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    Mesa Verde National Park

    Colorado, USA
    18 reviews

    Mesa Verde was the first national park created to protect archaeological ruins. Located in the desert near the Four Corners, Mesa Verde is famous for the cliff homes built by the ancestral Pueblo Indians 700-1000 years ago. The park is home to complexes like Cliff Palace, Balcony House and Spruce Tree House that are shelted by rocky overhangs. Ranger guided ...

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    Grand Lake

    Colorado, USA
    22 reviews

    Grand Lake serves as the headwaters of the Colorado River and is also the deepest and largest natural body of water in the state. Situated deep in the mountains at the western entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park, it's an excellent place to spot elk, moose and bears. There's also camping and boat launches around the lake. The town of ...

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    Denver and Surrounds

    Colorado, USA
    49 reviews

    Denver straddles the geographic boundary between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. It was born of the Colorado mining boom during the 1850's and has become the largest city in the Mountain Time Zone. Denver is famous for its view of the mountains and is called the "Mile High City," a name shared by its football stadium. The heart ...

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    Boulder

    Colorado, USA
    57 reviews

    Boulder is a universe unto itself. Set in a valley to the northwest of Denver at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the town is medium sized, clean and beautiful. The Flatirons look down on Boulder from the southwest. The University of Colorado is located in Boulder and gives the town a youthful feel. In addition companies like Google have ...

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    Estes Park

    Colorado, USA
    40 reviews

    The town of Estes Park is located in a perfect, bowl shaped valley. The turnoff on route 36 that overlooks the town is a popular stop for picture takers. If you look left as you cross the reservoir on your way into town you'll see Longs Peak, the only 14,000 foot mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. Another attraction of ...

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    Glenwood Springs

    Colorado, USA
    4 reviews

    The stretch of route 70 is considered one of the gems of the interstate highway system. Literally dangling above the upper reaches of the Colorado River while passing through the narrow defile of Glenwood Canyon, the roadway is a natural and architectural triumph all at once. One of the main attractions along this stretch of road is Hanging Lake, a ...

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    Georgetown

    Colorado, USA
    2 reviews

    Georgetown is your typical high altitude mountain town. Tiny, cold, well preserved and scenic. Bighorn sheep wander up and down the sides of route 70.

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    Central City

    Colorado, USA
    2 reviews

    Central City was one of the busiest sites of the Colorado gold rush and was once considered one of the wealthiest pieces of real estate in the United States. Today Central City and Black Hawk play up their gold rush in another way--gambling. These two tiny communities along the Peak to Peak highway are flush with casinos and restaurants of ...

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    Nederland

    Colorado, USA
    3 reviews

    Nederland is part of the reason that I enjoy living in Boulder so much. Only 18 miles away, this small town is 3000 feet further up in the mountains, sitting at the narrow end of the reservoir created by Barker Dam. Nederland enjoys an extremely liberal atmosphere with art galleries, cafes and dispensaries. The locals seem to be a close ...

  • 10

    Rollinsville

    Colorado, USA
    1 review

    Colorado has more ghost towns and tiny villages than any state that I've seen. Rollinsville is about 15 minutes south of Nederland. The town consists of a few dozen wood framed buildings along a dirt road bisected by highway 119. There's a general store and eatery as well as the typical small town post office.

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    Colorado Springs

    Colorado, USA
    97 reviews

    Colorado Springs is Colorado's second biggest city. Home to the Air Force Academy and Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs enjoys a splendid natural setting. It also serves as the conservative counterpoint to Boulder in this purple state's ongoing culture war.

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    Vail

    Colorado, USA
    51 reviews

    Vail's history is interesting. There was no ski resort or town here 60 years ago. The town's founder actually discovered the area's potential during World War II as a member of a skiing unit of soldiers and came back during the 1960's to build a resort. Vail is the closest to a European town that I've ever seen in the ...

  • 13

    Breckenridge

    Colorado, USA
    41 reviews

    Compared with Vail, Breckenridge feels more like an all-American ski town and less like an Austrian village. There are clothing boutiques, sports bars, souvenirs shops and the like nestled up with fine dining restaurants. I've always been a fan of the small jerky stands set up in the summer time. Breckenridge is an easy ride from Denver and Boulder, located ...

  • 14

    Fort Collins

    Colorado, USA
    10 reviews

    Fort Collins is Colorado's northernmost outpost before you hit the open plains of Wyoming. Home to Colorado State, a number of popular and enjoyable brew pubs and a buzzing cafe and boutique scene, it's always worth a drive when you get bored with Boulder and Denver.

  • 15

    Manitou Springs

    Colorado, USA
    25 reviews

    Manitou Springs is tucked between Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak. This odd little mountain town has well preserved 19th century buildings, plenty of art galleries and good Mexican food. If you're on a family vacation to Pikes, I would stay here.

  • 16

    Idaho Springs

    Colorado, USA
    5 reviews

    Idaho Springs has dubbed itself the birthplace of the Colorado gold rush. You can visit gold mines and actually pan for gold yourself. The museum of mines tell the story of the earliest discoveries in Gregory Gulch and has many interesting artifacts. Today Idaho Springs is builts around tourism. There are many restaurants and cafes that serve reasonably priced pizza, ...

  • 17

    Black Hawk

    Colorado, USA
    6 reviews

    Black Hawk didn't have much in the way of gold back in the 19th Century. What it had was running water and relative accessibility compared with Central City, where the nuggets were coming out of the ground. Today's Black Hawk is known for its many casinos, particularly the towering Ameristar.

  • 18

    Niwot

    Colorado, USA
    1 review

    Niwot is a small town along the freight line between Boulder and Longmont. Named after a Native American chief and as quaint as a slice of pie, Niwot has a few worthwhile restaurants and caf├ęs and bookshops to check out.

  • 19

    Cripple Creek

    Colorado, USA
    12 reviews

    Go back in time in Cripple Creek, visit the Molly Kathleen Mine, several museums and if you enjoy gaming - then this is the place! Only 25 minutes away!

  • 20

    Fairplay

    Colorado, USA
    7 reviews

    Fairplay sits on a windy plain in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. This is very high cattle country with astounding views in all directions. The tiny downtown has a bit of an Old West feel but is also a place where truckers and travelers stop to gas up.

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