Travel is expensive, time-consuming, and over-all kind of hectic. It would be nice to absorb the sun’s rays on a Caribbean beach, but that’s not always feasible if you have a tight budget or just four days off. Living in Colorado, you’re already luckier than most, because this state is a major vacation destination, which we sometimes take for granted. Without venturing too far from the backyard, you can enjoy an adventurous, or relaxing, “staycation”.
Depending on the scenery you crave, there are plenty of opportunities for a quiet, mountain getaway, a charming cityscape, snow-top ski mountains, and even tanning poolside. There is also the flexibility of quick day trips, weekend stays, or week-long destination-hoping. It’s about time to get rid of that pesky travel bug, so get out there and adventure! The memories will be worth it!
Day Trip from Denver
For most, a simple 45-minute drive will land you a pretty enjoyable time. A day in Denver will seem to go by fast with visits to the historic Union Station, Denver Art Museum, or a free tour at the U.S. Mint. Foodies will enjoy the tastes of Larimer Square, which features some of the most highly praised restaurants in the city. And, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science provides hours of entertainment for kids, and adults.
For those more wanderlust, Loveland Ski Area is just a short drive from the city and suburbs, located right off I-70. The mountain features skiing for any level of expertise. It includes a beginner hill with a magic carpet to transport skiers from the bottom of the hill to the top, perfect for learning the basics!
Boulder and Colorado Springs are great locations to find a gorgeous hike, and maybe even work on your tan a little bit too! Specifically, in the Springs, the Garden of the Gods is a scenic National Natural Landmark featuring red rock and impressive sandstone towers. Try booking a rock climbing trip, or a jeep tour to get the full experience!
Those wishing for a more extended stay, Colorado Springs is one city you won’t get tired of after a few days. Aside from the Garden of the Gods, the U.S. Air Force base is a site worth seeing, especially the Cadet Chapel. And who knew that they could feed giraffes in Colorado? The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo allows visitors to hand-feed giraffes, costing only $3 per lettuce bundle!
Across the state is another springs, Steamboat Springs. Here, vacationers have the option of spring skiing, taking a swim in the Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and exploring the boutiques in Downtown Steamboat Springs.
Of course, any of the mountain towns, like Aspen, Breckenridge, and Vail, are enjoyable weekend getaways any time of the year. The spring is still a time for snowshoeing, skiing, and cross country skiing, so get it in before the snow melts!
Week-long Tour of Colorado
Another option is to spend a day or two in each of these locations, planning a family or friend road-trip. The Great Sand Dunes National Park is a loved spot to take the family for a day, or stay even longer to camp. The sand dunes are not a far drive from Mesa Verde National Park, which has preserved native Anasazi cliff dwellings. Red Rocks is another unique Colorado experience with easy and moderate hiking trails, or possibly you may even catch a concert if your timing is right!
If presented the opportunity, take advantage of all that Colorado has to offer! There is a little something for everyone here, so when you plan your next great vacation, consider a staycation, and have fun exploring your own backyard!