The Centennial State was founded on the backs of hard working men and women looking for a better way of life for their families. Met with adversity and harsh conditions, our ancestors worked tirelessly to acquire the American Dream. Today, you’ll find that approach has far from fleeted the minds of Coloradans.
Colorado is a leader in eco-technologies, agriculture and tech start-ups but that’s not all we excel in. Our love for fitness and education consistently puts us at the top of the list in both categories.
If you ever find yourself atop one of Colorado’s 53, distinct, 14 thousand foot peaks, you’ll quickly understand the reason why Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write “America the Beautiful” whilst atop the majestic Pikes Peak, in Colorado Springs.
If hiking to a high(er) altitude isn’t quite your preferred method of seeing above the clouds you can head to nearby Boulder, to scope the stars at Sommers-Bausch Observatory or next door at The Fiske Planetarium. CU-Boulder has one of the best aerospace engineering schools in the country and perfectly situated to attract some of the most notable astronauts in the United States, due in part to Colorado’s abundance of clear, sunny skies.
Bring your sunglasses because Colorado has, on average, 300 days of sun per year. You read correctly- 300 days! Ask anyone around and they’ll tell you- the best way to end (or begin) a day of hitting the slopes, biking the mountain trails or paddling through the whitewater rapids is with a refreshing patio drink. Whether it be summer, winter or anytime in between, we love our patios and taking in that fresh Colorado air. Saddle up outside with a local craft brew, glass of wine, distilled spirit or thirst quenching fruit smoothie and watch the sun turn into a breathtaking sunset over the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains over the Denver skyline.
Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in America. That is no surprise once you arrive and see the amount of cranes that huddle around the dense cityscape. Home to professional sports teams in almost every sport, the Denver-metro area caters to sports enthusiasts from January- December. The Boettcher Concert Hall is the nation’s first hall “in-the-round” (created to harbor a more intimate, closer to the stage, setting) and currently homes the Colorado Symphony who annually rehearse and perform in the Hall.
When the heat becomes too unbearable (it can), you can take the youngsters to Elitch Gardens, located in the heart of Denver. An amusement as well as water park for children of all ages, this theme park is sure to help break up the dog days of summer.
It would be unfair to discuss Denver and not mention the natural wonder that is Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This simply astounding structure is, at the very least, incredible. Sure to amaze any music fan, this venue hosts some of the best artists in music with a stacked summer lineup.
Colorado continues to be sculpted through unity by way of diversity. Acceptance and tolerance drive our dedication to strengthen our country through example. We are pioneers. We are unwavering. We are rebellious. We are passionate. We are the perfect paradigm for what can be accomplished through hard work and a never give up attitude. So please, come embrace our state. Take in our culture. Crack a smile at an unfamiliar face on the street and start a conversation with your neighbor. Most importantly, be a local, if only for a short while.