Pueblo CO vacations can appeal to a wide range of tastes and interests. For starters, this city in the southeastern part of the state plays host to the Colorado State Fair and a number of other fun events. Complementing the annual events are all kinds of recreational opportunities, and strolls through the Union Avenue Historic District can prove to be very rewarding. There's even a zoo in Pueblo Colorado, and the relative proximity to Denver is something that urban enthusiasts might appreciate.
Only 110 miles separates Pueblo from the Colorado capital of Denver. Even closer is Colorado Springs, which lies approximately 42 miles to the north of Pueblo. Linking all three cities is Interstate 25, and this makes for easy driving if you are trying to get from one to another by way of car. As for those who are arriving in Pueblo by way of car, the city might look overly industrious at first, and this is a result of its steel-making history. You can actually learn more about this history at the Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture and 1612 E. Abriendo Avenue.
Both history and architecture enthusiasts will be happy to know that Pueblo CO is home to more than 40 buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These buildings are found within the Union Avenue Historic District, and they include the beautiful Vail Hotel. Now home to the Pueblo County Historical Society, this former hotel at 217 S. Grand Avenue dates back to 1910 and was once known for offering the most modern accommodations option west of Chicago. Should you choose to step inside the Vail Hotel, you can enjoy various exhibits that offer insight into the city's rich history.
The Pueblo Zoo and the El Pueblo History Museum are just two other attractions that Pueblo visitors will want to consider adding to the agenda. The zoo is found at 3455 Nuckolls Avenue, and while the more 400 animals are the main attractions, visitors should know that the 25-acre complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several facility structures were built during the Depression era by the Works Progress Administration. As for the El Pueblo History Museum, it is a great place to learn about the region in general. The various exhibits start with the region's Native American history and work all the way up to the present day for all intents and purposes. 301 N. Union Avenue is where you can find the El Pueblo History Museum, and you might make note of the fact that it closes on Sundays and Mondays.
The list of Pueblo Colorado attractions is quite extensive, and no discussion about its merits would be complete without mentioning the Nature and Raptor Center. Found at 5200 Nature Center Road, this popular education center doubles as a recreational hotspot, thanks largely to its more than 30 miles of hiking and biking trails. Some of these trails work their way around Lake Pueblo, while others follow along the scenic Arkansas River. Also among the Nature and Raptor facilities are volleyball courts, a playground, a fishing dock, a café, and picnic areas.
On the recreational side of things, those who are visiting Pueblo Colorado might also make time for Lake Pueblo State Park. Fishing for trout, bass, and crappie is just one of the options for things to do at this park, and boating is also very popular. The main public beach at Lake Pueblo State Park is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and thanks to the year-round campsites, this can make an excellent Colorado camping destination regardless of the season.
The University of Southern Colorado, a few public golf courses, and a mural that is quite possibly the largest in the world are just some of the other things that call Pueblo Colorado home. It should also be mentioned that the city is home to a large number of hotels.
Most of the Pueblo Colorado hotels are chain brand establishments, and they can fit a relatively wide array of budgets. Should you prefer going the bed and breakfast route, then the Abriendo Inn is worth moving to the top of your lodging list. Situated at 300 W. Abriendo Avenue, this ten-unit B&B occupies a historic mansion and is just steps from the Riverwalk, and it also doesn't take long to walk to shops and eateries. Standard in-room amenities at the Abriendo Inn include free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a hair dryer, and air conditioning.
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