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10 Colorado Activities for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, and that means picking out Christmas trees, decorating the house, buying gifts, and baking everything from cookies and pies to Yule logs. While this can be a great time to stay home and host the extended family, the extra days off work and school can provide a great opportunity to travel somewhere that evokes winter and helps get you in the spirit.

23 Tips for Your Colorado Holiday Vacation

Planning a holiday vacation in Colorado means looking forward to cozy fires, fresh snow, and plenty of events and sightseeing. It can also involve juggling various family schedules and expectations, not to mention trying to nail down where to stay, what to do, and how to get there. Fortunately, with just a little extra planning and some insider knowledge, you’ll be able to cut down on the stress and enjoy a fulfilling and relaxing trip to Colorado. Use these 23 tips to get the most out of your holiday.

1. Bring lots of layers

10 Colorado Resorts to Ski this Thanksgiving

Wondering how you’ll spend your time in Colorado this Thanksgiving? In many parts of the country, November is considered part of fall rather than a winter month. The trees are bare, but there’s only the occasional snow flurry. In Colorado, however, ski season begins in November for most resorts around the state. Last week, Colorado got wave after wave of snow storms, and several of the mountains that are already open reported 30 to 40+ inches in a 7 day span. Even more snow is in the forecast for this weekend, with predictions of up to 30 more inches for some areas.

7 Colorado Ski Resorts You Might Not Know About

We know that you’re familiar with Steamboat and Breckenridge. You’ve skied Vail dozens of times. You made opening day at Arapahoe Basin or Loveland a couple different years. Maybe you fantasize about those waist-deep days at Wolf Creek or heli-skiing at Silverton. You’re an expert on Colorado’s top ski destinations. If you’re looking for a new experience, there are still plenty of ski areas just a little ways off the beaten path.

5 Ideas for a Family Thanksgiving in Colorado

Thinking about traveling to Colorado for Thanksgiving this year? While it might not be your family's holiday tradition, a Colorado Thanksgiving can be as traditional or radical as you like, with endless possibilities for things to do and see. Whether you’re hoping to get the entire extended family together under one roof, or you’re taking your spouse and kids on a cozy getaway, you’ll find it easy to make Thanksgiving whatever you want it to be. Not sure where to start?

5 Winter Destinations for Wildlife Viewing

Most people tend to associate wildlife viewing with the summer, when it’s easier to get out into nature by hiking, biking, ATV’ing or camping. But in Colorado, you’ll find plenty of opportunity for seeing animals throughout the year even if you choose to stay closer to civilization. From larger mammals like moose and bighorn sheep to a variety of bird life and even foxes and coyotes, the local fauna can vary widely.

A Guide to Colorado's Microbrew Scene

Colorado is well known to have an unrivaled microbrew beer scene, and many Colorado visitors make a point to try locally brewed beer either at one of the restaurants and bars that serve Colorado craft brews or by visiting a nearby brewery. Even if you are able to purchase Colorado beer in your home town, it’s worth taking the time to try something new on your Colorado vacation.

7 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Plan a Colorado Ski Vacation

Planning a ski trip isn’t just about picking a destination and looking for the best deals in town. With so many Colorado ski resorts in locations throughout the state, you’ll find a lot of different options. And depending on where you end up, you’ll discover that the town, the mountain, and the lodging that you choose can have a wide range of strengths and weaknesses.

Colorado Day Trips: Boulder

When planning your vacation in Colorado, it can be hard to fit everything that you want to do into your itinerary. Colorado is a huge state with wildly varying adventures and activities, so how you do see everything you want to see? When you’re feeling spread thin, consider planning individual day trips to the destinations that interest you most.

13 Colorado Oktoberfests

As summer starts to wind down and the nights get cooler, many Coloradans start to think about beer. Despite the name, Oktoberfest is traditionally a September holiday, with the original Oktoberfest in Munich taking place over 16 days from late September to the first weekend in October. In Colorado, Oktoberfests take place across the state and the dates can range from the end of August to the beginning of October, which is good news for visitors planning a vacation in Colorado.