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Colorado, in the western United States, is the perfect vacation destination in any season.

With year-round sunshine, the state capital of Denver, at the base of Rocky Mountains, offers plenty of natural beauty and a wide variety of outdoor recreation and experiences.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Named after its red sandstone rock formations, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is a Denver must-see. Hiking and biking are popular, and there’s no shortage of beautiful scenery. What I liked most about this park is that it’s “full service” – there are a variety of trails, guided tours, a visitors’ center, a trading post, even a restaurant. Be sure to visit the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where countless legendary musicians have played surrounded by the spectacular natural setting. In the mornings before concerts, you can even exercise on the stadium bleachers or join a Yoga On The Rocks class on select summer Saturdays.

Yoga session on the steps at Red Rocks Park and Ampitheatre

Yoga session on the steps at Red Rocks Park and Ampitheatre
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Evan Semon

Bicycling Around Denver

As I look around Denver’s breathtaking scenery, I am not surprised to see many people enjoying the fresh air on their bicycles. Denver has more than 1,300 km of paved trails and many more kilometers of mountain biking trails. Some options include the Greenway Trail for a ride along the South Platte River, the popular Cherry Creek Bike Path from Confluence Park in the city center for an urban ride and the Bear Creek Bike Trail for longer biking loops.

Kayaking adventures right in the city at Confluence Park

Kayaking adventures right in the city at Confluence Park
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Stan Obert
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Denver’s City Park

Denver’s version of New York’s Central Park is City Park. I marveled at the beautifully landscaped grounds full of flower gardens, serene fountains and scenic lakes. This was a perfect place to breathe in the famously fresh Colorado air and take in the stunning scenery. Several people were enjoying picnics on the pretty grounds as I took a leisurely stroll. Right in City Park, you’ll find popular attractions such as the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens was one of my favorite stops in the city. There is a stunning diversity of plants, from beautiful flowers in bloom to drought-resistant native species. From March to November, families with children can enjoy the Mordecai Children’s Garden. I sat for a while and relaxed in the lovely Japanese garden, then enjoyed the wonderful plants and flowers on display indoors and out.

Exploring the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens

Exploring the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens
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Rocky Mountain National Park

There are also many must-see natural scenic attractions near Denver. The most notable is the unbelievably beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park, the perfect destination for all outdoor activities. People come from all around to take in the stunning mountain views while enjoying hiking, camping, bicycling, fishing, wildlife viewing, horseback riding and more. In the winter, Nordic skiing and other snow sports are popular.

There is so much to see and do in the outdoors in this fantastic and diverse city, from urban gardens to high-altitude activities. When you visit Denver for these amazing natural wonders, your trip will surely be magnificent.    

Spectacular views in Rocky Mountain National Park

Spectacular views in Rocky Mountain National Park
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Getting There

Denver International Airport (DEN) is one of the busiest airports in the USA, with nonstop and connecting flights from around the world. Direct rail service connects the airport to Denver Union Station in the heart of downtown Denver.

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