The Rocky Mountain State has lush greenery and stunning alpine backdrops, but within its borders sits several locations with an incredible resemblance to faraway destinations. These places to visit in Colorado could pass for spots in Europe, and will whisk you away to the Swiss Alps without having to cross the ocean. You can indulge in a top-notch vacation without the high price tag.

Ouray

Why You Need To Go: Known as the Switzerland of America, this quaint spot hosts alpine mountain views, stunning waterfalls, and unique village outposts reminiscent of the real Alps. It's so alike; there's a sign that says so.

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Aspen

Why You Need To Go: If you've always wanted to visit the French Alps, this spot has you covered. You can indulge in some spectacular winter sports, scope the stunning chalets, and enjoy an apres-ski near a cozy fire in the village.

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San Juan Mountains

Why You Need To Go: Filled with stunning foliage and shimmering green and blue lakes, this mountain range is home to natural wonders similar to those found in Norway.

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Georgetown

Why You Need To Go: Get a little taste of England with stunning Victorian architecture and even sample afternoon tea at the Dusty Rose Tea Room.

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Vail

Why You Need To Go: Another taste of the Swiss Alps comes in the form of this spot, which boasts wood chalets similar to the ones found overseas. Mount Vail and the Matterhorn in Europe both have tiny towns settled at their bases, too.

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Denver

Why You Need To Go: The buildings might look different, but the greenery is still a small salute to the hills of Germany, and this city hosts one of the most popular Oktoberfests in the country.

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Estes Park

Why You Need To Go: With a little taste of several countries in one, this enigmatic town is home to stylish Victorian features, as well as lush green backdrops perfect for outdoor adventures.

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We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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