There are many options when it comes to vacations in the United States. Each state offers something different, but you should seriously consider visiting Colorado this summer.
There are many reasons why you should visit Colorado for your summer vacation and when you have finished reading, you will be ready to book your stay.
Scenery and Nature
The scenery in Colorado is breath-taking and a visit to the Rocky Mountains is a must when visiting the state. Even if you do not want to travel into the mountains, simply viewing them from the valley below is a sight not to be missed when in Colorado.
Aside from the mountains, there are many other photogenic places to visit in Colorado including the lakes and forests, red rock formations, enormous sand dunes, and prairie grasslands complete with beautiful flowers.
In the summer months, all the hiking trails are open in Colorado and there are trails to suit every ability. From long mountain hikes to causal strolls through picturesque fields, there is something for everyone.
Horseback riding is a popular activity, along with fishing and other water-based adventures. In terms of scenery and nature, you will struggle to beat Colorado in the summer and there are four national parks to visit. Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, and Gunnison National Park make Colorado a must visit destination this summer.
Cities and Towns
The major cities and towns in Colorado are buzzing hubs of activity in summer and make great places to stay. Denver is the capital of the state of Colorado and if you are flying in from another state or outside the US, this is where you are likely to arrive.
Denver is home to a fantastic art scene, including the Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum. There are many lovely parks to explore including the City Park, Confluence Park, Denver Zoo, and Cherry Creek Trail.
Even the train station is worth a visit and Union Station is more than just a travel hub, it is home to several bars and restaurants plus shops and a hotel. When day turns to night, you can head to one of the many casinos in Colorado.
Denver is home to a choice of casinos but if you venture out of the capital city, you will find many more excellent casinos. Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek are all famous casino towns where you will find a fantastic selection of casinos.
Sports betting has recently been legalized in Colorado and some land-based casinos now offer sports betting facilities.
Online sportsbooks have special betting offers for players in Colorado and are available 24/7, with mobile sports betting becoming increasingly popular in The Centennial State.
As the days grow longer, the festival season begins in Colorado. There are many live music venues in Colorado, with both Denver and Boulder hosting fantastic acts throughout the summer season.
In addition to international artists, Colorado has a thriving local music scene, with live music in bars and jazz clubs.
There are also many outdoor music venues including Red Rocks Amphitheater, which is regarded by many as being one of the leading music venues in the world thanks to the scenery and acoustics.
There are many art and food festivals throughout the summer in Colorado, with locals converging at various venues throughout the state to sell their art and produce.
Fibark is the longest running white water festival in the United States and the Greely Stampede boasts one of the largest rodeos in the world, so is not to be missed.
If you enjoy your beer, Colorado is the place for you. There are over 200 craft breweries throughout the state and the Great American Beer Festival takes place in Colorado every year.
It is usually sometime in September so you will have to hang on at the end of the summer but it is worth the wait. While many of the leading breweries are in the major cities, there is plenty to discover in the mountain towns, which are perfect for exploring in the summer months.
There are many organized brewery tours to book and they all come with tasting sessions.
Colorado comes to life in summer and if you are looking for a summer vacation that offers a bit of everything, you cannot miss The Centennial State.