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Colorado Vacations In The Sun | Plan You Colorado Vacation Today

 

Believe it or not, Colorado has a diverse countryside – it’s not just mountains! Colorado's varied terrain and location in the middle of the Rocky Mountains results in rapidly-changing weather nearly all year round. The average summer temperatures range from 75-95°F, cooler average temperatures in the spring and fall ranging from 45-75°F, and cold temperatures in the winter ranging from 20-45°F. Colorado is loved for its sporadic and surprising weather, sunny mornings giving way to afternoon thunderstorms in the summer months and there is definitely beautiful snow in the winter. Colorado is known for its amazing colors during the autumn season because their legendary aspen trees paint the lower angles of the magnificent Rocky Mountains gold from around the middle of September and continuing until mid-October. Autumn color at lower elevations reaches its most beautiful colors in October. You'll find four distinct seasons, mild temperatures and 300 days of annual sunshine (so don’t forget your suntan lotion and sun protection). There’s plenty of whitewater, mountains and valleys here that will satisfy most any vacationing family. In fact, there are so many unique things to do and see in Colorado that deciding what to do first is often the most difficult decision!

 

Denver, the capital of Colorado is called “the mile high city” due to the fact that it is 5,280 feet (one mile) above sea level and is much closer to the sun than say, Orlando, Florida! The city maintains the nation's largest city park system and provides more than 650 miles of sunny, paved bike pathways and is great for family field trips. The Children’s Museum of Denver “is all about children and their grownups learning through play”. The museum has events happening all year long. In addition to many interactive exhibits they provide daily educational programming also. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the region’s leading supplier of information for a relaxed science education. For the visitors to the museum there is a wide variety of exhibitions, programs and activities. You will find a lot of history, art and theatre thriving in Denver and providing families with many ideas for their family vacation fun. The Denver Art Museum, for a great example, is the home of fabulous 19th century photography and Frederic Remington’s magnificent bronze “The Cheyenne”. The American Indian collection spans 2,000 years of American Indian art, including architecture and design. Additionally, the museum offers a variety of child and family programs.

 

Another great place to take the kids is the Butterfly Pavilion which is home to more than 1,200 butterflies! The pavilion provides science education with hands-on fun about invertebrates, science and conservation. The interactive exhibits are primarily for families with children 2 to 12 years old. The tropical conservatory however is an experience all ages will find ‘eye-opening’ with 7,000 square-feet of rainforest.

 

The Colorado Railroad Museum building is a fascinating structure of a 1880s-style depot. Inside it is home to thousands of rare old photographs, artifacts and documents that illustrate the colorful history of the railroads which served the state for over 125 years. The museum is packed full of fascinating railroad items and they created a telegrapher’s office in a window section of the museum. Other sites to see would be the Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Zoo, Four Mile Historic Park or the Civic Center Park. In 1970 some people got together to preserve the long-time home that was built in 1889 of Titanic’s most famous survivor, Molly Brown. You’ll be able to hear fascinating tales of Molly Brown’s incredible life, from instant mining-town wealth, to labor reform to acting on the stages of New York. If the family is into places to stay with a historic ambience, the 116-year old exclusive Brown Palace Hotel might do the trick. It has been renovated and kept up to date with modern comfort needs for guests, which have included presidents to royalty. The hotel also happens to be Denver’s only Mobile Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond hotel. We cannot leave out the wonderful shopping, great clubs, restaurants, galleries and the Tattered Cover Book Store.

 

When it comes to rafting in Colorado, you can choose your own speed. Spend a sunny morning lazily drifting along a calm waterway or spend it paddling, getting soaked by rapids, dipping past boulders and crashing over gut-wrenching drop offs. It's up to you. To start out, Bighorn Sheep Canyon offers families and first time floaters moderate excitement with miles of scenic beauty and is recommended for ages 6 and older of at least 50 pounds weight. The Bighorn Sheep are usually found along the banks of the water in this area. The Echo Canyon rafting trip is fun for the entire family which includes whitewater rafting down the Arkansas River and a train ride on the Royal Gorge. During the trip, the raft will stop at a private landing area where lunch is served to you. Or work on your suntan while on an exclusive horseback ride that takes you through the mountains. Take the family on an overnight camping trip and include some hiking, track animals or just lounge around in the sun and enjoy the scenery. Remember you are closer to the sun so think sunscreen.

 

Visit the Rockies Air & Space Museum, at the former Lowry Air Force Base, which has more than 40 planes and spacecraft that hanger here. Visitors to the museum will see everything from antique biplanes, to an F-14 Tomcat and a massive B-1A bomber. If possible, try to be there on a second Saturday of the month, because the museum hosts a “demo cockpit day”. You guessed it, people get to climb into one of the cockpits and let their imaginations go wild.

 

Yes, even during the winter, you may visit the Denver Botanical Gardens, which has garden concerts, and other special events. The gardens encompass twenty-three acres of plants native to featured regions of the state, such as the mountain foothills. Also home to the gardens are plants from other areas of the world, including Australia, Africa, Europe and Asia. What would any place be without a great zoo? Well, Denver has a fantastic one with more than 4,000 animals! There is a train to ride through the zoo, kids can ride the carousel, feed the animals or have a picnic with the family in the beautiful sun. Denver also is home to the largest aquarium west of Chicago which features many exciting creatures. The greenback cutthroat trout which is the state fish and river otters are on display along with other exotic fish and moray eels.

 

Colorado is also a place to learn more about black American heritage. For instance, even though nearly one-third of all cowboys in the old west were black, there is little known history of them. There were also great contributions of black doctors, teachers, miners, buffalo soldiers, pioneers, early explorers, farmers and so on. Dearfield, Colorado was a black pioneer town. The Black American West Museum & Heritage Center has photographs, newspaper clippings and personal narratives to prove the black contribution to the old west. The museum is located in the home of the late Dr. Justina “Lady Doctor” Ford, the first black woman licensed to practice medicine in Denver.

 

Now it’s time to make your plans and pack your bags then head to sunny Colorado for an amazing vacation with the family – one we’re sure you will never forget!

 

 

-Ms. Suntan

 

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