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The Ultimate Colorado Travel Guide Collection - 3 Guides with MAPS

Do You Want To Travel To Colorado But Don't Know Where To Start Or Which is THE Best Place to Visit?

Then You Really NEED This Collection of 3 Colorado Travel Guides with Helpful Maps, Contact Information and Travel Directions.

More than 600 Pages of PURE Content. Here is just the tip of the iceberg.

1 THE BEST OF COLORADO 4
1 The Best Ski Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
2 The Best Active Vacations . . . . . . . . . .5
3 The Best Hiking Trails. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
4 The Best Mountain Biking . . . . . . . . . .8
5 The Best Wilderness Experiences . . .8
6 The Best of American
Indian Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
7 The Best of the Old West . . . . . . . . . . .9
8 The Most Scenic Views . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
9 The Best Family Vacations . . . . . . . . .10
10 The Best Luxury Hotels . . . . . . . . . . . .10
11 The Best Moderately Priced
Lodgings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
12 The Best Bed & Breakfasts . . . . . . . . .11
2 COLORADO IN DEPTH 13
1 Colorado Today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
2 Looking Back at Colorado . . . . . . . . .15
A Brief History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
3 The Lay of the Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
4 Colorado in Popular Culture. . . . . . .22
5 Eating & Drinking in Colorado. . . . .23
3 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO COLORADO 24
1 Visitor Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Destination: Colorado
Predeparture Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
2 Entry Requirements &
Customs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Cut to the Front of the Airport
Security Line as a Registered
Traveler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
3 When to Go. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
4 Getting There & Getting
Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
5 Money & Costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
6 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
7 Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
8 Specialized Travel Resources . . . . . .40
9 Sustainable Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Its Easy Being Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
The Complete Travel Resource . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44iv
CO N T E N T S CO LO R A D O
10 Packages for Independent
Travelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
11 Escorted General-Interest Tours . . .45
12 Special-Interest Trips . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
13 Staying Connected. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
14 Tips on Accommodations . . . . . . . . .47
4 SUGGESTED COLORADO ITINERARIES 49
1 The Regions in Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
2 The Front Range Cities in
1 Week. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51
3 The Front Range Cities in
2 Weeks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
4 The Front Range Cities for
Families. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
5 Colorado in 2 Weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
6 Colorado in 3 Weeks . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
5 THE ACTIVE VACATION PLANNER 57
1 Preparing for Your Active
Vacation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
2 Visiting Colorados National Parks. . .58
Saving Money with a National
Parks Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
3 Outdoor Activities A to Z. . . . . . . . . .59
A Wimpy State Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
A Word about Rates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Ski Packages & Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
6 SETTLING INTO DENVER 69
1 Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
Neighborhoods in Brief. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
2 Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
Fast Facts: Denver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
3 Where to Stay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78
Family-Friendly Hotels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
4 Where to Dine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
Family-Friendly Restaurants. . . . . . . . . 92
A Good City for Green Chile
Fiends. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
7 WHAT TO SEE & DO IN DENVER 100
1 The Top Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Robbery at the Mint. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
2 More Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
3 Places Especially for Kids . . . . . . . . 111
The Big Blue Bear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Walking Tour: Downtown
Denver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
4 Organized Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
5 Outdoor Activities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
6 Spectator Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
7 Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
8 Denver After Dark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Brewery Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
9 A Side Trip to Colorados
Gold Circle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134v
CO N T E N T S CO LO R A D O
8 COLORADO SPRINGS 143
1 Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
2 Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Fast Facts: Colorado Springs . . . . . . . 146
3 Where to Stay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
Family-Friendly Hotels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
4 Where to Dine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Family-Friendly Restaurants. . . . . . . . 158
5 Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
6 Outdoor Activities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
7 Spectator Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
8 Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
9 Colorado Springs After Dark. . . . . 177
10 Side Trips from Colorado
Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
9 BOULDER 183
1 Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
2 Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Fast Facts: Boulder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
3 Where to Stay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Family-Friendly Hotels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
4 Where to Dine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Family-Friendly Restaurants. . . . . . . . 196
5 Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
6 Sports & Outdoor Activities . . . . . 204
7 Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
8 Boulder After Dark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
Lyons: On the Beaten Path . . . . . . . . . 212
10 NORTHEASTERN COLORADO 214
1 Fort Collins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya
& the Shambhala Mountain
Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Brewery Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
2 Loveland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
3 Greeley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
4 Fort Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
5 Burlington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
Plains Kitsch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
11 THE NORTHERN ROCKIES 241
1 Estes Park & Grand Lake . . . . . . . . . 241
2 Rocky Mountain National
Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254
3 Steamboat Springs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
Musical Mountains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271
4 Winter Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278
5 Breckenridge & Summit
County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
6 Vail & Beaver Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 298
A Float on the Wild Side:
Rancho Del Rio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311
7 Leadville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312
8 Aspen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
Aspen Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325vi
CO N T E N T S CO LO R A D O
12 THE WESTERN SLOPE 333
1 Grand Junction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333
Wine Tasting & More Amid
the Canyons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341
Automobile Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344
2 Glenwood Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 348
Underground Fantasy &
Above-Ground Thrills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 349
3 Montrose: Gateway to the
Black Canyon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 357
4 The Black Canyon of the
Gunnison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
5 Paonia: Colorados Fruit
Country. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364
13 SOUTHWESTERN COLORADO 367
1 Durango . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367
Southwestern Colorado on
the Silver Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371
Soaring Tree Top Adventures:
A Birds-Eye View of the Forest . . . . . . 375
2 The San Juan Skyway . . . . . . . . . . . 382
3 Cortez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 383
4 Mesa Verde National Park . . . . . . . 386
5 Telluride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 391
6 Ouray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 399
7 Wolf Creek Ski Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . 402
14 THE SOUTHERN ROCKIES 403
1 Gunnison & Curecanti. . . . . . . . . . . 403
The Bizarre Tale of Alferd Packer. . . . 408
2 Crested Butte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 411
3 White-Water Rafting Salida . . . . . . 416
4 Alamosa & the Great
Sand Dunes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 421
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic
Railroad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 423
5 A Side Trip to Creede. . . . . . . . . . . . 425
15 SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO 427
1 Pueblo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 427
2 Royal Gorge & Cañon City. . . . . . . 435
3 Trinidad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 437
4 The Scenic Highway of
Legends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 442
5 La Junta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 443
In Search of Dinosaur Tracks . . . . . . . 445
APPENDIX: FAST FACTS, TOLL-FREE
NUMBERS & WEBSITES 448
1 Fast Facts: Colorado . . . . . . . . . . . . . 448 2 Toll-Free Numbers & Websites . . . 454
INDEX 460

L I S T O F M A P S
Fort Collins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Estes Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Steamboat Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263
Breckenridge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
Vail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
Leadville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313
Aspen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319
Grand Junction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
Durango . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 369
Pueblo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 429
Trinidad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 439
Colorado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Denver & Environs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Denver Neighborhoods . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Denver Accommodations . . . . . . . . . 80
Denver Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Denver Attractions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Walking Tour: Downtown
Denver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Golden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Colorado Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Boulder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188

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