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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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