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Things to do in Colorado

Colorado makes a great destination for all kinds of travelers, but it calls to nature lovers in particular. Every year, thousands of visitors strap on their hiking boots or snap into their skis to explore the slopes of the Rocky Mountains and take in some of the country’s most breathtaking views. So it’s not surprising that some of the best things to do in Colorado revolve around the mountains, like hiking Mount Princeton or the Spanish Peaks – named for their Old Mexico heritage – or skiing Vail Mountain and Snowmass, located northwest of Aspen.

There’s certainly more to Colorado than hitting the slopes. Summer travelers will want to hike to the Grottos, a series of short trails that lead to scenic waterfalls and sculpted gorges, visit the Dinosaur National Monument, which preserves one of North America’s largest dinosaur fossil beds. Tour New Belgium Brewery, which merges three passions of Centennial State residents: cycling, sustainability, and beer. History buffs will find a number of things to do in Colorado, like riding the vintage steam locomotives of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad or learning about local cultures at the El Pueblo History Museum and the Trinidad History Museum. And art lovers will want to visit some of the Centennial State’s fine art galleries and museums, including the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Denver Performing Arts Complex and the Denver Art Museum.

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  • Adventure Point Tubing

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    A boutique established by retailer Amen Wardy, this high-end shop is stocked with unique home accents. Wardy, who has worked in home design since 1... More
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  • Aspen Brewing Company

    Aspen Brewing Company turns out small batches of brown and hefeweizen-style ales, along with four other brews (including a cleverly named I.P.A., t... More
  • Aspen Ideas Festival

    Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, and Jordan’s Queen Noor are among the hundreds of luminaries who have passed through for public panels and talks unde... More
  • Aspen Institute

    Founded in 1950, the institute has—especially in the almost four years since its president, Walter Isaacson, inaugurated the Ideas Festival—vaulted... More
  • Aspen Music Festival

    The Music Festival promotes classical music under the tents of the Aspen Institute. More
  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

    No place in the world remotely as small as Aspen (population 6,000) can boast such high-powered cultural institutions. More
  • Aspen Saturday Market

    Established in 1998, the Aspen Saturday Market showcases only goods that are produced, made, or grown in Colorado. Held every saturday from June th... More
  • Belly Up Aspen

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  • Breckenridge Ski Resort

    Buy a lift ticket and hit the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort, which dazzles skiers and snowboarders with a 3,398-foot vertical rise and 155 trai... More

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