Colorado is a famous tourist state in the United States, and there are so many places to visit in Colorado. Whether you’ve been to Colorado before, or it’s your first time, here are some exciting things to do in the state.
Our Favorite Places to Visit in Colorado
The Aspen Ski Resort is one of the best places to visit in Colorado. One of Aspen’s most prominent attractions is Aspen Snowmass, one of the country’s major ski resorts.
If you’re not the most advanced skier, they have beginner slopes. But even if skiing isn’t your thing, the scenery alone is a good reason to visit Aspen.
The resort has numerous chairlifts and 150 miles of terrain, making it an excellent beginner and advanced ski destination.
There are also several beginning trails and many possibilities for training; previous guests praised the mountain resort’s competent instructors.
One of the greatest places to visit in Colorado is the capital city, Denver. Denver offers tons of things to do, almost as much as the entire state itself.
Keep in mind that Colorado is one of the states that requires all drivers to have car insurance, so make sure you’re insured. Nicknamed “The Mile High City,” here are some of the most popular things to do in Denver.
Coors Brewery and Coors Fields
The home of Coors Brewery is 15 miles west of Denver, but it’s still worth visiting if you’re interested in learning more about Coors’ brewing processes.
Take a 30-minute self-guided tour and then treat yourself at the end to the beer tasting room. Named for the famous beer is Colorado’s major league baseball stadium.
Catch a game during baseball season, or take a tour during the off-season. Guided tours are $12 and are offered every day at noon and again at 2 P.M.
Denver Art Museum
Art lovers should take the time to visit the Denver Art Museum.
With more than 70,000 works by some of the most famous artists in history, Denver has some of the most impressive collections outside of Los Angeles and Chicago.
The Denver Art Museum is also a kid-friendly museum if you’re traveling with little ones.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway and the Botanic Gardens
Hope on “the road to the sky” 9,000 feet into the air and admire the scenery along the way. There’s also several activities to enjoy along the way: fishing, hiking, and you can even stop off to have a picnic.
Nearby you’ll also find the Denver Botanic Gardens that features over 50 different gardens to explore, either alone or as a part of a guided tour.
Colorado is home to various national parks, which isn’t uncommon in the Rocky Mountains.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
While this park doesn’t have as many hiking trails as other national parks in Colorado, it still offers unique scenery.
This park has one of the deepest gorges in the entire state and some of the oldest, hardest, and darkest colored rock formations.
The park is divided into the North Rim and the South Rim (where you’ll have to pay $30) and is still small enough for you to take the day to drive through it.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park is one of the only places to visit in Colorado where you can go surfing. Colorado is not a state located near an ocean. Here at Great Sand Dunes National Park, you can go sand surfing.
Just remember to rent an actual sandboard because sliding down dunes with a surfboard or even a snowboard won’t work. The good news is that the park is open all day, and it only costs $25 per vehicle.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Here you’ll find 355 miles of trails, 147 lakes, and beautiful scenery with some of the most dramatic mountain peaks.
Rocky Mountain National Park is located in a small town called Estes Park and has hiking trails for every type of hiker, whether they are a beginner or seasoned hiker.
The Colorado River isn’t the only river that starts in Colorado. There’s also the Arkansas River which has some of the fastest flowing waters for 100 miles straight.
The Pine Creek route features much rougher waters for the advanced rafters, while the Lower Browns Canyon region has much calmer waters for beginners.
Near Grand Junction (the westernmost part of the state) are wineries: Hermosa Vineyards, Two Rivers Winery, and several more with gorgeous mountain views to gaze at while you’re tasting.
There’s also plenty of hotels nearby so you won’t have to travel too far during your stay.
There are so many places to visit in Colorado that it will take more than one trip to get the most out of the state. Colorado has something for everyone, so it won’t be too hard to find something fun to do.