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.