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12 Best Things to Do in Colorado

Suny Errot

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You don’t want to miss out on the best things to do during your visit to Colorado:

1. Hike in the Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods Colorado
Source: Garden of the Gods | Planning 

Hailed as a ‘National Natural Landmark,’ it’s no wonder that this place gets an estimated six million visitors per year. The Garden of the Gods is famous for its red rocks which were formed due to upheavals in the earth’s surface and erosion millions of years ago. Take a hike, learn about wildlife, and take hundreds of photos in this geological wonder! Hiking is one of the best things to do in Colorado There are 15 miles of trails you can choose from and you can either go on a self-guided hike (just get a free map), or take one of their tours. No matter where you are, the dramatic rock formations and stunning landscapes will leave you speechless.

2. Visit the Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Source: Red Rocks | Jim Mimna

If you’re curious about the collaboration of man and nature – look no further because this is it. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is easily one of the world’s best concert venues with big sandstone monoliths blending nicely with the open-air amphitheater. Something about the rock formations hovering above Denver adds a powerful mystique you can’t find in any other place. Just so you know, some of the most epic performances of famous musicians happened here – U2, James Taylor, and Coldplay concerts, to name a few.

3. Attend a Laser Light Show in the International Church of Cannabis

International Church of Cannabis
Source: BEYOND | 303Magazine

As weird as it sounds, you ought to know that many people dig this kind of activity! The laser light show is known as “BEYOND” is a meditative art experience that treats people to a wonderful projection mapping on top of the church’s murals, made more immersive with audio displays. According to the church’s co-founding member Lee Molloy, artistic innovation combined with ritual meditation is “the future of spiritual life.”

4. Take an Outbound Trip to St. Mary’s Glacier

St Mary's Glacier Hike
Source: St. Mary’s Glacier | Day Hikes Near Denver

St. Mary’s Glacier is considered one of the best places in Colorado, and the number of people who come in here is proof of it being a true gem! Go for a quick hike with your family and revel in the picturesque views, waterfall, lake, and glaciers.

Here’s a tip: if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, be sure to start early so you don’t end up hiking with the masses!

5. Geek out at Space Foundation Discovery Center

Space Foundation Discovery Center
Source: Space Foundation Twitter

This place is the region’s first and only dedicated space, science and technology center for curious children and adults! Those fascinated by space and science will learn everything there is to know about exploration and development. Fair warning – your space lover child will surely beg for the cute astronaut suit when you visit the Discovery Center store!

6. Enjoy the Stunning Views From Handies Peak

Handies Peak
Source: Handies Peak | OMP Photo

The top of the Handies Peak gives an unparalleled view of the San Juan mountains, and mountain enthusiasts know the trail doesn’t disappoint, too! Take in the scenic background of the beautiful wildflowers in the valley and the pristine lakes and streams. You can go solo in this hike, or even bring your dog or horse with you!

7. Spend a Night Out With Friends at The Mayor of Old Town

The Mayor of Old Town
Source: The Mayor of Old Town Entrance | TripAdvisor

Who says Colorado is only about the great outdoors? It’s also home to a state-of-the-art beer bar and restaurant in Old Town Fort Collins with more than 100 draft beers on tap! If you feel like having a major night out with friends, The Mayor may just be the right place! The place usually hosts parties and gatherings for the fun-loving people. You’ll love the food and crowd, and you won’t go home without discovering the beer you like best!

8. Go Skiing or Snowboarding at Vail

Vail Ski Resort
Source: Vail Ski Resort | VAIL

Hone your skills or simply have fun in the iconic and groomed terrain of Vail, which is perfect for all varieties of skiers! The entire place is well-maintained and purpose-built so visiting this place is a joy in itself. If you’re here to ski or snowboard, you’ll find that this resort offers a superb quality of facilities and services.

9. Visit the Denver Art Museum

The architecture of this museum is by itself, impressive. Now imagine, it houses more than 70,000 works of art and one of the biggest collections of Native American art in the world! Amazing, right? Denver Art Museum (DAM) currently holds a special exhibit for Claude Monet’s paintings called the “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature.” It features the largest collection of the French Impressionist’s best pieces seen in decades and will run until February 2020.

10. Check out Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park
Source: Mesa Verde National Park | Shutterstock – Bryan Brazil

One look at Mesa Verde and you might just think this place is straight out of the seven kingdoms in Game of Thrones. The famous multistory cliff dwelling in the park called the “Cliff Palace,” was home to Ancestral Puebloan residents during the early century. It is said that they’ve been forced out when they’ve exhausted the natural resources and faced internal strife. To date, the archaeological park has been heavily preserved for the education of many Americans.

11. Catch a Glimpse of the Beautiful Wildflowers in Summit County

Wildflowers in Summit County Colorado
Source: Wildflowers in Summit County | Pinterest

Many visitors anticipate summer because it is also the time for the famous Colorado sunshine. During this season, wildflowers spanning expansive vistas are in full bloom, becoming a feast for the eyes. The good thing is that you can explore different Summit County hikes to soak in the beautiful landscape.

12. Shop ‘Til You Drop at Cherry Creek North

Cherry Creek North Denver
Source: Cherry Creek North | FP Residences

Planning to shop? Then I guess you should know you can find comfort and a high-end experience in the less touristy Cherry Creek North! It’s no surprise that this premier outdoor shopping and dining neighborhood is frequented by local and worldwide celebrities! It has hundreds of shops, galleries, boutiques, and awesome restaurants!

Given the ton of amazing things to do in Colorado, which one would you go to first?

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