Known for being home to the Rocky Mountains, Colorado is one of the most beautiful places to visit within the United States. Of course, the mountains will be a huge point of interest, but also there are many other things to do and see during your romantic or family vacation. From taking in a game at Mile High to the Mesa Verde National Park, there’s easily something for everyone.
Glenwood Hot Springs
Enjoy the largest outdoor mineral pool in the world when you swing by the town of Glenwood. While it’s great for the summer with water slides and a kiddie pool, it’s open all year round and is the size of two city blocks. There are several underground caves nearby to make this a worthwhile day trip.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Plan ahead, and see one of your favorite concerts or performances in this natural setting. It’s known as being one of the best concert venues in the world, and everyone from Phish to Springsteen has played here. If there’s no musical event during your trip, there is still plenty of park to enjoy.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Perhaps the most obvious choice when it comes to Colorado, the Rocky Mountains are truly a must-see for any visitor. Drive up to altitudes of 12,000 feet and see beautiful views of the countryside and valley.
Mile High Stadium
While the original Mile High closed a few years back, Sports Authority at Mile High rivals the original. Home to the Denver Broncos, this is one of the loudest and highest stadiums in the world. Take in a game, and see the former Super Bowl champs.
If you enjoy skiing, Vail is a must. Not mentioned nearly as much as the neighboring town of Aspen, Vail is a good place to spend a weekend getaway in the winter, or even a family ski trip. Other neighboring mountain towns include Frisco and Breckenridge.
Mesa Verde National Park
Truly a sight to behold, these cave dwellings are almost completely open to the public and date back to 600 AD. Hike through the park yourself, or take some more complicated trails along with a ranger, who will help guide the way.
The Town of Durango
Perhaps you’ve never heard of the sleepy mountain town of Durango, but it’s home to one of the oldest narrow-gauge steam railways in the country. This is a great spot to take the kids. You can hop on board and capture breathtaking mountain views from the tiny steam train.
Dinosaur National Monument
Adults and kids alike love seeing the fossilized dinosaur remains within exposed rock walls, and there are many fossils to behold in the visitor center as well. There are numerous hiking trails to enjoy throughout the site, to make it a great day trip.
Mountain Biking in Fruita
While hiking in Colorado is a must-do, many mountain bikers flock to the area each year to enjoy scenic views while they cruise through the mountains. The 18 Road Trails is one of the most popular spots for biking, close to the nearby town on Fruita.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
If you’re looking for a grand road trip that looks like it’s right out of a car commercial, then Mount Evans Scenic Byway is a must for your trip. At over 14,000 feet above sea level, you’ll enjoy cruising through the windy mountain roads and taking in terrific views.