As excited as we all are by craft beer and the prospect of legal weed, the snow is still Colorado's main attraction. And all those ski runs are a lot more fun when you don't have to share them with the entire world. The post-Christmas travel season is slower in Colorado, so you'll still have all the fresh powder without the tourists. And while you might think going in winter will limit your ability to enjoy a beer outside in the mountains, remember, this is Colorado. So a 74-degree day in January isn't at all unusual.
The endless scenic landscapes and attractions with autumn-themed special events make for memorable vacations and colorful day trips. Autumn means harvest festivals, antiquing, pumpkin patches, apple- and vegetable-picking, farm mazes, picturesque vineyards, farmers markets, canoeing and kayaking, and, of course, "leaf peeping" on fall foliage driving tours.
Mid-May to mid-June
The weather is right, the beaches are ready, and the year's best events are in full swing. The Firefly Music Festival brings 90,000 people and some of the world's top artists, NASCAR zooms into Dover International Speedway, and the annual Point-to-Point steeplechase is like the Kentucky Derby, on a huge field once owned by the DuPont family. The flowers are all in bloom at the beautiful gardens of the former DuPont estates -- Winterthur, Nemours, Hagley, and Mt. Cuba Center. And if you want to go to the beach there are great deals to be had on things to do and places to stay before the summer rush begins.