Colorado: The Centennial State

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The state of Colorado was named after the Colorado River, which runs through seven(!) different states. Unfortunately we didn't have the time to visit all of Colorado's greatness, but here's the highlights of our visit.

Mesa Verde National Park
Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, USA
Mesa Verde National Park is located in the Southwest corner of Colorado. The national park hosts some of the most well-perserved Ancestral Puebloan sites in the United States. The best known cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde is named Cliff Palace, dating back more than 700 years. Besides being the largest cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde it is also quite easily accessible. Even without a guided tour, you can see it up close from a viewing platform.

Balcony House in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, USA
The Balcony House is one of the other main spots in Mesa Verde. Accessible only by a ranger-guided tour down a 32-foot ladder and through a 12-foot tunnel, it resides high on the cliff side. A series of toe-holds in a cleft of the cliff was believed to be the only exit/entrance, which made the Balcony House fairly easy to defend. If you miss out on the guided tours, you can hike the Soda Canyon Overlook Trail to see it from afar.

Mesa Verde has many viewpoints and stops along the way and a visit in this unique national park is mandatory.

Denver
Little Man Ice Cream in Denver, Colorado, USA
The state capital of Colorado; Denver, lies on the foothills of Rocky Mountains National Park. Nicknamed the Mile High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile above sea level.
Central Denver is full of prominent buildings, cozy caf├ęs, low-key bars with live music and local specialties. Little Man Ice Cream in the Highland district is definitely worth a visit.

Blue Horse at Denver Airport, Colorado, USA
If by change you're arriving or leaving Denver by air, look for the Blue Horse (Blue Mustang) near the airport. The eyes of this magnificent and super creepy horse glows red at night. Stuff for nightmares, unlike the rest of Denver.

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