When in Denver, and in need to escape the city, rent a car and get ready for a fun and exciting one-tank trip to some of Colorado’s top small mountain towns. There you’ll find some of the area’s top hiking, skiing, and the occasional train rides, all complete with that snowcapped-peak views.
Distance: 42 Miles West of Denver
Located a short drive west of Denver, Georgetown is a delightful Victorian Village nestled in the heart of the surrounding mountain’s valley. The town consists of 200 restored buildings, all from the 1870’s, with Main Street bustling with shops, cafes and antique stores. Locomotive lovers find peace at the Georgetown Loop Railroad, which the steam train operates only during summer months.
Pikes Peak Country
Distance: 60 Miles South of Denver
Pikes Peak Country contains more than 40 attractions located around the 14,000 foot high Pikes Peak. Visitors can play golf at the Broadmoor Resort or visit the Garden of Gods, which contains 500-foot high sandstone monuments.
Rocky Mountain National Park – Estes Park
Distance: 71 Miles Northwest of Denver
This national park contains 400-miles of breathtaking beauty and endless hiking opportunities. This area is well known for crossing the Continental Divide at over two-miles above sea level. For a fun night on the town, visit Estes Park, where the downtown area contains shopping, restaurants, bars and fancy resorts.
Distance: 80 Miles West of Denver
Breckenridge is one of Colorado’s top skiing, and outdoor adventure, destinations. This “gold-mine” was once a Victorian mining town is now a popular tourist destination, offering outdoor summer concerts and winter ice sculpture competition. Stay at one of the many resorts for luxury and class, or take a walk down French and Harris streets for a true Victorian experience.
Distance: 67 Miles West of Denver
This small town is for the ladies. Shop ‘til you drop at the Outlets of Silverthorne at one of three shopping villages. A shuttle is accessible for those who want to avoid walking, but the outlets are best explored on foot. The trail meanders along the Blue River, one of Colorado’s premier fly-fishing destinations. Concerts and recreational opportunities are located at the Silverthorne Pavilion and Recreation Center, equipped with a pool, coffee shop and book exchange.