Top Things To Do In Colorado
Colorado might not be the first place that comes to mind when deciding on your next vacation, but it should be. With pretty much anything a vacationer could want— gorgeous scenery, plenty to do, and a ton of sunny days, the only thing you might still be wondering about is where to stay when visiting the one of the most underestimated US destinations. The best thing about Colorado? It pairs rugged outdoors with lush accommodations like nowhere else. With ample luxury homes in Colorado to choose from for your rental retreat, all that’s left is to book a flight, and figure out how you want to spend your time. Read on for some of our favorite things to do in Colorado.
Take a Hike
Colorado is literally covered with national parks and forests, and with so much wild green space, there’s no question— you should explore it. Wherever your vacation takes you in CO, be sure to spend some time in the great outdoors. Hike up a mountain or just make time daily for a long walk outdoors. Even in the winter you’ll find other hikers on the trails here. With most days of the year being sunny, it makes the outdoors enjoyable even when snow blankets the ground and temperatures drop down low. So be sure to pack the right clothes and shoes for your adventure and factor in some time in the gorgeous wild backdrop that is Colorado.
Hit The Slopes
Colorado is known for its impressive skiing and snowboarding spots. Places like Aspen, Telluride, and Vail make the area one of the best in the country (if not the world) for hitting the slopes. So if a winter retreat is in the stars for your next vacation, plan on spending at least a few days checking out one of these amazing ski resorts. Even if snowsports aren’t your thing, these resort towns offer plenty of things to do off the slopes. Like mini towns that come alive during the ski season, these towns have a ton of great shopping, food, and nightlife to keep anyone busy, whether you ski or not.
Check Out The Food Scene
Another thing that Colorado does extremely well is food. Known for offering an amazing variety of foreign cuisine (especially considering its geographic location in the middle of the country), the big cities like Denver and Boulder will meet up to even the highest brow food-snob. With awesome Italian, Mexican, and even German cuisine, you’re never far from an amazing meal in Colorado. The coffee shops and bakeries throughout the state are also not to be missed. With western-style boutique coffee shops roasting their own beans and imagining up different combinations of flavors for speciality drinks and lattes, it’s easy to fall in love with the java in this state.
Visit a Brewery
Nothing is more like a native Coloradoan than to hit up the breweries after a long day on the trails or slopes. Beer is definitely bigger than wine in this state, and it shows by the sophisticated breweries and bars you find even in the smallest and most remote towns. Try local delights like raspberry beer in the summer or a heavy lager in the winter. Cider is also big here, and made to your tastes- either sweet or dry. After time spent outside, there’s nothing more rewarding than a cold beer (or a hot cider), so be sure to make time to explore the brew scene in this state.
Visit the Landmarks
Colorado has a ton of natural landmarks and iconic places to visit as well. From the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Aurora, there’s a lot you can visit for a day trip or more. In the northern part of the state visitors tend to hit up Rocky Mountain National Park for amazing photography and wildlife opportunities. All of the best ski resorts are in the north as well, and natural hot springs can be found scattered within the national parks and other protected lands. In the southern part of the state, places like Black Canyon or Great Sand Dunes National Park tend to make most visitors’ bucket lists. And let’s not forget the many historical and art museums sprinkled across the state. Places like the Denver Art Museum, the Forney Transportation Museum, and the Molly Brown House are a few favorites that shouldn’t be missed, but more obscure museums covering old railroad and mining histories are equally interesting for the out of town visitor.
Curl Up In Front Of A Fire
When all else fails, or even if you just need some down-time, there’s nothing quite like retiring to your luxury retreat with a good drink in front of a gorgeous fireplace. Many of the luxury rentals in Colorado center around a giant well-furnished living space that is equally accommodating for several guests as it is cozy for just one. Hunkering down in your beautiful retreat, protected from the weather is a great way to spend an afternoon or even a whole day. So whether you choose a rustic cabin in the mountains, or a modern villa in town, you can enjoy a relaxing vacation in Colorado without even leaving your rental retreat.
You will leave feeling rejuvenated and full of life after your break. Many people do this just to de-stress themselves and it pays off in the long-term. Colorado is one of those magical parts of the world, so take advantage and make sure you visit it.