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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 15 attractions in Colorado

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Colorado State Capitol Building

Colorado State Capitol Building

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The Colorado State Capitol, built a mile above sea level with a bell-shaped gold dome, is a striking feature in Denver’s skyline. The historic structure is made from Colorado rose onyx, a rare marble that’s entire known stores were used on the building. On your way in, look for the step that marks the capitol’s “mile high” point.More
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Arkansas River

Arkansas River

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Originating in the Rocky Mountains, the Arkansas River flows through four states before emptying into the mighty Mississippi. Near its Colorado headwaters, the river is one of the top white-water rafting destinations in the United States, with rapids ranging from mild to extreme as the waterway winds through the scenic Royal Gorge.More
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Denver 16th Street Mall

Denver 16th Street Mall

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The Denver 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado, is a tree-lined pedestrian corridor filled with outdoor cafés, restaurants, and shops. Along the popular downtown promenade, visitors can enjoy performances from local street performers or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage while searching for the perfect craft beer or dining spot.More
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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

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Atop Iron Mountain in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park provides a day of nonstop thrills with some of the best views of any amusement park around. Home to the highest-elevation full-size coaster, the park gives adrenaline junkies plenty to scream about with rides that zip and swing across cliffs and canyons.More
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Mount Evans

Mount Evans

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With an elevation of 14,265 feet (4,348 meters), Mount Evans is the 12th-highest peak in Colorado and one of the state’s 58 “Fourteeners”—peaks above 14,000 feet (4,300 meters). Part of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, it’s easily accessible from Denver via the Mount Evans Scenic Byway.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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Colorado Springs Sunrise Balloon Ride
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Woods Course Zipline Tour in Seven Falls
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Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape

Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape

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Half Day Rocky Mountain Hike
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Twilight Ghost Tour
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Breathtaking Colorado Springs Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight
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Brews & Views
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Rocky Mountain National Park Tour from Denver
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Mesa Verde National Park Half Day Tour
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Glacier Hiking & Geothermal Cave Pools + Pictures Day Tour in Idaho Springs
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Small-Group Tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
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Visit Red Rocks Park, Continental Divide & Breckenridge
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Recent reviews from experiences in Colorado

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Tour in comfort and leisure
Mercedes_A, Aug 2022
Denver and Foothills Mountain Small-Group Tour
A comfortable and leisurely way to see beautiful parts of Colorado.
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Amazing Experience!
Mary_G, Aug 2022
Colorado Springs Sunrise Balloon Ride
This has always been on my bucket list and finally getting to do it in Colorado Springs was amazing.
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Awesome!
Doug_B, Aug 2022
Garden of the Gods E-bike Tour
If you only have time for one excursion while in Colorado Springs, this is the one you want!
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Ghost History Tour
Lstockinger, Jul 2022
Colorado Springs - Guided Walking Ghost / History Tour
He answered questions thoroughly and left us wanting to learn more Colorado Springs ghost history.
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Great time
Brandon_S, Jul 2022
Classic 3-Hour Food Tour in Colorado Springs
Our tour guid Kathy was awesome and very knowledgeable about not just the food and the restaurant but the City of Colorado Springs.
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Time well spent
Roger_N, Jul 2022
Jeep Tour - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
Covered all the great places to see in the Colorado Springs area.
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Spectacular and Memorable
Darbi_S, Jul 2022
Half Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Adventure Cañon City CO
We were in Colorado Springs for a week and this trip was our favorite part!!!!
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Great experience!
Diane_G, Jun 2022
Jeep Tour - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
We have been to Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs many, many times but we saw new places and learned a lot.
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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 - Guided Walking Ghost / History 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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Blissful 😊
Courtney_S, Aug 2022
Blue Sky Mountain Summit (formerly Mt. Evans)
It was a great experience and I'd recommend to anyone wanting to see the mountain side.
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Exciting Tour
JOSH_G, Aug 2022
Half-Day Rocky Mountain National Park "Mountains to Sky Tour" - RMNPhotographer
Let me just say that he was a wealth of knowledge from history of the Stanley Hotel, the history of the Rocky Mountain National Park, the wildlife, the wild flowers, formation of the fall river, the continental divide, even places to eat....
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Beautiful Adventure For The Less Active
Emelia_D, Aug 2022
Rocky Mountain National Park in Summer Tour from Denver
Everything was on time and this tour is great for those who want to see the gorgeous Rocky Mountain Views with extremely minimal hiking.
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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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