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Things To Do in Colorado
Many people visit Colorado to enjoy its many opportunities for outdoor sports and activities. Skiing is an obvious attraction: The state has at least 29 ski resorts. There are also four national parks and 13 national forests for the enjoyment of residents and tourists alike. Still, there's a lot going on in Colorado, and not all of it is outdoors.
Colorado is known as the "Centennial State" because it entered the union in 1876, 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The state was claimed by the Spanish in 1706 but was sold to the United States as part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.
Visitors enjoy a huge number of tourist attractions, including historical, cultural, and educational experiences. The rich history of the area offers opportunities to visit gold mines and ruins, as well as sanctuaries for wild animals. Culture lovers can check out cheese making classes, as well as fine arts performances and exhibits.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (Colorado Springs): Fans of the arts will be able to enjoy theatre, dance, and musical performances. The Fine Arts Center also has visual arts galleries that are open to the public.
Escalante Ruin (Dolores): Archeology buffs and those with an interest in Native American history have a chance to explore the remains of a Pueblo village that dates back to 1129.
Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour (Silverton): When America was still being built, many people were drawn west by the promise of striking it rich in the gold mines. Learn about the mines and the experience of gold prospecting on this tour.
The Art of Cheese (Longmont): Learn to make cheese from the experts at this school. Classes for adults and teens, plus tastings, are available.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary (Keenesburg): More than 400 large animals, including cougar, bear, lions, and tigers can roam freely on this 720 acre property. Visitors can see and learn about the animals, many of whom were rescued from neglect and abuse.