Photo Credit: Rocky Mountaineer.

Photo Credit: Rocky Mountaineer.

Two Colorado spots have been ranked on Travel + Leisure's list of "the 50 best places to travel in 2021."

The first spot mentioned on the list was Denver's 'Lower Highlands' area. Described by the publication as "where the cool crowd is", the Lower Highlands area, or LoHi, is known for a vibrant arts and restaurant scene. Found on the northern side of Denver, LoHi is a popular spot for nightlife, though the pandemic has put a damper on activity over the past year. Perhaps 2021 will bring a turnaround.

Another spot mentioned on Travel and Leisure's list were 'The Rockies.' While this mountain range spans a massive stretch of land, the support for it being on the list is Colorado-centric. Travel + Leisure referenced the new Rocky Mountaineer train that's set to launch in August – a glass-domed ride from Denver to Moab. Also mentioned is Fishers Peak – Colorado's newest state park – as well as new developments at Aspen Snowmass.

Do you think another Colorado destination should be one of the top 50 US destinations? Let us know in the comments.

See Travel + Leisure's full list here.

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike. Follow along with his adventures on Instagram at @spence.outside


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Seriously, Buffalo, Birmingham and Burlington came out ahead of Colorado?? Makes me wonder if anyone from T&L has ever visited Colorado.


(The Rockies and Denver "ranked" where they did because the list is alphabetical)

I agree there are so many other Colorado places that could be on the list, like Mesa Verde, the Durango/Ouray/Silverton/Telluride area, Aspen/Snowmass/Maroon Bells, etc etc Maybe they could have just said the state of Colorado like they did the state of Wyoming :)


So many choices and so much to offer! Colorado has several National Park Service and BLM units, such as Mesa Verde NP, Hovenweep NM, Rocky Mountain NP, Florissant Fossil Beds, Canyon of the Ancients NM, Dinosaur NM, and Colorado NM, to name a few. Plus, so many other public lands destinations, such as Colorado Parks and Wildlife managed state parks, that afford ALL opportunities to explore the great outdoors! Colorado is a great place to play outside. It is great to be recognized nationally and good for our economies locally,

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