20 Beautiful Places To See While You're In Colorado

Cheryl Brite September 7th 2016 Travel
If you’re ever in the state of Colorado, there are some breathtaking places you must visit. You can go anywhere your heart desires. These places in particular will make you want to come back for more. The mountains, the winters, and the activities will keep you occupied for the whole day. You’ll never be bored in Colorado. Experience what this state has to offer you and pick Colorado as your next destination on the road map of life.
1. Rocky Mountain National Park
Mountains, mountains, and more mountains to see on any trail of this national park. The air is so refreshing the further you hike. It’s especially enjoyable with friends and family. It’s a photographer’s dream to point and shoot at any breathtaking views. The waterfalls are truly a sight to see on your hike. Don’t ignore this destination on your trip to Colorado or you’ll be sorry.
Make this stop a priority on your road map of Colorado. It may not seem like a lot on paper, but you’ll be amazed once you hike the trails of this national park. You’ll make a lot of great memories with friends and family. The wildlife will make you feel more connected to nature. The waterfalls are there to amaze you. Don’t get too close to the edge but just close enough to feel alive.
2. Mesa Verde National Park
The Spruce Tree House is a must see destination within the park. This village like architecture is impressive and worth taking a picture in front of with loved ones. If you’re not much of a walker, the national park offers tours on a bus to view the park. A view like the Soda Canyon Overlook Trail will make you want to stop and take a breath. It’s so amazing! Mesa Verde National Park is where you want to be because it has so many hotspots that you won’t know where to go first.
The excitement is endless. When you spot animals in their natural habitat, it makes you realize that you’re not the only one who lives on this planet. The mountains are truly breathtaking, especially when you’re climbing them. There’s no better adrenaline rush in the world. For first time climbers make sure you climb with a group and an instructor. An experienced climber is your friend.
3. Denver
The airport is out of this world. From a distance it looks like a giant, modern tent. Inside the airport you can find your way around easily to your gate. If you’re not a fan of spending all your time at an airport, you can make your way to downtown Denver where the 16th Street Mall offers you a variety of places to shop until you drop. The buildings are a sight to see as well. They make you feel so small, but you can’t help but be amazed by the architecture.
Plus you can get on a free bus ride through downtown Denver. You can experience everything Denver has to offer up close and personal. Every stop is a new adventure. For your eating pleasure there are places like Smash Burger, Subway, Starbucks, The Cheesecake Factory and so many more restaurants where your taste buds can enjoy themselves. When you need some culture in your life, the Denver Art Museum is the place to be to familiarize yourself with the greatest artists out there. There are so many places to explore in Denver, so what are you waiting for?
4. Aspen
The skiing is what you’re really looking forward to as you stay in one of Aspen’s ski lodges. If you’re not interested in skiing and love to do water activities, river rafting is the perfect thing to experience. The rush of the water and the time spent with loved ones on the river is a great way to spend your time in Aspen. In the evening you can spend your time enjoying the opera at Wheeler Opera House. The building has a vintage look as well as the inside of the theatre, which you can appreciate. For indoor exercise you must visit the Aspen Recreation Center if you want to avoid outdoor activities.
Why would you want to ignore the outdoors? That’s what Aspen is all about. The winter weather is a gold mine for professional snowboarders and skiers. If you want lessons in these sports, instructors are available to show you the ropes. Just don’t think that after a few sessions that you’re ready for the advanced slopes. If you survive the dangerous slope, it will be something you can look back at with friends and family and laugh.
5. Buena Vista
The river is calling your name as you paddle down in a raft. The adrenaline will make you feel more alive then you ever have been. If this activity is too intense for you, you can go visit the Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy to see the goats, see how cheese is made, and have a tour of the place. Don’t miss the Rock Run Gallery where there paintings and other artwork are displayed. They have so much to see and so much to enjoy. Whatever you do, you have to do the horseback riding tours where you can become one with the horse and your surroundings.
Horseback riding is not for the nervous wreck. Animals can sense your fear. There’s no reason they can’t pick up on it. Be confident and calm that you can get on the horse and ride together in harmony. Make sure you do your research to find a well-known horseback riding tour. You not only want to be sitting pretty on the horse, but you want to know that the time you have invested in this activity is in the hands of a professional who knows what to do when an unexpected situation happens on the tour.
6. Durango
San Juan National Park is your first stop in Durango. You can horseback ride through the park and experience the nature around you. The 14,000-foot mountain peaks is a view you don’t want to miss in your lifetime. There’s an unusual activity called the Durango Snowbike Experience, and the bike looks like it has skis instead of wheels at the bottom. It looks like so much fun, and you’d be crazy not to participate in this outdoor winter activity. After a long day you can rest at Durango Mountain Resort where they really know how to accommodate their guests.
They know how to treat you well at the resort. If you have any questions about what to do in Durango, the staff is more than happy to help. They are quite knowledgeable about the area. It should make you feel comfortable to know the local residents of the resort know about the area. Enjoy your time inside. It's a great, warm environment to relax in.
7. Colorado Springs
The Garden of the Gods is a great place to start on your journey through Colorado Springs. The geologic formations will make any geologist want to study the rocks. Photographers will want to take so many pictures of the views that they’ll run out of film. If standout rock formations are not your thing, a bike tour around Colorado Springs is a more relaxing way to spend your time and learn about the history of Colorado Springs. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is another must see hot spot where you can interact with the animals. If you like to live on the edge, Colorado Springs offers rock-climbing tours to satisfy the daredevil in you and the amazing views don’t hurt either.
You may not be interested in rock climbing tours. Don’t worry you’ll find something else to do that best fits you. Experience the snow under your feet as you ski down the slopes. The wind is rushing through you. You couldn’t be more at peace if you tried. The mountain is your domain, and Colorado Springs is the perfect place to make your skiing dreams come true.
8. Boulder
The 29th Street Mall is a great place to shop and hangout with friends and family. Their stores are high quality and will keep you coming back for more. The Century Boulder movie theatre is a huge theatre and the inside offers a delectable ice cream bar as well as other great snacks to eat while watching a movie. Their arcade will entertain your kids. If you’re a lover of Shakespeare, the University of Colorado, Boulder campus has a festivals where you can watch the plays being performed. If you’re looking for an unusual way to tour Boulder, the Segway tour is perfect way to experience Boulder.
When you’re in need of relaxation and nourishment to start off your day, there’s a place called The Buff that will satisfy your breakfast needs. The food will dazzle your taste buds, especially the eggs benedict that will send you right up to heaven. You may have to get there early to wait in line. It is so worth the wait so just hang in there. You will get to taste your breakfast soon enough.
9. Sand Dunes National Park
Hike and backpack on the trails of Sand Dunes National Park. The views of the sand, lakes, and mountains are spectacular so go explore, what are you waiting for? Sandboard or sled down the hills as you feel the wind rush through you. It’s an experience you’ll want to be a part of. You can splash around in the refreshing waters of Medano Creek. At night you can see the stars as clear as day.
In the morning you can fish in the beautiful blue water as you admire what surrounds you. It takes a lot of patience if you’re determined to catch a fish. Just don’t expect it on your first try. Experienced fishermen will have a lot more luck. It wouldn’t hurt to get some advice. Set back, relax, and let the fish come to you.
10. Gunnison
You love to sit back, relax, and fish. Blue Mesa Fishing is a great spot to catch some quality fish. Fishing is not the only activity. Hiking, camping, bird watching, and so much more activities are available to enjoy the outdoors of Gunnison. Tours of the area are out there for people who want to know more about the history of Gunnison. The Lucky Cat Dog Farm is another great spot to go dog sledding to connect with animal and nature.
The dogs are so cute. You just want to pet them forever. Feel the rush of that cool wind as the dogs pull you through the snowy terrain. This is the life. Hopefully you’ll be able to take a selfie with the dogs before it’s all over. Once your friends see it on Facebook, they’ll be rushing down to Gunnison to experience dog sledding on their own.
11. Summit County
White water rafting is where you heart lies, and Summit County will capture your heart on the untamed waves of the river. If you’re looking for something less intense on the water, kayaking is a great fit for you. Golfing on the green is another laid back activity to enjoy under the sun. If you’re into guns, there’s a shooting range called Blue Valley Sportsman Club where you can shoot your gun at a target to your heart’s content. Mountain biking is calling your name as you bike along the terrain of Summit County. Relax in the hot springs of Colorado as the waters sooth your aching feet.
It’s a great feeling after a long day of action and adventure. The warm water will make you feel so good. It gives you time to reflect on your time in Summit County. You know you’ll definitely come back. Plus it’s a good way to socialize and potentially meet new and interesting people. Take the time to enjoy your time in the hot springs.
12. Glenwood Springs
The view of the mountains from Colorado Mountain College is amazing because the college is actually on a mountain. If you decided to be educated here, you’ll see the breathtaking views all the time from your classroom and dorm room window. The hot springs is a place you need to stop at. Their Olympic like pools will give you room to stretch out your legs and relax. Hotel Colorado is where you want to stay when you’re looking to stay in town. During the Christmas season, they decorate the lobby and it looks like Christmas exploded in the hotel and the rooms may be small and quaint but the views outside make up for it.
Hotel Colorado even offers a van to the airport. You can relax as you leave the hotel and not worry about driving there yourself. The views of the mountains up close and the town you’re leaving are a great plus. It just seems like a wall of endless mountains on both sides. You don’t mind because you’re just hypnotized by their grandeur. You’ll miss your time in Glenwood Springs, but you’ll be back.
13. Ouray/Telluride
Bear Creek Falls is where you can hike and take as many pictures of the waterfalls as you like. The hiking trails are geared towards every type of hiker. Mountain Village is where you can rest and relax from a long day of fun activities. When you want to learn about the history of Telluride, you should make your way to the Telluride Historical Museum. If you’re looking to expand your horizons, the Ah Haa School for the Arts is a great place to learn how to express yourself through different kinds of art. When you miss your place of worship at home, the Alpine Chapel is where you want to here the pastor preaching and pray.
The pastor’s preaching gives you strength and comfort. You feel inspired and revitalized to start your day. You’ll feel right at home at this chapel. It gives you sense of calm. You feel like you belong to this place of worship. It’s an experience you won’t forget.
14. Leadville
You’ve always wanted to zipline, and Leadville is a great place to feel the wind rush though you as you zip through the views of Leadville. Your adventurous side will thank you. Mosquito Pass is a great place to bring your gear and ski down the hills. Your classy personality can’t leave Leadville without going to the Tabor Opera House. The musical performances will be something you will tell your friends about. Don’t miss this stop on your journey through Colorado.
You also don’t want to miss shops in town. It’s exciting knowing you’ll find something you can purchase and take home with you to remember your time in Leadville. It’s more exciting for your friends and family who expect a gift. When you’ve spent enough time buying souvenirs, you can taste the food of Leadville. The food is good. You’ll never want to leave.
15. Steamboat Springs
It’s the perfect place to experience outdoor winter activities. Stay at the Steamboat Ski Resort before your feet hit the slopes. Make sure you stop by the shops and dinning areas after you’ve worked up an appetite skiing. If you want to experience the beauty of nature, Yampa River Botanic Park is the perfect spot to see fields upon fields of flowers. You can sit and enjoy the nature and beauty around you. You can also experience the nature and wildlife tours of Steamboat Springs as you learn about its history.
It’s back to the mountains to start your climbing adventure. You’re excited to learn. You’re a little nervous, but you know you’re in capable hands. The views are breathtaking when you reach the top. You know you’ll definitely do this again. The adrenaline rush is addicting now.
16. Grand Junction
You’re a wine connoisseur, and Two Rivers Winery is where you want to be. The elegant and relaxing atmosphere makes this winery the perfect place to learn about different wine and enjoy the wine. Going into town, you should explore specialty stores and gift shops for souvenirs. If cars are your passion, you will make your way to the Allen Unique Auto Museum to see cars you wish you had in your collection. Grand Junction’s golf courses are the perfect place to brush up on your golf skills. You love to explore the history of each place you travel to, and the Cross Orchards Historic Site is the ideal place to learn about the rise and fall of apple production and the vintage trains models.
History may not be your thing, but shopping is. Once you come into town, you’ll buy what you think you need to remember this trip by. You could spend your whole day shopping. Exhausted, you get something to eat. You won’t have trouble finding a restaurant, that’s for sure. Everything you need is in walking distance.
17. Fort Collins
Go Rams! The Colorado State University Campus is a great place to visit if you’re considering going here in the future. The campus is huge, and the old buildings mixed with the newly constructed buildings highlights how far this college has come. Their Best Western is right across from the campus if you’re looking for a hotel to stay at. Restaurants and stores that are in walking distance of your hotel room also surround the hotel. The Museum of Discovery is where you’ll visit exhibits and learn all there is to know about them whether its on a tour, by yourself, or with friends and family.
Exhausted from your day out in Fort Collins, the Hilton is another option for you to spend your time. It’s not on the main streets of the university’s campus. The environment is the perfect place to relax and order room service. It’s not recommended to make a reservation during graduation. The rooms will most likely be filled up. Besides this hiccup, the Hilton is a high quality hotel where all your needs will be met.
18. Vail
Ski and snowboard down the slopes of the Vail Mountain. Hopefully you won’t spend all your time skiing. Stop and enjoy the views for the moment. It’s great to go in the summer because there are fewer people on the mountain. Enjoy concerts and live music at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater. The outdoor atmosphere is great as you sit on the rocks in the summer time and listen to the music of your favorite local bands.
You’ll have a great time socializing and meeting new people while the music blasting. You’ll be so entertained that you’ll be disappointed when it’s over. After this experience, you know you’ll be back. Maybe you’ll even make it a tradition to go with family and friends. For now you’ll dance and sing to the beat of the music. You’ll have the time of your life.
19. Winter Park
Learn how beer is made at Hideaway Park Brewery. The beer is crafted to perfection, and the two brothers that run this brewery are very passionate about what they do. Their cool refreshing beer is something you can’t miss if you’re a beer connoisseur. If you’re interested in seeing landmarks in Winter Park, the Mofatt Tunnel West Portal is a great peace of history that you can’t ignore. The arch of the tunnel shapes this portal to another destination nicely. When you’re looking to exercise your mind and body, Winter Park has Yoga and Pilates studios to accommodate you.
Are you really on vacation to be healthy? Be honest. No, you want to enjoy yourself without restraint. Ski and snowboard the slopes of the mountains of Winter Park. Afterwards you will eat something greasy and good to the taste buds. You don’t care what other people say.
20. Longmont
It’s a simple town, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see. Their recreation center offers you a spacious place to exercise on different machines. They have a lap and a kid’s pool, so adults and children alike can enjoy the water. If you like to run, walk, or bike, the Lakeshore Drive trail offers that to you and so much more. The views of the lake, the houses, and the fields are something you should see for yourself. It’s a 3.5-mile trail of exploration that you must take pictures of.
Longmont offers a farmer’s market often where you can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables picked by farmers. If this isn’t your kind of shopping, Table To Teacups is a great flea market where you can find interesting things for a great price. The flea market is huge. You could spend all day here and find something to purchase. You can also sell stuff you don’t need, and they will pay you if they’re interesting in what you’ve brought them. You will find all you need in this simple place called Longmont.

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