The Centennial State is best known for its hulking mountains, the tallest in the Rockies. As well as ample opportunities for hikers to go off exploring, Colorado's towering peaks have some of North America's best snow, with the south of the state home to a string of high-end resorts and easily accessible slopes. There are classic desert canyons in the northwest of the state, while in the southwest there are several important Native American sites, particularly in the Mesa Verde National Park. Denver, the Mile High City, has a growing reputation as an arts hub, with plenty of opportunities to escape to the surrounding hills and indulge in some rafting or cycling if things start to feel hectic.
It’s the most happening of cities, a place where over 200 languages are spoken and millions flock each year to see its world-famous sights. New York draws visitors in like nowhere else. The crowded streets of Manhattan are the stuff of legend. First timers will want to head to the top of the Empire State Building and stand beneath the glare of the lights of Times Square. But there’s so much more to see and do, whether it’s catching an Off-Broadway play, checking out world class art at MoMA or shopping the streets of SoHo. Brooklyn’s hip neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Fort Greene offer a more relaxed vibe, while the food in Queens’ Chinatown is worth the long subway ride.