Come alive in Colorado

Take it off your bucket list and go – it's a must do!

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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.

col­orados­ki­coun­try.com COME OUT TO PLAY

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.

FIND OUT MORE: colorado.com

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