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Best Things to Do in Colorado

Colorado offers terrific experiences that should be on every traveler’s list. Here are Fodor’s top picks for a memorable trip:

Skiing. The perfect powder of the Rocky Mountains and variety of alpine terrain attract skiers of all levels. Après ski, relax at a bar or restaurant in one of the state’s posh resorts.

Mesa Verde National Park. Wandering through some of the nearly 600 ancient Puebloan dwellings carved into high sandstone cliffs at this park is truly awe-inspiring.

Microbrews. Coloradoans craft some superb microbrews. Pop into local establishments for tours and tastings, or take away a growler for an outdoor picnic.

Dude Ranches. Staying at a dude ranch is a true Western experience. Guests can ride horses through gorgeous terrain and then dine family-style on grass-fed meat.

Wildlife Spotting. Colorado’s national parks offer excellent opportunities to spot all kinds of wildlife, from the small (marmots, pika) to the large (bears, moose, elk).

Old West Mining Towns. Relive the boom times of the West in the state’s colorful mining communities. Many historic buildings have been converted into museums and hotels.

Aspen Glamour. One of the U.S.’s fabled resort towns, Aspen defines glitz, glamour, and glorious skiing. Top-notch restaurants and high-end shops provide diversions year-round.

Rocky Mountain National Park. This premier national park teems with lush forests, alpine lakes, snowcapped peaks, and more than 350 miles of hiking trails. With any luck, you’ll spot bighorn sheep, elk, and mule deer here.

Outdoor Activities. Whether it’s fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, or rafting, the fresh-air activities here are sure to satisfy all tastes.

Scenic Drives and Train Trips. Eye-opening vistas of dramatic canyons, verdant forests, or undulating landscapes await on grand journeys around the state.

Pikes Peak. The inspiration for the song “America the Beautiful,” Pikes Peak beguiles with its breathtaking views. Take the world’s highest cog train all the way to the summit.

Cities. Vibrant, trendy cities like Denver, Boulder, and Aspen lure visitors from the mountains with their top-notch dining, shopping, and nightlife scenes.

Updated: 2014-01-21

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