Colorado is a top tourist destination and a great place for those who want to escape to mountain life. There's so much to do all over the state, from skiing to playing at the zoo, that you're sure to find a city that suits what you're looking for in a vacation.
The city of Aspen is enjoyable no matter what time of year you visit. Whether you want to go downhill skiing in the winter or biking the mountainous trails in the summer, there's something for everyone.
Hitting the slopes for skiing and snowboarding are the top winter activities in Aspen. Snowshoeing tours are also available to visitors who want to take a more scenic trip up the mountain. Tubing is great for the little ones, and even adults who don't know how to ski.
Those looking for a warm spot to hang out in Aspen, visit The Wheeler Opera House. The venue was built in 1889 and hosts a number of performances such as concerts, opera performances as well as lectures, films and community events.
When you visit Aspen in the summer, you can enjoy activities such as mountain biking, outdoor excursions, golf and horseback riding. There are more than 50 miles of trails in Aspen. Experienced riders should check out Valhalla, the Vapor Trail and the Cross Mountain Trail. Beginners can hit the Expresso Trail and Easy Rider for a trip that's a little less daunting.
The whole family will love testing their agility on the outdoor climbing wall and the Eurobungy is gravity-defying trampoline that allows you to flip around and try your best acrobatic moves.
You can eat at a variety of restaurants in Aspen serving French, Asian, Italian, modern and Mexican cuisine. Visitors in search of family-friendly restaurants should check out Aspen Over Easy, where you'll find classic American breakfast and lunch favorites, The Big Wrap for kid-sized treats, Boogie's Diner for diner fare and delectable milkshakes, and The Red Onion for Southwestern cuisine. Little Annies is an Aspen family tradition that is a must-do before you leave.
The Mile High City is full of activities and attractions for the whole family. Set in the foothills of the Rockies, Denver also offers plenty of adrenaline-packed fun too.
This foodie paradise has a number of restaurants that you must dine at before you leave. One popular restaurant is the Kitchen Denver that offers selections such as wild char grilled salmon and oven-roasted sirloin.
The Children's Museum of Denver is an excellent educational activity for younger children or check out the Denver Zoo, which is sure to impress kids of all ages with its famous komodo dragon and primate exhibits. You may also want to try one of the overnight outings offered at the zoo that's offered to families during the summer months.
No vacation is complete without a shopping trip, so head to the 16th Street Mall and the Cherry Creek Shopping District. Cherry Creek is the largest and most varied center of its kind between Chicago and San Francisco. You'll find 320 shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and spas.
When people picture Breckenridge, they often think of it as a getaway for the rich and famous. But this family-centered vacation destination has a lot to offer no matter your budget.
This mountain city offers tons of family-friendly activities include horseback riding, hot air balloon rides, rock climbing, interactive art workshops, gold panning, fly-fishing, mini-golf and white water rafting. The Mountain Top Children’s Museum is the perfect educational outing for kids or for a more thrilling adventure, try Breckenridge Fun Park.
Breckenridge's Main Street offers more than 200 stores. For the kids, pick up a souvenir at Joy of Sox & Accessories or get them a new toy at Peak-A-Boo Toys. Magical Scraps Boutique and Studio sells art, jewelry and handcrafted clothes and hats. Shop for gifts at JK Studio, Creatures Great and Small and Blue Sage Spa.