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Explore the Great Outdoors in Scenic Colorado

If you're a history buff with a penchant for the great outdoors, one of the best ways to get a taste of American history on vacation is by visiting the Colorado Rockies. Here you can enjoy hiking, camping and one of the best ghost towns in the country, Animas Forks.

This Rocky Mountain destination was a bustling mining town in the 1800s, and was even advertised as the largest town in the world -- that is, at the altitude 11,300 feet. Eventually, the area was abandoned
due to avalanches, harsh winters and a decline in the industry, and is now a great ghost town to visit if you find yourself in the Centennial State.

The tourist attraction still has its original mining machinery, as well as 10 tattered buildings to explore. If you're looking for lodging near the remote town, Silverton, Colo. is located just 12 miles away. There you'll find the Wyman Hotel and Inn, which, with rooms as low as $115 per night, offers some of the best values in luxury lodging.

For an even more economical lodging option, check out the campground at Molas Lake, where it will cost you anywhere from $12 to $45 to sleep under the stars. The spectacular views and fresh mountain air will ensure that you're getting the most bang for your buck.

So, if you're looking for a budget-friendly vacation idea, try the Colorado Rockies. You'll get an unforgettable experience without breaking the bank.


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