Are you looking for the perfect weekend escape? Look no further than Colorado. Whether you’re looking for an adventure-packed outdoor getaway, a relaxing escape, some good old-fashioned family-friendly fun, or an opportunity to spend some time exploring a new city, you’ll find it all here. While you can’t go wrong with most options throughout the state, there are a few destinations that rise above the rest as a great place to spend a weekend.
Here are some cities you’ll definitely want to consider for your next Colorado getaway:
Situated along the Arkansas River, Buena Vista is a gem of a town ideal for folks who are looking to slow down and spend some time outside. The river offers easy access for kayaking, white water rafting, and fly fishing during the warmer months, which is when this little town is at its prime. You’ll also have easy access to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, perfect for a warm soak after a long day of outdoor activities.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall – there’s really no wrong time to visit Breckenridge. During the winter, you can take advantage of world-class skiing. During the warmer months, make the most of the great outdoors and go mountain biking, hiking, or horseback riding.
The city of Breckenridge itself is small and walkable, with lots to offer – boutique shops selling local goods (and plenty of souvenirs), charming coffee shops and restaurants, and beautiful parks to appreciate as you slow down and relax. For a real treat, time your weekend getaway with one of the city’s many festivals, like the ice sculpture festival in the winter or Oktoberfest in September.
Believe it or not, Colorado’s biggest city is actually the perfect spot to explore for a weekend. Denveris home to some of the state’s premier museums, theaters, concert halls, and galleries, as well as an endless assortment of restaurants, bars, breweries, and cafes to try out.
If you’re only spending a weekend in town, it’s easiest to stay downtown and explore the city’s different neighborhoods, each with its own character and charm. However, if you’re craving a taste of the mountains while you’re here, you’ll need to rent a car.
Located on the Western Slope, Glenwood Springs is a favorite destination for Coloradans. Known for its namesake hot springs, this town is yet another spot where you’ll find lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. It’s near two of Colorado’s most famous hikes – Maroon Bells, which leads to a picturesque mountain range, and Hanging Lake, a steep uphill climb to a clear blue pool and adjacent waterfall.
Most people who visit Rocky Mountain National Park enter through Estes Park. However, Grand Lake – the park’s other entrance – is not to be missed. You’ll enjoy much smaller crowds along the trails accessible from the Grand Lake entrance.
While Rocky Mountain National Park is a big draw, you won’t want to miss out on the lake, either. Grand Lake is perfect for boating, floating, or swimming during the warm summer months, and it’s lined with hot dog stands and ice cream parlors, perfect spots to grab a quick snack.
While you’re sure to enjoy your time in Colorado, wherever you are, these are just a few spots where you’re guaranteed to enjoy a great weekend. Looking to visit more of Colorado, check out these hidden gems you need to explore.
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