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Whether you want to white-water raft down canyons, ski on snow-capped mountains, or see magnificent cliff dwellings, you'll find plenty to love in the great outdoors of Colorado. The mighty Rocky Mountains cut a swathe through the state, providing a stunning backdrop to much of the fun. But here in Colorado, the call of the Old West can be heard as clearly in the downtown bars of cities like Denver, as when riding Western-style in the shadows of its buttes.

Hotels in Colorado

While the great outdoors looms large here, accommodation in Colorado isn’t just about cowboy adventures or remote splendor. 5-star opulence is to be had in fabulous spa resorts and luxury hotels in Colorado’s bigger cities. Away from these, you’ll find plenty of Colorado hotels keen to help you live out your Western dream. Adventure sport hotels offer kayaking, climbing, and horse-riding expeditions, while mountain resorts with fantastic skiing facilities provide cozy rustic cabins to retreat to after a day’s hard exertion on the piste. And for budget-seekers, the suburbs and highways have affordable motels offering the best in Colorado hotel rates.

Things to see in Colorado

Naturally enough, many of the best sights in Colorado are found among the peaks and canyons of the Rocky Mountains. One of the most beautiful is the Garden of the Gods, where elegant red-rock spires, hogbacks, and balancing rock formations stand among verdant pine woods. The gorgeous lakes and mountains of the Rocky Mountain National Park just have to be hiked around. You can climb, cross-country ski, or snowshoe here too, depending on the season. Pikes Peak affords fantastic views onto Denver from its 14,000-foot high summit, while the capital itself has plenty of highlights too. Denver Botanic Gardens showcases 7 starkly different gardens, while the Denver Art Museum is home to amazing contemporary and Native American arts. Perhaps the most spectacular expression of Native American culture, though, is to be found at the Mesa Verde National Palace. The jewel in its crown is the amazing Cliff Palace, a 700-year-old stone-built town beneath a massive lip of sandstone.

Where to stay in Colorado

Bustling, and seemingly ever-growing, Denver has the best choice of accommodation in Colorado. Here, the cosmopolitan delights of Mile-High City meet a swelling corporate district. Business travelers, retail enthusiasts, and romance-seeking couples will all find hotels here to please. Nearby Colorado Springs—nestled among spectacular mountain scenery—is home to magnificent spa resorts and retreats that’ll appeal to luxury travelers. By contrast, the college town of Boulder offers both fun for the party crowd and a bohemian retreat for the new-agers. Lastly, Aspen will suit those wanting plenty of activity in their vacation, having some of the best outdoor and ski resorts in Colorado.

How to get to Colorado

As a major regional hub, most big airlines run connections into Denver Airport, from where you can drive to the rest of the state with relative ease. If you want to take a slow romantic ride into Colorado, then Amtrak’s California Zephyr from Chicago stops in Denver, as well as Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction. For those planning to travel to Colorado by car, the point of entry from Utah to the west, and Kansas to the east, is I-70. I-26 runs north to south through the state, with both interstates meeting in Denver.

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