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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 cabin rentals near Denver, Colorado. Near Denver, things to do in the mountainous areas range from skiing and snowboarding to hiking, watching outdoor concerts, seeing 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 and wander along 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 and 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.

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. Enjoy a picnic or 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.

Idaho Springs

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Idaho Springs was where Colorado’s first discovery of gold occurred so it’s apt to take a tour of a working gold mine and what was once a working mill. You can even try gold panning 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 as well as the geothermal cave baths nearby.

Estes Park

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For those who love hiking, spotting wildlife and being surrounded by natural scenery, Rocky Mountain National Park has it all. A cabin rental in its gateway, Estes Park, is the ideal place to stay. The resort town of Estes Park has plenty of shops and restaurants to offer you 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.”

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 National Museum of WWII Aviation, the Dragon Man’s Military Museum and 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.