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Colorado

Colorado is the ideal winter destination with unparalleled skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, fat-biking, snowtubing, seasonal festivals, a rich cultural heritage and so much more.  For a complete guide of what to do go to www.colorado.com


Major Cities

Denver: Welcome to Denver, where 300 days of sunshine, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods and natural beauty combine for the world's most spectacular playground. How will Denver inspire you?

 
Will it be the hustle and bustle of Union Station and the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver or the natural beauty of Washington Park? The fine art of the Denver Art Museum or the colorful murals of the River North Art District? The glow of the gold dome atop the Colorado State Capitol, or the sense of community at Denver PrideFest?

No matter what you’re looking for, Denver has something for everyone. Discover creativity at the Clyfford Still Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art or MCA Denver. Explore history and science at History Colorado Center or the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Or simply soak in the culture with a show at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts or during a First Friday Art Walk in the Art District on Santa Fe.

Get outside as you explore the Highlands neighborhood, take a yoga class on the rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison or stroll the paths of Denver Botanic Gardens or the stalls of one of the many farmers’ markets. Brave the rapids while kayaking on the South Platte River or simply brave the rides at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park.

Stay out late at one of Denver’s many indoor concert venues, jazz clubs or piano bars, or challenge a friend to a game of late-night ping pong at Ace Eat Serve. Seek adventure everywhere, from the Metropolitan State University Center for Visual Arts to the sidewalks of Denver’s annual Chalk Arts Festival to the indoor farm at GrowHaus.

Grab a quick bite from a food truck, then make your way to the Denver Zoo to marvel at elephants or the Downtown Aquarium, where you can immerse yourself in life under the sea. Awaken your senses under the lights of Larimer Square, while dining on the patio at Rioja or Tamayo, over drinks at The Cooper Lounge in Union Station or Ratio Beerworks, or while touring and tasting at Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey distillery.

Find something new while shopping at Denver PavilionsThe Source Market Hall or Cherry Creek, then explore Denver’s Western roots while you dine at The Fort, browse for boots and cowboy-style shirts at Rockmount Ranch Wear or experience the thrill of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.

Go to the mountains, where you can ski, snowboard or mountain bike at the nearby resorts or tour the Coors Brewery in Golden. Or stay in the city and catch the action as you cheer on the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Rockies the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Avalanche or the Colorado Rapids.

Colorado Springs: Exquisite natural landscapes, rich Western history and impressive cultural offerings are just a few things that attract visitors from near and far to Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA, nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak one hour from Denver.
Explore soaring adventures and remarkable natural wonders like Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain and Garden of the Gods Park. Stunning beauty, spacious blue skies and more than 55 attractions are sure to inspire you in Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA.
Sip your way through craft breweries and distilleries before hitting one of the area’s hiking and biking trails. From activities that’ll keep teens entertained to 30 free things to do, there’s plenty to choose from in this stunning Rocky Mountain region.

Appreciate an abundance of public arts and galleries, discover architectural wonders and head to a variety of hidden gems.
For more on what Colorado Springs has to offer go to www.visitcos.com.

Boulder: With its love of fresh air, fresh food and fresh thinking, it’s not hard to see why Boulder earned the title the Happiest City in the U.S. by National Geographic. Fondly referred to as “the city nestled between the mountains and reality,” Boulder is just 30 minutes from Denver but feels like an escape from the everyday. 

Boulder’s first settlement was established in 1858 by gold seekers in what is today called Settler’s Park. But it wasn’t long before the town turned its attention from mining its natural surroundings to protecting them. In 1898, the Colorado Chautauqua was built at the foot of the Flatirons mountains. It was a family retreat created in the tradition of national Chautauquas of the time, focusing on nature, culture and music. In the same year, the town moved to officially protect the land surrounding the Flatirons. Then in 1967, Boulder became the first city in the U.S. to tax itself for funds to be used specifically for the acquisition and preservation of open space. 

Today, there are 45,000 acres of unspoiled outdoor beauty for visitors to explore via 300 miles of hiking and biking trails. A visit to the Chautauqua area today will put you up close and personal with the city’s iconic Flatirons. Here, you can hike up into the piney foothills and earn views of the lush Boulder Valley, patchworks of sprawling farmland and the red-tiled rooftops of the University of Colorado. Even in winter, visitors can do as the locals do and head outside, with plenty of opportunities for winter hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skiing at nearby Eldora ski mountain. 

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