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• • • • • C O L O R A D O • • • • •

Colorado is by far the most scenic state in the nation. Whether you're driving at the base of the Rockies along the Colorado River and looking up at majestic mountains that seem to melt into the sky, or skiing down from the mountain tops and taking in the panoramic view for a hundred miles, you're in heaven. There are no bad scenic views in Colorado. The only problem with Colorado is trying to keep your eyes on the road when driving through. Not only has this state become one of the most revered for living and breathing, it has become an icon for business and pleasure. If you're seeking something out of the norm while traveling, this is one state you must stay an extra two days for. Even then, you'll never see it all and must return for more.

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Alamosa County is at the crossroads where the mountains meet the sunny southeast. Located on the Navajo Trail, it is about four hours north to Denver and about the same time south to Albuquerque. Enjoy the Great Sand Dunes National Monument, the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge and a number of other great attractions. www.alamosa.org

Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau: Offering a variety of scenic tours, exciting outdoor activities, places to go, best hotels, ski resorts and restaurants, and convention services. www.bouldercoloradousa.com

As the gateway to the Rocky Mountains, Denver offers world class shopping, cultural events, nightlife, museums and four professional sports teams. Visit the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau’s web site for money saving coupons and up-to-the-minute information on hotels, attractions, restaurants and more. www.denver.org

Durango, home to the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, is located in southwestern Colorado, just 37 miles from Mesa Verde National Park. Durango is surrounded by two million acres of public lands with rolling hills and breathtaking views. More information from the Durango Area Chamber Resort Association can be found at www.durango.org.

A downtown village of more than 300 shops, 50 restaurants and over 145 different acommodations, museums, galleries and parks to picnic -- it all awaits you Estes Park. It's a place where down-to-earth hospitality takes care of the need to both escape and discover. And where you can hike, fish, mountain bike and enjoy the gorgeous mountain scenery. www.estesparkcvb.com

Grand County is a small-town county with some big vacation ideas! It is  the home of Rocky Mountain National Park, Never Summer Wilderness Area, huge recreational choices and the most water activities in the state. Get away to the quiet side of the divide where wildlife and wide open, mountain terrain surround a friendly string of communities. Grand County is only 90 minutes from Denver. www.grand-county.com

Whatever the season, Colorado's Wine Country offers a host of outdoor adventures. From the majesty of the Colorado National Monument to ten local wineries, Grand Junction and the surrounding Grand Valley in western Colorado offer an abundance of natural beauty and activity. More information from the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau is available at www.visitgrandjunction.com.

The Victorian town of Telluride is nestled at the end of a spectcular box canyon, surrounded by the highest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks in North America. The town of Mountain Village, perched 800 feet above Telluride, offers visitors some of the most impressiv eviews in the Rocky Mountains. Whether it's outdoor adventure, award-winning restaratns, luxurious lodging funky summer festivals or great family events and activities, Telluride and Mountain Village have it all. visittelluride.com

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Historical Notes: Colorado is the only state to have turned down the Olympics. In 1976, the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver, but 62 percent of all state voters chose not to host the Olympics because of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on Colorado and the city of Denver.
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