Come alive in Colorado
Take it off your bucket list and go – it's a must do!
Enjoy breathtaking scenery and outdoor adventure
gateway to the American West, Colorado is synonymous with the Rockies, mountains that provide the backdrop to an outdoor lifestyle and a western culture hard to resist and even harder to leave. Come see for yourself!
BE WILD AT HEART
The Rocky Mountain State is aptly named for the 58 ‘fourteeners’, or peaks over 14,000 feet (4000m), the most in the US. Mountain life is addictive and you’ll experience the allure of the pure air and majestic surroundings. Look out for bighorn sheep, the official state mammal, as you explore the pristine landscape, home to 959 other wildlife species. AMERICA’S BEST SKIING? Colorado is famous for its 28 awesome ski and snowboard resorts, which offer epic trails and thrilling rides. Destinations such as Aspen, Steamboat, Telluride and many more are household names with Aussie skiers and boarders. If snow play is not your thing, try soaking in naturally heated mineral-rich hot springs found statewide in luxurious resorts or hike-in hideaways.
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Four National Parks offer very different summer playgrounds. The skyscraping peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the ancient dwellings of Mesa Verde, the sheer fun of Great Sand Dunes and the awe-inspiring plunging walls of Gunnison National Park’s Black Canyon showcase the state’s diverse natural landscapes. Eight more spectacular natural areas have been preserved as National Monuments for their beauty and historical significance.
BE INSPIRED BY DENVER’S (MILE) HIGH ART AND CULTURE
Denver is a vibrant outdoor city, brimming with music, art, culture, fine dining and unique shopping options, and with around 300 days of sunshine, there’s lots to see. Check out the character and fun of different neighbourhoods (start with Lodo or Lower Downtown, Highlands, Rino and Cherry
Creek) or follow the Denver Beer Trail to truly live like a local. visitdenver.com ALL ABOARD! The romance of an historic rail journey can show you some of Colorado’s wildest places along with a photo tour, dinner trek or a mystery excursion. Or explore scenic byways on a road trip, taking in majestic scenery, historic sites and over 1500 ghost towns, which hark back to the gold rush days of the 1800s and can be found throughout the state.
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE
Red Rocks is an iconic natural outdoor amphitheatre outside Denver where you can see some of the best US and international music acts in a breathtaking setting or join yoga and exercise devotees taking on the challenge of its terraces during the day. Live music of all genres thrives in Colorado at venues, events and festivals year-round.
colorado.com/events LUXE AND LOVIN’ IT
Relax, pamper and revitalise in high Colorado style at luxe resorts, hotels and ranches, from Aspen and Crested Butte to Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins. Unique accommodation and dining options offer relaxation, wellness or pure indulgence. Try The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs; once a dairy farm and then a casino, it’s now a legendary resort celebrated for its elegant European style. You don’t need to venture far to immerse yourself in the scenic outdoors, with a range of guided activities on offer. YOU GOTTA MOVE IT, MOVE IT Whatever your chosen outdoor activity, Colorado provides the spectacular backdrop for your next soft, or extreme, adventure. You can hike the mountain trails or explore them on a mountain bike, horse or motorbike. The headwaters of seven major rivers offer rafting and fishing options. Summer or winter – your ultimate outdoor playground awaits.
HOW TO GET THERE
Visit virginaustralia.com.au and qantas.com for direct flights to the US. American Airlines, Delta and United fly to the US with flights onto Denver International Airport. A train service takes you from the airport to Denver in just over 30 minutes.
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