ALAMOSA • DENVER • GRAND JUNCTION • COLORADO SPRINGS
Change Your Altitude,
Change Your Attitude
Colorado is the gateway to the sprawling Rocky Mountains, so it’s no surprise that adventure-seekers find themselves drawn to this state. The rapidly changing weather conditions and hilly terrain make it ideal for bus travel, where you don’t have to worry about maintaining your vehicle. If you’ve decided to hop on a bus and head west to colorful Colorado, here are some cities and destinations that can’t be missed.
Outdoor activities, scenic mountain backdrops and a cool urban vibe make Boulder a perfect stop for your bus trip. Visitors should take advantage of the extensive Colorado Parks system and check out Eldorado Canyon, a year-round outdoor experience. Experienced rock climbers can tackle the Canyon’s golden cliffs, which draw climbers from all over the world. Even in the winter, the park offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing across the picturesque trail system.
Once you’ve exhausted your body, it’s time to refill your belly and empty your wallet. Downtown Boulder is home to the Pearl Street Mall, a series of outdoor shops and restaurants perfect for serious shoppers and those just looking to people watch. Visit The Kitchen at the Pearl Street Mall to find farm-to-table fresh cuisine that utilizes locally grown ingredients.
Even though picturing Aspen brings to mind a cozy winter ski town, it’s actually a year-round destination for bus trips. If you’re going to visit the area that John Denver made famous via song, it makes sense that you also visit the sanctuary that bears his name. The John Denver Sanctuary features man-made wetlands, native shrubs, plants, flowers and trees, and a nearby amphitheater to catch a musical performance. If you’re looking to get away from it all, this is the place.
Once you’ve found your spiritual center, time to knock it off-kilter with an exhilarating whitewater rafting ride. The mighty Roaring Fork River is deep, swift and powerful, making your raft experience one to write home about.
After working up an adrenaline-fueled appetite, you’ll need food that sticks to your ribs. Locals swear by Hickory House’s ribs, homemade onion rings and slow-smoked BBQ.
Named one of the healthiest cities in the United States, the capital of Colorado has four major sports teams and world-class museums, while also hosting smaller, eclectic neighborhoods that give this city its unique charm. Chances are your bus trip will have you in town to catch a pro sporting event, so between Denver Nuggets basketball, hockey from