Top 10 Weekend Trips From Denver, Colorado - Updated 2022

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Enjoy a wonderful time when you and your family visit Denver. Holidaying in the city can give you and your crew an unforgettable cultural experience, with the marvelous sceneries on offer along with the diverse neighborhoods and communities. Staying in unique hotels or vacation rentals make a great experience, too, with their modern amenities and comforts. Of course, your vacation can get even better when you take a quick weekend trip to interesting places around the city. With this article, we would like to invite you to check out the top weekend trips from Denver, Colorado—all of which ensure to bring more color to your holiday.

1. Crested Butte

Town of Mt. Crested Butte
Source: Photo by user Larry Lamsa used under CC BY 2.0

Although small in size—with only 1,487 people making up its population according to the United States Census—Crested Butte is flocked by tourists looking for outdoor activities. During winter, people love to ski or snowboard in the area, and there’s also a Nordic center in town with an ice-skating rink. In summer, Crested Butte turns into a favorite destination for whitewater rafting and kayaking, four-wheeling, rock climbing, and so much more. Just getting here from Denver is already a fun journey to embark on. By driving around 4.5 hours or 367 km (226 miles), you can enjoy the scenery that will welcome you along the way.

2. Estes Park

One Morning in Estes Park, Colorado
Source: Photo by Flickr user G. Lamar used under CC BY 2.0

Summertime in Denver can feel like just a warm-up before you travel to the neighboring town of Estes Park, which is located around 112 km (70 miles) away. With the beautiful peaks of the Rocky Mountains surrounding the city, it’s hard not to go out there and explore nature. From doing various challenging outdoor activities, you can tone down the excitement by visiting art galleries to stimulate your artistic side, or you can unwind at one of the top cafes in town while people-watching and enjoying the atmosphere.

Rocky Mountain National Park Tour: Winter in the Park

Duration: 3 hours

88 reviews

3. Palisade

Vineyard, Palisade, CO 7-13 (In Explore) (15301560980)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user inkknife_2000 used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Enjoy a beautiful sunny day while sipping a glass of wine and snacking on a fruit platter with fresh peaches—these are just some of the things that Palisade can offer when you visit during the warm season. Known as the Peach Capital of Colorado, Palisade owns the perfect climate for its 182-day growing season for peaches and winegrapes. Of course, you can also do other outdoor activities while in the city. Palisade is a favorite place of many to bike and explore, hike, and even fish. Follow the I-70 W route from Denver, and drive for 373 km (232 miles) or around four hours to the west, and you’re ready to be charmed by Palisade.

4. Idaho Springs (from USD 68.0)

Idaho Springs, Colorado
Source: Photo by Flickr user Lorie Shaull used under CC BY 2.0

Before you reach Palisade for the weekend getaway that you have planned, maybe take a quick detour to Idaho Springs. It’s on the same route, and you can reach it within only 45 minutes of driving from Denver—or 53 km (33 miles) away. Famous for the gold rush back in the mid-1800s, Idaho Springs has now evolved into a holiday destination for both the adventurous and city explorers. While you’re here, discover all the stories behind the city through museums, historical buildings, and also mines. Then don’t forget to try the interesting cafes and restaurants that are spread out in Idaho Springs—all of which will add stories of their own to your travels.

Clear Creek Gold Rush Whitewater Rafting from Idaho Springs

Duration: 3 hours

10 reviews

5. Steamboat Springs (from USD 45.0)

Steamboat Springs
Source: Photo by Flickr user jahofker used under CC BY-SA 2.0

If you’re visiting Denver on any of the 65 days when it doesn’t have the sun shining, then you’re in for a fun day in the snow in Steamboat Springs. It takes around 3 to 3.5 hours of driving to cover about 260 km (160 miles) from Denver. Steamboat Springs is the perfect place for a winter vacation with your family. Its attractions are not the sole reason why many tourists, both local and international, love to spend some time in this city. People who live in the area are also very welcoming and inclusive to their guests. You can visit any of the dining places or pubs in Steamboat Springs and have the owner accompany you with a lovely chat. With all the activities, friendliness, and food and beverages that you can enjoy, Steamboat Springs will soon be your favorite place to spend a winter holiday.

Colorado Horseback Riding Tour, All-Levels

Duration: 1 to 5 hours

6. Cañon City (from USD 195.0)

Royal Gorge
Source: Photo by Flickr user lns1122 used under CC BY 2.0

When you take your family to this city, you can have an exciting time doing various outdoor activities together. You can join a rafting trip, go on a jeep tour around natural landmarks, and even try fishing. Each fun activity is more exciting than the next. But if you’re more of a town explorer kind of tourist, you shouldn’t worry. Cañon City, which had its name changed from Canon City in 1994, offers Holy Cross Abbey, where you can do a little bit of wine tasting. There are also some unique art galleries and Museum of Colorado Prisons, where you can learn about Cañon City’s criminal history. Located around 200 km (125 miles) from Denver, Cañon City would indeed make an excellent weekend getaway destination for you.

Gold Belt Scenic Byway Jeep Tour from Cañon City

Duration: 6 hours

7. Fort Collins (from USD 250.0)

Pedestrian Mall View - Old Town Fort Collins, CO
Source: Photo by user Joe Wolf used under CC BY-ND 2.0

Widely known for its natural beauty, Fort Collins is the perfect place for you and your family to have a weekend getaway and indulge in some outdoor activities. Located around 90 km (56 miles) from Denver, Fort Collins is a favorite getaway destination of many. The city offers wide bike lanes for those who love to explore new places with a bicycle. Old Town is a popular spot for cycling around or perhaps visiting the breweries. Approximately 70 percent of all craft beers in Colorado are produced in Fort Collins, with more than 20 craft breweries existing in the city, each one having its own unique tastes and styles.

Craft Brewery Tours

Duration: 180 to 800 minutes

3 reviews

8. Colorado Springs (from USD 99.0)

Garden Of The Gods -Colorado Springs, CO -National Park -IMG2638
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Wximagery used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Located around 97 km (60 miles) south from Denver, Colorado Springs holds exciting places that can bring you closer to nature, even when you’re in the city. Located at Pikes Peak America’s Mountain, which is also one of the nation’s most famous landmarks, Colorado Springs owns one of the United States’ most famous parks, Garden of the Gods. Here, visitors can cycle around the area, hike, and even try horseback riding. More exciting places are Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Money Museum, and The Broadmoor Seven Falls.

Scenic Bike Tour Of Colorado Springs

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

1 review

9. Moab, Utah (from USD 79.0)

IMG_8270 Arches National Park ~ Moab, Utah
Source: Photo by user Bettina Woolbright used under CC BY-ND 2.0

Planning for an impulsive weekend getaway? Then grab your bag and book a ticket to a place that takes only a little over five hours of driving from Denver—or 569.7 km (354 mi) away. In Moab, you will get your adrenaline pumped, with its stretched canyons that are waiting to be explored. Or if you’re more of a movie geek, you can go for a movie-location hunt, since the city has been used to shoot many popular Hollywood films, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and The Lone Ranger.

Moab Rafting Morning Half-Day Trip

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

2 reviews

10. Aspen (from USD 132.0)

Alpine Loop
Source: Photo by Flickr user Larry Lamsa used under CC BY 2.0

Feel like a celebrity when you retreat to the city of Aspen. Although it’s located in the remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range and the Elk Mountains, the city—which is 319 km (198 miles) from Denver—is popular for hosting many well-known celebrities out on a holiday. With this trend, it’s not unusual to see a number of world-class hotels and even upscale stores in the area. Whether you visit during summer or winter, Aspen is always ready to welcome you with activities that you will never forget.

Aspen Premium Ski Rental Including Delivery

Duration: 5 days

Challenge yourself in every season

With its numerous mountain parks and romantic places, Denver is a city that you will grow to love if you’re looking for various adventures. But it’s not the only place that you can explore after you arrive. You should spare some time to take a short trip to the neighbouring cities too—and experience the various attractions and activities they have on offer.

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