Colorado is a stunning state offering unparalleled scenic beauty. It boasts artifacts from 10,000 years ago; mysterious cave dwellings from 1000 AD; saloons from the Old West; turn-of-the-century houses and steam-trains; and large cosmopolitan cities as well as tiny mountain towns.
Colorado offers the splendors of the outdoors at three national parks, as well as dozens of national and state recreation areas and state parks. Fishing, mountain biking, hiking, rafting, and kayaking are popular summertime activities, and skiing is a prime winter sport here.
Colorado Springs is a charming city dominated by Pikes Peak. An appealing structure in the city is the Broadmoor, a pink Mediterranean-style hotel which opened in 1918. Also of interest, the historic Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has interesting architecture and fine arts performances.
Nestled on flat plains, Denver is to the east of the Rocky Mountains and offers the amenities of an American metropolis without the hassles. Larimer Square is a good place to find stylish shops, restaurants and pubs. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is one of the premier natural history museums in the country and is located in the lovely City Park. The massive Denver Zoo is nearby.
Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs are major ski destinations and especially popular with the rich. Outside of the cities, Colorado has some sublime natural areas and ancient sites worth visiting. The ruins from the Anasazi at Mesa Verde National Park and Hovenweep National Monument are quite fascinating. Alternatively, a hike through Rocky Mountain National Park is pleasurable for most.
Denver International Airport is 35kms northeast of the city centre and is a major hub of North American air travel and one of the nation’s 10 busiest airports. Amtrak’s California Zephyr runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco via Denver. Alternatively, Greyhound offers frequent service on popular domestic and transcontinental routes; buses stop at the Denver bus terminal just north of the capital. By road, Denver is situated at the intersection of I-70 and I-25.