Durango, Colorado, may be a small city but it offers plenty of big-time beauty. Start with Mesa Verde, one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in America. The ancient homes were carved into the rocks roughly 1,400 years ago, and the near-600 individual homes are still viewable today. Your one-bedroom apartment won’t look the same after touring this astonishing site. Fancy some whitewater rafting on the rushing Lower Animas River? Hitch a ride with Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours and hold on tight. If you really want your breath taken away, sign up for one of the longest zip lines in America with Soaring® Tree Top Adventures, which takes you flying over the San Juan Mountains.