Colorado – It’s A Year-Round Adventure!

Colorado is one of the few places where you can play a round of golf in the morning, hit the ski slopes in the afternoon and relax in the hot springs at night. That’s what we call true Colorado adventure.

Why? In Colorado you’ll find numerous ways to play in the snow – on skis, boards or snowshoes, and yet there’s much more. Colorado is a great place to unplug, unwind and do nothing. It also happens to be one of the hottest destinations for camping, rafting, hiking, fishing, and golf. All that in one place.


Colorado in Numbers

Colorado stateThe eighth largest state in the U.S., Colorado offers a diverse landscape that encompasses wide, flat eastern plains, sparkling cities of the Front Range, snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, red rock plateaus of the Western Slope and much more.

You’ll experience 300 days of sunshine a year with summer temperatures averaging between 75 and 85 degrees and winter temperatures ranging between 30 and 70 degrees – making Colorado ideal for outdoor exploration and activities.

Colorado boasts 18 million acres of public land – three national parks, six national monuments, 40 state parks, 15 national forests and grasslands, and seven national monuments and national recreation areas. The state is also home to 24 scenic byways that showcase every corner, culture, and ecosystem in Colorado, as well as 54 of the 61 “fourteeners” (14,000-foot peaks) in the continental United States (source).

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No matter where in Colorado you travel, you’ll find adventure, family fun, breathtaking vistas, sparkling waters, cultural crossroads, historic side trips, relaxation, and memories to last a lifetime.

colorado adventure riverDuring the summer, visitors can enjoy river rafting, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, 4×4 tours, hiking, camping, water skiing, rock climbing, golfing, mountain biking, paragliding, fishing, sailing, caving, and much more.

Come winter, enjoy world-class skiing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding, ice-fishing, ice-climbing, tubing, sleigh rides, ice skating and more.

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From the intrigue and mystery surrounding the ancient cities of Mesa Verde National Park to the old-fashioned flavor of the historic Silverton and Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado is rich in history and cultural destinations.

western colorado adventuresVisitors to the Grand Junction area can dig for dinosaur bones at one of the many designated digging sites, while visitors to Georgetown can take a tour by train through the historic Lebanon Silver Mine. In addition, the symphony, ballet, and theater abound both in the cities, as well as your favorite mountain villages.

Guest ranches across Colorado invite city slickers to experience the Western lifestyle with guided horseback rides, llama pack trips, chuckwagon cookouts, and campfire cuisine.


Camping in Colorado

Abundant and inexpensive opportunities to experience Colorado’s natural beauty make camping and hiking among the most popular year-round activities.

Every corner of the state offers a variety of camping options, from tents in the backcountry to cozy cabins, well-appointed RV parks (especially for RV full-time travelers), and even yurts and huts.

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Private campgrounds, located throughout the state, www.campcolorado.com offer amenities such as swimming pools and laundries. For a mixture of urban oasis and high country adventure, be sure to check out Colorado’s 40 state parks.

This year, visitors can reserve one of Colorado State Parks’ 3,900 campsites up to six months in advance. Starting Feb. 18, visitors can make reservations at one of the 33 state parks with campsites.


Festivals & Events

Finally, from western rodeos to symphonies on the slopes, it would be hard to find a single week anywhere in the state without a festival or special event.

Some examples:

  • The Colorado Renaissance Fair, about 60 miles south of Denver in Larkspur. The fair, which has been voted a top family festival, runs June 14 – Aug. 3.
  • The Greeley Independence Stampede held June 26 – July 6, is one of the world’s largest rodeos and western celebrations.
  • Colorado’s wine country, on the Western Slope near Grand Junction, hosts the Colorado Wine Festival every September and offers tasting and tours year-round.
  • For an exciting glimpse of the past, catch the Pony Express Re-ride held each June in Julesburg in the northeastern tip of the state.

NOTE: All photos courtesy of www.colorado.com –  a must see website for those of you who look for information on what this fantastic state has to offer.

Things To Do In Houston

Things To Do In Houston – Here’s Our Advice

Situated o­n a flat, almost featureless Gulf Coast plain, Houston sprawls from its center in vast tracts of subdivisions, freeways, office parks, and shopping malls. Many visitors are surprised by such green surroundings, but the climate is much the same as coastal Louisiana and Mississippi – warm and humid with ample rainfall. To take advantage of the year-round warm weather, Houston has 430 municipal parks and 165 golf courses.


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Facts and stats

Houston is the fourth most populated city in the United States. Not usually considered a tourist destination, most visitors come here for business or family reasons and are lured into playing tourists o­nly after getting here.

Houston’s society has a dynamism that is palpable and has brought a flood of newcomers from around the world, who have found it a welcoming city. It is also o­ne of the most family-friendly vacation destinations in the country, with many facilities and attractions created with families and children in mind.

The city’s welcome starts with a trolley system that takes you just about anywhere for FREE!

Houston Metro Rail System
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Things To Do In Houston

Houston as an Adventure

Turn in any direction, and Houston’s attractions lead to adventure. Head north to play the ponies or to shop at a Texas-sized flea market. Southward bound, you can explore space or dive into the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston.

East, west, and everywhere in between brings you more new discoveries, as well as some old favorites. Start in the middle of things, downtown, at Houston Visitors Center in City Hall for a helpful preview of attractions in the greater Houston.

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Houston grows more cosmopolitan every day, as ethnic restaurants and specialty shops spring up throughout the city along with exotic temples and churches – Taoist, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, and Russian Orthodox – built much as they would be back in the mother country.

Houston’s Theater District

The arts give proof to the city’s dynamism. In the performing arts, Houston excels: an excellent symphony orchestra, a highly respected ballet and opera companies, and a dynamic theater scene that few cities can equal in quantity or quality.

Wortham Theater CenterHouston is o­ne of just five cities in the United States that sustains all the major performing arts with resident troupes. Located in a 17-block area in the heart of downtown, the seating capacity of Houston’s Theater District ranks second o­nly to that of New York City.

If you are not a connoisseur of the arts or a history buff, then a trip to this sophisticated Southwestern city will give you more than your share of thrills and chills!! Grown-ups looking for a truly unusual experience should try The Texas Air Aces. Located at Hooks Memorial, the Aces provide their clients with the thrill of mock dogfights.


Houston we have a problem…

houston nasa space centerOften called Space City-USA, Houston is home base to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA. A must-see for all visitors to the city is NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Here you can touch moon rocks, try some astronaut food and explore the future of manned space flight.

One stop should be the Downtown Aquarium, which features a new shark tank, dancing fountains, a diving bell, a Ferris wheel, an aquatic carousel, arcades, and train rides.

For the theme park enthusiasts, Six Flags Astroworld offers 33 spectacular rides, including nine roller coasters with four miles of twists, turns, and loops. At Splashtown, thrill-seekers can enjoy dozens of water adventures and acres of incredible rides, slides, chutes, and pools – an ideal place to take the whole family o­n a hot summer day.


Kid-friendly City

As a parent can quickly grasp, Houston is kid-friendly. A tour of southeast Houston will take you to The Orange Show, with which young kids display an almost instinctual connection; the boat trip o­n the Ship Channel; a visit to the Battleship Texas; and the wonders of Space Center Houston. After that, there’s a visit to the boardwalk in Kemah, a trip to the beach, or to Moody Gardens in Galveston.

South of downtown, you have the Museum District, which includes the Children’s Museum, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Museum of Health & Medical Science. Also, of course, there’s Houston Zoological Gardens, which has a special children’s zoo that explores the different ecological zones of Texas. To the southwest is the George Ranch Historical Park for kids interested in cowboys and the Old West.

Houston Museum of natural science
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Sport and Activities

For racing enthusiasts, Sam Houston Race Park celebrates the spirit and elegance of thoroughbred and quarter horse racing with live and simulcast racing in northwest Houston. The facility features seasonal live racing o­n a 7/8-mile turf track and o­n a o­ne-mile, oval dirt track – touted to be o­ne of the best surfaces in the nation. Come rain or shine, experience live greyhound racing and pari-mutuel wagering at Gulf Greyhound Park. The track’s unique appeal includes Texas’ largest full-service restaurant, The Terrace Club, where diners enjoy track views.

For shopaholics, there is the Traders Village, a 60-acre market that hosts an average of 800 merchants and o­ne million bargain-seekers each year. Other special attractions include kiddies’ rides, restaurants, and special events.

Traders Village’s RV Park, praised by Trailer Life, Wheelers and Woodall’s, includes a swimming pool and 50-amp service. This place we especially recommend as a stop for full-time RV travelers.

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Houston’s architecture stands out for its bold, even brash, character.

This is, after all, home to the first dome stadium – the Astrodome – which was billed at the time as “the eighth wonder of the world.” Several buildings are striking not o­nly for their dramatic appearance but also for their irreverence – o­ne skyscraper is crowned with a Mayan pyramid, another wryly uses the architectural features of Gothic churches for a bank building, and a pair of towers in the Medical Center unmistakably represents two giant syringes.


We Love Houston

There is little that is said about this city, and the more time o­ne spends here, the more this is appreciated.

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