Colorado is a state located in the Rockies of the Western United States. It is best known for being a place of natural beauty. While that's certainly true, there is also a wide array of things to enjoy, and especially enough hostels for the backpacker to appreciate.
The eastern half of Colorado is plain and flat. This area is like much of the Midwest: farmland and prone to tornadoes. The state is most memorable for the area in the Rocky Mountains. This chain of mountains includes several tall peaks, some of which are over 1400 feet. These "fourteeners" are sought-after goals for avid climbers. In fact, many of the must-visit places in Colorado are not in cities, but rather in the natural forested parts. A car is recommended to get to these places, but several do have at least one hostel in the area. If you'd rather just stick to the cities, you may be able to get by without driving if you utilize buses, trains, and planes.
Denver is the capitol city of Colorado. Besides the capitol building, another government place to see is one of the few US mints, which you can tour to see how money is made. Denver offers a healthy balance of city charm right next to outdoor adventure. Many of the residents are focused on health aspects, which you will be able to tell by your shopping, dining, and sightseeing experiences.
Boulder is another popular destination near Denver. This is an ideal city if you'd like to hike, climb, or do any other of the outdoor activities, as it is near many mountains and parks. There are also attractions in the city, such as a tour and tasting room of the Celestial Seasonings Herbal factory.
Colorado Springs is at a high elevation, which is why it is an Olympic training center and hangout for adrenaline junkies. The other tourist aspect of Colorado Springs is that it is home to many famous Christian organizations.
Estes Park is a smaller city, but still offers attractions such as the hotel that served as the inspiration for "The Shining" movie. Estes Park is also a gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, a scenic natural place with animals such as elk and birds, and mountains, forests, and rivers to enjoy.
There are so many more cities and attractions in Colorado. The selection of hostels will be diverse depending on which part of Colorado you're interested in. It's a big state, so focus your trip on just a few cities or natural areas.
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Stayed in Glenwood Springs in 1999! Went there for a 10 day ski trip and stayed 4 months. What an awsome spot. So much to see and do. Plenty of outdoor life, skiing in winter, mountain biking, hiking, frisbee golf in summer. The Glenwood Springs Hostel is great with all the assistance you need and a wonderful …
Boulder is a beautiful place with friendly people, but be warned, it's easily as preppy as the Orange County, so if that isn't your scene you may not want to spend much time here.
Denver is a growing city. Progression with almost everything can be seen. It's a safe place compared to other large U.S. cities. The vibe is right in the middle, nothing extreme on either side. Some really cool stuff to find here but you have to look.