One thing I miss about Colorado is the sun. Colorado, like Arizona gets over 300 days of sunshine a year. As a Colorado native, I miss the sun and the mountains. It's also very dry here with very little humidity. The Rocky Mountains are fantastic. Colorado and Utah offer THE BEST skiing. The greatest snow of Earth!
Fondest memory: As a Colorado native, there are way too many to list here. One of my fondest memories is when I took a colleague to some of my old haunts like South Park. The weather was cool but sunny and it reawakened a new love, interest in eventually returning.
Located about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northwest of Denver, and now part of Denver's metropolitan area, Boulder is a beautiful city situated at the base of the Flatirons (pictured here), a series of five rock formations that resemble upturned irons.
Boulder was founded in 1858 when a group of miners set up a mining camp at the mouth of Boulder Canyon. A year later, the Boulder City Town Company was established by one of the original settlers, A.A. Brookfield, who later went on to become the first president of Boulder City. The company's 60 shareholders divided 1,280 acres (518 hectares) along Boulder Creek among themselves and put up an additional 4,044 lots for sale to bring in settlers.
By 1867, Boulder had become the county seat of Boulder County. The city's growth was very slow during this period. Mining and its supporting industries, such as hardware stores, mining supply stores, transport facilities, room-and-board establishments, gambling halls, and saloons were the mainstays of its economy. Farms were also being established in the surrounding areas.
Between the 1950s and 1970s, several large companies opened facilities in Boulder. These attracted more people and helped the local economy. Nowadays, there are about 97,385 inhabitants in the city.
Boulderites are sports enthusiasts, and it is common to see people walking, jogging, and riding mountain bikes on the many mountain trails just outside the city. Outside Magazine recently named Boulder the "Number One Sports Town in America."
Situated at an altitude of one mile (1.6 kilometers) above sea level, Denver is known as the "Mile High City." The city is located on the high plains, about 12 miles (19 kilometers) east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Contrary to popular belief, Denver is not situated in the mountains.
The city that would become Denver was established as a mining camp called Montana City that was set up on the banks of the South Platte River. Montana City was soon abandoned in favor of a more permanent settlement, called Auraria, that was located on the south bank of Cherry Creek where it merges with the South Platte River. Shortly after that, General William H. Larimer, Jr. established a rival community on the north bank of Cherry Creek that he named Denver City in honor of the territorial governor, James Denver. Denver City and Auraria eventually merged into one town, whose economy was at first based on servicing miners, and included such businesses as goods trading, livestock, gambling establishments, and saloons. In 1861, the Colorado Territory was established. (Prior to that, much of what is now Colorado was part of the Kansas Territory). In 1867, the territorial capital was moved from nearby Golden to Denver, which became the more important city after a railroad spur connected it to the Transcontinental Railroad at Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Colorado's capital and largest city, Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. People are lured to the area by a booming economy, a pleasant climate, and unlimited outdoor recreational opportunities. With about 3,120,000 inhabitants in the greater metropolitan area, Denver is the financial, cultural, and transportation hub in the six-state mountain region known as the "Rocky Mountain Empire."
After a devastating economic slump in the late 1980s, Denver is currently undergoing a renaissance, with a large influx of population, one of the best economies in the nation, massive new construction projects throughout the metropolitan area, and an explosion of new cultural amenities and facilities.
Denver is the best educated city in the United States, with more college graduates per capita than any other city, and more federal employees than any city other than Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1859 as a mining camp and supply base for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the nearby foothills, Golden is a pleasant city with the look and feel of the Old West. The city's motto is, appropriately, "Where the West Lives." It is nestled in a valley between Lookout Mountain (part of the Front Range) to the west, and North Table Mountain and South Table Mountain (both impressive flat-topped mesas) to the city's east.
The settlers named their mining camp Golden City, not for the gold they were mining from the nearby streams and foothills, but in honor of Thomas Golden, a miner from Georgia who was one of the first to find gold in the area. The settlement quickly emerged as an economic and political center due to its strategic location between the gold fields in the mountains of the Front Range and points to the east. It was also a gateway to important roads leading into the mountains. Golden City served as the capital of the provisional Territory of Jefferson between 1860 and 1861, and as the capital of the official Territory of Colorado between 1862 and 1867. In 1867, the territorial capital was moved to nearby Denver, which overtook Golden as the region's most important city after it was connected to the Transcontinental Railroad by a spur that was built south from Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Nowadays, Golden is part of the western suburbs of the Denver metropolitan area, and has a population of about 19,000. It is home to The Coors Brewing Company and the Colorado School of Mines, one of the finest schools in the nation that specializes in geologic engineering and applied sciences.
The high-altitude park that would one day become Estes Park was first visited by the local American Indians who summered in the area to escape the heat of the plains below. In 1859, Joel Estes, the first white man to visit the area, established his town on the banks of the Big Thompson River.
Nowadays, Estes Park has a population of about 5,800, and is one of the busiest and most important tourist areas in Colorado. As the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, there are many amenities for the influx of tourists. Estes Park abounds with restaurants, shopping options, and hotels and motels. The area offers almost unlimited outdoor recreational opportunities, including hiking, boating and rafting, fishing, mountain and rock climbing, mountain biking, and nature watching.
Colorado is the land of the Rockies and outdoor activity. Enjoy it to its fullest.
Fondest memory: The rangers at the various National Parks have very different personalities. My favorites were the ones at Rocky Mountain National Park. They knew about the trails. Not from reading, but from actually walking them. We had our sights set on Flattop Mountain and possibly another valley hike nearby, but a ranger explained you could combine the two into a long loop hike. He said that the traverse between the two trails wouldn't be marked, but that the route would be obvious as long as the weather was clear. The only catch would be we would have to cross the Andrews Glacier on the route. There would be signs warning of the danger of hidden crevasses, but at that time of year we would be fine as long as we stayed off to the side and got off onto the scree at the first safe moment, and way before we got to the frigid glacial lake at the bottom. Hell, we were game we thought.
The trail up was grueling. We were roasting from the glaring sun and physical effort, but once on top we were greeted with astounding views and a 30 degree windchill factor. After changing clothes we headed for the obvious part of the ridge he'd told us about and prayed for the weather to hold out, and happy that the wind was at our back. The glacier was a welcome sight as we figured now we had found our way and wouldn't have to return via the same route. Now, we just had to make it down in one piece and all would be apple pie.
We started down precariously but soon found ourselves skiing down on our boots and later on our butts. It was a blast! We got to a point where the scree looked manageable and made our way down to the lake. God, it was such a relief to be down there. It was perhaps a crazy thing to do, but it had been such fun. Now that it was done, it would just be an unbelievable memory. When the adrenaline wore off a bit, we realized what a beautiful place we had come upon and enjoyed some solitude before making our way down the lush valley before us.
Favorite thing: The scenery in this state is usually enjoyed best in the morning hours. If you want to go out sightseeing, try to get an early start. As the day goes on, it often becomes cloudy and may storm. Even if there's no rain, the haze degrades the view. So this is a good place for a morning person.
This small town near Colorado Springs received its popularity for waters rising from the aquifers deep below the ground, that filled with minerals in high concentration, including the carbonic acid, which gives the water its’ bubbles. First ones who noticed the healing quality of the water were Indians that visited this valley for centuries. Major Stephen Long arrived in 1820, along with surgeon, Doctor Edwin James. It was Dr. James who wrote of the health benefits of the mineral waters. After that many rich people came to this place to heal their and their children health.
Manitou’s development quickly attracted wealthy tourists and long-staying guests. Manitou was laid out like a European spa town, affectionately referred to as Palmer’s “Little Switzerland” , with numerous public facilities and parks.
When tuberculosis was no longer a national health threat, the town became from health resort to just tourist attraction. Now tourists come to buy some souvenir, art work, Indian pottery, also walk among Victorian buildings or even to stay in a hotel of Victorian era.
Fondest memory: Visit my Manitou Spings page for more tips
Each season offers different activity choices:
If you love to ski, obvious choice is winter.
Elk are easily seen in the fall.
In my opinion, Summer (June & July) is the best time to see the most.
Just remember on timing-Colorado still has snow in the mountain areas end of May.
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The greatest thing I like about Colorado, is the genuine surprise of seasons! Winters can be blistery cold and lots of snow (depending on where in the state you are) or a light sweater day during this time of year! Go figure! There are four distinguishable seasons in here, each awesome as only mother nature (or God) can provide! Each season is vibrant, and even an ignorant person cannot help but gasp in awe at such beauty.
Fondest memory: One particular memory that stands above all, is one year, in the middle of July we headed off for the zoo, and were wearing long coats and dressed for winter!!! It was that cold ... we thought we had warped into the North Pole. The single most exhilarating experience for me in Colorado, is when autumn rushes in, and endless hillsides shimmer with the golden glitter of aspen foliage!
Fondest memory: The official state flag of Colorado was adopted on June 5, 1911. It was designed by Andrew Carlisle Johnson in 1911. The white in the flag symbolizes Colorado's snowcapped mountains, the blue symbolizes clear blue skies, the red symbolizes the reddish soil, and the golden yellow represents the Sun.
Colorado is nicknamed the Centennial State because Colorado entered the union 100 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. President U.S. Grant declared Colorado a state on August 1, 1876.
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So here I am, in my Holiday Inn suite, looking at a very small bath tub. I can see the plug-hole, but can I find the plug?
Ach, well, worked out the shower, am now as clean as I'll ever be, then check out the other bathroom - still no plug :p
Then, genius as I am, I find a little lever at top of bath, and do you know what it does? (Well, if you are a yank, then you will! LOL) It acts as plug under the drainholes! Damn crafty this US plumbing!
Fondest memory: Memories are building even as we speak, for it is a foreign land to me, as strange as ancient Alexandria, even as strange as Hartlepool, and aye, there'll be more to come!