I may be biased, but Colorado is a phenomenal place to hang out in. As a resident of Colorado, I see firsthand why thousands of tourists flock here each year. Whether they’re attending concerts at Red Rocks, skiing or snowboarding in Aspen, or exploring our national parks, Colorado offers something for everyone.

Over 20 million people visit Colorado every year and spend nearly 3 billion dollars. Tourism is a massive economic boom for our state and we rely on it.

Colorado generates the 13th highest revenue from tourism in the United States, but according to a new ranking, no cities in Colorado are considered must-see destinations.

Ranking Leaves Colorado in the Dust

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CNN's list, America's Best Towns to Visit in 2024, was just released. No Colorado cities and towns were mentioned, however, cities in Minnesota, Tennessee, Michigan, and Georgia were mentioned. Tacoma, Washington was referenced as well.

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Is it okay if I go on a rant?

Colorado has so much to offer and it is disappointing that many of our cities and towns are being left out of lists like this. Surprisingly, Colorado was overlooked. I have been to quite a few cities and towns that were listed and they do not compare to Colorado.

If you are reading this and are considering a vacation in Colorado I recommend that you look beyond typical tourist destinations. No matter what time of the year it is, there is always a unique experience you can only have in Colorado.

If you love nature, you will love this list of tourist attractions in Colorado.

LOOK: Popular Tourist Attractions Throughout Colorado

Looking to explore all that Colorado has to offer? Here are some of the best places to add to your Colorado bucket list:

Colorado’s Top Ten Most Googled Tourist Destinations

Ever wonder which vacation destinations are on the minds of Coloradans? We did too. It turns out, that the most googled vacation destination searched for by Coloradans is our own Rocky Mountain National Park. See what other vacation destinations Colorado is thinking about by scrolling through the photo gallery below.

Gallery Credit: Wesley Adams