When most people think of Colorado, they think of the Rockies, frigid days, and the Denver Broncos. But, Colorado is so much more than that. There are sights to see that are so beautiful they may change your entire perspective on life. Colorado has quaint towns, quirky towns, breathtaking towns, historical towns, and towns that have a little bit of everything.
If you are looking for a vacation destination that allows you to experience some unforgettable places without leaving the United States, then you won’t want to miss what Colorado has to offer you.
1. Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat Springs, Colorado is located in the northern part of Yampa Valley. It is an area that is known for its skiing during the winter months, but it is beautiful any time of the year. For instance, Steamboat Springs offers:
- Memorable hiking trails. In fact, there is over 80 of them!
- Biking, biking, and more biking. It has even been dubbed “Bike Town USA.”
- Soak in the springs or enjoy swimming, boating, or fishing in the Yampa River or surrounding lakes.
2. Winter Park, Colorado
Winter Park, Colorado is perfectly named – for all things winter! According to their website, they receive over 360 inches of snow each year! That means there is always something wintry to do, whether it is skiing, sledding, tubing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, or simply making snow angels.
However, when there isn’t snow on the ground, there is still something for you to enjoy. This mountain town, located within the Rocky Mountain National Park, offers breathtaking mountain views, camping, hiking – as well as shopping and dining, of course.
3. Leadville, Colorado
Leadville, Colorado was once a leader in the mining industry. It struck rich with gold – and silver, too. This city is rich with history. With a lot to see – both in beautiful backgrounds and historical sites – this is a city you won’t want to miss. In fact, it is so noteworthy that it was close to being considered the capital of Colorado!
In Leadville, you can:
- Explore historical museums and shops.
- Go four-wheeling.
- Go hiking and biking.
- Shopping and dining.
And so much more.
4. Denver, Colorado
Denver, Colorado is the capital of the State of Denver. This populous city offers so much to its guests. With the surrounding mountain views, there is hiking and biking to do nearby. You can take in the beauty of the red rocks or even take in a show at the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheatre* (which is said to be an amazing acoustic experience).
Downtown Denver offers an exciting culture. There are art museums and art shows, music festivals, and a thriving music culture. Visit Larimer Square for an eclectic mix of chef-owned restaurants. Craft beers have even become quite a large part of the Denver culture.
There is so much to see and do that you will have an unforgettable vacation experience in Denver, Colorado.
5. Boulder, Colorado
Boulder, Colorado has been considered the Happiest City in the U.S. There is a ton of outdoor fun to be had in this great city. Home to the University of Colorado*, Boulder is found in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This city has been voted as having good health, a high quality of life, art and culture, education, and overall well-being. Maybe you can grasp some of this for yourself while on vacation!
Boulder has much to see and do. For example:
- Go hiking and take in the breathtaking sights. The air is fresh, and the beauty is all around.
- You will find pioneering restaurants to choose from.
- You will also have a wide selection of coffee, tea, and craft beers.
Find yourself refreshed after a Boulder vacation.
6. Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado offers some big excursions. There are things to do, such as climbing Pike’s Peak, hiking through the Garden of the Gods, or taking in the waterfalls located at Seven Falls. You will find the Olympic Training Center* here, as well as museums, the zoo, parks, zip lining, and so much more.
Check out the historical sites or just bask in the beauty of the surrounding views. Either way, you will be thankful you visited Colorado Springs.
7. Aspen, Colorado
While it used to be a silver mining town, Aspen has become known as a winter ski escape. And, it surely lives up to its name. Located in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains, Aspen is a wealthy city that offers lots of outdoor adventure. Skiing in the wintertime and hiking the mountains in the summertime is what has made this city so popular with tourists.
8. Breckenridge, Colorado
Depending on when you visit Breckenridge*, you will always find an array of things to do. For those who vacation in the winter, you will find skiing and spectacular trails. And, when the snow can’t be found, this city offers incredible hiking, dancing through wildflowers, fly-fishing, and boating. And even more activities, of course.
Be sure to not miss the great dining, shopping, and stellar views that make Breckenridge such a popular tourist destination.
9. Vail, Colorado
Vail, Colorado* is a small town with the largest ski mountain in Colorado. It draws a crowd of some serious skiers and trendsetting snowboarders. It also invites those who are looking for a vacation destination off the beaten path. The scenery here is next to none – it is outstanding.
So, whether you are looking to go hiking, skiing, or just have a beautiful getaway, Vail may just be your spot.
Stay at Eagle Point Resort in Vail, Colorado and enjoy a wide variety of year-round outdoor sports and activities.
10. Manitou Springs, Colorado
Manitou Springs, Colorado* has natural mineral springs and untouched natural beauty. It entices those who are looking for a true spot for relaxation while also being nearby to attractions such as Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. Tour through Cave of the Winds or stroll through the local shops downtown. Manitou Springs is about as laid-back as you can get in Colorado.
Where will Colorado’s adventures take you? Diamond Resorts knows of great excursions you surely won’t want to miss!
* Link to third party site