Summer Day Trips in the Mile High City

Although packed with plenty to do day and night, Denver is only the beginning of all that Colorado has to offer. When you begin to look for something beyond the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, you might be amazed how much more you find to explore.

1. The highest paved road in North America

At 14,240 feet high, the summit of Mt. Evans might seem like a difficult trek. Fortunately, the scenic highway that winds up the side of this mountain allows a simple, though daring, route to the top. The weather can be unpredictable on a fourteener (mountains in Colorado that reach over 14,000 feet in height), but the views as you drive up are unlimited. Wildlife, like bighorn sheep amongst Aspen trees, surround you on all sides. Echo Lake is also along the way, providing a place to stop and admire the mountain scenery.

2. Summer exhilaration for everyone

Keep your adrenaline running high by jumping on one of Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park’s roller coasters or cool down in a water slide. Their classic rides are fun for the entire family, so you can stay the whole day, too. Easily accessible from downtown by Denver’s light rail network, Elitch Gardens has all the fun of a major amusement park mixed with local Colorado flavor. 

3. A different type of garden

More than a rocky landscape, Garden of the Gods is a unique park showcasing sandstone formations that tower 300 feet in the air. From picnikers to rock climbers, anyone who loves being outside will appreciate the the natural beauty at this National Natural Landmark. Easy walking trails and moderate hikes take you into the park for a close-up look, while photography buffs find inspiration around every corner. Just one hour from Denver, a trip to Garden of the Gods would not be complete without stopping in Colorado Springs to enjoy a bite to eat downtown or picking up some postcards to remember your trip.

4. The golden days

If you are looking for less action and more relaxing, visit the nearby town of Golden, CO in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Home to Coors brewery, the world’s largest single-site brewery, you can take a tour and experience the history, process, and taste of Coors beer. It sits on the same creek from which Coors was originally made and continues to be made to this day. After your tour, enjoy one of Golden’s restaurants along Clear Creek and revel in the peace and quiet of a Colorado mountain town.

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