Colorado

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

Trek into the Rocky Mountains, hit some of the best skiing slopes in the U.S. or explore trendy, modern cities in Colorado, a state of exceptional natural beauty.

In Colorado, the mountains are inescapable. The towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains are the most highly concentrated here in the “Centennial State,” making it a permanently popular destination with travelers seeking adventure, winter sports and wildlife-watching opportunities. Discover the other side of Colorado, however, in Old West towns, desert scenery and thriving 21st-century cities.

Travel through the history of Colorado in destinations such as Mesa Verde. This ancient cliff-side settlement was first inhabited by the Pueblo people in the 7th century. European settlers first arrived here in the late 1500s.

Explore the city of Denver to experience Colorado’s more recent history, as well as the state at its most modern. Visit the Black America West Museum to browse exhibitions that show how African-American people helped settle this part of the country. At the History Colorado Center learn about Denver’s role in gold rushes. The Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Science and Nature offer a look at contemporary Denver.

Travel to Boulder for access to the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park. Boulder is the home of multiple craft breweries, art galleries and markets, making it a welcoming stop on your journey into nature.

Hike, kayak or bike your way through the national park. Numerous adventure sports options are available for thrill seekers, although it’s equally possible to spend sedate days fishing or strolling into spectacular wilderness. Watch for moose roaming the landscape and bring your camera for shots of crystalline lakes set against dramatic peaks.

Return to Colorado in winter for a range of exhilarating winter sports. Resort towns such as Aspen and Vail offer direct access to the slopes, where you can ski and snowboard down trails that suit all abilities.

Fly into Denver International Airport or drive along dramatic mountain roads to reach the Centennial State. Visit Colorado at any time of year for a thrilling experience of its beautiful scenery. Fall and spring offer milder temperatures and a panoply of colors in the mountains. Winter and summer are the best times for adventurous activities.

Popular cities in Colorado

Colorado Springs featuring a bridge, a gorge or canyon and landscape views
Colorado Springs
Known for Mountains, Gardens and Universities
This sunny mountain city offers a diverse and dramatic landscape, a wide variety of outdoor activities and a pioneer heritage to explore.

Reasons to visit

  • Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
  • United States Olympic Complex
  • Garden of the Gods
Aspen Mountain featuring snow, landscape views and a small town or village
Aspen
Known for Cross-country skiing, Mountains and Hiking
Explore Aspen: its skiing, mountain views, adventures, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Aspen Mountain
  • Maroon Bells
  • Buttermilk Mountain
Estes Park featuring tranquil scenes, landscape views and mountains
Estes Park
Known for Mountains, Nature and Natural parks
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

  • Emerald Lake
  • Bear Lake Trailhead
  • Dream Lake
Denver showing cbd
Denver
Known for Sports, Theaters and Live music
Come to the Mile High City for easy access to challenging Colorado skiing, along with varied cultural attractions, shopping and dining.

Reasons to visit

  • Union Station
  • Denver Art Museum
Crested Butte Mountain Resort featuring a small town or village
Crested Butte
Known for Cross-country skiing, Mountains and Hiking
Come to quaint Crested Butte and enjoy its skiing, mountain views, and architecture.

Reasons to visit

  • Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Boulder featuring signage and night scenes
Boulder
Known for Shopping, Mountains and Universities
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