Famous for its fantastic array of winter activities, Colorado is in fact a joy to explore all year round. It's peppered with some of the USA's most intriguing national parks and exceptional scenery, not to mention some truly charming towns. Ideal for active people thanks its wide array of pursuits, it also has the wow factor for anyone keen to experience the USA at its most scenic and historic.
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Mesa Verde National Park This is one of the USA's most unique and intriguing national parks. Not only is it spectacular in a visual sense, but it is also a cultural gem. In fact, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its cultural heritage, which is an absolute highlight of any trip here. After all, it's not in every national park that you can see remarkable cliff dwellings carved directly into rock faces; these were home to the Ancestral Pueblo people for more than 700 years. Other highlights include Park View, the reserve's best viewing point.
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Rocky Mountain National Park Combining stunning natural scenery with approximately 355 miles of hiking trails, Rocky Mountain National Park is a must-visit for the outdoor and nature lover. Beautiful mountain peaks, wildflowers, elk and moose all vie for your attention here, so there's no doubt you'll be more than happy spending a few days exploring this gorgeous park - you might even wish you could stay longer! Not to be missed is the famous Trail Ridge Road, which is the highest paved road in the USA and offers spectacular views, particularly from its highest point (3,700 metres) above the treeline.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park Home to the tallest sand dunes in North America, Great Sand Dunes National Park is a thrilling place to explore - especially if you throw yourself into the spirit of the place with a spot of sandboarding. This exhilarating sport requires no prior experience, and will give you the chance to see the park from another perspective. In addition to admiring the dunes, you can try out some of the park's plentiful hiking routes.
Garden of the Gods A registered National Natural Landmark, the impressively named Garden of the Gods is a brilliant place to stop for a few photos and breathtaking moments. In fact, it's hard to imagine anywhere much more scenic; snow-capped mountains share the scenery with dramatic red sandstone structures and bright blue skies. It's little wonder this place is so popular! It also possesses some excellent hiking and cycling trails, if you find yourself with a little more time here.
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10 days | USA West | Hotels
Explore stunning national parks, experience world-class adventure activities and discover the very best of Colorado. With sandboarding, white-water rafting, biking and hiking included you're sure to be impressed with this incredible part of North America.
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20 days | USA / Canada | Camping/Hotels
This spectacular journey of discovery and adventure is for the purist. For those who seek a true wilderness experience, the Best of the Rockies provides a close-up view of the natural world in the northwest USA and southwest Canada.
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