Things to Do in Colorado: Summer Edition

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In this guide, we will explore the diverse landscapes, outdoor adventures, and cultural experiences that await visitors seeking a memorable journey through this picturesque state. As traveler lovers, we invite you to immerse yourselves in the natural splendor of Colorado's majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and lush forests. From hiking scenic trails amidst wildflowers to partaking in thrilling whitewater rafting excursions, summer in Colorado offers a playground of outdoor activities for every adventurer.

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Things to do in Colorado

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Discover why Colorado beckons travelers from near and far to explore its captivating beauty and savor the magic of summer in the Centennial State.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park: Embark on scenic drives or hiking trails to witness the majestic peaks, alpine lakes, and diverse wildlife of this iconic national park.

  • Garden of the Gods: Explore the stunning red rock formations and dramatic landscapes at this unique geological wonder located near Colorado Springs.

  • Mesa Verde National Park: Discover the ancient cliff dwellings and archaeological sites of the ancestral Pueblo people, providing a fascinating glimpse into Native American history and culture.

  • Great Sand Dunes National Park: Experience the surreal beauty of North America's tallest sand dunes and enjoy sand-boarding or hiking amid the striking dune formations.

  • Pikes Peak: Ascend the famous Pikes Peak by car, train, or hiking to the summit and relish the breathtaking panoramic views of Colorado Springs and the Rocky Mountains.

  • Colorado National Monument: Explore the impressive red rock canyons and towering monoliths that form this lesser-known but stunning national monument near Grand Junction.

These activities, hikes, and monuments exemplify the diverse beauty and natural wonders that Colorado has to offer. Colorado's treasures are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Places to eat & drink in Colorado

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Acorn: A popular spot in the RiNo Arts District, Acorn offers innovative American cuisine with a focus on wood-fired dishes and creative small plates.

The Source: A food hall located in the RiNo district, The Source boasts a variety of artisanal vendors, including Comida for tasty tacos and Crooked Stave for craft beers.

Williams & Graham: A hidden gem, Williams & Graham is a speakeasy-style cocktail bar with expertly crafted drinks and a cozy, intimate ambiance.

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The Rabbit Hole: Located in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, The Rabbit Hole offers globally inspired cuisine with a whimsical, Alice in Wonderland theme.

Four by Brother Luck: Led by a Top Chef contestant, this restaurant serves unique dishes that highlight the flavors of the region.

Phantom Canyon Brewing Company: A historic brewpub in downtown Colorado Springs, Phantom Canyon offers a range of craft beers and delicious pub fare.


Katsu Ramen: A cozy spot for authentic Japanese ramen with a variety of flavorful broths and toppings.

Helga's German Restaurant & Deli: Experience traditional German cuisine, including schnitzels and sausages, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Peak to Peak Brewery: A local brewery with a rotating selection of craft beers and a welcoming taproom.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Colorado.