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COLORADO, FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T CHOOSE BETWEEN SUN AND SNOW
AT A GLANCE
Colorado… Heavenly landscapes of all kinds, that’s what’s on menu in this state which has more diversity in that matter than most of the world’s countries. Also a hotspot for food, Colorado enjoys a unique location in the Rocky Mountains and the plains, thus offering a wide range of outdoor activities, including skiing.
Colorado was named after the eponymous river. Spanish explorers called it that way because they deemed it “colorful", and touring through Colorado can only make you realize how accurate their impressions were. Come and verify a peculiar legend about the Centennial state: its inhabitants say that it has more sunny days per year than Florida!
Coloradan cuisine is a subdivision of Rocky Mountain cuisine, which is shared with Utah, Wyoming, and other states of the Rockies up to Canada. This includes smoked meat, bison, and game meat, a lean meat that blends perfectly into modern cuisine. Also don’t miss Rocky Mountain oysters, which are actually bull testicles. Due to its geographical position, Colorado also enjoys a part of southwestern cuisine, which is dictated by Mexican customs in that matter.
Boulder, CO was named America’s foodiest town by Bon Appétit. While in Aspen, the Food & Wine Classic event is held each year in June. Finally, pulled pork from Denver is known all across the United States.
Speaking of yearly events, Colorado features a wide variety of them. Some of them are based on foreign inspiration, like the St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Cinco de Mayo celebration (the biggest in the US) and the Denver Oktoberfest. Apart from that, many Coloradan and people from other states converge for the Greeley Independence Stampede, which is held at the end of June and ends with a celebration of Independence Day. At the same time of the year, you may be interested in the Cherry Creek Art Festival, honoring all kinds of art from visual to performing.
For sporty people, get ready for the Pikes Peak Marathon in Manitou Springs: on since 1956, it is the oldest marathon in America and deemed the most challenging in the country.
And if you want to honor Colorado’s rich and colorful countryside, don’t miss the Colorado State Fair, which takes place in Pueblo at the end of August. There, local farmers will show their best animals and you can enjoy all types of animations.
In terms of places to see, Colorado consists exclusively of natural points of interest. In addition to the Rocky Mountains National Park and Pikes Peak, everyone would like a trip to Vail: this skiing resort during the winter becomes a great place to experience in the summer, as the locals do everything in their power to prevent it from being a place that you will only visit for Christmas.
Also, if you like luxury accommodation, you will receive top service by heading to Black Hawk, a village where people used to go to hunt for gold. Now, top-class hotels with 5 stars and spas are ready to welcome you.
For those who are into mountains, Colorado has a world’s worth of opportunities. Check out Mount Evans, at an altitude over 14,000 feet. This place also features the highest paved road in the state.
And if desert places are more of your thing, two places you shouldn’t miss: The Great Sand Dunes National Park, where you can see unique dunes like you wouldn’t think there would be any in Colorado. Also, in the southwestern most part of the state, don’t miss out on the Four Corners Monument, precisely where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico converge.
As for climate, the northern half is generally colder than the southern half. As Colorado is a high desert, it usually experiences little rainfall.
In summer, temperatures reach fairly hot levels (90s and 100s), while in winter they can drop way below the freezing point, in the 10s and 20s.
In general, the weather in Colorado is very changing, and temperatures can drop 30 degrees in one day if there is a big storm. Speaking of storms, each winter usually has one big snowstorm, causing roads, airports and businesses to close momentarily.
Colorado is a great place to spend Christmas: if you live in a place where it doesn’t snow, come experience this magical meteorological phenomenon and treat yourself to the best luxury: after a day playing in the snow or skiing, relax in your hotel’s spa.
Depending on altitude, snow is usually present from late October to early April, making spring skiing also very appreciable.
There is no good time to go to Colorado, and no bad time either. It absolutely depends on what you want from it. If snow repels you, refrain from going in winter. If it attracts you, several months of the year can interest you. In summer, the weather is hot, and the impression of heat is accentuated by the altitude and the lack of sea air.
NOT TO MISS
Here are three interesting cities to see in Colorado:
Denver is the state’s capital and largest city. At the crossroads between the Rocky Mountains and the plains, it has the most influence within the state. As stated before, it boasts an interesting food scene. Denver is also a place for sports fans: the city is home to several competitive teams in many different sports. While the Colorado Rockies rock the Major League Baseball, Colorado is represented in the NFL by the Denver Broncos. The “Mile High City", as locals call it because of its altitude, offers nearly endless opportunities in terms of things to do.
Aspen is very different from the state capital. Located high in the mountains, it is most known for hosting a nationwide food event. This ski resort is known all across the globe, as it hosts Skiing World Cup events each year. In Aspen, guests are treated like they deserve to be. That is particularly the case of the Hotel Jerome, a 5-star resort which has everything you could possibly think of. A legend suggests that the hotel may be haunted. Will you be brave enough to go and see for yourself?
Finally, Colorado Springs is yet another place worth a look. Just like Denver, the city is over a mile high, and thus very likely to attract visitors who are into mountaineering, hiking, and any other activity involving the mountains. The city per se is already pretty hilly, and it gets even better if you climb on top of the very challenging Pikes Peak. Lucky for those who can’t afford to spend too much money on accommodation: the city is home to a few cheap hotels, but which make every penny worth it! The Heidelberg is one of them.
In a nutshell, many of Colorado’s points of interest are natural spots. That is why Colorado is widely recommended for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities. Indoor people might be less satisfied, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself to a great hotel. Coloradans have the sense of luxury and are known for their hospitality, so even if you don’t want to go on daily hikes to discover the state’s riches, it’s probably still worth a try.
Its popular activities are of course linked with the predominance of nature. Hiking, mountaineering, and especially skiing, that’s what’s on menu in Colorado.
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Hotel Hyatt Place Denver Cherry Creek Denver
In a suburban location, the four-star Hyatt Place Denver Cherry Creek is a 10-minute journey - and less than five miles -from downtown Denver. Air-conditioned guestrooms feature flat screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and telephone. Also included are refrigerator, coffee maker and sofa beds. A hairdryer and free toiletries can be found in the private bathroom. This smoke-free hotel has a 24-hour fitness center. There is also a business center. Wi-Fi is free in public areas and self parking is also complimentary. The front desk is on hand at all hours of the day and night to deal with guests' enquiries. Luggage storage and dry cleaning services are available. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served each morning. Guests can also enjoy a drink in the bar/lounge or the coffee shop/café. Hyatt Place Denver Cherry Creek is less than half a mile from Infinity Stadium and Park, while Garland Park and Cherry Creek Shopping Mall are less than two miles away. more
Hotel 11th Avenue Hostel Denver
A short walk from many points of interest in downtown Denver, 11th Avenue Hostel Hotel and Hostel provides budget accommodations to business and leisure travelers. There are various room options at the hotel and hostel including male/female dorms, European room and family room – amenities include free Wi-Fi, complimentary use of community room, laundry facilities and satellite television. Services and amenities available at 11th Avenue Hostel include outdoor patio and barbecue area, maid service and community room. There are beverage and snack vending machines located within the hostel, as well as numerous restaurants, lounges and cafes within walking distance. Notable points of interest include the Colorado History Museum, 16th Street Mall and the Colorado State Capitol. more
Hotel Radisson Hotel Denver Central Denver
Well located to both Interstates 25 and 70, the Radisson Hotel Denver Central is a reasonably priced property that welcomes pets for a fee. Rooms at the Radisson Hotel Denver Central hotel offer free Wi-Fi and the ability to make complimentary local calls. The bathrooms have tubs and showers, plus hair dryers. Guests can also enjoy complimentary newspapers or use the work desks and radios. This hotel has a business center and gym, plus an outdoor pool and whirlpool. There is also a free shuttle service that takes guests to destinations within a five-mile radius. On-site parking is available. Guests staying here can get free hot continental breakfasts. Additionally, later meals and drinks are served at Teddy's, which specializes in American cuisine. Approximately seven miles from the Denver Zoo, this property is four-and-a-half miles from the 16th Street Mall. The Ogden Theatre is accessible within a 15-minute drive. more
Hotel Hostel Fish Denver
The stylish Hostel Fish is a hostel in the heart of Denver, offering modern rooms in a communal atmosphere, popular with backpackers. Well-decorated rooms are styled around a range of local themes with private and shared rooms available. Featuring air-conditioning in every room, private rooms also have en-suite bathrooms. There is a guest lounge area and games room which contains table tennis and several musical instruments. Guests can also enjoy the outside terrace, plus there is free Wi-Fi throughout. A shared kitchen is available for self-catering and offers a large fridge freezer. A separate bar area offers guests a chance to enjoy a drink in-house. Additionally there are multiple restaurants and bars within minutes of the property. The Hostel Fish is a three minute walk from Coors Field, whilst Union Station is around six minutes away. Denver Art Museum, Pepsi Center and United States Mint are all within two kilometres. more
Hotel Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Tech Center North Denver
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Southeast is located close to the Denver Tech Center and Cherry Creek. Suites consist of two rooms, a bedroom and separate living room, and feature Wi-Fi, two televisions each with HBO, fridge, coffeemaker and microwave. Business travelers may wish to take advantage of the 24-hour business center and then re-energize in the fitness center, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool. The Creekside Bar & Grille offers informal menu choices for both lunch and dinner, and a hot breakfast is served made to order. The Evening Reception boasts complimentary drinks and snacks and is the ideal place to network. The Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver is located close to Aurora, Coors Field, the Denver Museum or Nature and Science, Elitch Gardens Theme Park, Water World Colorado and the Denver Botanic Gardens. more
Hotel Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown-Convention Center, CO Denver
Steps from the 16th Street Mall and the Colorado Convention Center, the Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown offers modern, smoke-free accommodations and valet parking. Every spacious studio suite includes a plush king-size bed, sofa bed, 42-inch flat screen television with premium cable, and complimentary WI-Fi. The full kitchens offer a stovetop, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave. Active travelers will find a fitness center, indoor pool, and whirlpool at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown. A 24-hour business center and coin laundry are also available on site. Guests enjoy a daily hot breakfast buffet on the house, as well as complimentary drinks and snacks at the evening social, held four nights a week. Those who like to eat in can stop by the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market or use the hotel's free grocery shopping service. Nearby attractions include the Denver Art Museum, Coors Field, Mile High Stadium and the Pepsi Center. more
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