Looking for some of the best attractions to visit with relatives from out of town? Easy – Colorado is a year-round destination filled with a near-endless array of attractions – there’s always something new to discover.
In this article, we give you five of the best Colorado attractions to check out:
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is one of the Rocky Mountain region’s top resources for informal science education. Attracting more than a million residents each year, the museum hosts a wide variety of exhibitions, activities, and programs focused on the natural history of Colorado, the Earth, and beyond.
Excavate dinosaur fossils at the Discovery Zone, see fascinating animal dioramas at Wildlife Exhibits, or go on an interplanetary quest at Space Odyssey – these are just some of the many fun activities waiting for you at the museum!
Garden of the Gods
1805 N. 30th St.,
Colorado Springs, CO
Soak in a unique landscape made of massive balancing boulders, jagged stone monoliths soaring up to 300 feet, and distant mountain ranges. Visitors can discover this National Natural Landmark by exploring over 15 miles of trails winding through unique rock formations and stunning scenery.
Visitors can also enjoy a vast array of activities, such as road and mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, Segway tours, and more. After spending time outdoors, be sure to drop by the Visitor & Nature Center, which features exhibits centered on the park’s geology. Some of the most spectacular views of the park can also be seen right here at the visitor center.
2300 Steele Street
Denver Zoo is the home of more than 4,300 animals representing over 600 different species, including gorillas, lions, polar bears, elephants, and more. Nestled in Denver’s Historic City Park, Denver Zoo is considered the “greenest” zoo in the US, for its efforts to ensure the safety of the environment and commitment to upholding the highest standards of animal care.
Visitors can enjoy a guided tour, get up-close encounters with some of the animals, watch live demonstrations with the zookeepers, and join some of the many special events held throughout the year.
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
2000 Elitch Circle,
Located in the heart of Denver, Elitch Gardens is a theme park and water park rolled into one, boasting an extensive selection of rides, water slides, kids’ attractions, and family-friendly concerts and interactive shows.
Rocky Mountain National Park
1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO
If you’re looking for an unforgettable outdoor adventure, Rocky Mountain National Park is definitely the place for you. Encompassing approximately 415 square miles, this sprawling mountain paradise is surrounded by breathtaking views, and is teeming with natural wonders.
Be sure to check out Trail Ridge Road, which crests at more than 12,000 feet and features scenic overlooks that reveal a rare glimpse of the stunning beauty of subalpine and alpine landscapes.