The Durango - Silverton Railroad will take you back in time. The steamengine takes you through the mountains passing old mines and stuff.
More info: www.durangotrain.com
Denver International Airport is located 15 miles northeast of downtown Denver. There are also commerical airports in Aspen, Gunnison, Colorado Springs, Cortez, Durango, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Lamar, Montrose, Pueblo, Telluride, Vail and Yampa Valley.
Once you are up in The Rockies don't worry too much about getting around on the roads when it snows - it has to snow pretty heavily for the main roads to be closed off. They are pretty organised regarding clearing,
OK I admit it, this tip is only here because I love this pic and had to create a place to put it!
Miracles do happen: public transportation exists to Grand Junction. There's an Amtrak train a few times a week and there's daily Greyhound connections too. I arrived by Greyhound from Las Vegas: I remember it took a long time - and it was a night-bus. The silhouette of canyons and rock formations I could sort of see (or sometimes imagine) outside the window kept me awake all night - it was like travelling through fairyland...
Having a car is essential in Colorado. Even getting around Denver is difficult without a car as the public transportation is sparse.
Getting to the mountains is difficult without a car, although you can take a train or fly to some mountain towns.
From Denver's Union Station, take the Ski Train up to Winter Park. A great way to go to the mountains for the day if you don't want to drive.
Fly into Denver and it is roughly an hours drive from the airport to the nearby ski lodges. We drove from Tulsa, Oklahoma and it took roughly 10 hours, but we were poor college students at the time, and the drive wasn't too bad with the group of us.
Definitely look into renting a car. Unless you are planning to stay in an all inclusive resort, a car comes in handy.
Recently opened in 1995, Denver International Airport (DEN) is the largest airport in the world. At 53 square miles (137 square kilometers), the airport is twice the size of Manhattan, and is larger than the cities of Boston, Miami, and San Francisco. The city planners decided to place the new airport about 23 miles (37 kilometers) to the northeast of Denver on the open plains in anticipation of future growth and expansion. Denver International Airport is the tenth-busiest airport in the world, primarily because it is one of the three hubs of United Airlines. Until recently, the airport was only served by domestic airlines. However, due to the increasing importance of Denver as a center for international business, there are now nonstop flights to London, Frankfurt, Reykjavik, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Mexico City and several other destinations in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean.
Airlines serving Denver International Airport: AeroMexico, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, Icelandair, jetBlue Airways, Lufthansa German Airlines, Midwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, and Volaris.
All major airlines fly into Denver and Colorado springs with excellent connections to the ski resorts either by Small Commuter flights or Shuttles.DIA is
a Huge airport with delays plenty but Colorado springs airport to the south has been a very good
alternative to get into the state by air.
With so many wide open spaces and mountains,It would be best to rent a car in Colorado,there is also so much to do in the state and the best way to reach the high Mountain peaks is by your own car.
On Holiday, you can fly into the new Denver International Airport or DIA as it's known here, then rent a car or take a shuttle or a bus into the cities.
In the states, the car is King. You can travel to any state any time as long as you can afford the gas. This also allows you to stop any time or place you'd like. A great tradition here is to go on extended road trips. Just get some friends, some good music and start driving-anywhere. It's that easy. Renting a car is the most efficient way to travel between cities.
If you’re coming to Colorado from a long distance away flying into Denver or Colorado Springs is the best way to get here. You can then rent a car or take a shuttle bus to the Aspen area.
.If you take a shuttle to the Aspen area from the airport you can get around by bus. There are buses that run everywhere and they are very reasonably priced. You can also rent a bike to use for transportation; Aspen is very biker friendly
I know that public transport bites in the U.S. It is a painful fact that at this point the best way to see most of my country is with a personal vehicle. So it is best to have this factored into your plans. With the exception of New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and Portland you will need wheels.
I will give you a few ideas that have worked for friends of mine that have visited the U.S.
1. If you have time and the adventurous sprit consider bike touring. I know that this seems crazy to many. It is one of the most interesting ways to see many places in the U.S. It is rich with cultural involvement and would make the trip of a life time.
2. Develop a friendship with an American and travel with them or borrow a car from them. We have traveled with many friends from outside the U.S. and it worked well for them.
3. Rent a car this is expensive but easy and reliable. There are many reliable companies and you can get them right at the airport where you land. (Most U.S. airports are NOT well connected with the cities they serve) This helps to avoid the hassle of getting into town.
4. Buy a used car and sell it when you leave. Many friends have chosen this option and for those with the temperament for dealing with the extra work it is a great option. You most likely will take a loss when you sell it but it comes out better than renting cash wise.
Well I hope this helps a bit.
Keep an eye on your gas gauge, the distances between towns can be vast in Colorado, especially if you're driving on roads other than the Interstate Highways (which I hope you are, that's the best way to see places). Public transit between towns is nigh non-existent for the most part, though Amtrak still makes a trip across the state (and the Winter Park ski train in the winter time is popular on weekends -- from Denver up to a nearby ski resort).
Also, expect anything when driving up in the mountains -- it was snowing in June when I drove over the Continental Divide. Some mountain roads don't open until after Memorial Day. In the winter time, chains may be required on some mountain passes -- pay attention to the weather bulletins.
Mountain driving requires shifting into 2nd or 3rd gear at times, due to steep inclines. Save wear and tear on your brakes -- use your gear shift. Keep your eye on the road, and let your passengers ooh and aah over the amazing scenery -- there are plenty of pull-outs where you can stop and gaze for yourself. Speaking of pull-outs -- if there are cars behind you wanting to take those mountain curves at a fast clip, pull over and let them by. Chances are they've driven that road a hundred times, and know exactly where the curves get hairraising and just how fast they can navigate them -- but you don't. Smile, and let them pass.
Slowmoving traffic stays on the righthand lanes, of course. Watch out for semi-trucks, mountain driving is especially difficult for them.
And please, watch out for the many bicyclists you might encounter on the road. Give them a wide berth, as safe as possible for everyone. I had a friend who was hit by a truck while bicycling, and suffered brain damage as a result. Nothing is worth that, no matter how much in a hurry you might be.
Colorado Springs Airport has 5 major airlines within it's gates: American, United, Delta, US Airways, and Frontier. Southwest Airlines is rumored to have a few gates here in the future, but nothing concrete as of yet.
OK the above tip has exceptions, this the dam road from Dillon towards Breckenridge. however this is the exception that proves the rule - the main road (whose number temporarily escapes me) was still open at the time this pic was taken.
A good way of getting from one side of the Denver Metro Area to the other is to use E-470 instead of the major interstates. It's a toll road, but it's definitely quicker during rush hour.
Denver Airport. It sure looks neat. It's out in the middle of no where. It sure cost a lot of money. And, it sure is difficult to navigate inside. Okay, it's not that hard once you make it through security, but where you need to enter the security area can make you look like you're completely lost. The other thing that I did not like about Denver Int'l is the baggage claim, or more rather finding the appropriate carousel. It's no problem following the baggage claim signs from the gate. Yet, once you get to the point where you can meet up with family and friends...good luck. At least the 5 or 6 times that I flew in, I could never figure out which way to go to find the right carousel. The electronic board that posts your flight and carousel numbers is too far away from the concourse exit, so be prepared to walk around searching for a bit.