• Four Seasons In Denver: Set to open September 2010 in Denver’s theatre district, the 45-storey landmark will offer 240 guest accommodations, a 24-hour signature Four Seasons restaurant, full-service spa and salon, 24-hour business centre, and meeting and event facilities. Denver.
• Durango Discovery Museum: Set to open this fall, the Museum will be home to hands-on science and energy exhibits for all ages, and Durango Discovery Kids: a world built just for visitors nine years old and younger. Durango.
• The Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Houses one of the world’s first digital planetariums, plus an array of innovative, interactive exhibits.
• Cherry Creek Shopping Center: Adjacent to the 320 shops, galleries, spas and restaurants of Cherry Creek North; Denver’s top attraction includes 160 distinctive shops, restaurants.
• Pikes Peak Cog Railway: The highest railroad in the U.S. reveals a continuous panorama of breathtaking scenery. Colorado Springs.
• The Ouray Ice Festival (January), Ouray.
• Great Fruitcake Toss (January), Manitou Springs.
• Crested Butte Wildflower Festival (July), Crested Butte.
• Cherry Creek Arts Festival (July), Cherry Creek.
• The Palisade Peach Festival (August), Palisade.
• Colorado State Fair (August/September), Pueblo.
• The Colorado Balloon Classic (September), Colorado Springs.
• The Great American Beer Festival (September), Denver.
• The Telluride Film Festival (September), Telluride.
• Boulder: Home to The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, Celestial Seasonings tea manufacturer, the Leaning Tree Museum of Western Art and Historic Chautauqua Park.
•Pikes Peak: Near Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak is the backdrop for this community that is full of sightseeing and outdoor recreation opportunities.
• Great Sand Dunes National Monument and Preserve: Dunes rising more than 210 metres against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado.
Colorado Tourism Office• Bent’s Old Fort: National Historic Site where costumed interpreters recount stories of this significant fur trading post and cultural crossroads along the Santa Fe Trail. Near La Junta.
• Mesa Verde National Park: Between 600 and 1300, the Ancestral Pueblo people flourished in the Mesa Verde area. The elaborate cliff dwellings in the Park represent the last 75 to 100 years of their occupation and their unique culture. Near Cortez and Durango.
• The Little Circle Farm: Sells handmade alpaca wool hats, scarves, sweaters, gloves and mittens during the December holiday season. The farm is open year-round, and visitors can view and pet the alpacas. Penrose.
• Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site: Memorializes the massacre of nearly 160 Indians by a force of some 700 volunteers in a Colorado regiment in 1864.
• Dig This: Test your skills by operating empowering earth-moving machines like Excavators, Caterpillars and Skid Loaders. Steamboat Springs.
Did You Know?
State Motto: Nothing Without Providence
State Flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine
State Bird: Lark Bunting
Region: MOUNTAIN WEST
America’s Byways: Colorado River Headwaters Byway, Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway, Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway, Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway, Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, San Juan Skyway, Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway, Top of the Rockies, Trail of the Ancients, Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadow Road
Direct Flights: Air Canada
Sales Tools: Official State Vacation Guide, www.colorado.com, eNewsletter.
Info: Colorado Tourism Office