The state of Colorado offers breath-taking surroundings, from towering mountains and dramatic canyons to cascading waterfalls and rushing rivers. Colorado is a year round destination boasting 300 days of sunshine!
Visit cosmopolitan Denver, a walkable city with plentiful shopping options and restaurants, which makes for a great base to explore Colorado. Explore the fabulous Rocky Mountains, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes National Park, five national monuments, 40 state parks and 15 natural forests and grasslands. Within these areas a vast array of outdoor activities are available such as mountain biking, hiking, fishing, golf and horseback riding.
In addition, Colorado has an abundance of rivers, streams and lakes, which offer exciting watersports like rafting and kayaking. Colorado also boasts fine cultural heritage from ancient Native American ruins and ghost towns to an impressive collection of museums, zoos and theatre productions.
The Front Range Self Drive Holiday – 7 days from £1379pp
Day 1-2: London – Denver
Collect your car rental on arrival into Denver to start your Colorado adventure. Discover a lively city with a great love of the outdoors. Enjoy the sporting spirit and relaxed lifestyle of this urban city. 2 nights at Holiday Inn Cherry Creek (or similar).
Day 3: Denver – Vail (97 miles)
Today, travel through the Arapaho Forest into the ski resort of Vail. A true year round destination, find an outdoor adventure park in the warm months and a skier's paradise over winter. Overnight at Holiday Inn Vail (or similar).
Day 4-5: Vail – Hot Sulphur Springs – Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park (154 miles)
Stop by the natural waters of Hot Sulphur Springs for lunch, before taking the scenic Trail Ridge Road into the heart of the Rockies. Mesmerising views, world class hiking, climbing and much more awaits. 2 nights at Rocky Mountain Park Inn (or similar).
Day 6: Estes Park – Boulder (38 miles)
Drive to the captivating mountain community of Boulder, enriched with natural beauty, hip, urban culture and a vibrant love of the outdoors. Don’t miss Pearl Street Mall. Overnight at Best Western Boulder Inn (or similar).
Day 7: Boulder – London
Drop your car off at Denver airport before your departure.
The Historic Trails of Colorado Self Drive Holiday – 9 days from £1529pp
Day 1-2: London – Denver
Collect your car rental and drive into Denver. Discover Colorado’s historic trains at Forney Transportation Museum, home to an original ‘Big Boy’ engine. 2 nights at Holiday Inn Cherry Creek (or similar).
Day 3-4: Denver – Colorado Springs (78 miles)
Take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway before continuing to nearby Cañon City for the 1950s style Royal Gorge Scenic Railway. 2 nights at Best Western Executive Inn & Suites (or similar).
Day 5-6: Colorado Springs – Durango (313 miles)
En route to Durango, drop by Alamosa and hop on the Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway, travelling through the San Juan Mountains. 2 nights at Best Western Rio Grande Inn (or similar).
Day 7: Durango – Gunnison (171 miles)
Onwards to Montrose, gateway to the impressive Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Overnight at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Gunnison (or similar).
Day 8: Gunnison – Leadville (117 miles)
Drive past scenic mountains to Leadville, where another historic railway provides an afternoon of adventure. Overnight at Super 8 Leadville (or similar).
Day 9: Leadville – London
Enjoy one last train ride on the Georgetown Loop Railway, before dropping your car off at Denver Airport before the evening return flight.