There are a lot of people out there who only think of the show South Park when they think of Colorado. And that’s a shame, because Colorado has so much to offer visitors. Sun or snow, it’s one of the most unique places in the United States to go for a vacation.
So here are some of the top reasons to visit Colorado!
Because you can visit South Park
Just so we can get the South Park references out of the way early, I’ll point this out now. South Park is set in a fictionalized version of the county South Park, Colorado. So it is an actual place you can visit. It’s nowhere near as crazy as the television version, though.
There’s plenty to do in the summer
A lot of people only see snow when they try to imagine Colorado. (Again, maybe that can be blamed on South Park.) But not only does summer actually occur in Colorado, there’s plenty to do when the sun is out! You may not see it as a summery place, but there are some amazing things to do in the summer. Want to go on balloon rides? You’re on. Want to go biking or rafting? There are great spots for those, too. And while we’re on the subject of things to do in the Coloradan summer...
The Aspen Music Festival and School
The Aspen Music Festival and School is, without a doubt, one of the best music festivals in America. Yes, it’s up there with Coachella. Bringing in an audience of about 70,000 members every year, the event lasts for eight weeks. There are five incredible orchestras who perform there every year. Opera productions and chamber music are also mainstays of the festival. And if you’re wondering about the “school” part of the title? That’s because the event also features music classes for people of all ages.
Put it off for as long as you like: at some point in an article about Colorado, you need to mention the skiing. There are plenty of places to do it, but Pitkin County has the big winter resort complex. It has four amazing skiing areas close to each other! There’s the legendary Aspen Mountain, of course. Most people think of Aspen Mountain when they think of skiing in Colorado. (Again… probably because of South Park.) But the biggest ski area is, in fact, Snowmass. It’s located next to Snowmass Village, one of Colorado’s most iconic residential locations. Perhaps you should consider Snowmass home rentals for your visit!
Marijuana is legal there
Okay, so this is bound to be frowned upon by some people. But I can hardly write an article about traveling to Colorado without mentioning it, can I? After all, Colorado’s healthy tourist industry got even stronger when it was legalized there in 2014. It’s only one of four American states when recreational use is legal! Of course, most people in Colorado still don’t indulge, so don’t worry if you’re not into it. It’s not ubiquitous!