No need to travel out of state or out of country to have a great time this summer. The Denver area is the perfect base for a wide range of activities for affordable staycations for Colorado families and couples alike.
As many Denver locals know, a trip to the mountains is always fun, no matter the season. Mountain biking and hiking at the various ski areas is fun and convenient. Vail, Breckenridge and Keystone – as well as Winter Park and Steamboat Springs – offer festivals throughout the summer and fall. High country condo rates are very affordable for summer visitors.
Discover and explore Colorado Springs. Tours of the Air Force Academy or a hike at Seven Falls can easily take a full day once a meal is added to the trip. Don’t miss the Garden of the Gods, Cave of the Winds and lunch in Manitou Springs for a fun daytrip.
Golden has a great summer market and town for shopping and dining. Looking for art? Go shopping in Boulder, or take the Royal Arch hike near the Flat Irons. Grandma in town for a visit? The Celestial Seasons tea factory has an informative tour and a great excuse to wrap up with lunch in Boulder.
If you’re able to stay overnight, head to Grand Valley for the vineyards, great dining, shopping and scenery. Palisades, Grand Junction and Fruita offer a “bunch” of activities from wine tasting to mountain biking to fly fishing. Or, travel to Estes Park and enjoy a few days of gorgeous scenery, hiking and camping.
We’re lucky to live in a state with so many options for day trips and staycations. Sometimes staying close is the most relaxing way to spend vacation. Enjoy Colorado. I do!