Tired of doing the same old, same old every single weekend? Then why not switch it up this summer by exploring new places, dining at new restaurants, and experiencing new adventures in a single day?! If this sounds like something that is up your alley (or down your road), check out these 10 unique day trips from Colorado that you must take.
1.) Estes Park
Estes is the perfect location for a day trip since it is only a few hours drive from most everywhere in Colorado (keyword: MOST). Enjoy lunch at Smokin' Daves, shop around the quaint downtown area, and explore the forest via horseback all in one day.
2.) Southwestern Colorado
To our friends in the Southwest: When is the last time you checked out the sights in the area? Begin your road trip with breakfast in Pagosa Springs, followed by perusing historic downtown Durango, and ending with a wine tasting at Mountain View Winery in Olathe. We know it's a bit of a drive from each place to the next, but driving through the stunning San Juan National Forest is half the fun!
Whether you're from the mountains, plains, or even Denver, you must play tourist around lower downtown AT LEAST once -- brunch at The Delectable Egg, sip beers at the Rox game, and finish the day with dinner inside Union Station.
Golden is a beautiful Denver suburb with lots to offer the entire family! Ride the trains at the Colorado Railroad Museum, hike Golden Gate Canyon State Park, and take a (obligatory) tour of Coors before calling it a day!
5.) Lariat Loop
Since you'll be so busy while you're in Golden's city limits, you will have to come back another day to drive the scenic and historic Lariat Loop Byway, hitting Red Rocks, Hiwan Homestead Museum, and the Evergreen Lake House and Park.
6.) Peak to Peak Highway
The 55-mile route has something to offer literally everyone, so plan your excursion before hitting the road (might we suggest scouring the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, trying your luck in Central City, and enjoying dinner in Allenspark?)
7.) Eastern Plains
Is it just me or do the eastern plains often get overlooked? Before making a snap judgement, head east on I-70 and grab breakfast in Bennett, tour the Limon Heritage Museum and end your day with a wine tasting at the Claremont Inn in Stratton.
Less than an hour from Denver, Georgetown offers delicious food, unique shopping, and lovely views to all who visit! Get your antiquing on at the Antique Emporium, kick some bass while fishing Georgetown Lake, and grab a tasty, fresh ground coffee from Bierstadt Books & Beans before heading home.
9.) Black Hawk
Feeling lucky? Then head to historic Black Hawk and spend your day playing Blackjack, feasting on buffets, and touring historic Gregory Street!
To our neighbors in the north: You MUST play tourist and check out the Dinosaur area -- Dig up fossils at Dinosaur National Monument, take pictures overlooking Harper's Corner Trail, and see nature the way it was meant to be seen while cruising around the area.
Which of these day trips do you plan to take first?! Let me know in the comments.