Seven Colorado sites make the list of the 150 best things to do in the United States this summer

Travel Lemming, a go-to website for travelers around the world, named seven Colorado sights to its inaugural list of “The 150 Best Things to Do in the United States This Summer.”

Two Colorado spots made the top ten. The Million Dollar Highway, located between Ouray and Silverton, landed in second place for its “incredible scenery, historic stops and relaxing hot springs,” says Abigail Nueve, editor of Travel Lemming.

The Five Points Jazz Festival, which takes place on Saturday, June 4, was ranked in sixth place, “given the festival organizers’ generous Five Points Jazz Activation grant program,” says Nueve. “The program helps fund local initiatives that promote the continuation of jazz heritage in the Five Points neighborhood.”

Other attractions include Meow Wolf (30), Pagosa Springs (34), Leadville (39), 54thirty Rooftop (41), Great Sand Dunes National Park (46), Red Rocks Amphitheater (68), Rocky Mountain Arsenal (87), Mount Evans Scenic Byway (97), Estes Park (100), Mesa Verde National Park (116) and The Source hotel in Denver (136).

This isn’t the first time the travel site has focused on Colorado; destinations such as Silverton, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins made its list of “50 Best Places to Travel in 2022”.

According to Nueve, it takes a long time to decide which spaces will make the list. The list of 150 locations “is the collective brainchild of our team of 24 travel experts,” she says. “To celebrate the start of summer, we asked our writers to name their favorite destinations and experiences in the United States in various categories – such as ‘family’, ‘road trips’ and ‘beaches’ – so that we can allow readers to customize the list to their preferred travel style.

“While you’ll find many popular attractions on the list, we also asked the writers to make an effort to name their favorite lesser-known and unheralded attractions,” she continues. “Our team of editors reviewed and selected the nominees, then spent over a week vetting the list in detail. We also worked together to reach consensus on the order.”

For coloradans wondering why a rooftop bar was listed before Red Rocks or a national park, Nueve offers this: “Of course, any ‘best’ list is inherently subjective, but it’s our collective job to find and to share the best things to do in the U.S. We believe our team is one of the most knowledgeable groups on the subject and we are very proud of the list, as we believe it is the best guide to journey that we have published to date.”

See the full list on travellemming.com.

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