4 Ways to Make the Most of Any Trip to Colorado

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It’s nicknamed “Colourful Colorado” for its rainbow of magnificent natural scenery, from powder white mountain peaks to earthy evergreens and aquamarine lakes and rivers. The array of colours, and ultimately, things to do in Colorado can make planning an escape to this sought-after state overwhelming. After all, you’ll want to wander the narrow streets of some of the most historic mountain towns, hike to peaks with 360-degree views, and soothe your muscles in a crystal clear natural hot spring after a long day of adventure.

These four ways to make the most of your upcoming visit to Colorado, whether it’s during spring, summer, fall or winter, are guaranteed to turn your vacation into an absolutely unforgettable experience.

Don’t Skimp on Accommodations

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Airbnb apartments, Couchsurfing and Motel 6, are all affordable ways to stay at countless destinations around the world. However, if you’ll be enjoying several days, a week or even two weeks in Colorado, it’s best to put a portion of your budget toward a true Colorado ranch experience.

Just north of Steamboat Springs, you’ll find the Vista Verde Guest Ranch. It’s one of those Colorado ranches that allows you to experience the state like the locals do while providing the Western hospitality, amenities, activities and luxuries expected of AAA Four Diamond resort. Vista Verde allows visitors to stay where they play, so they enjoy more time on the horseback riding trails, around the campfire, hiking, and exploring Steamboat Springs, without having to spend hours in the car each day.

Stay at a top-quality Colorado ranch like Vista Verde, and you’ll save yourself the time, money and stress associated with planning and executing an unforgettable trip on your own to United States.

Always Take Time for the Views

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It can be easy to get distracted by the chest deep powder you’re skiing through or the local craft beer you’re about to guzzle, but it’s always essential to stop and take in the Colorado views. One of my favourite summits is Pikes Peak (4,302 metres) in Colorado Springs. Unlike many other peaks, which can only be climbed on foot, Pikes Peak can be accessed by foot, car or train. And the Challenge Unlimited — Pikes Peak By Bike adventure even offers the opportunity to hitch a ride to the top and enjoy a leisurely 32-kilometre bicycle descent.

However you decide to reach the top, you haven’t experienced a Colorado peak until you’ve tackled a Fourteener —  a summit standing more than 14,000-feet (4,267-metres) tall.

Catch Some Live Music

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Colorado is home to one of the most thriving music scenes in the country. Whether you’re sipping suds and watching a local band at a neighbourhood brewery or are watching your favourite artist perform with the moon over the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, there’s just something more moving about seeing music in Colorado.

Sink Into a Hot Spring

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Love a warm bath on a cool evening? Take your relaxation to entirely new level by visiting some of Colorado’s top attractions — its hot springs. Make a place like The Springs Resort and Spa in Pagosa Springs your destination, or soak in the Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs in Steamboat after a long day of hiking or skiing. Some of the state’s hot springs are rustic adventures while others include on-site amenities like water parks and lifeguarded pools. Whichever spring you choose, you’re bound to be blown away by the relaxing qualities of the Colorado wilderness.

What are you waiting for? Start planning your unforgettable escape to Colorado today and find great deals on your spring or summer accommodations, tours, and more.

 

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About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C, Mexico and around the world. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.

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