Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, which — as far as I am concerned — means it is summer! Sure, the summer solstice doesn’t officially occur until June 20th, but temperatures are warm and the kids are on break, which means it is time to get out and explore. Not sure where to begin? Start by taking one of these 11 epic day trips in and around Denver:
Located a mere 70 miles from Denver lies the enchanting mountain town of Frisco, which not only features incredible mountain scenery, but also a number of museums, shops, and tasty restaurants. (As you probably guessed from this photo of Dillon Reservoir, the area also boasts ample fishing and other various water sports as well!)
St. Mary's Glacier
Are the great outdoors calling your name? Answer the call by hiking the stunning St. Mary's Glacier; Idaho Springs' premiere hiking destination that --
despite being less than a mile long -- comes complete with these jaw-dropping views!
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Do you think this colorful picture looks amazing? Just wait until you experience Golden Gate Canyon's lush meadows, forests, and dainty wildflowers for yourself...
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
Okay, so Mount Princeton Hot Springs *may* take close to 2 1/2 hours to drive to... BUT, they do offer world-class accommodations in addition to their all-natural hot springs, making for the PERFECT weekend getaway!
Sure, you have visited Boulder time and again for the Pearl Street Mall, iconic breweries, and *ahem* their weed, but until you have visited Boulder strictly for their dramatic rock formations, you have yet to really experience this gem of a town!
Roxborough State Park
What? You didn't think that all of our beautiful rock formations were just outside of Boulder, did you? Welcome to Roxborough State Park; a stunning 3,339-acre park that features a series of jaw-dropping rock formations that are estimated to be a whopping 300-million-years old!
Gold may not be as ample as it once was in this historic mining town, but there is still no shortage of things to see and do around Cripple Creek, including shopping and eating along the historic main street, museum hopping, and touring the famous Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine.
Located in the small and scenic suburb of Evergreen, Creekside Cellars is a hobby-turned-full-blown-family business that is nestled amidst the town's namesake trees. Opened to the public in 2000, Creekside serves delicious, one-of-a-kind wines with grapes harvested from their vineyard in Palisade!
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Are you sick and tired of the same old rides at Elitches and Lakeside? Plan a trip to the exciting Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, which is home to the one-of-a-kind Alpine Coaster (pictured), Soaring Eagle Zip Ride, and Giant Canyon Swing.
Nicknamed "Ned" and given the apt motto of "Life Is Better Up Here," Nederland features not only a number of shops and restaurants, but also large and blue bodies of water, vibrant and mature trees, and majestic mountains as far as the eye can see.
Lawson Adventure Park
Do you crave a little more adventure in your life? Look no further than Lawson Adventure Park, which is located a mere 37 miles from Denver and offers a number of epic adventures like challenge courses, ACTUAL rock climbing on Colorado's only Via Ferrata, and even the chance to walk on water via a giant bubble!