Find out more about this natural beauty spot with the TravelSupermarket guide to Colorado holidays…
The fact that John Denver’s catchy folk tune, “Rocky Mountain High”, is one of two official songs of the state tells you a couple of important things about Colorado. Firstly, that the Southern Rocky Mountains rise into blue skies above desert, forest, mesa and plateau (and, of course, the mighty Colorado River, which carved neighbouring Arizona’s Grand Canyon). And secondly, that this is a state that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Colorado is friendly, immensely welcoming, cool in its understated beauty, and chock-a-block with outdoor adventures. So book a Colorado holiday and don’t forget your walking gear – you are going to want to explore every inch of this varied state, once home to cowboys, Indians and the Old West. Luckily, you don’t have to trek around on horseback these days (although you can, if you wish). Book car hire in Colorado and this outdoor playground is yours to discover.
Base your break in Denver, which earned its lofty nickname because it is a mile above sea level. Hotels here are of an excellent standard. Skyscrapers house luxury hotels in Downtown Denver, while in the nearby mountains, chic spa resorts offer pampering sessions, breath-taking views and unforgettable all-inclusive Colorado breaks.
Pack your ski gear and book package holidays to Colorado to hit the slopes of Aspen, which has a well-deserved reputation for hosting celebrities and rich California types, oh, and some of the best skiing in the state. Other top ski resorts in the mountains of Colorado include Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Steamboat, and Winter Park.
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Figure out when to travel to the Centennial State with our handy climate guide to Colorado…
City breaks in Denver are mostly taken between spring and autumn. April and May see average daytime temperatures of 20-22C, with cool mountain nights. In summer, Denver swelters in 30C+-temperatures and long sun-filled days. Spring and autumn are ideal seasons to visit for hiking and other outdoor activities.
In the mountains, daytime averages drop below 0C in December, January and February. Mid-November to mid-April is ski season in Aspen.
Rock up to any of these top annual events in Colorado for a unique slice of American pie…
Winter Carnival; February: A marching band on skis, dog sleds and a chariot race in the snow… this is carnival, but not as you know it. Forget the standard street parades and parties of carnival and make a journey to Steamboat Springs, where the locals do things a bit differently. There are fireworks at the end of the night… they don’t veer that far off the carnival course.
Food and Wine Classic in Aspen; June: Check out Aspen minus the snow during this summer event. Highlighting all that is delicious about the region’s produce, chefs, winemakers and other experts invite guests to sample an array of food and wine.
Colorado State Fair and Rodeo: August-September: Party on down to Pueblo for this show of Coloradan pride. Country music, rodeos, livestock displays… you might need to spare more than one day to enjoy the highlights of this annual hootenanny.
There is an abundance of attractions in Colorado. You will quickly add to this list of fantastic things to do…
Kids and teens: You might not get little legs hiking very far, but their fatigue will turn to excitement when they step aboard the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. It’s the world’s highest cog (rack) railway and provides a thrilling, historic ride up the mountain.
Grown-up families: Denver boasts a handful of fascinating museums. The Museum of Nature and Science is a popular choice thanks to family shows in the IMAX theatre and the planetarium. The Children’s Museum, Forney Museum of Transportation and Denver Art Museum also strike a chord with visitors.
Active types: While the skiing is superb, if you find yourself in Colorado out of season and are itching to get active, enter the Garden of the Gods and work up a sweat among a striking set of rock formations. You can walk, cycle, climb or ride a horse.