Longs Peak stands tallest in Rocky Mountain National Park. Hikers can take the Keyhole Route to ascend almost 5,000 feet.

From the Pueblo Ruins and Pikes Peak to the most popular hot springs in the country, Colorado is a bundle of extremes, offering unique experiences at every turn. Families can enjoy wilderness walks or railway rides, rafting or rock climbing, sightseeing or relaxing in soothing spring-fed waters. The possibilities for fun and adventure are varied and virtually limitless in the state of Colorado.

In the following article, you'll find profiles of some of the state's most popular activities and must-see attractions. Included is contact information to help you plan your trip as well as photos of each destination. Here's a preview:

The Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs is second only to Mount Fuji in Japan for the most travelers to its summit. You'll ride in style on the world's highest cog railway and travel through a variety of ecosystems. Kids will enjoy trying to spot wildlife along the route.

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

This king-size swimming pool in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, is more than three city blocks long. Located about 40 miles northwest of Aspen, it's the world's largest hot mineral pool and is naturally heated to a comfortable 90 to 93 degrees year-round.

Telluride

Your family will love vacationing in this picture-perfect western boomtown.

Pikes Peak

Visitors can hike the 13-mile trail to a height of 7,000 feet, or they can avoid breaking a sweat and take the cog railway (since 1889) or highway (since 1916) to the top. Pikes Peak also plays host to several annual events, including celebratory fireworks displays, a marathon, and the second oldest car race in the United States.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

In Morrison, Colorado, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is nestled in the stunning mountainside and natural red rocks. Its acoustics are superb, perhaps rivaled only by the beauty of its spectacular surroundings.

Great Stupa of Dharmakaya Shambhala Mountain Center

Cradled in the pine-clad mountains near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya is the largest stupa (monument to a great Buddhist teacher) in the western hemisphere. It is also the largest and most elaborate example of Buddhist sacred architecture in North America.

Continue reading to discover the manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway.

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