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Introduction

Colorado's soaring mountain peaks and heavy winter snowfall make it a phenomenal winter sports destination – but its appeals sweep through every season. Endless national parks are weaved with sweeping valleys and dense forests, making them ripe for exploration throughout spring, summer and autumn. Snow-draped zeniths begin to melt while shimmering lakes, in the shadow of verdant slopes, steal the show, as days can be lost spent climbing canyons, kayaking and hiking – or simply just by watching the world go by.

The iconic Rocky Mountains have part of their home in the eponymous National Park in Colorado, an awe-inspiring wonderland of dramatic crags and valleys. Further on is neighbouring Estes Park, home to the sparkling Lake Estes, base camp to the national park and beginning of the epic Trail Ridge Road. More serene delights lie in Glenwood Springs, home to the world’s largest natural mineral pool and exciting white-water rafting opportunities through the pretty Glenwood Canyon.

Head south and you'll find the resort town of Colorado Springs. The town is shadowed by the glacier-carved Pikes Peak, and from here it's a short trip to the spectacular Garden of the Gods, featuring iconic red-sandstone formations, awesome mountain views and the pretty waterfalls of the Broadmoor Seven Falls.

The outstanding highlights of Colorado? You'd be hard-pressed to argue against the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, or perhaps the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Sweeping views of dramatically-different types dominate here, although it'd be tough to make a judgement until you've head to Durango, where the 19-century steam train traverses through canyons and climbs jagged mountains. This all leads to the iconic Million Dollar Highway, whose roads lead to colossal mountain passes, sheer drops and rushing rivers. Head off the highway and towards Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the most well-preserved cliff dwellings on the continent, once home to the Ancestral Pueblo over 800 years ago.

Denver, the capital, has its delights too, as a growing beer craft capital that's complemented with food festivals and fresh fish markets. Don't miss a film or tour of the spectacular amphitheatre Red Rocks Theatre or an epic concert surrounded by miles of arid red rock landscape. You'll find classic American food with a Colorado twist throughout the state, often created from the produce that lies in surroundings, from elk sliders and bison burgers to pork green chilli soup.

For winter lovers, Vail hosts miles of terrain, or for non-skiers the White River National Forest snow-covered expanse is charming enough in itself. Come summer, the town transforms into a verdant hub of golf, mountain hikes and festivals. A few hours south west and big-name Aspen proves why it's one of the world's top ski resorts, filled with gourmet restaurants, small boutiques and even an opera house, alongside, naturally world-class ski terrain. Summer and fall in turn are also magical, surrounded by towering Aspen groves and wild-flower filled meadows in the shadow of the dramatic Maroon Bell Mountains.

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Highlights of Colorado

13-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,780 pp incl. flights

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This unforgettable itinerary will see you explore the red-rock canyons, glittering lakes and hospitable hot spring towns of spectacular Colorado alongside luxury lodges, classic, all-American fare and included flights, transfers and car hire throughout.

Yellowstone & Rocky Mountains Self-drive Tour

18-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,770 pp incl. flights

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The national parks of Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Rocky Mountain comprise the bulk of this tailor-made self-drive, which combines some of America's most spellbinding scenery with the chance to see native wildlife and explore a rich, pioneering history.

Top itineraries in Colorado

Highlights of Colorado

13-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,780 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £710 pp
Book by: 15 December 2018

This unforgettable itinerary will see you explore the red-rock canyons, glittering lakes and hospitable hot spring towns of spectacular Colorado alongside luxury lodges, classic, all-American fare and included flights, transfers and car hire throughout.

Yellowstone & Rocky Mountains Self-drive Tour

18-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,770 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

– Save up to £590 pp
Book by: 15 December 2018

The national parks of Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Rocky Mountain comprise the bulk of this tailor-made self-drive, which combines some of America's most spellbinding scenery with the chance to see native wildlife and explore a rich, pioneering history.

Canyon Country & National Parks fly-drive

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,965 pp incl. flights

This fly-drive itinerary brings you right among some of the USA's most spectacular wilderness, from the Wild-West grandeur of Monument Valley to the world-wonder beauty of the Grand Canyon.

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Top places to stay in Colorado

The Curtis, Denver

Contemporary hotel

A unique and quirky, boutique, 'pop-culture' hotel in downtown Denver, next to the Performing Arts Complex, museums, shopping and restaurants. From the Doubletree by Hilton stable, this is a 'fun' hotel and a wake-up call from Elvis or Austin Powers are just a couple of the fun amenities that lie ah

Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Colorado

Contemporary resort

Contemporary ski and mountain resort, perfect for summer and winter adventures. Being the area’s only ski-in/ski-out resort, the hotel is just seconds from Steamboat’s Christie Peak Express chairlift and gondola so all the recreational activities of Mount Werner are easily accessible.

Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park

Traditional lodge

Far View lodge is a peaceful retreat located 15 miles inside Mesa Verde National Park. Offering minimal distractions and great views, the hotel is designed to blend in with its surroundings and offers the perfect place to sit outdoors in the evening and watch the sunset or admire hawks circling over

Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Denver

Contemporary hotel

This stylish hotel in downtown Denver is all bold, bright colours and kitsch furnishings alongside excellent service and a gourmet restaurant.

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Where to go in Colorado

Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is a sprawling wonderland of red rock & shimmering lakes, with highlights including the glacier-carved Pikes Peak; the Garden of the Gods, voted the number one state park in the US; the majestic forests and jagged red peaks of Cheyenne Canyon and the Manitou hot springs.

Denver

Denver was founded in 1858 at the junction of the Platte River and Cherry Creek as a supply base for miners and its mild climate and picturesque setting at the foothills of the Rockies soon attracted settlers.

Colorado articles

Best things to do in Denver

Wexas Head of Digital Ronan Gay spent a week in Colorado, bookended by time in its capital, Denver. Here are his top 10 recommendations for spending a weekend in the Mile High City.

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