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June marks the start to Colorado’s one-of-a-kind summer festival season. With mild temperatures and gorgeous blue-sky days, summer celebrations don’t get better than this. We’ve outlined a few of the finest Colorado summer festivals to help you get started on planning the ideal summer vacation.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival: The Telluride Bluegrass is held the weekend closest to the Summer Solstice — the longest day of the year which begins the Colorado summer. It’s a magical time of sun and light, when the high country of Colorado puts away its skis and grabs hiking boots, guitars, and a low-back festival chair to take in “Bluegrass.” Since its very beginning, the festival has embraced a wide swath of roots music to create the unique genre of “Telluride Bluegrass.” Recent lineups have welcomed Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, David Byrne, Ani DiFranco, Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams, Counting Crows, Bonnie Raitt, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic, etc. 46th Annual Telluride Bluegrass (June 20-23, 2019).
FIBArk — America’s Oldest & Boldest Whitewater Festival: FIBArk stands for “First in Boating the Arkansas“—it’s a three-day festival held in Salida, Colorado that started in the 1950s. The history began in 1949 when two friends bet each other who’d win a race from Salida to Cañon City on the Arkansas River. A mixture of whitewater races & paddles, bike races, parades, live music & more! 16 June 13-16, 2019 Father’s Day Weekend
Greeley Stampede: The Greeley Stampede is Colorado’s premier western summer celebration; a Top-25 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo; and a recent inductee into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Furthermore, the backbone of the Greeley Stampede is the rodeo, but it is the concerts that have brought big-name entertainers and big crowds to Greeley. The Stampede’s demolition derby is the largest in Colorado. This annual sell-out, offering non-stop crashes and crunches. It also features a full-size RV division that is the event grand finale and a definite crowd favorite. The Greeley Stampede also includes children’s activities, a carnival, fireworks, and much more. The 4th of July parade is a traditional event that brings families back every year. June 26, 2019 – July 7, 2019
Hot Air Balloon Rodeo: The Hot Air Balloon Rodeo offers guests a spectacle like no other with a sky full of color. Get to the launch grounds early to see the balloons inflate and enjoy this wonderful photography opportunity. The rodeo portion of the event consists of fun contests like dipping into Bald Eagle Lake and since balloon pilots can be competitive, you’re guaranteed a good show. Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park events offer artistry and color both on canvases and in the air making this weekend a staple of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. July 13 – 14, 2019
Vail Dance Festival: Pirouettes, dips, leaps and head-spins sweep through Vail during the prestigious International Dance Festival. Moves from “Dancing with the Stars” are so much more exciting in the flesh — not to mention in Vail’s scenic outdoor venues. July 26–Aug. 10, 2019
Other possible Festivals:
Colorado State Fair, Aug. 23–Sept. 2, 2019; A Taste of Colorado, Labor Day Weekend 2019; Snowmass Wine Festival: Sept. 19-22, 2019
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United States Air Force Academy: The facilities are incredible, everything is state of the art, cadets receive everything they need, as well as support in various forms when they need it. The Academy chapel is also an amazing structure that admirable serves worshipers of all kinds of religious backgrounds, it’s very inclusive and beautiful. Watching all the cadets in formation marching on their parades is impressive. Being in the Academy for a football game is also a great experience to enjoy. Nothing better than to enjoy an Academy tailgate BBQ organized by the cadets themselves before the game is so awesome! The campus is so large and beautiful. It takes several full minutes of drive from the North entrance before you get a glimpse of the sprawling 18,500-acre campus. It was a medium-sized town rather than a traditional college campus. Visitors can freely drive around the campus except only a few places like the sleeping quarter. Because the campus was so huge, a full-sized 18-hole golf course and a full-size football stadium looks small. Admission is free. The half-a-day tour of the campus was another highly memorable experience in Colorado Springs.
National Museum of World War II Aviation: The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10AM to 4PM. Tours are at 10AM, NOON and 2PM. Visitors can walk around the museum on their own or take a historical tour with a guide. Hourly docent led tours are also available to visit WestPac Restoration where WWII aircraft are actively being restored to flying condition. The planes are amazingly well-restored. Plan to spend an hour more past the tour to look at the exhibits more in detail. Every single volunteer was energetic, enthusiastic, and happy to share. Little kids might do better with a self-guided tour, and they can get into some of the hands-on stuff like the flight simulator. For adults? Do the tour!
Garden of the Gods: Located at the base of Pikes Peak, this National Natural Landmark and popular park features stunning geological formations, rock climbing, nature trails and the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. The rock formations are unusual and beautiful. The park is very clean and restrooms available. You will want to visit the visitors center which had a great deal of information and a good gift shop and a refreshment area with seating. This was a must see. Balanced Rock is awesome but go early to be ahead of the crowds as it is a great place to take pictures. The Siamese Trail was a nice easy hike for the entire family and the trail does offer a nice photo of Pikes Peak through the rock formation.
Penrose Heritage Museum: Make a trip over to the Broadmoor Hotel and stop into the free museum. The museum is so well designed. They built a structure in the room which portrays the mountain and highway. You walk up the highway and see vintage and more recent race cars and motorcycles displayed to each side of the walkway. Clothing from famous race drivers and garage equipment donated by racers and their families. Park next door in the underground parking garage which is paid parking. Admission to the museum is free.
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum: This museum is in downtown Colorado Springs in the old El Paso county courthouse. There are two floors of exhibits and a 100-year-old cage elevator you can ride between the two floors. There was an exhibit on Van Briggle pottery, an exhibit about Colorado Springs role in the Tuberculosis epidemic, another on the founder of the town, a restored nineteenth century courtroom, and an exhibit on the towns early business enterprises. There are rooms for the kids, which they will enjoy. Since its downtown, and there are some nice restaurants that are close. The grounds are well kept with some nice statues and flower beds. Beautiful in the spring.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: This is one of the best zoos. The giraffe feeding area is so cool and the kids absolutely love seeing the big purple tongues grabbing the lettuce. They can play in a real-life airplane above the rhino exhibit, fed parakeets, and enjoy the Discovery Center. The walk through the zoo can be a bit strenuous as it is built into the side of a mountain and you work your way up slowly on the winding paths, but just take your time and don’t forget to enjoy the amazing views as you proceed through the zoo. The grill has fabulous hamburgers and fries for a reasonable price while you overlook the city. Overall, truly terrific!
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Colorado State Capital: Denver
From an English surname which was from a place name meaning “Dane ford” in Old English. This is the name of the capital city of Colorado, which was named for the politician James W. Denver (1817-1892). In November 1858, while Denver was still serving as territorial governor, William Larimer, Jr., a land speculator from Leavenworth, planted the townsite of “Denver City” along the South Platte River in Arapaho County in western Kansas Territory (the present-day state of Colorado).
The state was named for the Colorado River, which Spanish travelers named the Río Colorado for the ruddy silt the river carried from the mountains. The Territory of Colorado was organized on February 28, 1861, and on August 1, 1876, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed Proclamation 230 admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state. Colorado is nicknamed the “Centennial State” because it became a state in the same year as the centennial of the United States Declaration of Independence
Denver Botanic Gardens: This is a relatively compact, well-designed, varied and beautiful botanic garden right in the heart of Denver. It does a brilliant job of showing off Rocky Mountain flora and fauna, while it offers other beautiful gardens like it’s Japanese garden. Fabulous art exhibitions in the gardens each year are not to be missed.
Mt Evans Drive from Denver: Scenic Mountains and Mining Towns: Head for the hills on a full-day adventure that takes you from Denver to the stunning peaks and Old West boom towns of the Rocky Mountains. Drive up Mt Evans, one of Colorado’s highest ’14-ers,’ and witness the dramatic ranges of the Continental Divide. Along the way, keep an eye out for bison and bighorn sheep, and pass through historic mining towns that preserve the state’s rich silver mining legacy.
On this tour, you will depart from downtown Denver where you will meet your guide and fellow travelers. Your first stop is a visit to one of the best outdoor music venues on earth, Red Rocks Amphitheater, where music has echoed off the sandstone cliffs for decades. Drive through Morrison on your way up into Bear Creek Canyon and watch the landscape change as you head up into the mountains. Take in sweeping vistas and the clear waters of Echo Lake, as you continue along on your journey. In Idaho Springs, enjoy an included lunch at a local’s favorite café. After lunch, we head higher into the hills to one of Colorado’s most famous mining towns, Central City, a place bursting with wild west and gold rush history. Visit the Teller house, a historic building where the onsite guide will tell you stories from the old mining days.
Coors Field: Love this venue- all seats with good views of the field. Very helpful staff. Good choice for ballpark eateries, especially for those who do not want the traditional hot dog! Family friendly. A must if visiting Denver. Population wise, Denver is the smallest city in the country with four major professional sports teams-Denver Broncos football, Denver Nuggets basketball, Colorado Rockies baseball, Colorado Avalanche hockey and Colorado Rapids soccer. That should tell you something about the way Coloradans feel about their sports.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Fabulous place to go back in time! The Museum is clean, so informative on animals, prehistoric dinos, lots of exhibits for kids too. You must go! It’s amazing. Visitors to Colorado MUST see this as many of the Dino bones are from here. This is a 5-star place to visit! Very interesting for all ages. There are several interactive exhibits which are great for kids. There is quite a bit of walking, but it is wheelchair accessible and there are escalators too. So many sections of the museum…lots of animals displayed in their habitats, ancient Egyptian displays, and some displays about space.
American Museum of Western Art: What an incredible collection of American western art from the early 19th century through the modern era. Nicely displayed and with an excellent audio guide, this museum will blow you away with the depth and quality of the art. Also, located in a wonderful Victorian building in the heart of Denver, really a must visit for anyone interested in the subject.
North to Loveland on to Estes Park: one of the best ski towns to visit and is one of the gateways to the Rocky Mountain National Forest and Mirror Lake.
South to Colorado Springs to the Air Force Academy: the iconic Cadet Chapel is located there. A must see if your traveling around Colorado.
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COLORADO Natural Wonder: Pikes Peak
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