"A journey through Colorado is an unforgettable experience and you'll love getting back to nature in the Rocky Mountains, rusty red canyons, snowy slopes and soothing hot springs."
Take an iconic train ride aboard the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad
Climb aboard a train ride to remember on the Georgetown Loop Railroad, the oldest tourist attraction in Colorado that takes you chugging into the stunning Colorado Rockies. Travel back in time and find out what life was like here in the 19th century, all while soaking up the fresh mountain breeze in the thrilling open-air cars.
Visit the Rocky Mountain National Park
The Rockies are one of the most spectacular destinations in Colorado, and you’ll come face to face with this magical mountain landscape on our Colorado trips. Drive along the scenic Trail Ridge road, the highest continuous paved highway in America, and admire the alpine landscapes of snowy peaks, forests and rivers on this unforgettable journey.
Explore the Mesa Verde National Park
If you’re looking for ancient history in Colorado, you’ll find it in droves at Mesa Verde, where the UNESCO-listed lands have been home to the Pueblo peoples for over 700 years. You’ll marvel at the ancient carved-out cliff dwellings, all while your Colorado travel guide shares fascinating stories of how the Ancestral Puebloans lived in these canyon walls.
You’ll take to the sky as we journey to Denver, the Mile High City that’s, quite literally, a mile above sea level. As a jumping-off point for world-class ski slopes and hiking in the Rockies, Denver is one of the most alluring cities in the country. It’s also a gem in its own right, annd you'll love the vibrant arts, music and dining scenes, and the beautiful Botanical Gardens.
Take a scenic drive along the Peak to Peak Highway
From the San Juan Scenic Byway to the Million Dollar Highway, an All-American Byway that passes through Oury, the ‘Switzerland of America’, there is no shortage of stunning roads in Colorado. We’ll take you from the Peak to Peak Highway, to the famous Trail Ridge Road, to the Rim Rock Drive, where you can even spot bighorn sheep and giant eagles.
Our top 5 things to do in Colorado
With so many incredible things to do in Colorado, where do you start? We’ll let you in on all the best Colorado attractions, from beautiful cities and highways to national parks.
History Colorado Center
You’ll dive into the captivating story of Colorado at this 141-year-old institution. It may be the oldest museum in the state, but it’s famed for its high-tech, interactive exhibits, and you can try out a virtual ski jump, take a virtual ride in a Model T, or experience what life was like in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
Denver Art Museum
Housed in a monumental eight-storey building, you can’t miss the Denver Art Museum. It’s one of the largest art museums on the West Coast, with over 70,000 artworks from almost every continent, including a superb collection of Native American art, and stunning fashion, textile and architecture exhibits.
Molly Brown House
Discover the world of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”, the American activist and philanthropist, Margaret Brown, who even survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic. A self-described “daughter of adventure”, you’ll be captivated by the legacy of this incredible woman as you tour the museum, housed in a grand 20th-century home.
Best museums in Colorado
These museums are some of the best places to visit in Colorado, and you’ll learn all about the fascinating history, art and heroes of the Centennial State.
Rocky Mountain Oysters
In the Rocky Mountains, oysters are not oysters at all. This unique dish is actually made from testicles, most commonly from bison, bulls, pigs and sheep. Created by the very first ranchers in the region, these ‘oyster’s are usually breaded and fried and served up with a tangy cocktail sauce, and you’ve got to give them a try on your Colorado trip.
Colorado Style Pizza
This unique thick-crust pie is one of the most indulgent varieties of pizza you can get, made with a honey-sweetened crust and an enormous amount of toppings. The slices are so loaded, the pizza crust is braided to give it more stability when biting into it. Do it like the locals and dunk the crust edge into a sweet sauce at the end to finish off with dessert!
This eggy dish is one of the most beloved meals in Colorado. It’s essentially an omelette, piled high with ham, green bell peppers, onion and cheese, although you’ll find all different kinds of fillings to try. Order it with a side of toast or hash browns, or eat it on its own, for the perfect Denver breakfast.
Best food in Colorado
When you travel Colorado with Trafalgar, we’ll let you in on all the top spots to try the Colorado foodie favourites, from mountain ‘oysters’ to loaded pizza pies.
What to pack for Colorado
With the state’s high altitude comes more intense exposure to the sun, so be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the harsh UV rays.
Colorado has some amazing hot springs, so be sure to bring your swimsuit and enjoy a soak in the soothing mineral waters.
Comfortable walking shoes
Whether you’re wandering through the Rockies or pounding the pavement in Denver, you’ll need some sturdy walking shoes on your Colorado trip.
Reusable water bottle
Colorado’s high altitude and sunny climate will easily cause dehydration, so bring a refillable water bottle and keep it with you on your adventures.
Although Colorado is famed for its sunshine, the summer is also known for its unpredictable downpours. Bring a raincoat or poncho and stay cosy and dry.