After a three year closure and an $100 million revamp, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is back, ferrying visitors to the top of one of Colorado's most well-known fourteeners. The world's highest cog railway scales the side of the mountain, offering views of trees, waterfalls, and wildlife along the way. At the summit, enjoy breathtaking panoramic vistas and a brand-new state-of-the-art visitor center offers interactive exhibits (and don't forget the donuts!)
Colorado is an obvious choice for adventure-loving travelers: it's got the mountains, whose former mining towns still welcome intrepid souls, plus four national parks, more than 40 state parks, and countless open spaces for seekers of outdoor recreation. But it's not just the great outdoors that attracts here; Around the Centennial State, visitors will find a strong music scene, thriving arts communities, and innovative restaurants. You'll never run out of things to do in Colorado.
Beyond metropolises like Denver and Boulder, the state is also dotted with small towns offering a slice of history (imagine ambling over fossil beds and checking out cliff dwellings built by Ancestral Puebloans) paired with a range of fully modern activities from ziplining to single-track mountain biking. Creative breweries and distilleries, noteworthy galleries and museums, and worthwhile outings pepper the state, no matter what types of things you enjoy.
And the weather can't be beat – with over 300 days of sunshine a year, visitors can book their hotel or Airbnb based on what they plan to do rather than the season. If Mother Nature interferes with your plans, as the saying here goes, "just wait a minute" and it will change.