American Summer. Destination: Colorado


Colorado is located in the West-Central part of the United States and the capital of Colorado is Denver with a population of 554, 636. The “Metro Area” has a population of about 2.4 million. What draws most people to Colorado, not only in summer but all year round, is its natural beauty. The Rocky Mountains take-up half of the state and offer a great amount of activities. The eastern part of the state is an area of prairies, farm land, ranches and open space. It is a calm area but offers new experiences (especially to those that have never lived in a rural area) and very open, caring families. Students can be placed in any area of Colorado. In the past, students have stayed with families in the following cities/towns: Denver, Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs, Highlands Ranch, Boulder, Golden, Loveland, Sterling, Crook and Flemming; to name a few.

During the month of July, the Unites States, just like Spain is in the middle of summer. The temperatures can range from 95F (35C) to 50F(10C) depending on the time of day and whether or not a thunderstorm is rolling in. However, it always cools down in the evenings. You cannot come to Colorado with out a jacket! In fact, it is not uncommon to have snow in the high elevations of the Rocky Mountains year round.

Depending on your location in Colorado, the altitude can change dramatically. The city of Denver is approximately at 5,000 feet (1500 meters) above sea level while the altitude on the plains is around 3,700 feet ( 1200 meters). If you are with a family in Colorado, they will more than likely take you to visit one of the National Parks of the Rocky Mountains. There it is easy to reach an altitude of 10,000 feet ( 3,000 meters)

Some of the more popular activities in Colorado are: hiking mountain trails, camping, horseback riding, rafting down the rivers, fishing, water sports on various lakes, and visiting amusement parks in the Denver area.

For more information about Colorado, please take a look at the official site:

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