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.
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.
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Colorado Vacation Packages
The MCM Elegante Suites -formerly Candlewood Suites- in Colorado Springs is the newest addition to the MCM Family of Hotels. This all-suite property offers high speed Internet access in all rooms, a 24-hour onsite fitness center, free guest laundry facilities, a... More
Boulder hotel just a stone’s throw from shopping and dining hubs The Best Western Boulder Inn, set in a convenient location just a few steps from University of Colorado Boulder, is a modern base ideal for corporate trips or holiday vacations. Start the day with a free... 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
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Seasonal Savings include 50% off breakfast buffet
High-brow accommodations with majestic Rocky Mountain viewsEnjoy mesmerizing views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains from the loft-style ambiance of this centrally located, highly rated, and smoke-free hotel, where lucky guests here enjoy remarkable service and... More
The BEST WESTERN PLUS Gateway Inn & Suites offers comfortable accommodations, great rates and the perfect location for business and leisure travelers, due to its location near the Denver Technological Center, the new Gateway Corporate Business Park and just a short drive... More
Affordable Colorado Springs hotel near bases, with plenty of freebiesThe Spanish-style La Quinta Inn & Suites Colorado Springs South Airport hotel is just west of the airport off Interstate 25 and puts travelers near several military bases, including the Air Force... More
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Boulder hotel with deluxe spa and stunning views of Flatiron MountainsThe St. Julien Hotel and Spa is located just one block from the Pearl Street Mall and restaurants, and minutes from the University of Colorado campus. Make time to visit the Spa at St. Julien which... More
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The warm, contemporary DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Junction offers all the necessities for fun-filled family vacations or productive business trips. Spacious guest rooms, suites, and executive accommodations have two-line speaker phones with voice mail and data ports... More
Great location and superior value in the heart of Denver This wallet-friendly hotel is situated in Denver's historic Capitol Hill district, known by locals as the home of small music venues, new restaurants and interesting architecture. No skyscrapers here, but the State... More
NEW! Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics. 100% Non Smoking Hotel The La Quinta Inn Denver Aurora is centrally located off I-225 at Mississippi Avenue (exit 7), close to Buckley Air... More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.