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Things to do in  Colorado

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 10 attractions in Colorado

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Animas River

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Arkansas River

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Flowing through four states, the Arkansas River is the sixth longest river in the United States. Its source basin and Arkansas River Canyon can be found in Colorado, where it is a popular spot to go whitewater rafting. It runs past the Rocky Mountains and drops extensively as it flows through the valley, creating the conditions that are good for rafting and kayaking. Depending on the section of the river there is everything from Class IV and V rapids to gentler II and III sections that are ideal for beginners. Waters weave scenically in and through canyons and gorges surrounded by thick forest and snow-capped peaks. Aside from boating and fishing, visitors to the Arkansas River often utilize the facilities and the beautiful backdrop for activities such as hiking, camping, mountain biking, birding, and rock climbing. There is also great fly fishing in this part of the river, particularly for trout.More
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Rocky Mountain National Park

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Colorado is synonymous with the Rocky Mountains, and the activities and beauty of the Rockies comes together at Rocky Mountain National Park. More than 350 miles (563 km) of hiking trails wind through the park, with wildlife-spotting opportunities including elk, bighorn sheep and moose. Alpine wildflowers fill the valleys in spring, and cross-country skiers hit the slopes here in winter. Cyclists follow Trail Ridge Road, while hikers can walk to lakes following the Bear Lake Trailhead, Fern Lake trail and easy walks to Calypso Cascades and Gem Lake.More
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Garden of the Gods

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Colorado Springs’ Garden of the Gods is not an average city park with duck ponds and walking paths. Instead, this urban park—which is also a designated National Landmark—boasts 1,367 acres of unique wilderness, Great Plains grassland and juniper woodlands. The most iconic section of the park is the towering ridge of sandstone formations that reveal 300 million years of geological history. Famous red rock formations include the Balanced Rock, the Gateway Rock and the Three Graces, and among the crags and overhangs, visitors can spot petroglyphs from the Native American Ute tribe that once roamed these lands. The park came to be in 1909 after landowner Charles Perkins requested that his property be donated to the city upon his death. In line with his final wishes, the park remains free and open to the public.More
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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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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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Pikes Peak Highway

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The Pikes Peak Highway offers an easy, scenic route to the top of iconic Pikes Peak. The 19-mile, paved toll road was originally built in 1915, and the entrance begins at 7,400 feet before climbing all the way to the top of the 14,115-foot summit. One of the best views of the peak can be found at the pullout between mile markers seven and eight. Along the way you can make a pit stop at the historic Glen Cove Inn, a cabin-turned-rest stop area featuring a gift shop, restaurant and restrooms.More
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Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

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The final resting place of Wild West showman extraordinaire William “Buffalo Bill” Cody sits atop Lookout Mountain on the outskirts of Golden, Colorado, where grave marker itself overlooks a panoramic view of the Rock Mountains. Since Cody’s burial here in 1917, which had some 20,000 fans in attendance, the mountain attraction has also grown to include a museum devoted to his life.More
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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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Top activities in Colorado

Recent reviews from experiences in Colorado

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Worth it all
Briana_C, Dec 2020
Breckenridge Mountain Explorer
I recommend this to anyone who wants to have a full day of things to do in Colorado!
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Great day excursion
Andy, Nov 2020
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
We would highly recommend this tour if you want to see a lot in a day .
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Rocky Mountain High - Colorado
Diana_H, Sep 2020
Afternoon Rocky Mountain Escape
Nice quick getaway to see a taste of Colorado, beautiful trees turning fall colors Our tour guide Jed is very knowledgeable & accommodating.
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Amazing
Alisha_P, Jan 2021
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
She explained, how to dress, what to expect, what hop spots to visit and just an angel to speak to.
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Three stops in Colorado
Melody_D, Oct 2020
Visit Red Rocks Park, Continental Divide & Breckenridge
All in all a easy way to get out of the city and to see some beautiful views.
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Great experience
Michael_P, Aug 2020
Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
Gave me great advice on restaurants and activities for our weekend in Colorado!
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Amazing tour!
Alexa_S, Aug 2020
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
What a great way to see the beauty of Colorado.
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Amazing guide and great trip!
justmiller85, Jan 2020
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
Worth the money for sure, a great, comfortable, way to see Colorado.
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Can't wait to go back!
lyndseymartinelli, Nov 2019
Jeep Tour - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
I climbed the red rocks, went through old trail tunnels, took pictures of scenic outlooks and learned all about Colorado springs.
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Loving the rockys
Anna D, Jul 2019
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
She knew the best times to visit each attraction to take in the best views.
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Zipline Tour with Dylan and Natalie
Pioneer02051456941, Jun 2019
Fins Course Scenic Zipline Tour
The views while ziplining in Colorado Springs were breathtaking and I was able to take it all on my GoPro with help from our guides.
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Rocky Mountain National Park Tour - Denver
RJREY, May 2019
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
One of my main reasons to visit Colorado was seeing Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Red Canyon loop half of day jeep tour
Alla L, Mar 2019
Red Canyon Loop Half Day Jeep Tour
We were moving on to Colorado Springs that day and he gave us a wonderful restaurant recommendation.
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Great trip all around! I was...
Elizabeth B, Jul 2017
Red Canyon Loop Half Day Jeep Tour
Mel was very knowledgeable - I learned so much about the area and got to see beautiful views!
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Great views and history of The Springs
Sean_H, Jul 2020
Jeep Tour - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
We had a beautiful, clear Colorado day and got to see some great views as well as a great history lesson of greater Colorado Springs.
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Aspire Tours Breckenridge Trip
Glen V, Oct 2019
Breckenridge Mountain Explorer
If you only visit Colorado for a few days, this trip is a great way to see a good amount of the scenery and get a great understanding of the lifestyle.
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Foothills explorer tour- Red Rocks
ctilgh, Oct 2019
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
Got to see a lot of great spots.
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Awesome information and great views
William G, Sep 2019
Small-Group Half-Day Tour Foothills of the Rockies from Denver
I would give it a 5 star but we weren't able to see the Bison, which was what we were excited about seeing.
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Great day trip from Denver.
khbmnyus, Jul 2019
Mount Evans & Red Rocks Park Small Group Tour From Denver
Evans ,We stopped at Idaho Spring for 1 hour lunch,having a couple of craft beers.
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This tour is amazing if you want to...
jokim14, Jun 2018
Shared Half-Day Mountain Tour in Red Rocks Evergreen and Echo Lake
This tour is amazing if you want to see 3 major breathtaking Colorado sights on a budget, without a lot of hiking or having to spend the entire day on a tour.

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