As a state in the United States of America, Colorado is a state that encompasses most of the Southern Rocky Mountains along with the northeastern part of the Colorado Plateau, and the western edge of the Great Plains. The state is bordered by Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Arizona. Colorado climate is complex and unlike other states, the southern part of the state or southern Colorado is not always warmer than the northern part of the state or northern Colorado. The state is made up of mostly mountains, foothills, high plains, along with desert lands. Overall, when there is an increase in elevation, it is expected to have decrease in temperature, with an increase in precipitation. Around the northeast, east, and southeast parts of Colorado however, are mostly high plains; northern Colorado has high plains, foothills, and mountains; northwest, and west Colorado are mostly mountains with some desert lands; while southwest along with southern of the state have a mixture of mountainous and desert areas.
What to see & do
Colorado’s main attractions include national monuments such as Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado National Monument, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, and Yucca House National Monument. Some of the national historic trails within the area include Old Spanish National Historic Trail, Pony Express National Historic Trail, and Santa Fe National Historic Trail. Other destinations include national historic sites, scenic trails, forests, state and city parks, along with other popular destinations such as Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, Pike National Forest, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Chautauqua Park, Royal Gorge, Air Force Academy Chapel, Denver Art Museum, Denver Mint, and South Park, to name a few.
How to get around
Greater Denver area’s major cities such as Denver, Aurora, Boulder, Lakewood, Littleton, Longmont, and Broomfield are joined by bus transportation that uses RTD. There is a service south to Castle Rock and Colorado Springs that is provided by FREX. The buses run regular schedules and are very reasonable. When travelling long distances, it is best to go by Greyhound and Black Hills Stage Lines. The Greyhound services stop along the two major Colorado Interstates, I-25 and I-70, along with parts of US Highway 40. Meanwhile, Black Hills run services to some of the smaller Colorado mountain towns namely Gunnison, Buena Vista, along with Alamosa, all connected to Denver. Other options when in Colorado include taxis and shuttle services, which are available throughout the state.
How to get there
To get into Colorado would require flying into Denver International Airport, the largest airport in the United States based on total area. The airport has six concrete runways measuring at around 3,600 metres to 4,800 metres, or 12,000 feet to 16,000 feet. Destinations include Toronto, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Branson, London, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Austin, Des Moines, Detroit, Alamosa, Reykjavík, Boston, New York, Frankfurt, Ontario, Albuquerque, Newark, Dallas, Tokyo, Philadelphia, and Mexico City, via airlines such as Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Branson Air Express, Buss Airways, British Airways, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, Icelandair, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, and Volaris, among others.