Located in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States, Colorado, the Centennial State, is a world-class, year-round holiday destination unlike anywhere else, full of things to do and see for single, family and couple travellers alike.
What to see in Colorado Visitors can experience everything from buzzing cities like “Mile High City” Denver, located at the base of the iconic snow-capped Rocky Mountains, to following the Colorado Gold Trail, to Boulder- “America’s Foodiest Town” and live concerts at the world-renowned, one-of-a-kind Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Adventurers, thrill-seekers and explorers will enjoy 300 days of sunshine each year, providing ample opportunity to experience the 12 national parks and monuments, natural hot springs and some of the world’s best skiing and snowboarding.
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Colorado is a four-season destination with 300 days of sunshine- and being the highest altitude state in the US, that sun is strong, so don’t forget your sunscreen! Due to the high altitude, winters are quite mild, in fact you can be skiing in the mountains and relaxing in the sun at a lower altitude, all on the same day.
Average sunny days: 300 Annual precipitation: 17 inches Average humidity: 33% Annual snow fall: 300+ inches Average high in summer (Denver): 25 degrees Celsius Average low in winter (Denver): -6 degrees Celsius
National Parks: Colorado has 4 National Parks, and all are home to some of the most jaw-dropping scenery you’ve ever seen. Rocky Mountain National Park is perhaps the most well-known, but don’t forget the Grand Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, which has the highest sand dunes in North America; the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park- otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of Colorado with its sheer walls and dramatic scenery; and Mesa Verde National Park-home to more than 4,000 ancient sites, making it one of the richest archaeological areas in the US.
Food & Brews: Beer lovers rejoice! Colorado is home to over 300 breweries- this is after all, the ‘Napa Valley of Beer’, where more barrels of beer are produced annually than any other state. Foodies will delight in the many culinary choices- sample green chile, a pork-filled stew often served with burritos, or sink your teeth into a tasty oven-roasted Colorado steam trout, or for something a little sweeter, try some watermelon juice at the Boulder Farmers’ Market.
Scenic Roads and Byways: Take in the views of the highest points of the Rocky Mountains as you follow Trail Ridge Road; explore archaeological sites along Trail of the Ancients, cross diverse landscapes on the West Elk Loop or travel the San Juan Skyway, voted one of ‘America’s Best Spring Drives’, and keep your eyes peeled for foxes, elk, hawks and maybe even a black bear or two.
Hot Springs: What better way to unwind, relax and soothe your muscles after a day on the slopes than in one of Colorado’s 30 natural hot springs while admiring the stunning views. From the family friendly Ouray Hot Springs Pool, with slides and diving boards; to the luxurious Pagosa Springs Resort & Spa, or for the more adventurous, an 8.5-mile hike to Conundrum Hot Springs near Aspen. Visitors can also find five must-see hot springs destinations on the 720-mile Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop.
Experience the best of Denver
The Great Outdoors: With 300 days of sunshine each year, and Rocky Mountain National Park right on the doorstep, visitors will have plenty of reasons to get out and about. Whether hiking in a National Park, hiring a bike to explore one of Denver’s 85 bike trails, hitting the pavement on the running trails along Cherry Creek, or relaxing in a city park; you’ll never have a shortage of recreation adventures!
Denver Beer Trail: The Mile High City has over 100 breweries and boasts some of the world’s greatest brews. Follow the Denver Beer Trail, featuring 30 of Denver’s top breweries, most of which are in the very walkable downtown area.
Live Sports & Entertainment: The three-time Super Bowl winning Denver Broncos call Denver home to three downtown stadiums for football (Denver Broncos), baseball (Colorado Rockies), basketball (Denver Nuggets) and hockey (Colorado Avalanche). Music lovers can’t go past Red Rocks Amphitheatre, an open-air theatre which has played host to legends such as The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.
Downtown Denver: Denver is ranked as the fourth most walkable downtown area in the US, so strap on those shoes and start exploring! The 16th Street Mall is a pedestrian only promenade that runs through the centre of downtown, complete with shops, restaurants, outdoor cafes and is home to daily special events and entertainers. Don’t miss Larimer Square and Union Station for boutique shopping, wine bars, dance clubs and some of Denver’s best restaurants.