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    Visiting the National Parks of Colorado

    The summer is almost here and it's time to start planning for the holidays! My usual, highly scientific method to decide where to go involves spinning a globe, closing my eyes and pointing. To be fair, if I were to follow most of the ideas I get from that, 9 times out of 10 it'd be a re-enactment of 24,000 leagues under the sea, but it's usually a best out of three scenario. ;) This time I got Colorado! (Well, first time I got Iraq, but I don't think my travel insurance would cover most of the possible eventualities, so I gave it another good spin). Now, I don't know much about Colorado. As states go, it sure doesn't sound as glamorous as California or as exciting as New York.

    But the power of the globe is supreme, so off to Colorado I am! (Or will be, in a couple of months time...) I've been doing some research into things to visit, and in an epic battle of Nature vs. Civilization, nature seems to be kicking some royal ass. Colorado has tons of awesome parks and nature reserves, and my top 3 list of things to visit reflect that (also, they're all within easy driving distance with a car hire from Denver, which is all sorts of handy). Take a look ;)

    Mesa Verde National Park - This park is the one I'm most excited to visit, it's home to an ancient city of the Anasazi people (Civilization sticking it up to Nature in this one...). There are several ruins in the cliffs, including a palace and a house with no fewer than 94 rooms!

    Rocky Mountain National Park - The great wilderness in all its splendour! Huge trees, imposing mountains and gurgling brooks, what's not to love! The Park is home to the Great Divide: on one side of it the rivers flow to the Atlantic, and on the other they flow to the Pacific.

    Dinosaur National Monument - Nestled between the Uinta Mountains and the Green and Yampa rivers, this park wins awesome points for being the home of several dinosaur fossils. There are also great spots for rafting from what I hear, so I'll be packing some extra dry clothes!I've only just started with my research and I'm sure I'll be adding many more items to the list! Any suggestions for my USA car hire holiday? What can't I miss when visiting Colorado?

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