9 Top attractions in Colorado to visit

Offering national parks, breath-taking ski mountains and diverse landscapes, Colorado sure is a stunning place to explore if you’re looking for an adventurous holiday. If you’re wondering what to do for outdoor fun with the family or loved one, then look no further with this list of the must-see top attractions in the Colorado state.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the United States. This national landmark is a must see in Colorado in any season, with spectacular mountains, alpine lakes and meadows, forests to abundant wildlife. It’s among the top four most visited national parks in Colorado. To enjoy a family day out, this location is the perfect place for camping or hiking, you can enjoy the 12,000 foot crest of Trail Ridge Road or take advantage of the 300 miles worth of hiking trails whilst taking in the natural beauty and incredible wildlife along the way such as the Elk, bighorn sheep, moose or mule deers.

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Garden of the Gods

With visitors from all over the countries, the Garden of the Gods is a registered National Natural Landmark since 1971. A visit to the Garden of the Gods is worth adding to your list of to-dos in Colorado, with its gorgeous landmarks and spectacular red rock formations with the Pikes Peak views in the backdrop. There’s so much to experience through the surreal scenery such as rock climbing, hiking, biking along the 15 miles of trails, horseback riding, mountain biking and Jeep and Segway tours. Be sure to stop by the visitor center first as it offers interactive exhibits and onsite cafes for snacks and beverages and let’s not forget the incredible views of the park.

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Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens is a 23 acre oasis in the middle of the city, a must-see attraction for family and children. It boasts a variety of different themed gardens and a glass enclosed conservatory with a large collection of native plants and flowers such as orchids and banyan tree roots. Spend a day with the family, relax in the Japanese garden, explore the Boettcher Memorial conservatory and then play with the children at the Mordecai Children’s Garden.

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

No visit to Colorado is complete without a trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. With over 900 animals from around the world including the biggest herd of giraffes, this place sure is an unforgettable adventure to experience with the children and family. So if you’re thinking of taking a trip to America’s only Mountain Zoo, discover the breath-taking mountain views whilst feeding the animals. It’s a great family trip providing an adequate experience for the children and fun day out for the parents.

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Mount Evans Scenic Byway

If looking for adventure then this is the place to find it. Mount Evans Scenic Byway is one of Colorado’s fourteeners, reaching an elevation of 14,271 feet and stretching 28 miles through the Mount Evans Wilderness. The highest paved road in America is home to the diverse wildlife such as the bighorn sheep and mountain goats, outstanding landscape views and recreational activities. From going fishing in the mountain lakes to hiking or biking, this is the perfect place for an adventure.

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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

A unique sight with a diverse landscape in Colorado is the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, the tallest Sand Dunes in North America. With over 30 square miles of massive dunes, it’s the perfect place for any outdoor activities including climbing, sand sledding, wildlife watching and hiking. If you are considering going with the children, they can even enjoy the splashing around in the Medano Creek or spend the night camping.

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Strawberry Park hot springs in Steamboat Springs

For a breath-taking experience in Colorado, head to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Where at the end of an active day in the mountains and sightseeing, you can relax and soak in the 104 degrees natural hot springs mineral pool in a rustic mountain setting. It can be a fun therapeutic afternoon with the family or a leisurely soak for those sore muscles after a day of hiking or mountain biking. You can even enjoy a massage experience in one of the private huts or a watsu therapy in a private pool.

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Mesa Verde National Park

Be blown away by the Mesa Verde National Park, protecting almost over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. This park was home to the Ancestral Pueblo people in 600 and 1300 AD, so being the best preserved in the country. To capture the stunning landscapes of Southwest Colorado and to explore the park, you can book a ranger led tour of Cliff Palace when you arrive. Travellers have plenty of opportunities for adventure in Winter too such as cross country skiing and snowshoeing on the snow covered trails.

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Keystone Ski Area

With three distinct mountain peaks, outdoor adventures, dining, lodging and 20 lifts and two gondolas, the Keystone Ski Area offers fun and adventure in one location. It’s a great family destination, being it the largest ski resort in the Summit County of Colorado.

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