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Colorado Travel Guide

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Sure, Denver has morphed into a city of top-notch hotels, edgy architecture, and great restaurants, but much of the action remains in the year-round playground of the Rocky Mountains. Some of America’s most gorgeous terrain has long been a wealth-magnet for towns like Vail and Aspen, but celebrated chefs and high-end shops are making their way into smaller hamlets as well. And every place from Boulder to Telluride wants a piece of the action. After all, it’s nature that people come for, whether to carve fresh tracks on a ski slope, bomb down a hill on a mountain bike, or just sit on a balcony and watch as the red fingers of dawn reach out over massive mountain peaks to grasp a new day.

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  • Skiing Vail’s Back Bowls. Seven bowls, more than 3,000 acres: Carving fresh tracks through the seemingly endless groomed trails and powdery mogul runs is one of Colorado skiing’s greatest pleasures.

  • Dining in Denver. Sure, Denver always has had great steak, but now there’s a true culinary scene, from the foie-gras-and-foam menu of Restaurant Kevin Taylor to the flown-in-daily seafood of Sushi Den and the Mediterranean-inspired dishes of Rioja.

  • Playing in the sand. The giant sandbox known as Great Sand Dunes National Park inspires childlike wonder for all ages. Hike up, board down, or just wander through the ever-shifting mountains of sand.

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