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Welcome to Colorado

From the eastern plain’s flat grasslands rippling in the breeze to the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado is perfect for those who heed the call of the wild. A variety of tours offer hiking opportunities in Rocky Mountain National Park and Garden of the Gods, each within easy reach of Denver and Colorado Springs, respectively. White-water rafting tours whisk you along rivers that wind their way through the state. Snow sports enthusiasts will want to join an excursion to some of the best slopes in the United States in Vail, Telluride, and Breckenridge — which transform into cultural hubs hosting music festivals and outdoor movie nights when the snow melts in the summer. Take a trip to tour the southern tip of the state, where Canyons of the Ancients and Mesa Verde National Park offer a glimpse into the lives of the area’s Ancestral Puebloan inhabitants. When it’s time to step indoors, make your way to a culinary or city tour for some cowboy-chic culture, especially in and around the Mile High City (and state capital) of downtown Denver. Sip high-altitude beers on a tour of the city’s ever-expanding craft brewery scene; taste farm-to-table cuisine on a Denver food tour; spend an evening touring the city’s fine art collections; or take an easy day trip to the neighboring college town of Boulder.

Top 10 attractions in Colorado

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Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

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An urban park and designated national landmark in Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods encompasses 1,367 acres (553 hectares) of unique wilderness, Great Plains grassland, and juniper woodlands. Highlights include the red rock formations Balanced Rock, Gateway Rock, and the Three Graces, as well as petroglyphs from the original Native American occupants of the area, the Ute people.More
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Pikes Peak Highway

Pikes Peak Highway

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As you wind your way up Pikes Peak Highway prepare for stunning views and historic establishments on the way to the iconic 14,115-foot (4302-meter) peak known as “America’s Mountain.” The drive is lined with scenic vista points, lakes, picnic areas, trails, and high-altitude plants and wildlife. You can stop at the Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop and Historic Glen Cove Inn on your way to the Summit House—the restaurant atop the peak.More
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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

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Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a music venue unlike any other—a sandstone stadium forged by the elements and blessed with natural acoustics. Many musicians have taken to this stage, and when shows are in town, Red Rocks can host over 9,500 concertgoers, all in for a treat beyond the music: stellar views of the natural Colorado landscape.More
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Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

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The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave commemorate the legendary cowboy at his resting place atop Lookout Mountain overlooking Golden, Colorado. William “Buffalo Bill” Cody was buried on the mountain in 1917 and the original museum at the site was opened a few years later. The museum’s Buffalo Bill artifacts and exhibits have been attracting Wild West enthusiasts ever since.More
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Larimer Square

Larimer Square

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Larimer Square is the oldest part of Denver, with Victorian-era buildings now home to many of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and boutiques. The foundation of Colorado’s capital, the 2-block district is popular with locals and tourists alike, strolling beneath strings of lights and state flags.More
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Animas River

Animas River

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Get your helmets and life vests ready—this family-friendly rafting river serves up class I, II and III rapids as it winds through Colorado shrub land and downtown Durango. Calmer than its wild upper reaches in the San Juan mountains surrounding Silverton 48 miles north, Durango’s stretch boasts calm bends as well as several named rapids including “Smelter,” “Pinball,” and “Santa Rita Hole,” as it passes the fairgrounds and the buildings of downtown. Though it still can be a wild ride, most guided tours will take kids as young as five years old. Rafting adventures run from May to September.In the height of summer when the river is warmest and lowest, tubing is also a popular past time. The city runs shuttles from the parking and take-out at 9th Street at Schneider Park to the put-in near the Recreation Center where there’s free air fills for tubes. South of town a four-mile stretch of river has achieved notoriety as an excellent fly-fishing spot for rainbow and brown trout.If you’re in Durango in the off-season, you can still enjoy the river and its downtown views via the Durango River Trail. The walking path has pedestrian bridges and sculpture installations and follows the course of the river through the city.More
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Molly Brown House Museum

Molly Brown House Museum

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Visitors may know Margaret “Molly” Brown in association with theRMS Titanic, but there was much more to her life than the ill-fated voyage for which she became famous. An activist, suffragist, and philanthropist, Brown’s spirit lives on through educational tours, exhibits, and programming inside her restored historic Denver home.More
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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

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The astounding natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains is exemplified and amplified in Rocky Mountain National Park, a hub of Colorado outdoor adventure. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, rafting, ziplining, and wildlife watching are just a few of the ways to experience the area’s magic. In the winter months, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, and other snow-sport lovers frolic amongst white-washed peaks.More
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Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain

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It’s just a short drive from downtown Denver, but Lookout Mountain feels like another world. Once used as a lookout for the Native American Ute tribe that called the area home, the 7,300-foot (2,225-meter) mountain has miles of hiking and mountain biking trails throughout, from easy walking paths to strenuous switchbacks. From the summit, you can see the Denver skyline 12 miles (19 kilometers) away.More
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Colorado State Capitol Building

Colorado State Capitol Building

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The Colorado State Capitol, built a mile above sea level with a bell-shaped gold dome, is a striking feature in Denver’s skyline. The historic structure is made from Colorado rose onyx, a rare marble that’s entire known stores were used on the building. On your way in, look for the step that marks the capitol’s “mile high” point.More

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Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape

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Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park Tour from Denver
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Recent reviews from experiences in Colorado

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Great way to spend a day.
Jennifer_S, Nov 2021
Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park Tour from Denver
This was a great trip for seeing a lot of Colorado I would not have been able to see and learn facts from the knowledge of the driver.
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Great mini tour
Rosemarie_H, Oct 2021
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
It’s a great way to see some amazing historical sites in Colorado without spending the entire day.
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Wonderful day trip!
Janet_P, Oct 2021
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
Garden of the Gods was amazing, Manitou springs was very quaint and Pikes Peak was breath taking.
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Such a great tour. Denim...
leasasegura, Oct 2021
Jeep Tour - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
Learned so much about the history of Colorado Springs and the geology of Garden of the Gods!!
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Eagle Rock Tour Guide is the BEST
Karen_H, Sep 2021
Jeep Tour - Foothills & Garden of the Gods
If you are new to the Colorado Springs area - this is the best way to learn about it!
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Great!
Kevin_B, Sep 2021
Summer Private Rocky Mountain National Park Driving Tour
Going up Old Fall River road without the worries of driving giving us the ability to take in all of the sites was priceless.
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Highly recommend!
Kelly_K, Sep 2021
Scenic Mount Evans Tour from Denver
Kyle was a great guide - shared lots of knowledge as we ventured to each stop and shared advice on what to do at each to get the most out of the time spent there.
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A Special one day tour of Pike Peak and Garden of the Gods
Charles_K, Sep 2021
Private Colorado Springs Tour: Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak
Brad was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the Colorado Springs area.
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Good times in Colorado
Carolyn_R, Aug 2021
Pikes Peak Regional Wonders full day tour from Denver
We would have preferred to spend a little more time at Garden of the Gods instead of Manitou Springs.
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This tour is totally...
Megan_S, Aug 2021
NEW! Downtown Colorado Springs 3-Hour Brewery Tour
He took us to place we probably would have past by being tourists in Colorado Springs.
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Great experience visiting Red Rocks, Evergreen and Echo Lake
Felicia_G, Aug 2021
Shared Half-Day Mountain Tour in Red Rocks Evergreen and Echo Lake
I recommend this tour for anyone who wants to explore a few of Colorado’s attractions while letting someone else do the driving.
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Great rafting trip
Dennis_B, Aug 2021
Glenwood Canyon Half-Day Raft Trip
We swam in the Colorado River and put our feet in natural hot springs.
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Rocky Mountains tour
Mercedes_M, Jul 2021
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape
Quick, fun and easy way to see the Colorado mountains!
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Best Zipline Ever
CarlDaphne, Jul 2021
Fins Course Scenic Zipline Tour
Would gladly do this again next time we are in the Colorado Springs area.
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Majestic Hike in the Snowy Rockies
au5wk8p3nb, Nov 2021
Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
Albeit the weather was cold and windy-I wish I had on more layers and warmer socks and gloves-I felt like I was in a winter wonderland from a movie.
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The absolute highlight of my Colorado vacation!
Gregory_V, Nov 2021
Small-Group Tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
My partner and I took a tour with Gary (aka Bear) during the beginning of November and got a chance to see the amazing Winter experience of Colorado.
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Awesome tour!
Lee_C, Oct 2021
Glacier Hiking & Geothermal Cave Pools + Pictures Day Tour in Idaho Springs
A few comments: 1) I would love to see other options, something like another hike after St Mary's instead of the hot spring.
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Wonderful guide and Breathtaking scenery!
Felicia_G, Aug 2021
Rocky Mountain National Park in Summer Tour from Denver
We had plenty of time to explore the Rocky Mountains and stoped several time to see the breath taking views.
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The Best Experience Ever!!
Rochelle_L, Aug 2021
Raft the Colorado River through Glenwood Springs - Half Day Adventure
We were even lucky enough to see a house built inside of a cave!!!....
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An excellent tour and must be on your list.
Virender_A, Aug 2021
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
We were able to see everything as scheduled.
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