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Colorado

Start with a little jaw-dropping scenery, add a pinch of adventure, a twist of culture and top it off with a cozy night by a roaring fire or an elegant dining experience. That’s the recipe for an unforgettable vacation in Colorado. Colorado’s spectacular landscape offers the perfect backdrop for vacations to suit everyone. Explore beautiful forests, mountains, lakes and gushing rivers…become a cowboy on a dude ranch, explore gold rush ghost towns and Native American ruins or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. Colorado boasts some wonderful national parks. Wonder at the wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park or the dramatic scenery of Mesa Verde National Park. We’d like to tell you more about this amazing state and what it has to offer everyone….

 

Denver – The Mile High City

Denver is alive with culture, incredible culinary experiences, luxurious shopping and a host of outdoor activities for the whole family. Enjoying 300 days of sunshine a year, Denver is a great city for outdoor events and activities ranging from parades, music and art festivals to balloon festivals and even a Rocky Mountain Highland Games. If you enjoy golf, there are numerous golf courses just a short drive from the city.

 

Colorado Springs

From ‘wild’ to ‘mild’, you’ll find something new and exciting to do everyday in Colorado Springs! One thing you must not miss is Pikes Peak Cog Railway which is not only the highest Colorado railroad, it’s the highest cog railroad in the world. Enjoy the 3 hour, 9 mile journey which follows cascading streams and travels through pine forests until you move above the timberline where the scenery becomes rugged but no less spectacular.

 

Aspen

There’s something in Aspen for everyone and at every time of year. Whether you’re looking for the perfect family vacation, solo adventure, romantic escape or group getaway, Aspen’s the place! Elegant hotels, shops and restaurants are on every street so you can enjoy every creature comfort whilst surrounded by the stunning grandeur of Aspen, Snowmass and Buttermilk mountains. Aspen’s also the home for some of the rich and famous so, whilst you’re watching the world go by, keep your eyes peeled for those famous faces.

 

Beaver Creek

Just a few miles from Vail and Eagle Airport, Beaver Creek is one of Colorado’s newest townships. Enjoy the beauty of the region from the top of Beaver Creek mountain…easily accessible a short but spectacular ride by gondola. Shop, golf, ski, snowboard, cycle or just relax…it’s all on your doorstep and there are some magnificent nature trails to take.

 

Estes Park Region

Rocky Mountain National Park surrounds the village of Estes Park with magnificent mountain scenery, abundant wildlife, miles of hiking trails and wonderful scenic drives including the Trail Ridge Road over the Continental Divide and the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. The Estes Park region offers a wide variety of activities from the extreme of mountaineering to relaxing with a picnic alongside a rushing stream.

 

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde, Spanish for ‘green table’ offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made this area their home for over 700 years. There are spectacular archaeological sites and cliff dwellings throughout the park that are the best preserved of all throughout the United States. Take your time and spend a couple of days in the park…we can take care of your hotel reservation at the Far View Lodge.

 

Telluride & Mountain Village

Telluride is a combination of the old and the new. Old town Telluride is a wonderful trip back to the old west; lots of character and charm. The ‘new’ Telluride is just over the mountain at Mountain Village where you’ll find superb lodgings available in hotels or private homes, magnificent golf, an array of shopping and dining and whether it’s winter or summer, it’s a hive of activity every evening. Not far from Telluride is the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad – it’s a spectacular day trip for the whole family.

 

Our Top Tips

1. Even if you're not a skier, take a gondola ride to the top of Beaver Creek Mountain at any time of year. The views will take your breath away.

2. Take the Durango - Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, but just do it one way (and take the motorcoach back the other way). The train journey takes around four hours and the coach journey back is just over an hour.

3. Another one for train buffs is the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad which travels between Antonito in southern Colorado and Chama in northern New Mexico.

4. Visit the Four Corners, where you can have a foot and hand in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona - all at the same time.

5. If you're in western Colorado make sure you visit Black Canyon at the Gunnison National Monument. It’s a hidden gem and well worth a visit.

6. Looking for somewhere to have lunch in Denver? Check out Marlowe's Restaurant; it’s a deservedly popular spot with the locals for both lunch and dinner.

7. Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, just 15 miles west of Denver, is a world famous outdoor venue, with excellent hiking and biking trails as well as the only naturally-occurring, acoustically-perfect amphitheatre in the world.

8. Visit Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, voted one of the ten best places for solitude in the US. Include the 23-mile scenic Rim Rock Drive in your itinerary. If you're going to hike in the area, be aware that midges can be a nuisance from mid May to mid July, so take some repellent. Click here to view a live webcam from the Colorado National Monument's Visitor Centre

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