From arid deserts to snowy mountains to bustling cities – The Centennial State has it all. Here are just five reasons to take a trip to Colorado.
Attend a concert at the Red Rocks
The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a music venue like none other. This open-air venue is nestled between two huge rock formations that act as walls giving the place its own natural acoustics. There are always concerts being held here – you’re best booking in advance as tickets can sell out fast. You can also visit the venue itself during the day, marvel at the rock formations and take in the surrounding views.
Go for dinner in Denver
Denver is Colorado’s capital and contains attractions ranging from museums to botanical gardens. You can fly here for a day trip and stay at the TownePlace Suites Denver Airport where you can enjoy luxurious rooms. One thing you should definitely do in Denver is try out the local food. Here you can try traditional Colorado cuisine such as Rocky Mountain Oysters and Colorado Lamb. There are also some quirky and bizarre restaurants you could try out such as the macabre Linger Eatuary – a restaurant located on the site of an old mortuary that once handled the remains of Buffalo Bill.
Hit the ski slopes at Aspen
Aspen is one of the US’s most revered ski resorts situated in the scenic Rocky Mountains. You can ski some of its slopes year round as well as visiting attractions on the resort such as the historic Wheeler Opera House. Aspen is also known for its high end restaurants and boutique hotels – if looking for a bit of luxury, this resort will leave you spoilt for choice.
Hike the Colorado trail
The Colorado trail is 486 miles long – you probably don’t want to attempt the whole thing, although it’s certainly worth hiking a portion of it. Hikers along this trail can see an array of fascinating sights from mighty mountain views to historic mining towns. You can also cycle this trail to cover more distance. It’s definitely an attraction for those wanting a physical challenge – as the trail snakes through the mountains, the terrain can get pretty rough and the high altitude can make a lot of people dizzy.
Visit the Garden of the Gods
The Garden of the Gods may well be Colorado’s most iconic sight. This dramatic sandstone rock formation can be found at Colorado Springs jutting out of the hillside against the backdrop of Pike’s Peak. For the most stunning views, this rock formation is best visited at dusk when the sunset gives the whole area an orange glow. A free shuttle is being added to this sight this year, which should make it easier for tourists to get up close to this landmark. There’s a visitor centre nearby that you can buy souvenirs from and learn more about the rock formation’s history.
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