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Colorado is More than the Rockies

Colorado travelers most often plan on visiting the state to see the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains. To be sure, traveling through the mountains is an experience unlike any other. The panoramic views of the mountains will be sealed forever into your mind, but once you are done visiting the mountains, what is there to do? In Colorado, there are plenty of regular tourist attractions to keep you occupied, but if you want a one-of-a-kind vacation, plan on visiting some unique stops.

Heading South in Colorado

Heading South in Colorado

Colorado travelers, often so wrapped up in the mountains, never even think to visit Great Sand Dunes National Park, which has the biggest sand dunes on the continent. The area encompasses various climates, including forest, tundra, and wetlands, so one can expect a ton of biodiversity. Creeks, streams, and mountain lakes provide scenic backdrops and swimming opportunities. See the peeled trees that Native Americans used for food and medicine while you are in the park as well. This is one destination that has something for everyone.

For a sighting you will not likely forget, visit the sculptured house in Golden. The house, designed by Charles Deaton, was used in the 1973 film, 'Sleeper.' It features unique wall curving, an interesting in-house elevator called the orgasmatron, watermelon seed chairs, and panoramic views. Film fans, architecture buffs, and people intrigued by oddities will fall in love with this home.

If one wishes to revisit an interesting time in American History, one should stop by the Alfred Packer Massacre site (near Lake City) and grave (in Littleton). Alfred Packer was a prospector who was accused of murdering and eating his fellows when they became snowbound in the Rockies. After lengthy trials, sentence overturns, and a media circus, Packer received 40 years for manslaughter, which was the longest sentence in the United States at the time. Later forensic investigations proved that at least part of Packer's self defense story was true. Visiting his grave and the massacre site will give you an interesting glance at controversial piece of history.

Colorado has much to offer guests; mountains, rivers, national parks, and more are available for tourist pleasure. Hiking in the sand dunes and learning about historic tragedies are two different activities that will amuse and educate. See film history while simultaneously witnessing architectural masterwork. Only in Colorado will you have these opportunities.

Jessica | May 7, 2009 | Category: General

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