Colorado Top 10 Attractions

6: Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/wdayton

Maroon Bells are considered the peaks that are most photographed throughout North America. The gorgeous 14,000-foot peaks are surrounded by Maroon Lake and beautiful wildflowers. You don't have to pay anything to access Maroon Bells via non-motorized transport, whether you are hiking, biking, rollerblading, or doing something else. Instead of driving it is usually more convenient to take a bus tour, which you can find plenty of during the summer. Even if getting there is sometimes complicated, the journey is well worth it.

Address: Maroon Bells, Colorado 81654

7: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Ron Cogswell

Inside the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, you will find the tallest dunes in the continent along with tundra, alpine lakes, aspen and conifer forests, wetlands, and grasslands. This national park is the perfect place for nearly any outdoor activity, including sand sledding, wildlife watching, and hiking. You can even enjoy the water in Medano Creek, have a picnic, participate in a free ranger program, or spend the night camping.

Address: 11500 Highway 150, Mosca, CO 81146
Website: www.nps.gov

8: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/mark byzewski

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is actually the only mountain zoo in the country and to make it stand out even more, you will find one of the biggest herds of giraffes in the world. Like any normal zoo, this one offers a wide range of animals as well as activities for hands-on learning, including those specifically geared towards children. As a bonus, you also get amazing views since the zoo is on a mountain.

Address: 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Website: www.cmzoo.org

9: Elitch Gardens Theme Park

Elitch Gardens Theme Park

Elitch Gardens Theme Park is actually two theme parks in one, a water park and the typical one with rides. The theme park also hosts concerts, drive-in movies and more, providing family entertainment as long as the weather is nice. When you visit the theme park, you will quickly see why it is the coaster capital of Colorado, with kid's rides, family rides, thrill rides, and everything in between. The water park is the perfect spot to cool off on a hot day, whether you want to swim, raft, or go on a thrill ride.

Address: 2000 Elitch Cir, Denver, CO 80204

10: Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/vincrosbie

This national park covers 415 square miles of spectacular mountains and views. You can enjoy the 12,000-foot crest of Trail Ridge Road or take advantage of the 300 miles worth of hiking trails, home to starry nights, wildlife, and wildflowers. For anyone who enjoys natural beauty, this national landmark is a must-see in Colorado.

Address: 1000 Highway 36, Estes Park, CO 80517
Website: www.nps.gov

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