Three cities. Too many miles to count. You can hear ‘Don’t stop believing’ from your stereo. The best way to explore northern Colorado is to take one of the three road trips starting in Denver.
Colorado is perhaps best known for its city swagger, and the majestic mountain peaks that attract snow-lovers all over the globe. Beyond the snow-covered mountains and bright lights, Colorado offers epic road trips via the Cache la Poudre Scenic Byway to Loveland and Fort Collins.
Continue reading to learn about three of the most memorable road trips from Denver:
Loveland is the best place to go on romantic road trips from Denver.
You can love it, of course! You can arrange to have Valentine’s Day Card sent to your Loveland. You can also ‘lock’ your love onto a LOVE statue to get extra brownie points. Locals love Valentine’s Day. They are particularly fond of the Loveland Sweetheart Festival, the Little Miss Valentine/Little Mr. Cupid contest.
Consider a group wedding in Colorado’s most romantic city if you are considering getting married. Loveland, located just 45 minutes from Denver International Airport and downtown Denver, is a great escape from the city center. Loveland LOVE Lock Sculpture
Things To Do in Loveland…
Valentine’s Day aside there’s lots to do and see on a road trip between Denver and Loveland. The Benson Sculpture Garden is a great place to start. The gardens, which were opened in 1985, are home to 172 sculptures worth more than $5,000,000. These sculptures are scattered across the 10-acres of gardens and paths, as well as picnic areas. They were made by internationally renowned artists. Circle of Peace is a must-see by Gary Lee Price. If you are considering a summer road trip to Denver, make sure it is timed for the Sculpture in the Park event, hosted by the Loveland High Plains Arts Council. Loveland Lake
Are you looking for an authentic ranch experience? You can ride along the ridgeline on a horseback or take a scenic trail ride. You can also hike along the Devil’s Backbone if you’d prefer to get your legs moving. Red-tailed Hawks and other wildlife are some of the most prominent landmarks in the county. Keep your eyes open for them on the hike.
Where to Stay in Loveland
You don’t need to rush on the best Denver road trips. Stay longer at Sylvan Dale Ranch for a night. Enjoy scenic views and cozy cabins after a long trail ride.
Where to Eat in Loveland…
For tapas or sangria, visit Door222. Or sign up to receive a tasting at Sweet Heart Winery. Do you have a lot of energy? Have you got energy? Grab a beer at Axe to Grind before you throw axes at a target. Or perhaps vice versa…
Family-friendly road trips starting in Denver: Fort Collins
The Disney touch – Downtown Fort Collins was the inspiration for Main Street USA in Disneyland. Fort Collins is just over an hour away from Denver. Spend a weekend exploring the charming streets lined with shops, cafes, and boutiques. There are plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family, including more than 300 days of sun per year. Old Town Fountain, Fort Collins © Richard Haro
Things To Do in Fort Collins
The Magic Bus takes you to the best sights in the city. After you have ascended the bus, take a stroll through the Old Town to admire the heritage buildings and pause to enjoy one of the 65 pianos. You can also white-water raft on the Cache la Poudre River or paddle along Horsetooth Reservoir for a bit of adventure.
It’s easy to extend your Denver trip by visiting the Rocky Mountain National Park. The national park is located 35 miles from Fort Collins and includes 150 lakes, more than 400 acres, and 18 peaks at 13,000 feet. Kayaking in Poudre Canyon © Ryan Burke
Where to Stay in Fort Collins
The Armstrong Hotel is a historic and renovated landmark that history-lovers will love. The hotel was opened in 1923 and still retains many of its original features, as well as Ace Gillett’s – Armstrong’s underground cocktail bar and music lounge. Music-lovers may also want to consider the stylish Elizabeth. The elegant hotel features a music theme with an in-room record player and even an instrument lending library. Elizabeth Hotel, Fort Collins
Where to Eat in Fort Collins…
Carnivores will enjoy the steaks and chops of The Baker. You should visit Coopersmith’s, which is one of the 20 local craft breweries. Enjoy a flight of chocolate at Nuance chocolate shop. This shop has the largest selection of single-origin chocolates in the world.
Best road trip from Denver for outdoor lovers: Steamboat Springs
Summer or winter, adventure is what you seek. Steamboat Springs takes approximately 3.5 hours to reach Colorado’s capital. Although it is a long drive from Denver than the others, it is well worth it. The town is nestled in the Rocky Mountains and offers many adventures on and off the ski slopes. Downtown Steamboat should be included on best road trips from Denver, in summer or winter
Things To Do in Steamboat Springs
You can go hiking in the summer, or ski or snowboard in winter. Tree skiing is a great sport and all levels are welcome. You can channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl on a horse-riding adventure at Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch. Then continue the theme in an authentic Western town. Cowboy boots are required. You can then relax and unwind at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, which is part of the 720-mile Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop route.Relax after a busy day of adventure at the Springboard Springs Hot Spring
Where to Stay in Steamboat Springs
You might consider staying a while as this is one of the more popular options for a Denver road trip. You can choose from over 50 luxury homes with Moving Mountains’ One Steamboat Place. These homes have stunning views of the town and stylish interiors. They are located only steps away from the gondola. One Steamboat Place © Moving Mountain
Where to Eat in Steamboat Springs
CafeDiva offers sustainable, local food. The laundry offers contemporary cuisine and craft cocktails. You can also travel by snowcat to Ragnar’s on-mountain for a five-course gourmet dinner.