Mesa Verde & Southwest Colorado
The Southwestern corner of the state boasts stunning alpine scenery and charming old mining towns brimming with Wild West lore. The mysterious Ancient Puebloan ruins, preserved as Mesa Verde National Park, are also here.
Denver & Around
Where in the country does the city’s mayor also own some of the state’s most popular microbreweries? Well, Denver, of course. Mayor John Hickenlooper was famous for owning Front Range brewpubs long before he got into politics. Denver is the only metropolis in this region and also happens to sit at exactly 5280ft – or 1 mile high (hence its nickname, ‘Mile High City’).
San Luis Valley & Southeast Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park & Northern Colorado
Boulder & Around
Long known for its outrageous liberalism, the university town of Boulder has a yuppie crunch attitude and a mad crush on the outdoors. The main roads are always packed with cyclists, and the endless city parks bustle with hikers and dogs. The pedestrian-only Pearl St Mall, bursting with shops, sidewalk cafés and street performers, is perfect for strolling.
Along Hwys 24 & 85
San Juan Mountains
Breckenridge & Summit County
Denver to Vail
Crested Butte & Gunnison
Unbashfully posh Aspen is Colorado’s glitziest high-octane resort, playing host to some of the wealthiest skiers in the world. The handsome historic red-brick downtown is as alluring as the glistening slopes, but Aspen’s greatest asset is its scenery.
Synonymous with swank, Vail is a favorite winter playground for the world’s rich and famous. This is where the movie stars ski. And it’s not odd to see Texans in 10-gallon hats and ladies in mink coats zipping down the slopes. A resort town in every sense of the word, the compact Vail Village offers restaurants, bars and boutiques of high standard.
Colorado Springs & Southern Front Range
Evangelical conservatives, tourists and military installations comprise the bizarre demographics of Colorado’s second-largest city.