Where does one start when it comes to traveling in the USA? Well, with our USA travel guide, which takes you around not only the national park wonders in the Rocky Mountains but the deserts and canyons of the West, the culture-rich Deep South and the littoral loveliness of both east and west coasts, as well as on road trips that take in bits and pieces of all of them.
Best time to visit Colorado
There are 300 days of sunshine in Colorado, and yet they have the gall to call Florida the Sunshine State.
There are a few surprises with the Coloradan climate. First, there are three hundred days of sunshine, so even when itís snowing itís glowing. Throughout spring and summer that sun starts to heat up, although the mornings and evenings can still be cool, with the high altitude chill being felt through most of the western side of the stateís Continental Divide. But when itís hot here, it is really hot, with temperatures soaring into the mid 30ís in the summer months although if you head for the hills, they are cooler, of course. Colorado newbies can never be prepared enough for the aridity here. It is dry. Even as the snow is melting all around and the rivers are cascading at speed, it feels as dry as a desert. And then there is the phenomenon of the Colorado monsoon. This happens in the summer months, when the clouds come out of nowhere, the mountains start to rumble and rain storms lash the peaks and troughs. It all explodes for just a moment and then that sun comes back just in time to allow dramatic lightshows around the mountains and canyons.
Denver Weather Chart
Colorado, Month by month
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Festivals & events in Colorado
Our picks from the nature calendar
The ĎFallí has to be one of the most stunning natural events in Colorado. Made all the more special by their prolific Aspen trees which, because they grow in colonies all emanating from one single seedling, you will see them simultaneously turn a golden colour in one big batch. It looks almost as if someone dropped a colour patchwork quilt all over the Rocky Mountains. And then, suddenly, the blanket is pulled away and it all turns to white.
More about Colorado
Colorado is the ideal year round destination with unparalleled hiking, camping, white-water rafting, skiing, fishing, farm-to-table dining, mountain biking, a rich cultural heritage and so much more
Itís go, go, go in Colorado. This isnít the state for lounging around by the pool really and our Colorado vacation highlights are very much about living life on a high
It is rather apt than, more often than not, it is Coloradoís landscapes that lie at the heart of so much of their culture.
It is hard to understand why so many people put themselves through the queues and queeziness of theme park vacations when they could just take on the natural theme parks of somewhere like Colorado.
Before you go to Colorado, you need to know your moose from your elks.
USA's National Parks include not only areas of scenic and scientific importance, but also those of historical and cultural significance.
The national, state parks and national forests are your best bets for hiking in Colorado, with detailed trails throughout.
Colorado has a seriously big claim on the giants that tower over the state like omnipresent guardians, with the Rockiesí highest peak of Mount Elbert in Colorado, standing at 4,401 m.
Read our list of the top 10 things to do in Colorado - stay at a ranch, chill at Chipeta in Ridgway or float down the Colorado River.