Colorado’s “Mile High City” Denver might be best known as a gateway to the Rockies, but there’s good reason to linger here. Its formerly rough-edged downtown has turned itself around completely in recent decades, its renovated warehouses, galleries and microbreweries making it a poster child for urban renewal.
Colorado’s state capital also has some good museums, notably the Denver Art Museum, with its collection of 16,000 Native American artworks and eye-catching, beak-shaped new wing designed by Daniel Libeskind. This former gold mining centre’s core is still surrounded by some unremarkable sprawl. But with the bars and independent shops of LoDo (lower downtown) and the Victorian mansions and live music venues of the hip Capitol Hill neighbourhood attracting a young, creative crowd to the city, there’s still plenty to enjoy in the city before you explore its mountain backyard.
Explore the Denver area's winter wonderland - the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains - on a snowshoeing tour. Just 30 minutes outside Denver, Colorado's Front Range has hundreds of trails that allow you to enjoy the wintertime wilderness (Nov to March). Choose either a 4- or 6-hour adventure to suit your schedule; lunch is included on the 6-hour tour. Surround yourself with pine forests, spectacular rock formations and other natural features.
Escape Denver for the day and take a trip to scenic Rocky Mountain National Park. After hotel pickup, enjoy a relaxing 2-hour drive to Estes Park, where you will spend the day exploring the area's natural wonders on a sightseeing tour with an option to hike. During the winter months, enjoy an exciting snowshoeing adventure. Those who would rather not snowshoe or hike can choose to extend their sightseeing tour. Encompassing 265,761 acres (107,549 hectares), this amazing park offers plenty to see and do.