Colorado has some of the most beautiful scenery you’d find in all the US, and possibly the world. Millions of people flock here annually for great skiing, amazing mountain tracks, and just getting back in touch with who they are. Colorado has a way of relaxing your senses and soothing your soul. Following are the best things to see on a road trip in Colorado.

 

Best Things to See on a Road Trip in Colorado - Pikes  Peak

 

Pikes Peak

This is a picturesque location that can best be described as a real-life postcard. The first thing that hit you is the striking height of the vista itself. Then you begin to notice the amazing colors that marble through the rock faces like veritable rainbows. Pikes Peak is a harrowing 14,110 feet tall. Even so, for the brave of heart, you can traverse this Goliath and enjoy some spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains.

 

Best Things to See on a Road Trip in Colorado - Mesa Verde National Park

 

Mesa Verde National Park

Although it looks like an ancient city in some far away land, Mesa Verde National Park is seated in the Hills of Colorado. With an appointed tour guide, you can explore many cliff side dwellings in this National Park. You’ll feel like you have stepped back into the past. You almost expect to see the natives going about their daily life or hear the echoes of a chant through the valleys that surrounds you. It is a beautifully haunting stop that lingers somewhere between the past and present, giving you an idea of what life must have been like for the true natives of this great land.

 

Best Things to See on a Road Trip in Colorado - Stanley Hotel

 

Stanley Hotel

If you are looking for a thrilling adventure we know exactly where you should look. Stanley Hotel is nestled 7500 feet above sea level in the mountains of Colorado. This massive and beautiful hotel has been housed many visitors in Colorado for over a century. The views from the hotel itself are unmatched. You can simply opt for a tour, or plan to stay a few nights and explore. You can even elect to take a walk on the adventurous side and be a part of one of the famous ghost tours. You know it will be spine tingling because Stephen King himself, the master of horror, based his book The Shining on this very spot. You can even request to stay in the room where he wrote the infamous novel.

 

Best Things to See on a Road Trip in Colorado - Blue Mesa Reservoir

 

Blue Mesa Reservoir

Located in Gunnison County, there is no other body of water in Colorado that comes close to the majestic look of blue Mesa reservoir. It’s 20 miles long and has 96 Shoreline miles, making it the largest body of water in the state. You will have no trouble finding a spot to nestle in and camp. There was also a variety of activities to enjoy such as fishing, boating, and you can even learn to parasail. Relax, swim, and even do some hiking and see some of the local wildlife. One of the most relaxing experiences in Colorado.

 

Best Things to See on a Road Trip in Colorado - Rocky Mountain National Park

 

Rocky Mountain National Park

Probably one of the most renowned destinations in Colorado is the Rocky Mountain National Park, and rightly so. The hiking trails alone offer views of the state that will leave you breathless. You can also take a horseback riding tour off the beaten path and end the day camping. The best times to visit the park are the end of spring and start of summer where the colors are particularly vibrant and the temperature is most suitable. Whether you are a novice hiker or have miles of experience, this will be the stop for you.

 

Garden of the Gods with a beautiful colorful sunset sky.  The Garden of the Gods red rock formations were created during a geological upheaval along a natural fault line millions of years ago. Archaeological evidence shows that prehistoric people visited Garden of the Gods about 1330 BC. About 250 BC Native American people camped in the park. Garden of the Gods is a public park located in Colorado Springs on the north part of Colorado City, Colorado, USA. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1971. How the Garden of the Gods was Named - In 1859, gold was discovered in the South Park area of Colorado, and "Pikes Peak or Bust" became a popular slogan as vast numbers of fortune seekers headed west. Boom towns were created overnight; over 100,000 people arrived in the region in just one year! The Pikes Peak area became a funnel of humanity since it sat at the foot of Ute Pass, the only accessible route to South Park. The Pass funneled gold seekers from three major routes across the plains. It was August of 1859, when two surveyors started out from Denver City to start formal action in locating a townsite, soon to be called Colorado City. While exploring nearby locations, they came upon a beautiful area of sandstone formations. M. S. Beach, who related this incident, suggested that it would be a "capital place for a beer garden" when the country grew up. His companion, Rufus Cable, a "young and poetic man" exclaimed, "Beer Garden? Why this is a fit place for the Gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods." It has been so called ever since.  Colorado Fine art nature landscape photography poster prints, decorative canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, corporate artwork, greeting cards and stock images by James Bo Insogna (C)   - All Rights Reserved.  Please feel Free to share our links, with Family or Friends who may also enjoy them.  If you like my Art Gallery, please spread the word and press the Pinterest, FB, Google+, Twitter or SU Buttons!  Thank you!  *PLEASE NOTE, WATERMARKS WILL NOT BE ON THE PURCHASE PRINTS*

 

Garden of the Gods

This area is home to some of the most spectacular natural scenery you can imagine. Named for its colors and picturesque natural formations, the Garden of the Gods will leave you breathless. Make sure you have your camera handy for this one as the entire park is just one massive photo op.

 

Reading that list will make you want to pack your bags for a road trip in a hurry. Nobody could blame you either. Colorado plays host to so many amazing, natural wonders that Route 66 travelers get jealous. While they are driving through the middles of the desert, you will be enjoying all that Colorado has to offer!

 

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Photo credits – Pikes Peak, Mesa Verde National Park, Stanley Hotel, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Rocky Mountains, & Garden of the Gods.

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