The Centennial State has no shortage of beautiful cities, towns, parks and fun outdoor adventures. In fact, that’s likely why you’re looking at homes for sale in Aspen. But after you find your dream home, it’s time to get out and explore – and these six towns should be on your “Can’t Miss” list.
6 of the Most Beautiful Colorado Towns to Visit
There’s no question about it: Aspen is gorgeous. With its pristine, world-class ski slopes winding through the majestic Rocky Mountains, fine dining and boutique shopping, it’s made for pure enjoyment. But there are plenty of other Insta-worthy towns in Colorado that you can’t miss – including:
- Estes Park
Here’s a closer look at each.
Known for its sulfur-free hot springs, the mountain community of Ouray is a wonderful weekend getaway. The area also boasts the Ouray Ice Park where you can test your climbing skills, attend festivals and pretend you’re Jon Snow making his ascent. Around town, you can visit the Box Canyon Waterfall and Park, take the Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour or enjoy looking at restored Victorian structures backdropped by dramatic snow-capped peaks.
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The scenic beauty of Breckenridge is a given, but there’s so much more to this mountain town. In addition to famed hiking trails and phenomenal ski runs, the town’s large historic district is known for Main Street, which is teeming with fine dining and boutique shopping. Among Breckenridge’s numerous festivals and events are competitions like the International Snow Sculpting Championships.
Pro Tip: If you’ve got a hankering for history, you’ll love the Barney Ford House Museum, which tells the story of escaped slave Barney Ford. Ford became one of the most successful businessmen in Colorado during the late 1800s.
Located in southeastern Colorado, Trinidad is known for its arts scene and is designated as a Colorado Creative District. Creatives of all kinds have taken up residence Trinidad, and the community is a vibrant reflection of artistic style. Swing by the Trinidad History Museum; you can also visit the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, which features over 350 paintings by western artists, as well as art and artifacts from Colorado’s indigenous people.
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Tucked in Clear Creek Canyon, Georgetown is a small village full of restored Victorian-style structures. Its historic business district is full of character, featuring red sandstone-lined sidewalks you can stroll along to enjoy cozy eateries, boutique shopping and a wonderful selection of cafes. Learn about life in Victorian-era Georgetown by visiting Hamill House Museum and get a glimpse of how locals lived, including their tastes in furniture and even in landscaping. To add to the experience, you can also enjoy a ride on a steam locomotive – and don’t forget to check out Georgetown Lake for lots of other activities.
Estes Park is paradise for outdoors-lovers. Go horseback riding to get a taste of the Old West, spend some time camping or hiking, or test your luck at fly fishing. The town’s Riverwalk, which winds with the Big Thompson River and Fall River, features a breathtaking sculpture garden, shops, restaurants and bars. This town has a special treat for movie buffs and bibliophiles: It’s home to the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration behind Stephen King’s eerie 1974 horror classic The Shining. Whether you love the movie or the book (or both), it’s worth a visit.
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It’s no secret that Telluride has world-class skiing, but it’s also a hub for a bevy of other outdoor activities year-round. The charming downtown is perfect for a leisurely stroll and boasts art galleries, boutique shopping, fine dining and bars with clapboard reminiscent of the town’s Victorian mining days. The Sheridan Opera House and Telluride Historical Museum are both great places to visit to experience living history while you’re in town.
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