Road To 50 Part 1: Colorado

The state is a paradise for mountain lovers and recreational activities.

Rocky Mountains.
Rocky Mountains. Photo: Rishi Patel

Welcome to my new column, “Road to 50,” where I will be detailing my experiences in various U.S. states as I try to reach the milestone of visiting all 50. I am currently at 47, so I can almost feel the excitement of hitting the golden mark. I will begin with one of my top 2 favorite states, Colorado, and here are my favorite parts about the state:

Mountain Central

Known as a hub for mountain adventures, I certainly enjoyed simply staring at the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains, whether it was driving through them, or looking at them in the distance from metro Denver. The feeling of staring at the mountains will never become old to me, and the way the Rocky Mountains are so perfectly nestled together with their sharp, glistening peaks blanketed with snow is just astonishing. The beauty of the mountains was identical no matter what part of the state I was in, and it was simply breathtaking. Maybe it was just the altitude, but I will stick with the former over the latter.

Small Town Charm

Though Denver is a wonderful city, I found myself allured to smaller towns. For instance, the mountain gateway towns of Durango and Estes Park provided close-up views of the Rockies in these serene towns. They reminded me of many other towns close-by to national parks by being quaint, having souvenir shops, and being more tourist-oriented. Even a couple towns near Denver had a small-town charm, with Longmont offering a small downtown shopping district, and Loveland having two lakes to enjoy a picnic or walk by. Sometimes I enjoy exploring small town culture rather than large cities and their hustle and bustle.

Multitude of Activities

Lastly, Colorado offers so many diverse activities to do. Though I spent most of my time driving and viewing sights around the large state, I realized how many adrenaline-pumping activities there are, such as rafting, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding.

Since I love mountain scenery very much, I find it very hard to think of any other state that provides better mountainous landscapes than Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

Rishi Patel


Rishi Patel's passion for writing is almost as great as his passion for traveling. Traveling remains the utmost favorite hobby and pastime for Rishi, which has led him to visit 47 of the 50 U.S. States and he cannot contain his excitement as he tries to reach the milestone of visiting all 50.

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