Would you like to leave Denver but can’t save time (or money) for a whole weekend? Here are ten fantastic options for summer day trips that will make you feel rested and ready to face the urban jungle again.
A short walk along I-70 (70 miles) can make you feel like you’re in the mountains. Thanks to its proximity to the southwestern coast of the Dillon reservoir, this city offers not only all types of land-based activities, but also a lot of time on the water. In addition to pontoons and fishing boats, Frisco Bay Marina also rents canoes, kayaks and paddle boards. Beginners can book sailing lessons or guided sea tours while Frisco Kayak Park demonstrates your canoeing skills with level 3-5 sections of Ten Mile Creek.
Even if you’re not nostalgic for Colorado State University’s heyday, Fort Collins is worth an hour’s journey north. There are the usual excursions and bikes, but also curious museums (Totally 80s Pizza & Museum and Swetsville Zoo with animals from old car parts) and enough breweries and bars to keep you busy for weeks, not just one day. The new Belgium intoxicates freshmen since 1988 and new outfits such as Funkwerks, Jessup Farm Barrel House, Black Bottle, the mayor of the old city and the small Choice City Deli, which offers a list of elegant tapas with a hippie touch, there are also. well worth a visit. And with regional hot chicken and Music City serving excellent quality food, the Olive Garden is no longer the best restaurant in town.
Drive 45 miles west of Mile High City and you will travel back in time. Many historic buildings in Georgetown date back to the late 19th century when the city, known briefly as the “Silver Queen of Colorado”, was the center of Colorado’s mining industry. You can stock up on Victorian buildings at the Maison Hamill and Hôtel de Paris museums, or descend 300 meters into an old gold mine to get a feel for the underground life of miners. The crown jewel of Georgetown, however, is the Georgetown Loop Railroad, a narrow-gauge railway that transports visitors past and back to the Lebanese mine in Silver Plume using a steam engine.
Many of us pass Idaho Springs at lightning speed – either too excited to go to the mountains or too eager to go home to pay close attention – but this small town thirty miles west of Denver offers enough attractions to make a fantastic day trip. Spend a few hours on Mount Evans Scenic Byway, a 45km route that culminates at 14,130m and offers many deductions with spectacular views, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. If your tastes are more on the water, there are many rafting and kayaks that guide you along the waterways of the region and you can end the day with beers and appetizers at Westbound & Down, one of our most famous breweries in the state.
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
The Royal Gorges could also be a million miles away a little more than two hours from Denver: the outlook is from another world. It’s the perfect location for selfies, as well as artistic photos of the 1,200-foot Arkansas River and the steel cables that form the country’s highest suspension bridge. The views offer the advantages of the bridge itself and the brave souls that climb the gondolas, as well as the zip line that crosses the canyon. Adrenaline junkies will also want to try the Sky coaster (where they are thrown into the air to temporarily swing over the river) and – new this year – Via Ferrari, a cable-protected climbing route, and iron trails on rock faces give climbers a completely new perspective on the gorge.
Wild Animal Sanctuary
The Denver Zoo isn’t the only place in Colorado where lions, tigers and bears can be seen. it’s not even the biggest. Visit small Keansburg, just 40 miles from downtown Denver, for a unique animal experience: the 789-acre complex includes a 48,000-square-foot reception centre reminiscent of Denver International Airport (all the way to themed cafes and on the glacier). and structures where big cats are rehabilitated before being released in the rest of the sanctuary, but the star of the show is the 1.5-mile walkway that stretches over an open land, where more than 450 large carnivores roam free in open spaces Getting out of stress is accompanied by small living spaces and people entering their environment.