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Colorado

Ah, the great outdoors, full of adrenaline activities, exciting encounters and sporty pursuits, how could it get any better than this? Well, in the USA’s Colorado, all this and more is at your disposal in a thrillingly beautiful landscape of snowy mountain ranges, wide open plains and rushing rivers. But it’s not all impressive peaks and canyon-filled deserts, the state also has a thriving urban scene that will keep city-dwellers at ease. And best of all, a holiday here is just a phone call away!

If you enjoy a good frolic in the snow, you’re going to love this region as it really packs a punch with its selection of slopes. For unrivalled opulence and an array of activities, head to Aspen, for unparalleled powder and wooded runs, Crested Butte is an equally attractive option or to ski through your days and dance away the night, the lively buzz of Winter Park could be your cup of tea. You’ll find plenty to do in these fun-filled mountain towns other than the traditional snow sports with everything from dog sledding to glacier skiing on offer.

Love outdoor pursuits but would prefer a little more sun and a little less snow? The peaks of Colorado are just as perfect for summer getaways. Encompassing the larger part of the famous Rocky Mountains, the region is renowned for its excellent hiking, biking and climbing opportunities which are best enjoyed in the warmer months when you can bring along a picnic for a halfway snack.

If you thought that all Colorado offered was stunning natural scenery, you’d be quite wrong. Denver, Boulder and Aspen offer urban adventures just as exciting as any city break in Europe. Denver, the state capital, is a thriving scene of fashion, art and culinary innovation where you’ll find everything from designer brands to cultural landmarks. The LoDo district (lower downtown) is a particularly fashionable postcode for all your retail needs.
 

WINGED BOOTS WISDOM
 

Arrived and feeling a bit light-headed? That’s not surprising as Colorado is the highest-altitude state in the USA. At an impressive 2,073 metres above sea level, those unused to these heady heights should be on guard against altitude sickness. To prevent this, you should drink plenty of water, alternate between areas of higher and lower altitude (such as Aspen and Denver) and curb alcohol consumption to speed up the acclimatisation process.


 

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Good to know

  • Time difference: UTC -7
  • Capital: Denver
  • Currency: USD
  • Instagram Opportunity: Maroon Bells

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 6°c   Feb: 8°c   Mar: 13°c  
Apr: 17°c   May: 22°c   Jun: 27°c  
Jul: 27°c   Aug: 27°c   Sep: 22°c  
Oct: 18°c   Nov: 11°c   Dec: 6°c  

Location

Colorado In A Nutshell

Don’t Forget Your Kit
 

  • With so much open space and fabulous terrain before you, it would be a crime to leave without trying your hand at some sporting activities, right?
     
  • Of course, no one could possible visit Colorado without getting slope-side, whether you choose to ski, snowboard or have a go at the host of other less commonplace activities. Offering famously fluffy snow, plenty of iced lakes and more than 27 snow season resorts, you’ll be spoilt for choice as to where to perfect your skills.
     
  • If you’re not into the idea of whizzing down perilous inclines, but still want to experience that fresh Colorado air, then you’re in luck as Colorado also offers more than 250 excellent golf courses. A particular favourite of the state is the award-winning Castle Pines Golf Course, which has consistently remained in the Top 100 courses in America since 1987.
     
  • Fancy showing your courage as well as your skill? Get yourself to Colorado Springs where the Garden of the Gods Park provides excellent opportunities for rock climbing enthusiasts. The views themselves will be worth the climb with miles of peaks and plains stretching below you in an infinite palette of colour and life.

     

Adventure Awaits
 

  • It’s not all for the pros and sporty types though, if you just want to get out and have some excitement and fun, Colorado is at your service! Around every corner is a new activity, event or adventure just waiting for you to go out and grab it.
     
  • If you’re itching to get out on the water, then why not kick the boating thrills up a notch with a Whitewater experience of a lifetime? Head to Browns Canyon or Animas River for a kayak-tumbling, wave-crashing, water-foaming adrenaline ride.
     
  • Soar above it all with a sky-high adventure you’ll never forget in one of the state’s dense woodlands which offer scenic canopy tours across mountains, lakes and canyons – so keep your camera at the ready! A must visit tree top spot in Colorado is the Soaring Tree Top Adventures, featuring one of the largest ziplines in the world and with 27 in total, you’ll be flying and criss-crossing through the trees at a heart-pumping pace.
     
  • Take a more laid-back approach to adventure with a leisurely Hot Air Balloon ride. Whether you want to skim over grasslands or soar in the warm air of the deserts, this ride will give you memories to last a lifetime and some pretty good shots for your Instagram feed too!

     

Tastes to Try
 

  • Although not known first and foremost for its foodie scene, Colorado has an ever-increasing culinary reputation which is packed with surprises that will woo even the most hardened gourmet critic.
     
  • Considered to be one of the state’s signature dishes, you have to try the rather unique delicacy of Rocky Mountain Oysters during your stay. Not all they seem on the packet, the savoury dish is said to taste a lot like chicken and is often served breaded and fried with a side of fries and a spicy sauce to top it all.
     
  • A favourite of Colorado Springs, the Penrose Room restaurant is one of the top fine-dining venues in the Rocky Mountains and is both a five-star and five-diamond eatery. Best of all, it sits in the top floor of the Broadmoor South building, meaning that it offers incredible views of Cheyenne Mountain alongside excellent cuisine. Talk about mouth-watering!
     
  • Of course, Denver couldn’t be left off any comprehensive list of Colorado’s best eats with some of the state’s greatest restaurants within its borders. A particular favourite of locals and visitors, the Guard & Grace is a chophouse you simply have to visit. More than your average American grill venue, the extravagantly spacious eatery offers a floor-to-ceiling cellar of delicious wines as well as an outdoor patio and indoor seating area. The menu is the real highlight here though and King of it all is the signature G&G steaks which range from four to 22 ounces.

     
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