Your Colorado vacation
Colorado vacations might conjure up skiing (Breckenridge, Aspen, Steamboat, Vail, Telluride) and Rocky mountain vistas, but don't let your imagination stop there. While it's true Colorado delivers some of the best skiing in the country and dozens of resorts, the nation's highest state still has more to show you.
Hike, zip-line, fish, golf, you name it -- Colorado is serving it up … way up. Find outdoor adventure across Colorado's "fourteeners," national parks, dramatic rivers and lakes. For something more urban, see baseball powered by altitude, enjoy locally-produced beers and cutting-edge restaurants, or an outdoor concert against sandstone monoliths.
Before you pack your earmuffs and waders, let Orbitz guide you with the best time to go on a Colorado vacation, top 10 highlights and insider tips from local experts.
Colorado Vacation Packages
Upgraded Colorado Springs hotel with free breakfast and free InternetThe Best Western Executive Inn & Suites in Colorado Springs offers attractive guest rooms and comforting extras. Business guests take advantage of the free in-room high-speed Internet access and the... More
Near the airport, just off I-70 at Exit 31. Walking distance to many restaurants. Courtesy shuttle will take guests to airport, Amtrack train station, nearby shopping, theaters, Museums and Historic District, 5 golf courses (On-request). Just a short drive to fishing,... More
Our Durango hotel guests enjoy convenient access to sites in the great outdoors, like Mesa Verde National Park. Whether you're here for a trip to the Durango® Mountain Resort or you're taking care of business at Fort Lewis College, let our Durango hotel be your... More
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High-brow accommodations with majestic Rocky Mountain views Enjoy mesmerizing views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains from the loft-style ambiance of this centrally-located, highly-rated hotel, where lucky guests here enjoy remarkable service and quality. Just... More
Stay at this Fort Collins, Colorado hotel offering comfortable accommodations convenient to Colorado State University and Poudre Valley Hospital. Whether traveling for business or for pleasure, the BEST WESTERN Kiva Inn has it all! Nestled into the beautiful Rocky... More
Serene Colorado Springs mountain resort with tennis, swimming and golfThe Cheyenne Mountain Resort is nestled on a lush green landscape with a private lake and is one of Colorado Springs' most satisfying mountain getaways. The resort offers 316 luxurious rooms in eight... More
Welcome to Pride of Super 8 of Grand Junction, CO. The AAA 2 diamond approved Super 8 is easily accessible from Interstate 70 West & East. PLEASE NOTE: A CREDIT CARD IS REQUIRED TO RENT GUESTROOM. The Super 8 offers a SuperStart breakfast every morning, elevator,... More
Conveniently located off Route 550, this Ramada Limited Durango hotel is near historic downtown Durango, hiking at San Juan National Forest, Fort Lewis College, ancient cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park, and many local restaurants. After an exciting day, refresh... More
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Elevate your Rocky Mountain stay with modern sophisticationGuests have room to work and space to enjoy the mountain air at the Sheraton Denver. After a $70 million makeover, Sheraton offers 133,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and sophisticated guest rooms with a... More
Cambria Suites, Fort Collins is located south east of town just minutes from Colorado State University and Historic Downtown with easy access to I-25. Conveniently located by area businesses, shopping and local attractions. All suites feature oversized accommodations... More
|Houston||Denver||Wed, Feb 5 - Tue, Feb 11||$71|
|Dayton||Colorado Springs||Wed, Jan 8 - Thu, Jan 9||$243|
|Nashville||Aspen||Tue, Jan 28 - Tue, Feb 4||$370|
|Washington DC||Durango||Sat, Feb 22 - Sat, Mar 1||$239|
|Los Angeles||Eagle||Sun, Feb 2 - Fri, Feb 7||$343|
|Austin||Grand Junction||Fri, May 16 - Tue, May 20||$230|
|Austin||Hayden||Tue, Jan 21 - Sun, Jan 26||$303|
|Denver||Montrose||Sat, Jan 18 - Sat, Jan 25||$380|
|Minneapolis||Gunnison||Sat, Feb 22 - Wed, Feb 26||$362|
|Denver||Telluride||Sun, Jan 12 - Sat, Jan 18||$578|
|Denver||Cortez||Wed, Jan 22 - Sat, Jan 25||$204|
|Denver||Alamosa||Thu, Feb 6 - Tue, Feb 11||$176|
Best time to take a vacation to Colorado
With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year (yep, more than Florida) and an outstanding variety of outdoor recreation, there's really no bad time to visit Colorado. Snowfall from October to April means fresh powder on the ski hills … and mountain road closures.
For the best Colorado vacation, plan your visit based less on the weather and more around what you most want to do. Snow skiers love the fall through the spring, while hiking and rafting are prime in the spring. For the best off-season deals, visit Colorado from August 15 through Labor Day, Memorial Day through mid-June, and in January.
Insider tips for Colorado travel
Brewery tours and festivals (Denver)
Discover the "Napa Valley of Beers" with a tour the world-famous Coors and New Belgium breweries, and a visit to the annual Great American Beer Festival.
For fresh powder guaranteed, sign up for the free "First Tracks" experience in Aspen/Snowmass, which lets skiers enjoy fresh powder or first runs of the day.
Head to Keystone for inexpensive snowcat skiing in the Outback Bowl. For only $5 USD, you can experience some great backcountry skiing!
Award-winning dining (Denver)
For award-winning dining and the chance to rub shoulders with Colorado's finest, try LoDo's Vesta Dipping Grill and the Denver ChopHouse.
Trendy eateries (Denver)
For trendy Denver dining scenes inspired by both Coasts, try Cholon's Modern Asian Bistro, Euclid Hal, Root Down and Colt and Gray.
Hike, drive or take a train, you decide how to earn the summit of this 14,110-foot Colorado Springs landmark. The summit offers some of the best views in the state, including Colorado Springs and the Continental Divide. But the 19-mile journey to the top is no slouch -- mountain reservoirs, clouds beyond timberline, plus souvenirs stops, world-famous donuts and sluice mining all await an adventurous ascent.
Skiing and snowboarding
Flaunt your black diamond skills in Aspen/Snowmass, a haven for celebrities and the glamorous crowd. Copper Mountain is a local favorite, but to mix skiing with après-ski fun, hit popular Vail and family-friendly Breckenridge. Snowboarders and advanced skiers flock to Steamboat and Telluride.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Two hours from Denver, find the gates of Colorado heaven: 415 square miles of magnificent Rockies. Trail Ridge Road covers 48 breathtaking miles of the park and offers one of the most scenic drives in the country. Or choose from 359 miles of hiking trails to get really deep in the woods. Elk and big horn sheep are regulars, but moose, black beers, cougars and many other animals call it home. Come springtime, wildflowers sweep the park with vibrant colors.
White water rafting on the Arkansas River
With continuous whitewater set against the Colorado mountains, and rapids that range from intense to mind-blowing, the Arkansas River serves up some seriously wild Colorado rafting. Paddle Class III-V rapids through Royal Gorge, Browns Canyon and The Numbers. Add an extreme zip-line tour and/or rock climbing, which many outfitters will also offer in the same place.
Garden of the Gods
Set your sights on these giant red sandstone rock formations with Pikes Peak in the distance. Walk the kid-friendly (read: paved) hiking paths to experience former Ute Indian grounds and 300-foot rocks with names like Tower of Babel, Rocking Chair and Kissing Camels. The Central Garden is considered the most popular rock climbing spot in Colorado. Stop at the Trading Post for lunch and souvenirs.
What started with one black bear now spans 80 acres of exhibits housing 4,000 animals like King Cobras, rare okapi, vampire bats, red-bellied lemurs, Siberian tigers and black rhinos. Unique exhibits house three species extinct in the wild, but there's plenty more not to miss. First stop: Predator Ridge where African animals live in spacious, natural exhibits, and hyenas and lions actually communicate with one another.
MillerCoors Golden Brewery Tour
Take a free tour of the legendary Golden, Colorado brewery, formerly known as the Coors Brewery. The 30-minute, self-guided tour reveals more on the brewery's history, survival through prohibition plus modern malting and brewing techniques. Guests over 21 can sip a cold sample in the beer room. Spend time after the tour sampling favorite brews like the Belgian-style Blue Moon or shopping in the gift store.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Carved into geologically-formed, 300-foot sandstone monoliths, this naturally spectacular open-air theater is known for its phenomenal acoustics (enjoyed by performers like Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, U2 and Fleetwood Mac) and panoramic views of Denver. If you miss a show, hit the Park's trails to hike or bike against dramatic scenery.
Coors Field Baseball Stadium
Home to the Colorado Rockies, Coors Field has a reputation for being the most fan-friendly ballpark in the U.S., but the players like it, too. The highest park in the MLB, Coors Field is the most hitter-friendly, thanks to the thin air. See the rocket-launching effects at the next "Coors Canaveral" game. And covet the nosebleeds -- those purple seats on the upper deck -- for the chance to sit one-mile high.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Drive 14 brave miles toward the heavens on the highest paved road in the U.S. OK, so it's not really the heavens but it will get you darn close and nearly to the top of the 14,264-foot-high Mount Evans. On the way up, you'll traverse three distinct life zones, experience steep grades, and see mountain goats and big horn sheep. Reaching the summit is only a matter of hiking the last quarter-mile.
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