Collected by Genevieve, AFAR Local Expert
Mt Crested Butte, CO, USA
I lived in Colorado for 15 years and explored some areas quite a bit, camera in hand. The Crested Butte area is one of the prettiest areas in the state. Crested Butte is known as a ski destination, but I went in summer and autumn and loved it. Get...
6975 Howard St, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819, USA
Don’t expect butlers, room service, or even a receptionist at this six-room lodge set at nearly 7,800 feet in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Owner Christian Keesee vacationed in Green Mountain Falls as a kid. When the New York–based...
675 Lionshead Pl, Vail, CO 81657, USA
We all have a mental image of upscale European alpine villages from countless spy movies and Vogue fashion shoots. There’s the little café with etched glass and women sipping Alsace with perfect hair and puffy parkas. The men are capable sorts,...
Maroon-Snowmass Trail, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Aspen is a playground for the active traveler. No matter how many times I visit, I always set aside time to bike to Maroon Bells. Rent a bike from the Hub, a cycling store in town, and be sure to bring a water bottle and even some snacks for...
52068 W Fork Rd #38, Dolores, CO 81323, USA
Among the most lauded hotel openings in recent years, Dunton Hot Springs is a glitterati mainstay, with its batch of former mining community cabins that look straight out of a Ralph Lauren catalogue. You don’t have to book a pricey stay at...
Hike, bike, or ride at your leisure up through Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Colorado. For photographers, I recommend taking Trail Ridge Road for its vast opportunity to stop off and take pictures of beautiful views. The trip begins in the...
1881 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202, USA
The Ritz-Carlton Denver delivers its customary luxury with many local touches, located within a short walk of the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, Coors Field, and LoDo district. Even the standard guestrooms are the largest in town, starting at 550...
2201 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80205, USA
The city that helped launch the craft beer revolution has turned its attention to liquor. Here are three distilleries worth a visit. 1. STRANAHAN’S The whiskey is made from barley grown in the Rockies. Factory tours end with a tasting in the...
330 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
When it opened in 1889, the Jerome lured New York City socialites and European aristocrats with its mix of rough-and-tumble mountain swagger and “modern” amenities (plumbing and electricity). In December 2012, the 94-room property...
1500 Wynkoop St #101, Denver, CO 80202, USA
The Squeaky Bean's dining room is an oak-and-leather space that was once a saddlery. It’s a casual backdrop for the cuisine of chef Max MacKissock, who tops his hot carrot soup with lime-Sriracha peanuts and savory ice creams. During happy...
Kebler Pass, Colorado 81230, USA
My girlfriend and I were celebrating the day of her birth with a lovely off road adventure. Once at the top, we decided to hike at the peak of Kebler Pass while witnessing Aspen trees as wide as truck tires. The towering forest, mingling with...
1770 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
Boulder was my home for 17 years, and so it's tough for me to think of it as a tourist attraction. There are of course many wonderful things to see: the Flatirons, Chautauqua, and the Pearl Street Mall, which was just a run-down street when I was...
2376 15th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
206 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA
City O' City has the only savory oatmeal I've ever seen on a menu. It's exactly like it sounds: oatmeal and grilled vegetables topped with an egg, shredded cheese and toasted almonds. And pretty delicious. City O' City is a bar/restaurant with an...
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