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The Centennial State has so much to offer in outdoor recreation, history, and opportunities for rest and relaxation. Relax in the hot springs in Pagosa Springs, or head to a museum in Alamosa for a cultural experience. National Parks and Recreation Areas surround Montrose, and Durango boasts amazing dining and access to the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park. Click on a Getaway Guide below for excursion ideas, weekend trip planners, and much more!

1. Getaway Guide: Alamosa

Wild West history, great food, and unbeatable outdoor adventure meet in this charming town near Great Sand Dunes National Park.

2. Getaway Guide: Berthoud

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Snowcaped mountains in Berthoud Pass, Colorado.

Visit one of the last, truly old-timey Colorado towns left standing along the Front Range.

3. Getaway Guide: Colorado Springs

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Home to Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, Olympic City USA is one Colorado destination that’s hard to top.

4. Getaway Guide: Del Norte

Known as the “gateway to the San Juan Mountains”, Del Norte is a hidden Colorado gem that’s just waiting to be found.

5. Getaway Guide: Durango

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Photo Credit: @schoonmaker3 (Instagram).

Old West meets world-class destination in this southwest Colorado town. Head to Mesa Verde National Park or go river rafting on the Animas River.

6. Getaway Guide: Fort Collins

Fort Collins, Colorado sits just close enough to the Wyoming border to get overshadowed by its more well-known siblings—Boulder and Denver.

7. Getaway Guide: Glenwood Springs

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The gondola ride at Glenwood Springs Adventure Park delivers you to the top of Iron Mountain. Photo Credit: Stephen Martin.

Born out of the coal mining industry and located at the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers, Glenwood Springs is one Colorado town the can’t be missed.

8. Getaway Guide: Grand Lake

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Grand Lake, CO. Photo Credit: Stephen Martin.

Tucked between Colorado’s largest natural body of water and an entrance to the Centennial State’s most popular National Park is Grand Lake, a town that still delivers that rustic Old West feel.

9. Getaway Guide: Gunnison

Gunnison boasts some of the most epic mountain biking terrain in the state. It also shares a close partnership with Crested Butte, one of Colorado’s best little mountain towns.

10. Getaway Guide: Loveland

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Sunset in Loveland, Colorado. Photo Credit: @ericthegrr8 (Instagram).

Loveland, Colorado is approximately 52 miles north of Denver, nestled south of Fort Collins and just east of the mouth to the Big Thompson River that rolls out of the Rocky Mountains from Estes Park.

11. Getaway Guide: Montrose

A visit to this town puts you within arm’s reach of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and the largest reservoir in Colorado.

12. Getaway Guide: Ouray

Tucked in a box canyon below 14,150-foot Mount Sneffels, towered over by high cliffs and waterfalls, Ouray is one of Colorado’s most spectacular towns.

13. Getaway Guide: Pagosa Springs

You’ll find hot springs, river activities, and beautiful waterfalls in this small town near the New Mexico border.

14. Getaway Guide: Ridgway

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Dakota Terraces, Ridgway State Park. Ridgway, Colorado. Photo Credit: @acizik (Instagram).

This little town packs a punch as the Gateway to the San Juan Mountains. Fishing, sightseeing, and more greet you in this picturesque destination.

15. Getaway Guide: Salida

Salida’s art scene, outdoor recreation opportunities, and delicious eats are hard to beat.

16. Getaway Guide: San Luis Valley

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The UFO Watchtower near Hooper, Colorado. Photo Credit: Larry1732.

The largest alpine valley in the world is located right here in Colorado, ringed by mountains—the Sangre de Cristos to the east, the Sawatch to the north, the San Juans to the west, and the Taos Plateau to the south.

17. Getaway Guide: Silverton

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Silverton, Colorado, home to 655 residents.

High in the mountains and quite remote, a trip to Silverton is an experience you won’t forget.