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colorado mapThe earliest settlers in the area we know as Colorado were the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, and the Pawnee Indian tribes. The area later came under the influence of Spain when 16th century explorers discovered the territory which was formally claimed by Spain in 1706.

The U.S.A. acquired the area piecemeal – the eastern part of the Colorado Territory was obtained with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The rest was not added until the middle of the 19th century at the end of the Mexican-American War.

Along with its rich and varied history, Colorado boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet – attracting mountain climbers, back packers and adventure travelers hoping to experience their own "Rocky Mountain high" at world famous Colorado ski resorts and at natural wonders like Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs.

Besides begin the state capital, Denver is more famously known as a jumping-off point for exploring the nearby Rocky Mountains. Adding to the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountain National Park, additional Colorado tourist attractions include natural hot springs, Mesa Verde National Park, and Dinosaur National Monument.

colorado rocky mountains, denver museum & ski resorts
Top Colorado tourist attractions include the spectacularly scenic Rocky Mountains, the world class
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and famous ski resorts in Vail, Aspen, and Telluride.

Kid-friendly Colorado

Family fun in Denver includes a trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, one of the biggest natural history museums in the nation. With limited time, head straight for the museum's most popular exhibits, the Hall of Life and/or the Space Odyssey, both featuring hands-on interactive exhibits.

The Denver Zoo is also high on the list of places to go with kids in tow, featuring close encounters with more than 4,000 animals on 80 acres in City Park, including a train and bus shuttle to help you see it all. For a really sweet treat, kids also won't want to miss a visit Hammond's Candy Factory Tour offering friendly guides and a tour of the candy making process, plus free candy samples at the end of the tour.

In Colorado Springs, top kids entertainment (adults enjoy it, too) is provided by the Ghost Town Museum with a fun look back at the Old West with authentic-looking displays including 19th century shops, a saloon, and activities such as panning for gold. In nearby Cascade CO, families can also get an early start on the holidays with a visit to the North Pole, a Christmas-themed amusement park with a special trip to Santa's house.

DID YOU KNOW? Colorado Travel Fun Facts

Pike's Peak: inspiration for
America the Beautiful

• There are more than 100 Colorado wineries throughout the state. Colorado's warm days and cool nights make for ideal wine country.

• The "unofficial" national anthem of the US, "America the Beautiful" was written by poet Katharine Lee Bates in 1893 following a visit to the top of Pike's Peak.

• One of the world's highest zip lines is located at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park in Canon City. It's located 1/3 of a mile high with speeds of up to 55mph.

• Visitors to the Telluride Ski Resort can mellow out at the nation's highest wine bar.

.• The Four Corners is the only place in the United States where you can stand in four states at the same time -- Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

also see -> Colorado Lake Beaches | Colorado Outlet Malls

Colorado Fall Foliage | Christmas in Colorado | Colorado Campgrounds



More about Colorado travel around the Web:


The Official Site for Colorado Travel and Tourism - An eyeful of color and information awaits with an excellent guide to getting there and getting around, suggested itineraries, special looks at ski areas, hotels, hot springs, nature trails and more.

Visit Colorado Springs - The state's most popular destination combined with a trip to Pike's Peak including vacation package information & maps, pictures, restaurant & hotel guides, event calendar.

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