Colorado

United States of America
Colorado showing skyline, snow and a city

Experience a natural high in the fresh outdoors of this Rocky Mountain state. Enjoy great winter ski slopes and hike through the wilderness in the other seasons.

Colorado is famous for its mountains, with winter and summer appeal, but it offers many more things to do as well.

Visit Colorado’s capital, Denver, known as the “Mile High City” because it is 1 mile (1,609 meters) above sea level. This elevation gives the city very comfortable summer temperatures with access to hiking or skiing in the Rocky Mountains less than an hour’s drive away. Hop on and off free buses to explore the city’s downtown next to the mile-long (1.6-kilometer) pedestrianized 16th Street Mall. Visit Denver’s cultural attractions: the Botanic Gardens, Museum of Nature & Science, Art Museum, Zoo and Symphony Orchestra, among many others. Attend major league professional sports competitions in football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer.

One of the country’s largest ski destinations is Breckenridge Ski Resort, with five peaks and over 180 trails. It is now a year-round vacation spot and has numerous summer activities at the Breck Summer Fun Park. Ride the BreckConnect Gondola to the top of the mountain and brave the thrilling alpine superslide or gold runner coaster over 2,500 feet (760 meters) to the bottom. Choose from mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, ziplining, or even a Segway tour to complete your visit.

Aspen and Vail offer massive resorts with challenging slopes as well as family-friendly open glades. Take ski lessons, shop in boutiques, enjoy fine dining and experience the exciting après-ski atmosphere. Colorado has more than 20 ski resorts; make your vacation an annual event and ski them all.

Among Colorado’s mountains, over 50 are greater than 14,000 feet (4,267 meters), big draws for aggressive climbers. Near Colorado Springs visit Pike’s Peak at 14,115 feet (4,302 meters) of elevation. From this vantage point amid “purple mountain majesties,” view the “amber waves of grain” below in the Great Plains. See the commemorative plaque noting the poem with these lines, written by Katherine Lee Bates; the lyrics later became the beloved song America the Beautiful.

Popular cities in Colorado

Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs
Nestled in a mighty mountain range, this sunny city offers adventure hikes, whitewater rafting and museums dedicated to the region's pioneer heritage.

Reasons to visit

  • Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
  • America the Beautiful Park
  • Garden of the Gods
Aspen Mountain showing a small town or village, snow and landscape views
Aspen

Reasons to visit

  • Aspen Mountain.
  • Maroon Bells
  • Buttermilk Mountain
Estes Park featuring mountains, tranquil scenes and landscape views
Estes Park
This high-altitude settlement, set in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, offers mountain-town charm, wonderful wildlife watching and four-season outdoor adventure.

Reasons to visit

  • Bear Lake Trailhead
  • Emerald Lake
  • Sprague Lake
Denver showing central business district
Denver
Whether you’re a sport enthusiast or a culture buff, this city offers something for everyone, all set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains.

Reasons to visit

  • Union Station
  • Denver Art Museum
Crested Butte Mountain Resort which includes a small town or village
Crested Butte

Reasons to visit

  • Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Boulder featuring night scenes and signage
Boulder
Outdoor adventures, wild mountain scenery, vast open spaces and a lively downtown area are the big draws of this attractive Colorado town.

Reasons to visit

  • Pearl Street Mall