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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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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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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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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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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

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The astounding natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains is exemplified and amplified in Rocky Mountain National Park, a hub of Colorado outdoor adventure. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, rafting, ziplining, and wildlife watching are just a few of the ways to experience the area’s magic. In the winter months, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, and other snow-sport lovers frolic amongst white-washed peaks.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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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

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Atop Iron Mountain in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park provides a day of nonstop thrills with some of the best views of any amusement park around. Home to the highest-elevation full-size coaster, the park gives adrenaline junkies plenty to scream about with rides that zip and swing across cliffs and canyons.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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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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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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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Colorado

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Rocky Mountains tour
Mercedes, Jul 2021
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape
Quick, fun and easy way to see the Colorado mountains!
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Best Zipline Ever
CarlDaphne, Jul 2021
Fins Course Scenic Zipline Tour
Would gladly do this again next time we are in the Colorado Springs area.
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A Great Time!
Amanda, Jul 2021
Colorado Springs Sunrise Balloon Ride
We definitely were in great hands as we saw some great views of the Colorado Springs area from above!
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Foothill Tour
bobjanebrown, Jul 2021
Denver History and Highlights Small Group Walking Tour
We were able to see a lot of Colorado sights in a short amount of time.
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Great Way to See Highlights of Colorado Springs!
Chere, Jul 2021
Jeep Tour - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
We so enjoyed seeing the sights of Colorado Springs with our guide!
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Nice day get away
KathyKean, May 2021
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
The only thing I would change is the seats in van where a little stiff for such a long trip from Denver to Colorado Springs.
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Loved our experience
Floyd_S, May 2021
Jeep Tour - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
I would highly recommend this tour and especially the guide to anyone visiting Colorado Springs.
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Exhilarating Experience
Brad_A, May 2021
Woods Course Zipline Tour in Seven Falls
My second time zip lining in Colorado Springs and I was not disappointed.
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Our tour guide was...
Anonymous, Mar 2021
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
Hoping to see you again on our next visit to Colorado.
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Foothill explorer tour
HELEN_H, Jul 2021
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
We learned a lot about John Denver, Buffalo Bill, Golden, Coors, Colorado Spring mountain water, etc.
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Worth every cent!
texasgirl, Apr 2021
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
There's so much more we want to see and learn!
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Worth it all
Briana_C, Dec 2020
Breckenridge Mountain Explorer
I recommend this to anyone who wants to have a full day of things to do in Colorado!
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Great day excursion
Andy, Nov 2020
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
We would highly recommend this tour if you want to see a lot in a day .
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Rocky Mountain High - Colorado
Diana_H, Sep 2020
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape
Nice quick getaway to see a taste of Colorado, beautiful trees turning fall colors Our tour guide Jed is very knowledgeable & accommodating.
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Amazing tour!
Alexa_S, Aug 2020
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
What a great way to see the beauty of Colorado.
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Loving the rockys
Anna D, Jul 2019
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
She knew the best times to visit each attraction to take in the best views.
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Zipline Tour with Dylan and Natalie
Pioneer02051456941, Jun 2019
Fins Course Scenic Zipline Tour
The views while ziplining in Colorado Springs were breathtaking and I was able to take it all on my GoPro with help from our guides.
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Red Canyon loop half of day jeep tour
Alla L, Mar 2019
Red Canyon Loop Half Day Jeep Tour
We were moving on to Colorado Springs that day and he gave us a wonderful restaurant recommendation.
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Great trip all around! I was...
Elizabeth B, Jul 2017
Red Canyon Loop Half Day Jeep Tour
Mel was very knowledgeable - I learned so much about the area and got to see beautiful views!
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Fantastic trip! Christin was really...
Katherine B, Feb 2018
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
A perfect winter trip that packed in a lot!
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