Where does one start when it comes to travelling in the USA? Well, with our USA travel guide, which takes you around not only the national park wonders in the Rocky Mountains but the deserts and canyons of the West, the culture-rich Deep South and the littoral loveliness of both east and west coasts, as well as on road trips that take in bits and pieces of all of them.
Travelling in Colorado with kids
Come to Colorado with your kids and they will never ask to go to Disneyworld or Universal Studios again.
It is hard to understand why so many people put themselves through the queues and queeziness of theme park holidays when they could just take on the natural theme parks of somewhere like Colorado. When travelling in Colorado with kids you will be grinning from morning to night here, your kids buzzing on mountain air, rafting and biking, ziplining and horseback riding, all the time being nourished on superb locally produced food. You donít have to be a hiking-biking sort of family either, with every town and village catering for newbies to nature. Itís like they put something in the water, and with so many people high on life in Colorado this is an ĎIíll have whatever they are havingí sort of a place to holiday and one where you just canít resist joining in the fun.
Activities for families in Colorado
This is not just ziplining, itís soaring. Made from stainless steel cables that donít make a zip noise, you just soar serenely through the air making this the most eco-friendly zipline you can get. It is also the longest course in the world. So remote it is only accessible by train from Durango, you spend the day soaring through pristine ponderosa pine forests, over the gushing Animas River and down through fauna rich valleys. They also have ecology guides who soar with you, so you can identify the trees you are climbing and the birds you are sharing the skies with. This is a trip of a lifetime.
Be a dune dude
Go sandboarding or sledding on 230 metre high dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park. Rent a special board or sled at Kristi Mountain Sports in nearby Alamosa but go early as sand gets seriously hot. For top trip, combine with a ranch stay at nearby Zapata Ranch, so you can ride on dunes and be a ranch dude too.
Pack up your llama
Go on a llama pack trip in the Rocky Mountain National Park. With all equipment carried by llamas, hike and camp into real Coloradan back country. Kirks Mountain Adventures provide everything you need for a night on the mountain and, being fishing experts, fly fishing gear too.
It is kidís heaven here in winter, with snow omnipresent for at least five months. Skiing doesnít have the same elitist vibe in Colorado either, compared with Europe, especially at the small resorts such as Silverton or Salida, or even Snowmass, which although attached to the more aspirational Aspen, is very family-orientated.
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