Incredible richness of the landscapes, deep anchoring of a western culture always very lively, and unequaled diversity of the proposed activities make Colorado, a destination of choice on paper for who wants to discover the United States. After having reviewed the exceptional riches that Colorado can offer to its visitors, we will try to understand why this destination is too rarely made its way onto the recommended itineraries of agencies and guides. We will propose to you to correct this serious error and show you how easy and extremely beneficial it is to integrate Colorado, either as a full-fledged destination for a stay in the United States, or as a stage in a traveling journey through the American West.
Colorado, an unrivaled density of natural or historic sites of exceptional variety
What is immediately striking if one draws a map of the main points of interest in Colorado is the very homogeneous distribution of the sites to be visited and the high density of these points of interest. Whatever its position on the map of Colorado, it is always less than one- or two-hours’ drive from a major site, an exceptional park, a small town that is definitely worth a detour, an exotic and original attraction:
In Colorado, more precisely El Paso County, is Colorado Springs, the second largest city in the region. The town stands out for its pedestrian-friendly historic areas, natural attractions and incredible recreation options. Nature was really generous with this territory, which has been attracting many visitors for over 100 years.
The Pikes Peak region is an incredible destination with breathtaking scenery, and Garden of the Gods Park has been voted the third best park in the world by TripAdvisor. The Cave of the Winds and the Paint Mines Interpretive Park are geological wonders.
The Red Rock Canyon and Cheyenne Mountain are other magnificent attractions in nature, as well as Seven Falls, beautiful waterfalls coming to freeze in winter. But the Glen Eyrie Castle is a fabulous castle surrounded by a reserve that offers walking trails.
By the municipality, walk through Old Colorado City ( Historic Center) is like stepping back in time. A fun stroll is at the Ghost Town Museum , where you can visit barber shops, warehouses, and workshops in an Old West-style village. Another popular museum is the National Museum of World War II Aviation , which exhibits aircraft used in World War II.
To find 19th century carriages, the place is the Penrose Heritage Museum . You can’t miss the United States Air Force Academy and the country’s exemplary Olympic Training Center .
The Colorado Springs Airport (COS) , which especially receives domestic flights, is 10 km from the city center.
Colorado Springs can be visited year round. Its summer is relatively hot, but temperatures hardly exceed 30ºC. The winter is very cold and dry, with negative temperatures and snowfall. For those who want to better enjoy the walks in the parks, the months between June and September are the best.
Colorado also offers the prestigious Ameristar Blackhawk.
Ameristar Blackhawk in Black Hawk offers free wireless internet and a gym. It includes a spa and wellness center, an outdoor swimming pool, express check-in and check-out, and a sauna.
The complex of Ameristar Blackhawk offers spacious rooms with a fridge, mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities, as well as the necessary amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Each room in Ameristar Blackhawk has a desk, wireless internet access in the rooms and a private bathroom with shower.
Ameristar Blackhawk has a convenient café on site, where you can order a snack before setting out to explore the surroundings. After-dinner entertainment guests can relax at the casino.