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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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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

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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Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

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An urban park and designated national landmark in Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods encompasses 1,367 acres (553 hectares) of unique wilderness, Great Plains grassland, and juniper woodlands. Highlights include the red rock formations Balanced Rock, Gateway Rock, and the Three Graces, as well as petroglyphs from the original Native American occupants of the area, the Ute people.More
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Animas River

Animas River

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Get your helmets and life vests ready—this family-friendly rafting river serves up class I, II and III rapids as it winds through Colorado shrub land and downtown Durango. Calmer than its wild upper reaches in the San Juan mountains surrounding Silverton 48 miles north, Durango’s stretch boasts calm bends as well as several named rapids including “Smelter,” “Pinball,” and “Santa Rita Hole,” as it passes the fairgrounds and the buildings of downtown. Though it still can be a wild ride, most guided tours will take kids as young as five years old. Rafting adventures run from May to September.In the height of summer when the river is warmest and lowest, tubing is also a popular past time. The city runs shuttles from the parking and take-out at 9th Street at Schneider Park to the put-in near the Recreation Center where there’s free air fills for tubes. South of town a four-mile stretch of river has achieved notoriety as an excellent fly-fishing spot for rainbow and brown trout.If you’re in Durango in the off-season, you can still enjoy the river and its downtown views via the Durango River Trail. The walking path has pedestrian bridges and sculpture installations and follows the course of the river through the city.More
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Pikes Peak Highway

Pikes Peak Highway

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As you wind your way up Pikes Peak Highway prepare for stunning views and historic establishments on the way to the iconic 14,115-foot (4302-meter) peak known as “America’s Mountain.” The drive is lined with scenic vista points, lakes, picnic areas, trails, and high-altitude plants and wildlife. You can stop at the Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop and Historic Glen Cove Inn on your way to the Summit House—the restaurant atop the peak.More
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Larimer Square

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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Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

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The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave commemorate the legendary cowboy at his resting place atop Lookout Mountain overlooking Golden, Colorado. William “Buffalo Bill” Cody was buried on the mountain in 1917 and the original museum at the site was opened a few years later. The museum’s Buffalo Bill artifacts and exhibits have been attracting Wild West enthusiasts ever since.More
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Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo)

Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo)

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A lively district of restaurants, shops, and nightlife, Lower Downtown Denver (or LoDo) is a top destination for Denver culture. In addition to its vibrant scene, though, LoDo is also home to some of the city’s best-preserved historic architecture and more Victorian–era buildings than anywhere else in the United States.More
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Molly Brown House Museum

Molly Brown House Museum

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Visitors may know Margaret “Molly” Brown in association with theRMS Titanic, but there was much more to her life than the ill-fated voyage for which she became famous. An activist, suffragist, and philanthropist, Brown’s spirit lives on through educational tours, exhibits, and programming inside her restored historic Denver home.More
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Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain

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It’s just a short drive from downtown Denver, but Lookout Mountain feels like another world. Once used as a lookout for the Native American Ute tribe that called the area home, the 7,300-foot (2,225-meter) mountain has miles of hiking and mountain biking trails throughout, from easy walking paths to strenuous switchbacks. From the summit, you can see the Denver skyline 12 miles (19 kilometers) away.More
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Historic Downtown Durango

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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Top activities in Colorado

Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape

Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape

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Rocky Mountain National Park in Summer Tour from Denver
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Shared Half-Day Mountain Tour in Red Rocks Evergreen and Echo Lake
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Visit Red Rocks Park, Continental Divide & Breckenridge
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Twilight Ghost Tour
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Twilight Ghost Tour

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Brews & Views

Brews & Views

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Fins Course Scenic Zipline Tour

Fins Course Scenic Zipline Tour

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Breathtaking Colorado Springs Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight
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Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
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Denver and Foothills Mountain Small-Group Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Colorado

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First time ziplining and...
Nicole_S, May 2022
Combo Course Zipline Tour
would do again if I'm ever back in Colorado springs which I'm sure I will be :-)
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Simply Amazing
Amanda_B, Apr 2022
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
If you really want to see how diverse Colorado is, do this tour.
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Would do it again in a heartbeat
Kali_H, Apr 2022
Glacier Hiking & Geothermal Cave Pools + Pictures Day Tour in Idaho Springs
Get up to that glacier, get in those hot hot hot springs and eat that delicious pizza asap
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Tour of Mountainous Beauty
David_D, Apr 2022
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape
This was our first time in Colorado and hoping to visit, as well as take more tours!
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Can't go wrong choosing this tour!
Janet_K, Apr 2022
Best of Denver Tour
We got fantastic ideas for what to do on the rest of our trip.
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Breathtaking must do
Heidi_K, Apr 2022
Private 30-Minute Flight Viewing Rocky Mountain National Park
I live in Colorado and it was so incredible to see the mountains from a different point of view
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Good but……..
Arun_B, Dec 2021
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
However, we were offered an alternative tour to Colorado Springs which was good but the tour was truncated with a couple of sights being missed out in the afternoon due to ‘wind’.
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The most amazing views .
Jessica_G, May 2022
Pikes Peak Jeep Tour
I have never been to Colorado and to see it and still with some snow and the views were just jaw dropping .
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Good for Solo traveler
GracielaG_D, May 2022
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
If you come with a friend, you might be able to see more of the park by getting a rental car.
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Awesome and informative trip
Brian_C, Apr 2022
Jeep Tour - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
We came to Colorado to visit family … we brought three adult disabled individuals with us.
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Amazing experience!
Heidi_V, Jan 2022
Glacier Hiking & Geothermal Cave Pools + Pictures Day Tour in Idaho Springs
I decided to take this tour on a whim because I’ve always wanted to go to a hot springs.
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More than I expected!
Ryan_D, Dec 2021
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape
This tour was just the right amount of time to experience the winter beauty of Colorado without expending too much energy in the natural elements.
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Great mini tour
Rosemarie_H, Oct 2021
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
It’s a great way to see some amazing historical sites in Colorado without spending the entire day.
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Wonderful day trip!
Janet_P, Oct 2021
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
Garden of the Gods was amazing, Manitou springs was very quaint and Pikes Peak was breath taking.
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Such a great tour. Denim...
leasasegura, Oct 2021
Jeep Tour - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
Learned so much about the history of Colorado Springs and the geology of Garden of the Gods!!
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Great!
Kevin_B, Sep 2021
Summer Private Rocky Mountain National Park Driving Tour
Going up Old Fall River road without the worries of driving giving us the ability to take in all of the sites was priceless.
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Highly recommend!
Kelly_K, Sep 2021
Scenic Mount Blue Sky / Mount Evans Tour from Denver
Kyle was a great guide - shared lots of knowledge as we ventured to each stop and shared advice on what to do at each to get the most out of the time spent there.
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A Special one day tour of Pike Peak and Garden of the Gods
Charles_K, Sep 2021
Private Colorado Springs Tour: Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak
Brad was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the Colorado Springs area.
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Good times in Colorado
Carolyn_R, Aug 2021
Pikes Peak Regional Wonders full day tour from Denver
We would have preferred to spend a little more time at Garden of the Gods instead of Manitou Springs.
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Megan_S, Aug 2021
Downtown Colorado Springs 3-Hour Brewery Tour
He took us to place we probably would have past by being tourists in Colorado Springs.
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