Destination guide

Colorado’s calling

The key to Colorado’s year-round appeal has always been diversity—what other state can count rushing rivers, fertile prairies, snow-capped mountains, and expansive deserts amongst its natural attractions? Travelers flock to Colorado vacation rentals to admire this picturesque scenery, but also to marvel at some of the country’s finest cultural institutions. From sporting landmarks like the Olympic Training Centre in breathtaking Colorado Springs, the thrilling ski slopes of the Snowmass Mountain Resort in Aspen, and the ancient cave dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, there’s always adventure to be had in the Centennial State.

Things to do

Colorado rocks out

The majestic sandstone formations and neat interpretive trails of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs have long been one of the state’s most popular draws. The recently renovated Visitor and Nature Centre, however, has brought this old favorite into the 21st century, with interactive displays and cutting-edge technology providing engaging insights into the history and heritage of the area. Prior to hitting the trails, you should visit the exhibits on local flora and fauna, geology, and the indigenous people that once called this land home, before setting off to see it all for yourself.

Activities

Dune and dirty in Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park offers outdoor fun for all ages, with horseback-riding and ranger-led nature walks for family groups, and 4-wheel drive excursions along the Medano Pass for older explorers. Rock climbers can scale the lofty heights of Cleveland Peak and Crestone Needle for panoramic views across the sands, while the unpolluted night skies promise vistas of a different kind. The park’s astronomy program is a favorite of locals, so visitors lucky enough to snap up a Colorado vacation rental in idyllic Alamosa should make sure to plan a late-night outing.

Weather

Sunshine and snow over Colorado

Colorado’s climate is as varied as its attractions, mainly due to its size—it ranks as the 8th-largest state in America and comprises multiple geographical zones. Mountainous areas see sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall in winter, the very traits that led to the founding of the world-renowned Aspen ski resorts many decades ago. In summer, these same slopes become hiking trails beneath the region’s gentle sun. Low-lying lands see temperatures peak in the mid-70s during the summer months, so sun-seekers should consider vacation rentals in Colorado’s capital, Denver, or in the mountain retreat of Colorado Springs.

Natural features

Colorado’s green thumb

Colorado’s enviable diversity is mirrored in the extensive range of flowers that flourish there. A trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens is an ideal way to uncover this for yourself and make the most of the city’s benevolent climate. You can stroll through gardens showcasing specimens from the state’s arid drylands, discover water lilies, lotus flowers, and other aquatic species in crystalline ponds, or tour the world with internationally themed sections from Japan, South Africa, and the Tropics. You could also search for a Colorado vacation rental with a garden to bring the flower power home.

Where to stay around Colorado?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 27,571 vacation rentals near Colorado. From 1,712 Cabins to 8,659 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Colorado for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Colorado?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Colorado. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Denver: 1,553 vacation rentals
  • Estes Park: 1,139 vacation rentals
  • Breckenridge: 7,404 vacation rentals
  • Colorado Springs: 1,123 vacation rentals
  • Keystone: 6,776 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Colorado! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Colorado?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Colorado:

  • Denver: 1,553 rentals
  • Estes Park: 1,139 rentals
  • Breckenridge: 7,404 rentals
  • Colorado Springs: 1,123 rentals
  • Keystone: 6,776 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Colorado?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Colorado are:

  • Denver International Airport (DEN): 726 vacation rentals
  • Canon City, CO (CNE-Fremont County): 40 vacation rentals
  • Pagosa Springs, CO (PGO-Stevens Field): 619 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Colorado?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Colorado. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pikes Peak: 1,212 rentals
  • Mount Crested Butte: 769 rentals
  • Red Rocks Amphitheater: 1,394 rentals
  • Garden of the Gods: 716 rentals
  • Granby Ranch: 2,226 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Colorado listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Colorado

Denver
1,553 vacation rentals
Estes Park
1,139 vacation rentals
Breckenridge
7,404 vacation rentals
Colorado Springs
1,123 vacation rentals
Keystone
6,776 vacation rentals
Steamboat Springs
2,568 vacation rentals
Boulder
672 vacation rentals
Vail
7,069 vacation rentals
Durango
756 vacation rentals
Grand Lake
1,182 vacation rentals
Telluride
1,355 vacation rentals
Aspen
2,245 vacation rentals
Winter Park
1,986 vacation rentals
Pagosa Springs
710 vacation rentals
Crested Butte
773 vacation rentals
Fort Collins
292 vacation rentals
Glenwood Springs
302 vacation rentals
Frisco
7,878 vacation rentals
Buena Vista
245 vacation rentals
Copper Mountain
5,437 vacation rentals