Our Colorado communities are all located within minutes of some of the state’s best outdoor spots. But, why not venture out a bit further and make a day trip? The United States’ eighth largest state by area is full of fantastic day trip destinations for you and your family to explore. UncoverColorado.com gave us a few ideas to share:
Pikes Peak Region
An hour and a half drive south from Denver has some gorgeous natural scenery and a slowed down pace compared to life in Colorado’s largest city. Cave of the Winds is a mountain park home to a massive network of caves to explore through guided tours. Some tours are lit by handheld lanterns and others that require visitors to crawl and squeeze their way through narrow openings. Nearby Pikes Peak is a famous mountain destination suited for ambitious climbers and adventurous families alike.
Boulder is a near perfect blend of city and nature. Surrounded by mountains and approachable hiking trails and bike paths, the city has become a bona fide internationally recognized culinary destination in recent years, as evidenced by restaurants like Frasca Food and Wine, which picked up a James Beard Award earlier this year. A day trip can be topped off with an evening show at one of the city’s incredible music venues including the Fox Theater, Boulder Theater, or the beloved Chautauqua Auditorium.
Evergreen is less than an hour-long drive from Denver and offers something great for solo travelers, groups of friends, and families alike. It’s a great option for busy Coloradoans wanting to experience a fun mountain atmosphere. Evergreen has a lot to offer, including live music, a surprising amount of spas, paved and natural biking and hiking trails, and a big, gorgeous lake that hosts an incredible ice skating rink over the winter months. Solid conventional and ice fishing conditions are typically reported at Lake Evergreen.