That wonderful time of year where the sun stays out late, the weather is finally warm and the sky is clear and blue is finally here, which means it’s time to get outside and enjoy this gorgeous state. If you are looking for a day-long getaway that consists of beautiful sights and the soothing sounds of your car engine, you will want to be sure to drive along one of these 12 beautiful Colorado byways for an experience you won’t soon forget:
1. Mount Evans Scenic Byway
It doesn't get much more beautiful than Mount Evans, which not only boasts some of the most beautiful views in the state, but also the record for the highest paved road in America.
2. Grand Mesa Scenic Byway
If you are looking for history, fishing and skiing opportunities in one fell swoop, you best be hopping on the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, which runs between Cedaredge and I-70.
3. Highway of Legends Scenic and Historic Byway
They don't call Highway 12 the "Highway of Legends" for nothing! This stretch of road once hosted the likes of both conquistadors and Native Americans during their Colorado travels.
4. Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
After trying your luck at the tables in Black Hawk, hop on Peak to Peak for a winning look at historic ghost towns along the Continental Divide.
5. Trail Ridge Road Scenic Byway
Growing up in Fort Collins, we traveled the Trail Ridge Road Scenic Byway many times to get to our cabin in Grand Lake, so I can attest to both its beauty and convenience.
6. Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway
It doesn't get more magnificent than the Unaweep-Tabeguache, which passes some of southwest Colorado's most extravagant buttes and canyons.
7. Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway
The Trail of Ancients is just that; a winding road that leads you on a journey through history via Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings, museums, the Four Corners, and even a geologic wonder or two in our neighboring Utah.
8. Pawnee Pioneer Trails Scenic & Historic Byway
Located in northeast Colorado is the Pawnee Pioneer Trails Scenic & Historic Byway, which showcases the tranquil Eastern Plains, Pawnee National Grassland, and the unsuspecting Pawnee Buttes (which tower high above the rolling prairie).
9. Lariat Loop Scenic Byway
No time to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city? No problem! The Lariat Loop Scenic Byway runs from Golden to Evergreen to Genesee and then back again.
10. Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway
With easy access to the legendery Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado National Monument. and more, the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway is truly a "diamond" in the rough.
11. Cache la Poudre - North Park Scenic Byway
A northern Colorado favorite (and for good reason), the Cache la Poudre - North Park Scenic Byway takes travelers on an unforgettable journey from Fort Collins through Walden.
12. Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway
Let's just say that you never know what gems you'll find along this 82-mile stretch of gorgeousness!