If exploring other continents is on your mind but not in your budget, these excellent local spots will quell your thirst for adventure. All of these places to visit in Colorado look like they belong in a different country and can be explored without leaving the Rocky Mountain State.

You can even convince your social feed followers that you whisked yourself away on a trip around the globe with the right photo angles. Treat yourself to a road trip to these jaw-dropping spots for a truly unique experience.

From the deserts of Africa to the green countrysides of Europe, these destinations will bring you around the world without ever setting foot on a plane. Get your travel buddies ready because this might be the dreamiest trip you'll ever take.

Just make sure to pack that phone charger, so you don't miss a single epic photo op!

The Great Sand Dunes National Park

Price: $25 per car

Location: 11999 St. Highway 150, Mosca, CO

Why You Need To Go: These dunes will transport you to the Sahara desert for a truly breathtaking adventure.

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Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Price: Free

Location: 29950 Paint Mines Rd., Calhan, CO

Why You Need To Go: Explore dreamy, colorful hills that are reminiscent of the Rainbow Mountain in Peru.

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Hanging Lake

Price: $10-12 per person depending on the season

Location: 110 Wulfsohn Rd., Glenwood Springs, CO

Why You Need To Go: This stunning turquoise lake hangs 1,000 feet up from the forest floor and looks like a dreamy Icelandic pool.

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Mesa Verde National Park

Price: $20-30 depending on the season

Location: Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Why You Need To Go: You can visit ancient Pueblo ruins that'll connect you with lost civilizations.

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Maroon Bells

Price: $10 per vehicle

Location: Snowmass, CO

Why You Need To Go: Snap pictures of these towering mountains that look like something from the Swiss countryside. 

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Garden Of The Gods

Price: Free

Location: 1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs, CO

Why You Need To Go: These orange stone structures could just as well be a part of the Australian outback.

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Crystal Mill

Price: Free

Location: Crystal Mountain Ranch, 1 Crystal City, Marble, CO 

Why You Need To Go: This rustic mill looks like it would fit in among the green hills of a Belgium countryside.

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