For lots of great color and exciting things to do, take a private tour of Colorado, the 38th state of America.
There is a very diverse landscape to be found in Colorado, year round snow on the caps of the Rocky Mountains, arid desert and refreshing river canyons to name a few. All of which leads to fabulous and fascinating places to visit on sightseeing tours.
It was Spanish explorers who named the Colorado river ‘Rio Colorado’ which means coloured river due to the red silt that flowed in the river from the mountains. The State then became known as Colorado State.
It is the only state in America that is, in its entirety, over 3,200 feet above sea level. The popular tourist attraction, The Rocky Mountains, has peaks of over 10,000 ft high.
When you are thinking about a trip to Colorado, although you can very happily do it, it is not a state for lounging around sunning yourself by the pool, it is more for getting outdoors and being active. Skiing in the Rocky Mountains during the winter or hiking in the summer all the while dining out on food and wine produced by the locals. Read More...
On Sightseeing Tours, Visit Such Places as Mesa Verde National Park for Intrigue and Fascination
There are a great number of very interesting and beautiful places to take sightseeing tours or private tours when you are in Colorado.
One particular fascinating tour to take is to the Ghostly places of Colorado, of which there are a few! Hauntings are, for many people of Colorado, a relatively common thing to experience especially in the buildings that still exist from the old west era.
It is not just buildings; there are the Colorado Forest Spirit and Sand Creek Ghosts. Who could not love touring these places!!
You cannot be disappointed on a trip to Colorado no matter what your likes and dislikes are; you are catered for very nicely in this beautiful State of Colorado.
Top 10 Things to Do in Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park
On a sightseeing tour of Rocky Mountain National Park, you are greeted to mountain peaks, alpine lakes, meadows and forests. See the amazing wildlife such as elk, bighorn sheep and deer roaming their natural habitat. During the summer there is hiking, camping, horseback riding, climbing and bouldering. In the winter months try skiing, cross-country skiing or snowshoe. There is a unique natural beauty to this National Park.
Mesa Verde National Park
The stunning and brilliant cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park are something extraordinary. You can get guided tours into the heart of these impressive dwellings built into the cliff from 600AD. The dramatic setting and amazing preserved ruins are unforgettable and it is worth the climb of the odd ladder or two to get right into the core of these ruins. For those not up to climbing, there are vantage points to admire Mesa Verde.
Pikes Peak in Pike National Forest is a fabulous sightseeing tour to take. It is 14,115 feet high and is only second to Mount Fuji for being the most visited mountain in the world. The best thing about getting here is that you don’t have to climb to the peak if you don’t want to, it is accessible by Pikes Peak Highway or, alternatively, why not take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. This is a three hour scenic round trip.
Broadmoor Seven Falls
For exceptional beauty, take a sightseeing tour of Broadmoor Seven Falls which is also known as the ‘ grandest mile of scenery in Colorado’. Located near Colorado Springs Seven Falls is a waterfall that cascades 181 feet in seven distinct steps down the cliffs of Pikes Peak. For the energetic, you can climb onto Inspiration Point by climbing 224 steps. To reach ‘eagles nest’ observation platform there is a mountain elevator.
Garden of the Gods
One of the most unique and stunning sightseeing tours is to Garden of the Gods. It is an area of jagged stone towers that jut up from the earth to around 300 feet high with giant boulders and rock piles scattered around the landscape. It is a registered National Natural Landmark and there is a Visitor and Nature Center which is also a museum on the geology of the park. Here, is very popular for rock climbing but also mountain biking.
Royal Gorge is a 1,200-foot deep canyon that is 10 miles long. It was carved by the Arkansas River over millions of years. Spanning the gorge is one of the world’s highest suspension bridge. Built in 1929, it is 956 ft above the river and 1270 ft across. Take a guided tour across the bridge by foot, experience the Royal Rush Skycoaster which starts with a 50mph free fall or take the aerial gondola that will whisk you to the other side.
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
On a sightseeing tour, you will see fascinating architecture of the ancient Anasazi in the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. This 40 room site was once located in McElmoo Canyon near Mesa Verde and relocated in 1904, it took three years to preserve and protect it from looters and relic pot hunters. The stunning stonework architecture by the Southwestern Indians is so impressive but also the fact the whole place had been moved in its entirety.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
There are not many places in the western world where you can take a sightseeing tour to see Sand Dunes, well in Colorado you can. In the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve you will see Star Dune which is 750 foot high. What a wonderful sight to see, the golden sand dunes with the luscious green mountains as its backdrop. It is possible to climb or slide on the dunes. The Medano Creek runs along the base of the dunes too.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Take a guided tour of the only Mountainside Zoo found in the United States. It is located in the south-west of downtown Colorado Springs on Cheyenne Mountain and is home to the largest Giraffe herd in the world. Visitors can purchase lettuce to feed the Giraffes from unique walkways built, so you are at eye level with the 17-foot tall animals. Also apart from the amazing views and animals, there is an antique carousel.
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Take a step back in time tour on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad by a vintage steam locomotive. A fantastic tour where you get to see the fabulous views of the Colorado mountain you cannot see from anywhere else. Durango railroad was built in 1881 and the tracks to Silverton was completed in 1882 and a train has run ever since between the Durango and Silverton narrow gauge Railroad.
Travel Tips for Colorado
Best Time To Visit
In Ski resorts like Aspen the blue skies and mild conditions in January to March, make it ideal for winter breaks. National holidays are always entertaining times to visit any state but once you are aware that it can be crowded, accommodation and sightseeing tours are more expensive. The harvest months of September and October are very popular times to visit as the weather is amicable and the harvest festivals are brilliant.
Colorado is yet another State that is not the cheapest, but that does not mean you cannot get good prices if you look hard enough. An average price of a meal for two people in a mid-range restaurant is around $70. A Combo meal at McDonald's is $7. Imported beer can reach as much as $10 a bottle. And a cappuccino in a state known for its cafes is around $5. Look at different private tour operators for the best tour which may not always be the cheapest.
Know Before Visiting
When travelling to Colorado, you are going to a state that is the highest altitude in America and therefore there is a slight possibility of Attitude sickness. To avoid this drink lots of water and take your time getting to your destination, so your body adjusts. There is no alcohol served to anyone under the age of 21, and this is strongly adhered to here. Be careful of your possessions especially when in busy streets as the pickpockets are everywhere.
Colorado has on average more sunny days than other states in America with around 260, it may be freezing and snowing but the sun remains to glow. The winter months are usually cold and snowy especially in elevated ground during January. Temperatures are as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius. The summer months are usually warm with dry days and a bit chilly at night time with July the hottest. September and October are warm and great months for private tours.