It's no surprise why Colorado is one of the hottest areas in America to move to. But have you made time for yourself to hit up everything the state has to offer?
From the beauty that the mountains that Southwest Colorado has to offer, to the wildlife that is prevalent throughout the state, we all truly hope to see everything before the big guy upstairs comes calling our name.
This is why we have compiled the "13 Amazing Things to Do or See in Colorado Before You Die". Here is what was amazing with putting together this story: We truly could've expanded the list to 40, possibly even 50! There are that many amazing things throughout the entire state of Colorado.
But we've narrowed it down to make it easier to accomplish, whether it takes you one year or 13 years. So get ready to explore the state of Colorado, and have fun doing it!
Hanging Lake is not only one of the most talked about hikes in Colorado, it's also one of the most talked about in the country. The turquoise lake will astound you as soon as your eyes are set on it, and the peace and quiet will make you feel like you are in another world. The lake is approximately 10 miles east of Glenwood Springs.
Artists and bands that perform at Red Rocks all talk about how it is the pinnacle of their career. As someone who has attended a few shows there himself, I will also say there is no other venue in the world like it. If you are lucky to be there on a calm night with no clouds in the sky, it makes the show you are seeing that much more magical.
I took my first trip up Old Fall River Road this past summer, after I have been afraid of heights for MANY years. Are there some pretty interesting switchbacks and hairpin turns? Most definitely. But the views and the scenery you get are like no other place, and I even put the drive up Old Fall River Road a notch above the trip up Trail Ridge Road. So next summer (or the summer after that), have this on your to-do list. You won't be disappointed.
Buy Legal Marijuana for the First Time
This is Colorado. It's legal here. While it may still feel a little weird that you're able to do it, go for it. There's absolutely NOTHING wrong with it.
Maroon Bells is one of the most photographed scenic spots in the state, so if you haven't had the chance to take a selfie here make sure you do it. Autumn is the best time to head to the Maroon Bells, which is located 10 miles west of Aspen.
The first time I ever stepped foot into a Voodoo Doughnut shop, I was in awe. This place cranks out their funky and crazy doughnuts 24 hours a day, and don't be surprised if there is a line out the door at 11 PM on a Tuesday night. Whether or not you think they are the best doughnuts you've ever had, you at least have to buy ONE. This totally is a bucket list item.
Whether you are a true Broncos fan or not, there is nothing like seeing one of their games in person. The atmosphere is one of the most talked about in the NFL, and there is a reason why it's one of the toughest stadiums for a road team to play in. The tickets may cost a lot, but save up your money and go. It is well worth it!
Great Sand Dunes National Park is an amazing marvel, and the story of how the sand gets deposited at this one location in Colorado is still quite mystifying. But this is one of the very few places in the state that you can sled at year round. So grab a sled, or even a snowboard, and give it a try. Not only is it exhilarating, but the sights you'll see are as equally breathtaking.
Quiet. No light pollution. Just you and the stars 10,000 feet above sea level. Plus we can almost guarantee that you'll see at least one shooting star.
Take in a Natural Hot Spring
The first time I ever step foot in a natural hot spring, it was like I had just entered into a whole different level of serenity. There are plenty of hot springs throughout the state that you can check out, with different levels of warmth to each one. Give it a try at any time of the year!
Make a Commitment to SHOP LOCAL for a month
There are so many great local businesses in our very own backyard, and all throughout the state of Colorado. They truly are the backbone of our community. So make a commitment to shop local for one month, it will make the world of difference to our community!
Buffalo are one of the most majestic creatures in all of America, and you still have a chance to get up close and personal with them at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. While there are other animals you can come across in your drive, the buffalo will leave you in awe with how they maneuver around the land.
Love the great craft breweries that are part of the Colorado landscape?
Then you must get a ticket to the Great American Beer Festival before your number is called. The dates for 2018 have already been announced, with it happening from September 20th - 22nd. Tickets go on sale sometime in the summer, so make sure you are one of the first ones to grab a pair!