Colorado

Rocky mountains, scenic beauty and year-round adventure awaits

the centennial state

For those in pursuit of outdoor thrills, Colorado truly shines with its year-round extravaganza of skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and mountain bike adventures.
With the majestic Rocky Mountains serving as its jaw-dropping backdrop Colorado has rightfully earned accolades as one of the premier go-to winter retreats, boasting ski havens like Aspen, Vail, Telluride, Keystone, and Breckenridge. 

But hold on, because when the temperatures rise, Colorado transforms into a warm-weather paradise. Explore the wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park, traverse the scenic Million Dollar Highway with its stunning views or navigate the rapids of the Colorado River.

And its allure certainly extends beyond the mountains. Denver, the capital, is a hub of museums and breweries and a mere 90-minute joyride from both Colorado Springs and Estes Park - gateways to adventure nestled at the foot of the Rockies. Boulder offers a more laid back college-town vibe, boutique shopping and a feast of fantastic dining options. And don't miss out on exploring some of the authentic Old West towns scattered throughout the state.

Stunning mountain panoramas, outdoor adventure and the spirit of the Old West - Colorado, an unforgettable year-round celebration for anyone lucky enough to experience it!
Colorado_Dream Lake stunning scenery

Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in Colorado. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
anything you see that particularly takes your interest, please let us know and we will include it in your holiday package or put you in touch with the right people.

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Canon City, Colorado

Walk the 1,257 wooden planks of America’s highest suspension bridge, suspended almost 300 metres high over the Arkansas River. The bridge is the main attraction of Royal Gorge Bridge & Park which also features other thrilling experiences including an aerial gondola ride, the Cloudscraper Zip Line and the daring Royal Rush Skycoaster that swings riders out over the gorge. And while you’re there be sure to try out its newest attraction, Via Ferrata, a guided rock-climbing experience on the granite walls of the gorge itself. 

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Morrison, Colorado

Check out who’s playing at the iconic outdoor concert venue and natural wonder made famous by U2s Under A Blood Red Sky live concert album and movie. Carved out of stunning red sandstone formations, the amphitheatre hosts concerts, events and yoga sessions amid breathtaking acoustics and panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Beyond the music, visitors can explore the nearby scenic trails.

Ski Colorado

Colorado

With no fewer than 28 ski fields, Colorado’s ski culture is world renowned with an abundance of world-class ski resorts, from Aspen and Vail to Breckenridge and Telluride, ensuring unforgettable experiences for all skill levels. With abundant snowfall, diverse terrain, and stunning views, skiers and snowboarders can indulge in thrilling slopes and après-ski activities. 

Denver Art Museum

Denver, Colorado

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of art at the visually stunning Denver Art Museum. With its striking architecture, this cultural haven houses a vast collection of 70,000 artworks spanning ancient to contemporary creations. From Native American to Western and European masterpieces, the museum invites art lovers to explore diverse global expressions.

Experience live sport

Colorado

Experience live sport - the American way! Catch the adrenaline, the cheers, and the thrill of a live game - because experiencing sports the American way is an absolute must! Denver is home to five professional sporting franchises spread across all of the major sports including the NFL’s Denver Broncos. Chat with Travel USA to score your tickets and we'll look to lock in your seats before you even pack your bags!

Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado

Embark on a Rockies adventure to experience mountain climbing, hiking, camping, fishing, and revel in breathtaking views of jagged peaks, glaciers, and high-mountain lakes. Whether strolling around crystal-clear mountain lakes or tackling daring rock scrambles, there's an outdoor experience for everyone. From wildflower-filled summers to golden aspen autumns and snowscapes in winter, the park serves up a year-round range of adventure.

16th Street Mall

Denver, Colorado

Stroll along the 16th Street Mall, a bustling pedestrian mall that captures the lively spirit of the Mile High City. A popular destination for locals and tourists stretching through the heart of downtown and lined with a diverse selection of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. 

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde, Colorado

Explore this historic site which preserves the ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings and archaeological wonders that date back to the 6th century.  Visitors can explore well-preserved cliff dwellings, like Cliff Palace and Balcony House, gaining insight into the daily lives of this ancient civilisation. Mesa Verde offers a captivating journey into the rich history and cultural heritage of the American Southwest.

The Old West

Colorado

No visit to Colorado is truly complete without a visit to an authentic old west town. There are literally hundreds of historic old west town sites or ‘ghost towns’ officially recorded in Colorado meaning there is no shortage of options available. These towns offer a wide variety of storied pasts of mining riches, rowdy saloons and outlaw showdowns that bolstered and built the West. Check out Travel USA’s ‘Colorado Adventure’ itinerary for a few suggestions.

Rocky Mountaineer

Denver, CO to Moab, UT

Journey by train from Denver to Moab in Utah, crossing the Continental Divide and viewing vast canyons, inspiring deserts, and natural archways along the way. Rockies To The Red Rocks, the newest of Rocky Mountaineers rail routes, is filled with highlights best seen by train including Ruby Canyon and Mount Garfield. Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks are a perfect combo to your outdoor Colorado adventure. Check with Travel USA for more details.

Garden of the Gods

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Marvel at the Garden of the Gods, a captivating natural wonder known for its awe-inspiring rock formations and striking red sandstone pillars. This geological marvel offers hiking trails and rock-climbing opportunities amidst the stunning backdrop of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains. 

Visit Coors Field

Denver, Colorado

Step up to the plate at the beating heart of Denver's cherished baseball haven, the legendary home of the Colorado Rockies. Whether you're looking for a game day experience or, on non-game days a journey Your guided tour unfolds stories about the team, the ballpark's design, and unforgettable moments in Rockies history. Wander from the dugout to the press box, immersing yourself in the magic of Coors Field.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

From cave exploration to exhilarating rides Glenwood Caverns delivers a unique theme park experience in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Start your adventure with guided tours exploring the intricate Glenwood Caverns, known as the "Fairy Caves." The journey continues with a scenic gondola ride up Iron Mountain where thrilling attractions await blended in with the surrounding landscapes.

White Water Rafting

 

Colorado

Experience the thrill of navigating through thrilling rapids in Colorado's stunning river landscapes. With various difficulty levels, from calm family-friendly floats to adrenaline-pumping Class V rapids, there are always options available for all experience levels. Popular rafting destinations include the Arkansas River, Colorado River, and Clear Creek in Idaho Springs. Talk to Travel USA for more details.

Colorado National Monument

Grand Junction, Colorado

Explore this captivating landscape of red rock canyons and towering formations, established in 1911 and featuring dramatic geological wonders like Independence Monument. The scenic Rim Rock Drive offers breathtaking views, while hiking trails through Monument Canyon provide an immersive experience in the high desert environment.

Maroon Bells

Aspen, Colorado,

Take the opportunity to try and snap the perfect shot of these majestic twin peaks. Surrounded by Maroon Lake and dense forests they offer breathtaking reflections in the still waters, creating a picture-perfect scene. It is one of the most photographed places in the nation and a popular destination for hiking, photography, and enjoying nature's splendour. 

Museum of Nature & Science

Denver, Colorado

Visit the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, a fascinating institution that celebrates the wonders of natural history and science. Visitors can explore engaging exhibits featuring dinosaur fossils, gems, minerals, space exploration and more. The museum offers interactive displays, planetarium shows and IMAX films providing a range of experiences for all ages. 

Horseback riding adventures

Colorado

Colorado offers exceptional horseback riding experiences from the rolling plains to the majestic Rocky Mountains. There are numerous outfitters and guest ranches that provide guided trail rides suitable for all skill levels, ensuring unforgettable adventures for individuals, families, and groups. Check with Travel USA for more details.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango, Colorado

Embark on a spectacular journey through the San Juan Mountains on a vintage coal-fired steam locomotive that winds its way along the Animas River to the mining town of Silverton. Originating in Durango passengers experience a picturesque ride through canyons and alpine landscapes. The full-day round-trip adventure includes a 2-hour stop in the historic mining town of Silverton or opt for the iconic 5-hour non-stop round-trip Cascade Canyon Express through the Rocky Mountains. 

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Southern Colorado

Relive your childhood as you explore the giant sand dunes at one of Colorado’s most unique and best-kept secrets - home of the tallest sand dunes in the country, set against the stunning backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. These majestic dunes, reaching heights of over 200 metres, create a surreal landscape against the mountain backdrop where visitors can sandboard or sled down the peaks, hike along the ridges and stargaze into the tranquil night sky. 

Buckhorn Exchange

Denver, Colorado

Give your tastebuds a challenge at Denver's oldest restaurant serving up steaks, buffalo, elk, and other wild game since 1893. The Buckhorn offers a unique dining experience selection including delicacies from time-to-time like alligator tail and rattlesnake whilst its interior is adorned with taxidermy and cowboy artifacts helping transport diners back to the Old West. 

Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Manitou Springs, Colorado

Ride the world’s highest cog railway at one of the most famous mountains in the country. Pikes Peak may be the star attraction - but the journey up there is certainly the highlight! The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway is an unforgettable cog train experience that climbs a 14-kilometre track to an altitude of 4,300 metres where stunning panoramic views await. 

Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur, Colorado

Roam where the dinosaurs once roamed and take a glimpse into the distant past at this prehistoric treasure trove that straddles the Colorado-Utah border. The park features scenic canyons, ancient rock art and lots of opportunities for hiking, rafting, and camping. Cross the border onto the Utah side of the Park where the Quarry Exhibit Hall showcases hundreds of dinosaur fossils still embedded in the rock. 

The Broadmoor

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Stay and play at the iconic Broadmoor Resort, a world-renowned golf destination set in the Cheyenne Mountain foothills of Colorado Springs. Boasting two championship courses it is consistently ranked among the best in the world and offers stunning views of the Rockies. This private club is only available to guests staying at the Broadmoor Resort so please check with Travel USA for your stay and play options.

Breckenridge quaint town Colorado at sunset

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