Leaf Peeping Day Trips Around Denver

The glowing gold aspens of the Colorado Rocky Mountains are the talk of the town during this time of year. The annual “Changing of the Aspens” sends locals and visitors straight to the hills for some of the best aspen-peeping in the country.  Usually beginning to change in mid-September, the colors typically don’t last long with the last of the leaves falling by the end of October.  With so many scenic routes right in our own back yard, Denver has the perfect vantage point for a fall foliage tour.

Fall Foliage

Here are a few spectacular routes and day trips to consider for a look at one of Mother Nature’s most breathtaking seasonal transformations:

Georgetown Loop Railroad: Get a taste of autumn in the Old West with a 75-minute locomotive tour through Georgetown and Silverplume. The Georgetown Loop Historic Mining and Railroad Park is located less than an hour west of Denver and offers amazing views of the rugged Colorado landscape.

Rocky Mountain National Park: Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is the highest continuous paved road in North America. With more than eight miles lying above 11,000 feet and a maximum elevation 12,183 feet, Trail Ridge Road provides a stellar view of the golden aspen leaves and autumn mountain scenery.

St. Mary’s Glacier: Located just an hour west of Denver in Idaho Springs is a windy road boasting some of the state’s most beautiful aspen groves. The road ends at the St. Mary’s Glacier trailhead where you can opt for a short 45-minute hike through 3/4 mile trail surrounded by sprawling forests of glowing aspens.

Peak to Peak Scenic & Historic Byway: This 55-mile long route provides fantastic views of the Continental Divide and travels through six different  scenic attractions including Rocky Mountain National Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and Eldora Ski Resort.

 

Local Musicians in the Mile High City Featured Every Sunday at ‘Jazz in the Park’

The Mile High City may be known as the gateway to the Rockies, but when summer rolls around, you can find most Denver locals soaking up the sunshine and enjoying a Colorado micro-brew on the patio. For Sunday evening entertainment, City Park Jazz is a staple summertime activity for Denverites and a perfect way to enjoy the city’s eclectic local music scene.

City Park JazzFun for the whole family, City Park Jazz is always a highlight of the summer months. Arrive early on Sunday evening to snag a spot on the lawn near the bandstand pavilion. Enjoy many of our local food trucks or bring a picnic of your own.

Although the City Park Jazz series kicked off in early June, there is still plenty of time to catch this season’s local talent. Sam Mayfield brings the blues this Sunday, July 14, followed by The Ken Walker Sextet on July 21. The sextet is a favorite in the Denver jazz club circuit drawing in local fans with their unique, upbeat sound. Walker, a faculty instructor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, is no novice to live performances with appearances at both the Telluride and Aspen/Snowmass Jazz Festivals.

Sunday afternoon wouldn’t be complete without a solid show of late afternoon sunshine and snazzy tunes with great friends. Grab a few of your favorite Colorado brews or a bottle of vino and join the Denver community for Sunday Jazz in City Park.

5 Things To Do This Spring in Denver, Colorado

Springtime in Denver, Colorado  can be quite the roller coaster when it comes to weather. But like the old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes.” One day you may find yourself in the midst of an infamous March blizzard and the next you’ll wake up to blue skies and sun. Luckily for you, this unique weather tends to ere towards the sunny side which makes for great opportunity to get out and explore the Mile High City.

To make the most of spring of 2012, take a look at the following events and activities that will make it impossible to leave or resist a trip to Denver this upcoming season.

  1. Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective. As the only exhibit showing in the United States, Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective will feature over 200 haute couture garments as well as various types of art from the world famous designer. To fully immerse yourself in the world of luxury and high fashion take a look at our Trendsetter Package specifically designed for this event.  Tickets to this exhibit are available at the Denver Art Museum now.
  2. Get out and enjoy the outdoors. With over 850 miles of hiking, biking and running trails around Denver and the Rocky Mountains within just a few miles, you have no excuse to be inactive this spring. Spend the day exploring Denver via bicycle, go on a half day hike in the foothills or make the trip west for a day of skiing. Regardless of what you decide to do, Denver is perfect for all your adventure needs.
  3. First Friday Events in the Santa Fe Art District. Experience the culture and wide array of art that Denver has to offer this spring with First Friday Art Walk. From 6-9pm on the first Friday of each month, the Santa Fe Art District will being offering free access to over 60 galleries, studios and restaurants. For transportation there will also be free shuttles running from 5:30-9:30pm at the light rail station on 10th Street and Osage Avenue.
  4. Spring shopping. One of the best parts of each spring season is that it serves as the time to update your warm weather wardrobe. With shopping on the 16th Street Mall, Denver Pavillions, Larimer Square, Cherry Creek Shopping District, a countless number of boutique stores and much more you’ll be able find everything that you desire.
  5. Rockies Games at Coors Field. The 2012 Colorado Rockies home opener is on April 9, which puts us at just a little over month out. And what would spring in Denver be without catching a few Rockies games at Coors Field? Even if you’re not much of a baseball fan the scenery, atmosphere and food should be enough to keep you entertained. Spend at least a few spring evenings or afternoons at the ballpark this year.

For more information regarding lodging and reservations or events in Denver please contact our concierge at (303) 297-3111 or e-mail us at concierge@brownpalace.com.

Photo Credit: Matt Santomarco