Square, TBD June, 2018
- Cherry Creek Arts Festival, July 6-8, 2018
- Slow Food Nations, July 13-1, 2018 throughout downtown Denver
- Velorama Music Festival and Colorado Classic Bike Race in RiNo August 16-19, 2018
- A Taste of Colorado festival August 31-September 3rd, 2018
- Music Festival at Overland Park Golf Course (Name & date TBD September 2018)
- Dior: From Paris to the World at Denver Art Museum November 18, 2018 – March 3, 2019
- Explore Denver,
- Estes Park, Glenwood Springs
- & Grand Junction
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- 4 Nights The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs
- Award-Winning Elegant Resort Style Hotel
- Surrounded by Natural Beauty
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