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. Come hungry because the poolside Grill & Snacks Bar offers great eats. The cheeseburger is a must-try for the whole family. Traveling with kids? Check out this guide to fun things to do with the whole family. Aside from the pool-related activities, the lodge also has an athletic club and spa.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Plan ahead, and see one of your favorite concerts or performances in this natural setting. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is 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 parks to enjoy. Go on a self-guided tour of the facilities. Be sure to check out the Red Rocks Tunnel where tons of artists and bands have signed their names on the walls and ceiling of the tunnel. While you’re there, check out the Bandimere Speedway and watch Funny Cars and Dragsters rip down the straightaway. After Red Rocks, take a quick trip down the road to Golden, CO. Find great deals on beautiful homes in Golden.
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. Rocky Mountain Nation Park is home to a ton of great hiking along with incredible scenic drives. You’ll also find picnic areas spread out throughout the entire park. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the meal in nature. More information on planning your visit can be found here.
Mile High Stadium
While the original Mile High closed a few years back, Empower Field 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’re traveling in the summer, be sure to check out the website for information on upcoming concerts. There are a ton of other great things to do while you’re in Denver. Check out this guide to learn more about other attractions and sightseeing in the Mile High city!
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. Both of these towns have some amazing breweries. Are you a beer lover? Read through this guide to learn more about the best cities in the US for beer lovers. Vail has a series of villages to wander between, all linked together by pedestrian-friendly streets. This is a great vacation option for families. In addition to the mountain and skiing, there are a ton of little shops and boutiques to pursue through. Take a relaxing couple of hours to enjoy the spa. You can get a bunch of information about the town of Vail here.
Mesa Verde National Park
Truly a sight to behold, Mesa Verde 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. Take a jaunt up to Park Point, boasting the tallest elevation in the whole site at 8,572 feet. Spend some time at Spruce Tree House where you can get the best views of the most in-tact cliff dwellings. If you’re there at night, check out one of the great evening programs that the rangers at Mesa Verde put on. You’ll get a ton of information about the site, all while enjoying the stars.
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. Once you’ve enjoyed the trains, look to continue the fun in the San Juan National Forest for some great hiking. Durango also has a lot of skiing and mountain biking trails to choose from depending on the time of year you decide to take your trip.
Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument is fun for the whole family. Get more family vacation ideas here. 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. If you enjoy camping, this is a great site to do it at. Discover the rapids and go river rafting in Dinosaur’s canyons. The area also has a ton of petroglyph and pictograph sites. Be sure to take some time to explore those, too.
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 of Fruita. After you’ve taken in some mountain biking, unwind with a local pint at Suds Brothers Brewery in Fruita. The brewery also has a top-notch restaurant attached to it. Get more information on other breweries in Colorado from our complete beer lovers guide.
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. Traveling to Colorado in the fall? Check out this guide to all the best scenic routes to take in Colorado for some spectacular fall views.
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