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Welcome to Colorado

From the eastern plain’s flat grasslands rippling in the breeze to the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado is perfect for those who heed the call of the wild. A variety of tours offer hiking opportunities in Rocky Mountain National Park and Garden of the Gods, each within easy reach of Denver and Colorado Springs, respectively. White-water rafting tours whisk you along rivers that wind their way through the state. Snow sports enthusiasts will want to join an excursion to some of the best slopes in the United States in Vail, Telluride, and Breckenridge — which transform into cultural hubs hosting music festivals and outdoor movie nights when the snow melts in the summer. Take a trip to tour the southern tip of the state, where Canyons of the Ancients and Mesa Verde National Park offer a glimpse into the lives of the area’s Ancestral Puebloan inhabitants. When it’s time to step indoors, make your way to a culinary or city tour for some cowboy-chic culture, especially in and around the Mile High City (and state capital) of downtown Denver. Sip high-altitude beers on a tour of the city’s ever-expanding craft brewery scene; taste farm-to-table cuisine on a Denver food tour; spend an evening touring the city’s fine art collections; or take an easy day trip to the neighboring college town of Boulder.

Top 10 attractions in Colorado

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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

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Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a music venue unlike any other—a sandstone stadium forged by the elements and blessed with natural acoustics. Many musicians have taken to this stage, and when shows are in town, Red Rocks can host over 9,500 concertgoers, all in for a treat beyond the music: stellar views of the natural Colorado landscape.More
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Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

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An urban park and designated national landmark in Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods encompasses 1,367 acres (553 hectares) of unique wilderness, Great Plains grassland, and juniper woodlands. Highlights include the red rock formations Balanced Rock, Gateway Rock, and the Three Graces, as well as petroglyphs from the original Native American occupants of the area, the Ute people.More
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Pikes Peak Highway

Pikes Peak Highway

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As you wind your way up Pikes Peak Highway prepare for stunning views and historic establishments on the way to the iconic 14,115-foot (4302-meter) peak known as “America’s Mountain.” The drive is lined with scenic vista points, lakes, picnic areas, trails, and high-altitude plants and wildlife. You can stop at the Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop and Historic Glen Cove Inn on your way to the Summit House—the restaurant atop the peak.More
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Animas River

Animas River

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Get your helmets and life vests ready—this family-friendly rafting river serves up class I, II and III rapids as it winds through Colorado shrub land and downtown Durango. Calmer than its wild upper reaches in the San Juan mountains surrounding Silverton 48 miles north, Durango’s stretch boasts calm bends as well as several named rapids including “Smelter,” “Pinball,” and “Santa Rita Hole,” as it passes the fairgrounds and the buildings of downtown. Though it still can be a wild ride, most guided tours will take kids as young as five years old. Rafting adventures run from May to September.In the height of summer when the river is warmest and lowest, tubing is also a popular past time. The city runs shuttles from the parking and take-out at 9th Street at Schneider Park to the put-in near the Recreation Center where there’s free air fills for tubes. South of town a four-mile stretch of river has achieved notoriety as an excellent fly-fishing spot for rainbow and brown trout.If you’re in Durango in the off-season, you can still enjoy the river and its downtown views via the Durango River Trail. The walking path has pedestrian bridges and sculpture installations and follows the course of the river through the city.More
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Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

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The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave commemorate the legendary cowboy at his resting place atop Lookout Mountain overlooking Golden, Colorado. William “Buffalo Bill” Cody was buried on the mountain in 1917 and the original museum at the site was opened a few years later. The museum’s Buffalo Bill artifacts and exhibits have been attracting Wild West enthusiasts ever since.More
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Larimer Square

Larimer Square

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Larimer Square is the oldest part of Denver, with Victorian-era buildings now home to many of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and boutiques. The foundation of Colorado’s capital, the 2-block district is popular with locals and tourists alike, strolling beneath strings of lights and state flags.More
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Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo)

Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo)

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A lively district of restaurants, shops, and nightlife, Lower Downtown Denver (or LoDo) is a top destination for Denver culture. In addition to its vibrant scene, though, LoDo is also home to some of the city’s best-preserved historic architecture and more Victorian–era buildings than anywhere else in the United States.More
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Molly Brown House Museum

Molly Brown House Museum

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Visitors may know Margaret “Molly” Brown in association with theRMS Titanic, but there was much more to her life than the ill-fated voyage for which she became famous. An activist, suffragist, and philanthropist, Brown’s spirit lives on through educational tours, exhibits, and programming inside her restored historic Denver home.More
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Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain

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It’s just a short drive from downtown Denver, but Lookout Mountain feels like another world. Once used as a lookout for the Native American Ute tribe that called the area home, the 7,300-foot (2,225-meter) mountain has miles of hiking and mountain biking trails throughout, from easy walking paths to strenuous switchbacks. From the summit, you can see the Denver skyline 12 miles (19 kilometers) away.More
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Historic Downtown Durango

Historic Downtown Durango

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The heart of Durango is a nationally registered historic district where visitors can walk in the footsteps of the miners and railroad workers who helped settle the Wild West, though today’s Durango is quite a bit more upscale that it was when William Jackson Palmer settled the area in the late 1800s. Historic attractions include the original Strater Hotel, built in 1887, and the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which still carries passengers between the two towns along the Animas River. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Museum sits at the back of the railyard with exhibits describing the history of the town and the railway.More

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Top activities in Colorado

Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
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Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape

Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape

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Fins Course Scenic Zipline Tour

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Rocky Mountain National Park in Summer Tour from Denver
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Twilight Ghost Tour
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Mesa Verde National Park Half Day Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Colorado

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Two thumbs up! Looking forward to booking another tour someday!
Ann_R, Jun 2022
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
The half-day tour was a great way to see areas of Colorado I have never been to, as well as making new friends on the trip.
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Fantastic Tour!
Cindy_D, Jun 2022
Colorado Springs Ghost / History Walking Tour
His passion and excitement for the history and hauntings of Colorado Springs is evident and it really made the tour all the more enjoyable.
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ATV ride
Merri_C, Jun 2022
2-Hour ATV Experience
We had the opportunity to see the Colorado mountains in all directions.
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First time ziplining and...
Nicole_S, May 2022
Combo Course Zipline Tour
would do again if I'm ever back in Colorado springs which I'm sure I will be :-)
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Simply Amazing
Amanda_B, Apr 2022
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
If you really want to see how diverse Colorado is, do this tour.
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Would do it again in a heartbeat
Kali_H, Apr 2022
Glacier Hiking & Geothermal Cave Pools + Pictures Day Tour in Idaho Springs
Get up to that glacier, get in those hot hot hot springs and eat that delicious pizza asap
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Tour of Mountainous Beauty
David_D, Apr 2022
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape
This was our first time in Colorado and hoping to visit, as well as take more tours!
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Can't go wrong choosing this tour!
Janet_K, Apr 2022
Best of Denver Tour
We got fantastic ideas for what to do on the rest of our trip.
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Breathtaking must do
Heidi_K, Apr 2022
Private 30-Minute Flight Viewing Rocky Mountain National Park
I live in Colorado and it was so incredible to see the mountains from a different point of view
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Good but……..
Arun_B, Dec 2021
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
However, we were offered an alternative tour to Colorado Springs which was good but the tour was truncated with a couple of sights being missed out in the afternoon due to ‘wind’.
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Fun tour!
MaryP_B, Jun 2022
Classic 3-Hour Food Tour in Colorado Springs
This was a fun way to spend a couple hours in Colorado Springs.
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Quick Mountain Escape
Francine_S, Jun 2022
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape
The stops along the tour were nice, Echo Lake, Clear Creek Canyon, and Idaho Springs.
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Clementine is the best!
Jenni_S, Jun 2022
Jeep Tour - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
Clementine made sure the boys saw all the best spots and gave them ideas of more stuff to do while we're in Colorado Springs.
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The most amazing views .
Jessica_G, May 2022
Pikes Peak Jeep Tour
I have never been to Colorado and to see it and still with some snow and the views were just jaw dropping .
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Good for Solo traveler
GracielaG_D, May 2022
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
If you come with a friend, you might be able to see more of the park by getting a rental car.
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Awesome and informative trip
Brian_C, Apr 2022
Jeep Tour - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
We came to Colorado to visit family … we brought three adult disabled individuals with us.
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Amazing experience!
Heidi_V, Jan 2022
Glacier Hiking & Geothermal Cave Pools + Pictures Day Tour in Idaho Springs
I decided to take this tour on a whim because I’ve always wanted to go to a hot springs.
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Great way to spend a day.
Jennifer_S, Nov 2021
Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park Tour from Denver Winter and Spring
This was a great trip for seeing a lot of Colorado I would not have been able to see and learn facts from the knowledge of the driver.
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Great mini tour
Rosemarie_H, Oct 2021
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
It’s a great way to see some amazing historical sites in Colorado without spending the entire day.
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Wonderful day trip!
Janet_P, Oct 2021
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
Garden of the Gods was amazing, Manitou springs was very quaint and Pikes Peak was breath taking.
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All about Colorado

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People Also Ask

What is Colorado known for?

Incredibly, 78 of the 100 highest peaks in the Rocky Mountains can be found in Colorado. Though the state also comprises endless rolling plains and red rock desert, the Centennial State is best known for its wild mountain views and high-elevation adventures.

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What can you do in Colorado?

In spring, summer, and fall, hit up the five-star hiking trails, zipline across canyons, SUP on alpine lakes, and spend evenings dining al fresco. In winter, snowshoe or ski at top winter resorts, catch live music and theater, and cozy up by the fire with a Colorado craft spirit.

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What is the prettiest part of Colorado?

Many say the scenery around Rocky Mountain National Park—and Grand County—offer the state’s best views. Some prefer the lush canyons and waterfalls around Ouray and Durango, and still others love the red-rock vistas at Colorado National Monument and around Grand Junction. Find your favorite.

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What are the main attractions in Colorado?

The state boasts vibrant cities, but Colorado’s national parks—Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison—draw in millions of visitors every year. You’ll also find some of the country’s best skiing and hiking trails, all of which pair well with the state’s fiery craft-beer scene.

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What is there to do in Colorado during the summer?

Many Colorado visitors come in summer to experience the state’s great outdoors. Hiking the Continental Divide Scenic Trail, stargazing in Westcliffe, river kayaking and whitewater rafting the Arkansas River, searching for ghost towns—there are many activities to try in the Centennial State for summer.

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How can I spend a week in Colorado?

From Denver Airport, rent a car and road trip across the state’s national parks, monuments, and landscapes—the state goes from rolling golden plains to high peaks to red rock desert. Alternatively, scout out pioneer history, go dark-sky hunting, hit top ski slopes, or hop between artsy enclaves and cowboy-clad towns.

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