1. Our song-inspiring mountain views
In 1893, Katharine Lee Bates, an English professor at Colorado College in Colorado Springs ascended Pikes Peak on a burro. After spending just 30 minutes at 14,115 feet above sea level, she was inspired to a poem, America the Beautiful. After being put to music in the early 1900s, America the Beautiful received strong support to become the National Anthem. The Star-Spangled Banner ended up winning that honor, but the Rocky Mountains continue to inspire artists, from John Denver to 3OH!3.