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A Mile High: What You Can Do at 5,280 Feet in Denver 1

A Mile High: What You Can Do at 5,280 Feet in Denver

At an elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level, Colorado’s capital city has an ear-popping altitude of one mile. Acclimate in the city for at least a day before heading into the high country, and you’ll find all sorts of “highs” inside the metro area. A few benchmarks in Denver hit the exact 5,280 feet of altitude point. After finding…

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A Complete Guide to Colorado Train Rides

If you want to experience some beautiful views and get a taste of history, Colorado train rides offer both. Railroading began in Colorado shortly after the “Silver Boom” in 1879. There were many obstacles to overcome due to the rugged topography forcing many lines to be built with the three-foot-right-of-way, as opposed to the four-foot plus. Construction crews also decided…

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Forney Museum: Denver’s Transportation Hall of Fame

Car lovers and history buffs will love the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver. It’s a must-see for your next trip to the Mile High City. Denver’s Forney Museum of Transportation displays the best of transportation history, from locomotives, to automobiles, to horse-drawn carriages and other antique forms of travel. Located off Interstate 70 and Brighton Boulevard, near the Denver…

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Classic Meets Modern: The Edwards House in Fort Collins

Being a bustling college town and having more restaurants per capita than any other place in Colorado, there is a lot to see and do in Fort Collins during your Colorado vacation. With several dozen different lodging choices, there are just a few that stand out as exemplary. One of these is the Edwards House, a historic Bed and Breakfast….

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Colorado Scenic Byways: Peak to Peak Highway

For nearly a century, travelers have admired the Peak to Peak Highway’s forested slopes, snow-dusted mountains and sweeping vistas. In 1918, the state named the route its first scenic byway. When the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways program was created in 1989, the highway was selected as one of the five initial designated routes. The Peak to Peak Scenic and…

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Chimney Rock: National Historic Site

Look south as you drive across U.S. 160 in southern Colorado, between Pagosa Springs and Durango. What appears to be a spire of rock rises from the landscape like a sword thrust through the earth’s crust. You might glimpse a sign that informs you that the turnoff for Chimney Rock is near. Take it. The site, open each year from…

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Family-Friendly Glenwood Springs: Adventures for Everyone

My heart clutches in my stomach as I watch my husband and two daughters swing 1,300 feet out over the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon. “Look mom, no hands,” one of my daughters shrieks. They’re securely belted in, and throwing their hands up in the air while screaming their lungs out is all part of the fun. We’re at the…

Kneisel & Anderson: Serving Georgetown Since 1883 4

Kneisel & Anderson: Serving Georgetown Since 1883

Kneisel & Anderson Customers come to Kneisel & Anderson, Georgetown’s oldest business, when they can’t find the specialty item they’re looking for anywhere else. The eclectic Colorado grocery sits just off historic Sixth Street in one of the many Victorian buildings that line the streets of the former mining town founded in 1859. The general store’s display windows hold a…

Historic Breckenridge: Explore Its Victorian Heritage 6

Historic Breckenridge: Explore Its Victorian Heritage

Historic Breckenridge, Colorado, well-known as a four-season playground for outdoor enthusiasts, takes its history seriously. The core area of the town itself is a National Historic District. The Breckenridge Welcome Center doubles as a two-story museum. Many of the 19th century homes are now museumsor designated historic sites. Tearing down historic buildings, even those in disarray, is illegal, and new…

Scenic Byway: Gold Belt Tour 8

Scenic Byway: Gold Belt Tour

Cars creep along a ledge chiseled from a steep cliff. A creek tumbles through a granite gorge 200 feet below. While drivers rivet their eyes on the narrow road, passengers crane their necks to marvel at the view. For many travelers, this white-knuckle, eye-popping drive on The Shelf is the highlight of the Gold Belt Scenic Byway Tour. This Colorado…