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For a weekend getaway or longer vacation surrounded by natural scenery and a host of outdoor activities, opt for staying in a cabin rental near Denver, Colorado. Near the Mile High City lie a ton of centrally located, charming towns that are waiting for you to visit. Things to do in this mountainous region are plentiful and range from skiing and snowboarding to hiking, watching outdoor concerts, visiting thrilling waterfalls, and soaking in hot mineral springs.

Breckenridge

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For a historic touch to your vacation, visit the gold mining town of Breckenridge. Take a tour of what was previously one of its largest locations for gold mining. Wander down Main Street, which is filled with Victorian buildings that are now used as restaurants, galleries and shops. Take part in various alpine activities, including skiing, dog sledding or a tour on a snowmobile. Quench your thirst at the world’s highest distillery, and enjoy a tour, tasting session or meal in the restaurant while you’re there.

  • Skiing- Breckenridge offers awesome ski and snowboarding opportunities in the winter. Visitors can enjoy long snow seasons that stretch from November thru April.
  • Rich History- Founded in the late 1860’s and throughout the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, prospectors found over 50,000 troy oz of gold. This is worth approx $33 million in today’s economy. Though there is likely no more gold sitting in the ground, we guarantee visitors will enjoy their time in Breckenridge.
  • Fantastic Nightlife Scene- Breckenridge is known for its friendly locals, awesome live music scene, and tasty restaurants. This combo results in a great way to spend a night on the town after a day at the slopes. Enjoy a nice dinner, grab some ice cream, then to one of Breckenridge’s many music venues for local music or national touring acts.

Drive time from Denver: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Evergreen

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Evergreen offers you forests, alpine meadows and wildflowers as a peaceful vacation location away from the hustle and bustle of city life in Denver, Colorado. Cabin rentals in or near Bear Creek are a good choice to be near numerous biking and hiking trails as well as its local winery. Have a picnic or go ice skating at Evergreen Lake, depending on the season. See the cascading Maxwell Falls and admire the views from Mount Evans. Wander around the shops, museums and galleries in downtown Evergreen before enjoying a fine dining experience in one of the many restaurants.

  • Outdoors- Enjoy waterfalls and gorgeous views in this delightful Colorado mountain town. Head to one of Mount Evans epic trails, enjoy the mountain air, and simply enjoy the 7,165′ elevation.
  • Peace and Quiet- With a population of only 8,885, you’re bound to enjoy the peaceful stay in this charming town. Those who live in the city are likely to enjoy the simple things that they don’t usually experience: long windy roads, beautiful stars, friendly locals, and the quiet mountain air.

Drive time from Denver: 40 minutes

Idaho Springs

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Idaho Springs is where Colorado’s first discovery of gold occurred, so you’re apt to take a tour of a working gold mine, and what was once a working mill. You can even try panning for gold while you’re there. Take a drive up North America’s highest paved road to reach the peak of Mount Evans, and spot the mountain goats and sheep along the way. A popular place to relax is in the healing mineral waters of the Indian Hot Springs or the geothermal cave baths nearby.

  • Get High- But make sure your car can handle it! Taking the drive up Mount Evans is an epic experience. As mentioned, this is the highest paved road in North America so making sure your car has maintained breaks and enough gas can be the difference between a good day and a bad day.
  • Hit the Hot Springs- Take a dip in one of nature’s hot tubs at Indian Hot Springs. Enjoy a natural 125 degree bath and feel the mineral water’s healing effects on your skin. 

Drive time from Denver: 40 minutes

Estes Park

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For those who love hiking, spotting wildlife and being surrounded by natural scenery, Estes Park has it all. A cabin rental in its gateway is the ideal place to stay. The resort town of Estes Park has plenty of shops and restaurants to offer after a day of hiking the winding trails or boating on one of the lakes. Take the aerial tramway to Prospect Mountain’s summit for a view of the scenery below or have a frightfully good time during a ghost tour at the historic Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for Stephen King’s “The Shining.”

  • Rocky Mountain National Park- Easily one of America’s greatest wonders, this national park has over 300 miles of hiking trails to explore. The water that melts off these mountains form the headwaters to the mighty Colorado River, that travels 1,450 miles before dumping into the Gulf of California. Over 4.5 million visitors come to the park each year, making this one of America’s most visited National Parks.
  • Fly Fishing- The Big Thompson Canyon is one of Colorado’s most revered fly fishing destinations. Brown and Rainbow Trout are commonly caught in the 10 mile stretch down river from the Olympus Dam. This area is catch and release only, to ensure great fishing for future generations.

Drive time from Denver: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Colorado Springs

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At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is home to the Cheyenne Canyon, where you can go on a guided walking tour to see its waterfalls and go birdwatching. Take a train to the summit of Pikes Peak, or ride in a paddleboat at nearby Crystal Creek Reservoir. History lovers shouldn’t miss the Dragon Mans Military Museum or the May Natural History Museum. For kids, a trip to the Space Foundation Discovery Center is a must, while animal lovers can interact with wolves at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center not far away.

  • Garden of the Gods- This beautiful natural park lives up to its name. The 1,300 acre area of sandstone formations can serve as the perfect way to experience nature. This location is also a nationally known rock climbing destination. Visitors will frequently see people skillfully climbing up the “god like” formations.
  • National Museum of WWII Aviation- History and aviation buffs will be thrilled visiting this informative museum. Home to 20 fully restored WWII era aircrafts, this museum is loaded with an action packed fleet as they also often house other WWII planes as they travel across the country. You’ll learn the full history of America’s involvement in the war, including how they built the aircraft that ultimately helped bring the war to an end.

Drive time from Denver: 1 hour 14 minutes

Time to pick your favorite! 

With all these incredible options, it’s truly hard to pick. Our best advice is to take your time and travel around to these epic locations in the Centennial State and find the town near Denver that speaks to you as an individual. Just remember it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.