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Colorado featuring a city, snow and skyline

Experience a natural high in the fresh outdoors of this Rocky Mountain state. Enjoy great winter ski slopes and hike through the wilderness in the other seasons.

Colorado is famous for its mountains, with winter and summer appeal, but it offers many more things to do as well.

Visit Colorado’s capital, Denver, known as the “Mile High City” because it is 1 mile (1,609 meters) above sea level. This elevation gives the city very comfortable summer temperatures with access to hiking or skiing in the Rocky Mountains less than an hour’s drive away. Hop on and off free buses to explore the city’s downtown next to the mile-long (1.6-kilometer) pedestrianized 16th Street Mall. Visit Denver’s cultural attractions: the Botanic Gardens, Museum of Nature & Science, Art Museum, Zoo and Symphony Orchestra, among many others. Attend major league professional sports competitions in football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer.

One of the country’s largest ski destinations is Breckenridge Ski Resort, with five peaks and over 180 trails. It is now a year-round vacation spot and has numerous summer activities at the Breck Summer Fun Park. Ride the BreckConnect Gondola to the top of the mountain and brave the thrilling alpine superslide or gold runner coaster over 2,500 feet (760 meters) to the bottom. Choose from mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, ziplining, or even a Segway tour to complete your visit.

Aspen and Vail offer massive resorts with challenging slopes as well as family-friendly open glades. Take ski lessons, shop in boutiques, enjoy fine dining and experience the exciting après-ski atmosphere. Colorado has more than 20 ski resorts; make your vacation an annual event and ski them all.

Among Colorado’s mountains, over 50 are greater than 14,000 feet (4,267 meters), big draws for aggressive climbers. Near Colorado Springs visit Pike’s Peak at 14,115 feet (4,302 meters) of elevation. From this vantage point amid “purple mountain majesties,” view the “amber waves of grain” below in the Great Plains. See the commemorative plaque noting the poem with these lines, written by Katherine Lee Bates; the lyrics later became the beloved song America the Beautiful.

Popular cities in Colorado

Denver showing cbd
Denver
Known for Sport, Theatre and Live Music
Flanked by majestic mountains, which attract skiers in winter and hikers in summer, this city is full of outdoor adventures as well offers many cultural attractions. 

Reasons to visit

  • Union Station
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs
Known for Mountain, Garden and University
This sunny mountain city offers a diverse and dramatic landscape, a wide variety of outdoor activities and a pioneer heritage to explore.

Reasons to visit

  • Monument Valley Park
  • Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
  • America the Beautiful Park
Telluride Ski Resort which includes snow skiing, snow and mountains
Telluride
Known for Mountain, Cross-country Skiing and Hiking
You deserve a vacation to a place where mountains are high and memories are made. Nobody needs to tell you that Telluride is the place to go for exhilaration and relaxation.

Reasons to visit

  • Telluride Ski Resort
  • Telluride Historic District
Boulder featuring signage and night scenes
Boulder
Known for Shopping, Mountain and University
Outdoor adventures, wild mountain scenery, vast open spaces and a lively downtown area are the big draws of this attractive Colorado town.

Reasons to visit

  • Pearl Street Mall
Fort Collins featuring outdoor art and a square or plaza
Fort Collins
Known for University, Mountain and Biking
Cycle your way around this thriving university town to discover northern Colorado’s famous local food, beer and wine.

Reasons to visit

  • Fort Collins Museum of Discovery