Colorado is growing more popular as a travel destination for domestic and international tourists. Most want to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountain National Park or explore some of the abandoned gold mining towns. But, the state isn’t just about outdoor activities and relaxing inside one of the many cabins for rent in Colorado. Here are some of the best places to take a city break and the top things to do in each destination.
There are lots of things to do in this big and sprawling city. Museums, such as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Art Museum, are the best places to spend your time. Visitors typically like to spend at least an hour or two in each and it’s suggested you visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds. Several other niche museums are dotted around the city that would appeal to any interest.
Shopping is another favourite pastime for locals. You can shop at Cherry Creek or 16th Street and even enjoy the cafes on Larimer Square. If you visit towards the end of September or early October, you’ll have the chance to experience the annual Beer Fest. Various types of beer including local, international, and craft beers are on tap for you to sample.
One of the best ways to get around the city is to rent a bike and cycle. The Denver B Cycle is available to rent for short-term up to 24 hours for a small fee. You can then return the bike to any docking station, which gives you the flexibility to explore the Mile High City on your terms.
Another great way to experience the city is to do the Free Walking Tour. The guide takes you to the famous landmarks where you can learn about the history and architecture of Denver. More information on the specific meeting points and starting times are on their website.
About 30 miles north of Denver, you’ll find Boulder. The best way to see the city is by joining one of the (paid) walking tours or picking up a map from the Visitors Centre and exploring independently.
If you’re here with the family, everyone can enjoy a relaxing time at Central Park, which has a vast outdoor amphitheatre and grassy areas to have a picnic. You should also walk down Pearl Street Mall and watch the street performers or indulge in a little retail therapy. There are lots of shops on this stretch ranging from high-end boutiques and the latest technology to a bargain pair of shoes.
Boulder has a reputation for having an active nightlife. Various bars, clubs, lounges open their doors early and close late. Favourite spots are both Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill and Tahona Tequila Bistro. Delicious Mexican food and cheap shots satisfy patrons at Tahona, especially during Happy Hour!
Aspen is known for having some of the best ski resorts in Colorado. But aside from the mountains, you can also enjoy Aspen by visiting the attractions like the Wheeler Opera House and John Denver Sanctuary. Or if you’re here with your friends, why not try the Aspen Brewing Company beer tour if you missed the Beer Fest in Denver?
You can visit the Aspen Saturday Market if you’re here on the weekend where they sell everything from fruits and vegetables to arts and crafts. Live music performance, especially during the Jazz Aspen Snowmass and the Aspen Music Festival, are frequent events in the summer.
There’s plenty to do in the small downtown area of Colorado Springs. If you’re into classical music, see a concert at the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Schedules and tickets are available online. You have the choice of plenty of museums such as the Ghost Town or Colorado Springs Pioneer Museums. Other free ones include the Penrose Heritage, Peterson Air Space Museum, and Rocky Mountain Motorcycles. If you’d like a different tour of the city, you can join the Delicious Downtown Food Tour and have a guide take you to sample the best food in Colorado Springs.
Fort Collins is a great place for fans of beer. Check out the Odell Brewery Company, Black Bottle, and Horse & Dragon to sample the local brews. The atmosphere is always friendly and welcoming to outsiders. You’re never far away from meeting a new friend.
Another favorite activity is to take the train journey from Fort Collins Municipal Railway between the City Park and downtown Howes Street. The Old Town is also an excellent place for a stroll and to spend the afternoon making the most of the cafes and shops lining the streets. Taste of Fort Collins is a famous food festival held during the summer, which has a variety of regional and international food and drinks. Live performances and concerts make the event fun for everyone who attends the three-day event.
Families with young children are recommended to visit The Farm at Lee Martinez Park for the afternoon and to let the kids see the animals. The little ones can feed and even ride the ponies around the pen, under the supervision of the farmer of course. A trip here is suitable for parents with children under the age of ten.
Enjoy a City Break in Colorado:
Colorado isn’t just about mountains and enjoying the wildlife. The cities are full of exciting things to do and fun festivals taking place throughout the year. If you’re looking for a city break, check out either Denver, Boulder, Aspen, Colorado Springs, or Fort Collins.
Emma Grant is from the west of Ireland. Over the past 4 years, she has travelled around the world and used her copywriting skills to sustain her lifestyle.