Colorado

Colorado is known for its wild west reputation, Rocky Mountains and hip cities. Full of culture, natural wonders and world-class attractions, a holiday to Colorado combines everything that makes America great. Colorado is a wilderness of natural wonders, but you can’t miss its urban capital of Denver. Here you’ll find museums and stadiums to suit any taste. Starting with Denver’s quirky downtown you’ll find an urban wild west of vintage stores, shopping malls and incredible restaurants and bars.

In Denver, you’ve also got the Morrison National History Museum or the fantastic Denver Museum of Nature & Science complete with planetarium. On top of that is the Denver Art Museum which showcases incredible international art as well as local historic photography from the great American Gold Rush. Get out of the city heat and into Water World for its wet rides and slides, or take a drive along the scenic byway up to the picturesque Mount Evans for breath-taking views of the Rocky Mountains.

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Colorado Springs is home to a vast amount of natural wonders, starting with the famous Garden of the Gods rock formation. Then there’s Pikes Peak for rock climbing and hiking, or the rushing waters of Seven Falls. Another great Colorado city is Boulder where you’ll find the hiker’s haven of Flagstaff Mountain, as well as the “Flatirons” range which is known for its incredible scenery and rugged landscape.

Wherever you go in Colorado, there’s a natural area to explore and if you fancy heading out of the cities, there’s the sprawling Aapaho National Forest, plus San Isabel, San Juan or White River National Forest to name just a few. You can stick to hiking, or hit the waters for river rafting and canoeing too. For a holiday to Colorado, you’ll certainly want to pack your walking boots and your camera, but aside from that the world is your oyster and you’ll find adventures and attractions around every gorgeous corner.

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10 facts about Colorado

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The word ‘Colorado' means ‘coloured red’ in Spanish, named after the Colorado River which has a red colour due to the mountain silt.

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In Colorado you’ll find 75% of America’s land with an altitude over 10,000 feet. The largest flat-top mountain in the world, Grand Mesa, is here too.

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There are 222 state wildlife areas in Colorado home to rare birds like bald eagles, plus the largest herd of elk in America.

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Glenwood Springs is the biggest natural hot springs pool in the world. It was a favourite holiday destination for the former president Teddy Roosevelt.

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The famous Garden of the Gods has been inhabited for thousands of years with archaeological evidence dating back to about 1330 BC.

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The road from Idaho Springs to Mt. Evans is the highest paved road in the USA at 14,258 feet above sea level.

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The cheeseburger was invented in Denver, Colorado, in 1935 by Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In.

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Colorado is a top spot for fishing and the Yampa River is known for its 20-pound pike, while Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers are prime for trout.

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Mesa Verde is home to a mysterious carved city which was created between 600 and 1300 A.D.

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The capital of Denver has the most park ground of any state with 205 city parks plus over 20,000 acres of parkland in the mountains.

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