Denver March 16, 2017
9 Incredible Weekend Getaways You Absolutely Must Take From Denver
Are you longing to get away from the city, if only for just a night or two? What are you waiting for… this is Colorado and there are plenty of amazing places to see and things to do! The best part? Getting away doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, as demonstrated by these 9 incredible weekend getaways you absolutely must take from Denver:
1.) Coney Island Hot Dog Stand (Bailey)
Craving a juicy hot dog with tantalizing toppings? There is no need to travel to Chicago or New York; just head 45 minutes west of Denver to the town of Bailey and their super fun and delicious Coney Island Hot Dog Stand!
2.) Picketwire Canyonlands (La Junta)
For a fun and prehistoric day trip, check out the stunning Picketwire Canyonlands, which are located in the southeast Colorado town of La Junta (less than 3 hours from Denver) and feature one of the largest dinosaur tracksites in the country.
3.) Pawnee Buttes (Weld County)
Shh... do you hear that? Me neither... isn't it great?! There is a lot more of this peace and quiet to be found while walking around the impressive 300-foot-tall Pawnee Buttes!
4.) Shambhala Mountain Center (Red Feather Lakes)
Featuring yoga, Shambhala, and nearly 100 other unique programs, the gorgeous Shambhala Mountain Center is hiding just northwest of Fort Collins and offers a beautiful place to rest, meditate, and rejuvenate.
5.) Grand Junction Wineries
At just 4 hours away from Denver, Grand Junction is the perfect place to escape for a weekend... but what makes it even more perfect is the fact that the Grand Junction area is home to the best wineries and vineyards in the state. We'll drink to that! (Pictured is the scenic and tasty Whitewater Hill Vineyards.)
6.) Gateway Canyons Resort (Gateway)
After sampling numerous wines in Grand Junction, you are going to need a place to stay. Enter the luxurious Gateway Canyons Resorts, which not only features gorgeous accommodations, but equally gorgeous views of the surrounding Western Slope Palisades.
Okay, okay; I know we're going overboard with the Western Slope towns, but with places like Palisade (and their world-famous orchards, farms, and fruit stands) can you really blame us?
8.) Claremont Inn (Stratton)
If you have ever driven east on I-70, you may have noticed a giant mansion standing over the plains... that mansion is the elegant Claremont Inn & Winery, which not only offers a wonderful bed and breakfast, but wine tastings, special events, and even cooking classes!
9.) Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Alamosa County)
With it's whopping 44,246 acres of velvety soft sand, oh-so cool waters of Medano Creek, and butt-busting hiking opportunities, you may think you aren't in Colorado anymore... but you are (and the trip is less than 4 hours from Denver)!
For even more staycation fun, check out these
5 Incredible Day Trips You Can Take From Denver By Train.