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At The Boho Traveller we are all about the meeting point where rustic luxury joins with authentic travel experiences, and one of those penultimate places for me, is in the mountains of Colorado. Known for its breathtaking landscapes and adventurous spirit, a few 14ers, epic ski resorts and fun towns, Colorado offers a plethora of destinations that will leave you looking for your own cabin in the woods. From the vibrant cityscape of Denver to the charming mountain town of Salida, let me take you on a journey through the 10 best places to visit in Colorado.
I have a lot of first hand experience in Colorado – my brother went out to school in Durango, and I would spend over a month out there every year exploring, skiing, hiknig, and enjoying craft beers in the little cowboy town. I’ve been to Denver to watch the Broncos play, and drove up pikes peak in an October snowstorm. Colorado really has something for everyone, and these are some of my recommended best places to visit in Colorado.
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Of course we couldn’t start off our travel guide on the ten best places to visit in Colorado without first mentioning Denver. In Denver, the cosmopolitan cityscape meets the Rocky Mountains and what you get is a blend of mountain cowboys and young professionals enjoying that exact lifestyle. Explore the historic Larimer Square, known for its charming boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. The city boasts an eclectic food scene, ranging from farm-to-table eateries *yum* to innovative culinary experiences. For a touch of luxury, consider staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, where you can enjoy sophisticated accommodations and impeccable service. Alternatively, the Four Seasons Hotel Denver offers a contemporary oasis in the heart of the city. The Brown Palace Hotel, a historic landmark, combines elegance with old-world charm (and is our go-to favorite). For a more boutique vibe we sugget The Crawford Hotel.
Here are a few fun things to do in Denver, one of our best places to visit in Colorado.
Durango, nestled amidst the breathtaking San Juan Mountains, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Of course, I might have a wee bit of bias with this town, as I have personally spent loads of time here, and will always continue to go back. It’s just absolutely stunning scenery, and quieter than some of the destinations closer to Denver. Hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, known for its diverse terrain and world-class skiing. Embark on an unforgettable journey aboard the historic Silverton Railroad Train, winding through rugged canyons and offering spectacular views. For an exhilarating experience, try dog sledding and witness the incredible bond between the dogs and their mushers. Don’t miss a day trip to Mesa Verde National Park, where you can explore ancient cliff dwellings and learn about the fascinating history of the Ancestral Puebloans.
One of my absolutely favorite things to do in Colorado is to take the scenic drive from Durango to Telluride along the Million Dollar Highway, a breathtaking route that winds through towering mountains and offers awe-inspiring views. Along the way, make a stop in Ouray, known as the “Switzerland of America,” and rejuvenate in its natural hot springs. Arriving in Telluride, you’ll be captivated by its stunning alpine beauty. Enjoy world-class skiing during the winter months, go hiking or mountain biking on picturesque trails, and immerse yourself in the town’s vibrant arts and culture scene. The Peaks Resort and Spa offers luxurious accommodations, complete with a spa and panoramic mountain views. Lumière Telluride provides an intimate, boutique experience, while Hotel Madeline combines elegance with modern mountain charm. Telluride is also a hub for cultural events and festivals throughout the year. Be sure to check the local calendar to see if there are any special events happening during your visit.
Nestled at the base of the iconic Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs offers a blend of natural wonders and urban delights. Explore the awe-inspiring Garden of the Gods, where towering red rock formations create a mesmerizing landscape. Hike the trails of Cheyenne Mountain State Park and revel in the panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains. For an unforgettable experience, take a scenic drive up the Pikes Peak Highway and be rewarded with sweeping vistas from the summit. Indulge in luxurious accommodations at The Broadmoor, an iconic resort known for its impeccable service and stunning mountain setting. The Mining Exchange offers a historic yet elegant ambiance, while The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel, provides a blend of sophistication and comfort.
Nestled amidst the Sangre de Cristo and Sawatch mountain ranges, Salida is a hidden gem that exudes rustic charm and natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the thriving art scene, where local galleries and studios showcase the works of talented artists. Explore the charming downtown area, dotted with boutique shops, cozy cafes, and farm-to-table restaurants. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy activities such as whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River, fly fishing in pristine waters, or hiking scenic trails. For a luxurious retreat, consider the Tudor Rose Bed and Breakfast, a historic property offering elegant accommodations, or The Palace Hotel, which combines Victorian grandeur with modern amenities.
Known as a haven for the rich and famous, Aspen offers a blend of glamour and natural beauty. The town is famous for its world-class skiing and snowboarding during the winter months, with four stunning mountains to choose from. In the summer, Aspen transforms into a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and fly fishing in the picturesque Aspen Snowmass area. Indulge in rustic luxury and impeccable service at The Little Nell, a renowned five-star hotel offering ski-in/ski-out access and a world-class spa. Hotel Jerome, a historic landmark, combines old-world charm with modern amenities, while The St. Regis Aspen Resort offers a luxurious alpine retreat with breathtaking mountain views.
Nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and culture lovers alike. The city offers incredible hiking opportunities, with the Flatirons providing a dramatic backdrop for scenic trails. Explore the vibrant Pearl Street Mall, a pedestrian-friendly area filled with boutiques, art galleries, and a variety of dining options. Boulder is also renowned for its farm-to-table cuisine, with a plethora of award-winning restaurants showcasing locally sourced ingredients. For a luxurious stay, consider the St Julien Hotel and Spa, offering elegant accommodations and a full-service spa, or the historic Hotel Boulderado, which blends Victorian charm with modern amenities.
Gateway to the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is a picturesque mountain town filled with natural wonders. Explore the park’s breathtaking landscapes, including snow-capped peaks, alpine lakes, and abundant wildlife. Take a scenic drive along Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in North America, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. In the town itself, stroll through the charming downtown area, filled with unique shops, art galleries, and cozy mountain-themed restaurants. For a luxurious retreat, consider staying at The Stanley Hotel, a historic landmark known for its grandeur and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains.
Known as the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado,” Crested Butte enchants visitors with its stunning alpine meadows and charming small-town atmosphere. During the winter, the town transforms into a winter wonderland, offering world-class skiing and snowboarding on its diverse slopes. In the summer, the mountains come alive with vibrant wildflowers, making it a paradise for hikers, mountain bikers, and nature lovers. Explore the town’s historic district, lined with colorful Victorian-era buildings, and immerse yourself in the thriving arts and culture scene. For a luxurious stay, consider the Elevation Hotel and Spa, offering sophisticated accommodations and a full-service spa, or the exclusive Scarp Ridge Lodge, a private mountain retreat with access to outdoor adventures.
Renowned as one of the top ski destinations in the world, Vail offers unparalleled luxury and breathtaking mountain scenery. With over 5,300 acres of skiable terrain, Vail Mountain caters to skiers and snowboarders of all levels. The town itself features a charming alpine village with upscale shops, art galleries, and gourmet restaurants. During the summer, enjoy activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and fly fishing. Indulge in spa treatments, fine dining, and luxury accommodations at the Arrabelle at Vail Square, a European-inspired resort with elegant rooms and a rooftop pool. The Sebastian – Vail offers a sophisticated mountain retreat with top-notch amenities and personalized service, while the Sonnenalp Hotel combines Bavarian charm with modern luxury, complete with a world-class spa and exquisite dining options.
Colorado’s diverse destinations offer unique experiences for travelers seeking rustic luxury and authentic adventures. From world-class skiing to vibrant cultural scenes and awe-inspiring natural landscapes, this captivating state has something for everyone. Let The Boho Traveller help you curate unforgettable experiences and provide domestic planning services for your Colorado adventure.
Embark on a remarkable journey to Colorado today and immerse yourself in its unparalleled beauty and rich experiences.