Planning to explore the state of Colorado but don’t know where or how to start? Though known as the ski capital of the US, the state has a little bit of everything from artsy towns to picturesque hiking trails. If you’re visiting for the first time, here’s a guide to make the most out of your trip:
One of the state’s scenic routes is the Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway where you can experience the historic structures and towering peaks of Chaffee County and the Upper Arkansas Valley. Need a quick bite? Check out the restaurants in Buena Vista, Colorado along the way. Food lovers can delight in the variety of great cuisines such as Mexican. Other attractions include commercially developed hot springs, artistic communities and the Arkansas River.
Visit the Switzerland of America
Though Colorado doesn’t run out of snow-filled activities, the state boasts of one place that seems to have it all: Ouray, which is also known as the “Switzerland of America” and the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Colorado”. During the winter season, tourists can check out the Ouray Ice Park, which showcases 200 ice and mixed climbs. In January, visitors can also take part in the Ouray Ice Festival that features top international athletes.
Get a taste of art, history and wellness
Manitou Springs in El Paso County is the perfect spot for art enthusiasts, history buffs or those seeking health and wellness activities. The area offers nine drinking fountains from natural springs, guided cave tours, historic walking tours and even ghost tours for the brave. The most famous attraction is Pikes Peak, a National Historic Landmark and the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains’ southern Front Range. The city also features the historic, 19th century Miramont Castle, which is known to display different architectural styles.
Colorado is one of the true American landmarks. The land possesses a unique beauty that you rarely find in the United States, and something to cherish in your visit.