5 Essential Day Trips from Denver

There are plenty of unique things to do in Denver, from taking in local arts and culture to checking out microbreweries. However, if you travel just a short distance outside the city, you’ll find even more must-see Colorado attractions. Add some extra exploration to your visit and take a day trip from Denver to discover these popular destinations.

Coors Brewery (distance: 15 miles)

Once you’ve explored the many breweries in Denver, you might be inspired to check out one of the places where it all began. The Coors Brewery in Golden, CO is the largest single brewery in the world, home to the second-most-popular beer in the country. For a closer look at the traditional malting, brewing, and packaging processes, head west for a free 30-minute tour of this historic facility. After the tour, you can sip a few samples in the Hospitality Lounge, then check out some of the other attractions in Golden.

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre (distance: 17 miles)

Located just 10 miles west of Denver, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is a mountain park in Jefferson County, CO, featuring a geologically formed amphitheater. Whether you want to explore the beautiful hiking and biking trails, or enjoy an open-air concert with an unbeatable backdrop, this world-famous park is well worth the drive.

Mount Evans Scenic Byway (distance: 33 miles)

Take a drive along the highest paved road in North America and bask in the breathtaking views along the way. Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Mount Evans Scenic Byway rises through nearly 9,000 feet of elevation to the 14,264-foot summit of Mount Evans. It takes about two hours to complete this meandering journey, which will take you past Idaho Springs Reservoir, Lincoln Lake, and other landmarks.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary (distance: 38 miles)

This one is for the animal lovers: The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO is home to over 500 large carnivores, including lions, tigers, bears, and wolves. As the largest carnivore sanctuary in the world, this sprawling rescue and rehabilitation center spans 720 acres and is dedicated to animal welfare. To limit the stress put on its animal residents, the facility invites guests to view this impressive habitat via an elevated “Mile Into The Wild” walkway.

Rocky Mountain National Park (distance: 68 miles)

As a perennial favorite among outdoor explorers, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most famous parks in the country. Whether you’re seeking recreation or simply want to appreciate the stunning scenery, this awe-inspiring park delivers an exceptional experience with hiking trails, waterways, and more across 415 square miles. Featuring mountains, forests, and alpine tundra, the ever-changing landscape is truly a sight to behold.

Book your stay at The Brown Palace and enjoy access to these Colorado attractions, in addition to the best things to do in Denver.