Trying to decide where to go for your next vacation? Consider checking out Colorado. The western state has a variety of landscapes, from rocky desert to jutting mountains to rolling plains. Shofur's charter buses and motor coaches allow you to travel in comfort, both to the state itself and to many places within the rocky mountain state.
Colorado is a state that embraces its long history. You can start at the beginning, as the mile high state is well known for the variety of dinosaur fossils that have been unearthed. Places such as Dinosaur Ridge, are only a 15 minute drive outside Denver. Here you can travel back in time, seeing dinosaur tracks, fossils and waves from Colorado's beach days. Traveling a little further west you can experience more Jurassic history at places such as Dinosaur Monument or Dinosaur Journey in Grand Junction.
The west doesn't usually bring to mind dinosaurs, but tales of mining for gold and native Americans. The mile high state has multiple attractions honoring its western past. One of the better known places is Mesa Verde, an ancestral puebloan archaeological site comprised of cliff dwellings. The site is amazingly well preserved and one of the most unique ruins you'll ever see. If you're looking for an attraction a little less traveled, you can check out other cliff dwellings and anasazi ruins around the four corners region.
Heading into the rocky mountains lies a different kind of ancient architecture: ghost towns. Many hail from the days of gold mining, becoming abandoned after the gold or silver was gone. Some of the buildings appear in eerily good condition, while others are more dilapidated. The cool part is ghost towns can be explored any time of the year, offering a unique snow-shoeing experience in the winter and a fun hike in the summer. The old buildings are fascinating to explore, many still holding their original fixings. For more of the mining experience, some Mountain towns like Georgetown manage tours into abandoned gold mines.
The rocky mountains are a must see at any time of the year. In the winter, the mountains are famous for their high quality ski slopes with well known names such as Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Vail and Breckenridge. Fall brings the changing of the Aspen leaves, showing trails of gold along the mountainside. In the summer, the high country is equally stunning with wildflower meadows and opportunities for downhill biking and scenic hikes. Wildlife is aplenty and in places like Rocky Mountain National Park you'll get the chance to see Elk, Bighorn Sheep, Beavers and a variety of specialty mountain birds. For the particularly adventurous, the state offers multiple peaks over 14,000 feet (called 14ers) for phenomenal climbs. The best part? After all the outdoor activity you can unwind in some of the state's natural hot springs. Some, like Glenwood Springs, provide easily accessible pools while others require a bit more of a hike.
If you're seeking a more urban experience you can check out the most populated cities, Denver (the capital) or Colorado Springs. Denver holds a modern feel with the added bonus of an incredible selection of microbreweries. After a local brew, a must try is the regional pizza chain known affectionately as Beau-jo's. Here you can experience a real mountain pizza with the Coloradoan tradition of dipping the crust in honey. Denver has a variety of places to explore, whether you're hankering for historical buildings, such as the reportedly haunted Brown Palace Hotel, or more modern attractions, like the Denver Museum of Art. Not to mention just a 20 minute drive away is the famous concert venue of Red Rocks Amphitheater. The venue hosts top name bands as well as summer movie nights. As a bonus, arrive early to your show and the scenic amphitheater provides a multitude of hikes.
Colorado Springs has a more mountainous feel, but offers attractions such as garden of the gods, a spectacular park with breathtaking views of rock formations. For those seeking an easier mountain experience you can drive up the 14er named Pike's Peak, well known as the tallest mountain in the southern front range of the Rockies. If you're looking for some exclusive accommodations, check in to the Broadmoor hotel. The hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and has hosted people from celebrities to politicians.
The mile high state offers a variety of experiences, featuring historical attractions, beautiful scenery and one of the most popular cities. Choose Shofur for a luxury charter bus or bus rental, and experience it first hand yourself.