This Colorado Springs attraction gets visitors from over 60 countries every year. The Garden of the Gods Park covers 1,367 acres and is a National Natural Landmark containing pinon-juniper woodlands from the American Southwest and grasslands from the Great Plains. The gorgeous landmarks and rock formations are the result of 300 million years' worth of geological history. Be sure to stop by the visitor center before entering the park as you will find snacks as well as maps and information telling you which trails will give you the best views of nearby Pikes Peak and the rest of the park.
The name of Mesa Verde means "green table" in Spanish and the area shows visitors what it was like to live in this Ancestral Pueblo. It was occupied between 600 and 1300 AD and today you can find almost 5,000 archaeological sites within the park, a figure which includes 600 cliff dwellings, which are some of the best-preserved in the country. Starting in May, you can go on tours of the Cliff Palace and even in the winter visitors to Mesa Verde have plenty of opportunities for adventure with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the gorgeous snow-covered trails.
Vail is widely known as the top ski resort in North America, bringing visitors from around the world to enjoy the legendary Back Bowls. This ski resort is known for its clear blue skies, mountain wall spanning seven miles, and 5,289 acres of three areas that let skiers of all levels enjoy the outdoors and beautiful scenery. You don't have to worry about finding the right place to stay while in Vail as there are plenty of lodging options ranging from budget-friendly to luxurious resorts. There is even a school for skiing and snowboarding if you want to learn. While at Vail Ski Resort, be sure to visit Vail Village as well for European sophistication mixed with mountain charm.
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of the best Colorado attractions for those who love old rock formations as it has some of the oldest rocks as well as craggiest spires and steepest cliffs within North America. Over the past two million years, the Gunnison River has worked to create this gorgeous vertical attraction. You can find hiking trails around the rim of the canyon with options for all abilities and adventure levels. If you are up for adventure, try going camping or take the strenuous hike to the river.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has been a popular attraction in the city for more than 100 years. Here you'll find an excellent planetarium as well as an IMAX theater with fun, educational films for the whole family to enjoy. This museum is designed to keep children entertained while they learn with areas such as the Discovery Zone and Expedition Health. Adults will also enjoy the exhibitions that explore cultures, prehistory, gems, space, wildlife, and more. You even get the chance to touch real fossils during your visit.