Here are lesser-known Colorado destinations to fall in love with in the new year.
With year-round adventure, delicious cuisine and a thriving arts and culture scene, Colorado has plenty to see and do. Read on for some popular and lesser-known Colorado highlights to discover in 2019.
With 300 days of sunshine a year and bustling city streets framed by a picturesque Rocky Mountain backdrop, the mile-high city of Denver is the ultimate cosmopolitan city break. Recently named as one of the 12 destinations to watch in ABTA’s Travel Trends 2019 report, there’s plenty for travel lovers to see and do, from strolling along the 16th Street Mall to catching a show at the spectacular Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Situated in the southwest of the state, Durango is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets. The town honours its Western heritage and the historic 1880s Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is one of its highlights, offering rail travel lovers the chance to journey on an authentic steam train through stunning mountain and forest scenery.
A world of adventure awaits those who visit Durango come rain or shine, from soaking in the atmosphere in the San Juan Mountains to white-water rafting on the Animas River, skiing at Purgatory Resort or experiencing mining in action with a gold mine tour at Silverton. For more, see Durango’s website.
Famous for its natural thermal springs, Glenwood Springs has attracted visitors for many years for the apparently healing properties of its water. Those in search of a relaxing break will find that Glenwood Springs has everything they need, from soothing spas, offering a range of pampering treatments, to hiking trails, where visitors can clear their mind and connect with nature. For more, see Glenwood’s website.
The name is as sweet as it suggests; Loveland is a friendly town situated an hour north of Denver with boutique shopping, craft breweries and outdoor pursuits. Arts and culture is at the core of what makes Loveland so special and visitors can see creativity at every corner, from the Benson Sculpture Garden, which displays unique sculptures by international artists, to the 4th Street Gallery, which showcases different exhibitions every three months. Don’t miss the Loveland Sweetheart Festival – Love, Locks and Lights from 8-9 February 2019 for a touch of romance ahead of Valentine’s Day. For more, see Loveland’s website.
Nestled at the base of the San Juan Mountains, Ouray begs to be explored, with winding, scenic roads that are popular with road-trippers. Visitors to Ouray can drive or cycle the spectacular Million Dollar Highway, or head to the breath-taking Box Canyon Falls, where the water cascades 285ft from top to basin. Similarly to Glenwood Springs, Ouray is also popular for its hot spring pools. For more, see Ouray’s website.
With Denver as a good starting point, we hope you love these lesser-known Colorado highlights.