Wanting to visit Colorado and not sure where to start?  AVA is here to help!

When to come:

Most people think Colorado and think “ski vacation” so they plan to come in December or March.  While a Colorado ski vacation is a fantastic way to enjoy the Rocky Mountains, summers in Colorado are just as amazing.  Not only are costs lower for flights, for lodging, and for car rentals, but the dry and moderate climate and vast array of activities make exploring Colorado fun and accessible.  This year, consider a Colorado vacation in late June or in July to beat the heat and the crowds.

How to get here:

If you live in a state relatively close to Colorado, you might want to consider a road trip.  Having your own car means that you can take the vacation at your own pace without worrying about catching flights or dropping off a rental, and it allows you to experience the wide range of topography as you venture from the state’s borders to the mountainous interior.

If you live further away, flying is by far the best option.  Most people fly into Denver International Airport which has the most flight options and is located closest to Colorado’s main highway, Interstate 70.  I70 crosses the entire width of Colorado, so flying into Denver will give you easy access to the majority of the state.  Additional airports are also available in areas like Durango, Aspen, Vail, and Colorado Springs if you want to get closer to your location, but be sure to do your research and make sure that your airline flies into those airports.  Be sure to compare prices, as well, as DIA can often offer a better price.

Where to stay:

Colorado has so many amazing locations, it can be overwhelming to try to decide on a final destination.  You may end up deciding on two or three different locations and staying in each for a shorter period of time so that you can experience more of Colorado’s great options.  For an urban experience, Denver is an easy choice, as are Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Fort Collins.  For a mountain resort experience, consider Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Steamboat or Aspen. If you are hoping to get out into the wilderness, think about Buena Vista, Kremmling, or Estes Park.

What to do:

Colorado VacationThe summer activities in Colorado are almost endless.  Whitewater rafting and mountain biking are probably the most popular summer activities, but ziplining and hiking are close seconds.  In addition, road biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, fly fishing and camping draw devout followers year after year.  Train rides, hot air balloon rides, atv tours and jeep tours are few of the other great options.  In the end, no matter what activities you decide on, you’ll be glad you chose summer for your Colorado vacation.  Call AVA Rafting to figure out the perfect activities and itinerary for your summer trip to Colorado.