With its gorgeous mountain backdrops, lively city scene, and reputation for culinary greatness, Denver stands on its own as an awesome destination. But those who live here know that there is magic just beyond the metro’s limits, where scenes of stunning natural beauty reveal themselves at every turn, where you can immerse yourself in Colorado’s unique history, and where you can challenge yourself physically, no matter your skill level.
Best Day Trips in Denver, CO
1) Rocky Mountain National Park
Escape city life and head an hour and a half north to the natural wonder that is Rocky Mountain National Park. Here, it’s just you and the great outdoors, where the mountain air is fresh, the water is pure, and the trees are tall and mighty. Spend your days hiking the 300 miles of trails or climbing more than 100 mountain peaks.
2) Pikes Peak
A destination for adventure seekers and road-trippers alike, Pikes Peak is a beast of a mountain soaring 14,115 feet into the air, and less than three hours from Denver. The climb or drive to the top is well worth it, offering views that you won’t find anywhere else in the state. Along the way up is the North Slope Recreation Area, where you can fish as long as you’re licensed, and the Summit View House, which served hot and fresh donuts all day.
3) Central City & Black Hawk
Take a trip back in time and wander around Central City and Black Hawk, twin casino towns an hour west of Denver that are laden with Old West history. It’s still legal to gamble here (there are 21 casinos between them!), but visitors will also love strolling the well-maintained, historic downtown districts and exploring all the unique shops and restaurants.
4) Pine & Deckers
Anglers will rejoice when they reach the towns of Pine and Deckers, located an hour southwest of Denver. Here you’ll find plenty of places along the North Fork South Platte River and the South Platte River to catch prime Rainbow and Brown Trout. There are anywhere from 4,000 to 7,000 fish per mile.
5) Summit County
Come for world-class skiing in winter, or the fun, walkable towns any time of year. Summit County is right in the heart of Colorado, about an hour and a half from Denver, and it truly offers everything this great state is known for. Whether you love to kayak, hike, bike, fish, camp, or of course, ski, it’s all waiting in this picturesque slice of alpine paradise.
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