Sample all the flavors Longmont has to offer — from goat cheese to craft beer, fine dining, U-pick apples, farmers' market finds and casual eats, as well as a taste of adventure and history while you're at it.
The Park County towns of Fairplay, Bailey and Lake George are packed with scenic vistas, meandering streams and placid rivers, historic sites and friendly places to eat and commune with the locals.
A few tips:
• Prime leaf-peeping is in September
• Check restaurant schedules, as some are closed in the winter or during weekdays
• Visit natural areas during the week to get some alone time with nature
From arcade games to bowling to a ghost town, Salida is packed with delightful hints of the past.
Be prepared for no lines or traffic jams as you explore Sterling and its neighboring communities. Roam freely at your own pace and strike up conversations with the locals — the residents here love to talk about the area.
Ecotravelers will be drawn to Colorado Springs, where a large number of businesses have demonstrated a passion for sustainability.
From hiking and outdoor exploration to soaking up cultural gems and enjoying a range of dining options, Breckenridge is the perfect spot for active retirees to experience Colorado.
Take your time to explore some of the lesser-known attractions in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Woodland Park, Cripple Creek and other Pikes Peak-area destinations.