Maroon Bells, Elk Mountains

Maroon Bells, Elk Mountains

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Colorado

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Resting in the lap of the looming and snow-capped Rocky Mountains, the State of Colorado has over the centuries been home to cowboys and gold prospectors, folk singers and snow bunnies. Its dramatic landscape has offered inspiration for countless paintings, songs and stories and provided the backdrop to tremendous successes and celebration, as well as horrific wrongdoings that have shaped the history of both the State and greater America. Today the Centennial State is a thriving cosmopolitan center with one hand reaching out to the future and the other tending carefully to its rich past. It's also a hugely popular travel destination that never fails to reward patience and curiosity with an eye-opening and soul-replenishing experience.

 

From the russet-hues of downtown Denver, the old western flavour of Colorado Springs and the famous Flatirons of Boulder, to Georgetown's slice of history and the village feel of affluent Aspen; Colorado's diverse terrain, scenic roads and glut of activities make it ideal to explore by RV.

Another great advantage of travel in Colorado is the close proximity of its best attractions to the major cities. The State is ribboned by both the Rockies and the Colorado River and this means that even an hour-long drive can open up a multitude of sightseeing and adventure opportunities such as skiing, hiking, white-water rafting and camping.

 

Motor homes can be readily hired in Denver and with its excellent art and history museums and laid-back, eclectic atmosphere, the capital will certainly set any itinerary off to a good start.

Only a 40-minute drive west of Denver is historic Georgetown. With over 200 restored buildings from the 1870’s, a visit here is akin to stepping into another time. Visitors can immerse themselves in the town's history through a visit to one of the many faithfully preserved homes in the area or by catching a ride on the old Georgetown Loop Railroad.

 

Further east of here is where you get into serious snow country. From the moneyed resort towns of Vail and Aspen to the more low-key but equally stunning areas of Crested Butte and Salida; in one relatively small area lay many of the world's best spots for skiing and snowboarding.

That's not to say that those who plan to visit in the summer months are going to miss out - this region of Colorado is a year-round destination for outdoor activities and the warmer months see snow sports simply give way to walking and hiking, kayaking, river rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing and camping.

 

The city of Montrose is home to the historically significant Ute Indian Museum and the lush, shadowy Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. It's also the starting point for one of Colorado's most spectacular (and often hair-raising) driving routes; the Million Dollar Highway. Part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, the Million Dollar Highway (oh, the rhyming!) takes you 98 miles along the winding Uncompahgre River through to the picturesque town of Durango. With its steep cliffs, narrow lanes, hairpin curves and lack of guardrails, parts of the highway require the most confident and careful of drivers. Those who take up the challenge, however, are rewarded with unforgettable views of old mining towns, wild mountain peaks, endless horizons, majestic waterfalls and the famous collapsed volcano of the Red Mountain Pass.

 

 

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