Colorado is one of the most photogenic spots in the United States. It’s got everything a tourist could possibly want from a tourist hotspot: breathtaking mountains, urban cities, wildlife, amazing restaurants, outdoor activities and luxury cabins.
In this blog we want you to have an awesome trip, so we focus on the most diverse, exciting activities you can get involved in within the state of Colorado.
Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park is an ancient park that contains ruins from the Puebloans (Native American culture). The area is home to some of the world’s most beautiful sandstone and adobe structures.
The historical Puebloan ruins are twelfth and thirteenth-century rectangular homes. The circular, subterranean religious structures include the famous “Cliff Palace,” a maze of twenty three ceremonial kivas and dozens of rooms.
The national park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliffside homes.
Colorado is also home to the world famous cheeseburger. The tasty dish was reputed to have been invented in Denver and the trademark for the name ‘Cheeseburger’ was awarded in 1935 to Louis Ballast.
However, if you’re not into cheeseburgers, then you still have hundreds of options open to you in Colorado, which is famous for its sheer diversity of eateries and restaurants.
But if you want to get a true sense of just how good the food is in Colorado, then do not miss the Eat Colorado Food Show! The show brings together farmers, distributors, restaurants and vendors from all over the state to showcase the very best dishes that the state has to offer.
The Eat Colorado Food Show is held every year in March and it’s an absolute paradise for keen foodies! And the best thing about the show? Attendance is absolutely free!
But even without the food show, Colorado has some of the best and most awesome restaurants in the US. So if you want to sample the most mouthwatering cuisine in America, then you’ll be right at home in Colorado!
The only thing better than spending the afternoon by a crystal clear lake is having the pleasure of visiting a hanging lake, like the one located in the Colorado Canyon. This beautiful area of natural beauty is 1,000 feet up the steep walls of Glenwood Canyon. The lake is surrounded by majestic waterfalls and stunning scenery.
It was originally discovered by a gold hunting prospector, and was formerly a private homestead and family retreat. The hanging lake is also protected by the White River Forest Service.
Other stunning destinations nearby include another waterfall called the Spouting Rock, which jets through holes in the canyon walls.
The Colorado Canyon
If you’ve got a taste for adventure and ancient history, then be sure to stop by the Canyon of the Ancients. This breathtaking hotspot features a stunning array of ancient Pueblo structures and artifacts.
Think of the Colorado Canyon more as an outdoor museum - one that happens to include more than 6,000 archaeological sites.
The area spans 176,000 acres, and includes well-preserved remnants of the area’s native cultures, such as the ruins of homes, reservoirs, shrines, farms, and entire villages.
The Monument is located in the Four Corners region of southwestern Colorado, not far from the Mesa Verde National Park, which also features historical ruins from the ancient Puebloan culture.
Canyon of the ancients is one of the most unique experiences that Colorado has to offer and as such it is well worth seeing!
Take a walk on the wild side in Colorado!
Did you know that Colorado has 222 state wildlife areas? It also contains 75% of the land area of the US. And if you like to get high, then you’re in the right place as the state also has an altitude of over 10,000 feet! This is hardly surprising considering that Colorado is surrounded by mountains!
Some of the creatures you can spot in the state of Colorado includes moose, black bears, mountain goats and bald eagles, among others. What’s more, there are plenty of places in the state to see these creatures.
These include the Rocky Mountain National Park, State Forest State Park, Mount Evans Scenic Byway and South Platte River Trail, among others.
One of our personal favourites is the State Forest State Park, which is known as the moose capital of Colorado. More than 600 moose live there all year around alongside a whole host of other wildlife including elk, mule deer, beaver, fox, eagles and black bears.
The truth is that Colorado has a lot to offer. If you want to get a taste of the true diversity of scenic parks, ancient ruins and city life in the USA, then Colorado is your best bet.
It’s got everything from hot springs, hanging lakes, wildlife parks and historical monuments. And once you’re done with the thrills and adventures, there are plenty of places to stop and have a bite to eat thanks to the abundance of mouthwatering eateries and restaurants in the state.
So if you’re planning to visit the US anytime soon, be sure to put Colorado on your list!
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Janine Griffiths | Journalist
Janine is a copywriter and marketing strategist from England, with a background in journalism. She has represented many major brands throughout her career such as HSBC, Prudential and BIM. She runs a popular travel blog called janinesjourneys.com and has made has previously worked for major regional newspapers in the UK such as the Guardian, Yorkshire Post and the Shropshire Star