Terri Cook

Visit Colorado’s Old West Towns

Once a sleepy outpost on the Western frontier, Colorado became a hive of activity in the late 1800s after gold was discovered in its clear, cold streams. Every corner of the state hosts a nugget of history and history buffs can explore old forts, gaze at gleaming gold, sashay into old saloons, and even wash down Old West grub with historic cocktails.

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Crested Butte Lodging

Crested Butte, perched high in a pretty mountain valley at nearly 8,900 feet in elevation, boasts the state’s largest and one of its best-preserved National Historic Districts. Elk Avenue, the town’s main street, is lined with brightly colored, Victorian-era buildings packed with boutique shops and a great assortment of restaurants and brewpubs. Here are some recommendations for Crested Butte lodging.

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Where to Stay in Aspen

Aspen’s accommodations are spread throughout the downtown. Many of the priciest digs are clustered at the base of the mountain, but there are more choices scattered throughout downtown. Prices tend to be quite expensive in both winter and summer; there are few deals to be had outside of these seasons. This short guide provides visitors with a variety of options for where to stay in Aspen.

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Shopping in Denver

Shopping in Denver includes a fun mix of indie boutiques, innovative art galleries, and reputable chains. Prices are reasonable and the selection is excellent, especially in popular Larimer Square and the 16th Street Mall. Affluent Cherry Creek has two huge shopping areas that collectively comprise the largest, most-varied shopping district.

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Scenic Rocky Mountain Drive: Trail Ridge Road

Trail Ridge Road, the 48-mile paved road between Estes Park and Grand Lake, is the only road that crosses Rocky Mountain National Park. Driving it is an awe-inspiring adventure with stunning views that Horace Albright, a former director of the National Park Service, described as “the whole sweep of the Rockies before you in all directions.”

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