If it’s time for a short vacation from work or school, there’s plenty to do right here in the state of Colorado. Check out some of the best locations for weekend trips below.
Explore Grand Lake
Hidden in a valley on the western side of the Rocky Mountains is Grand County, where the small town of Grand Lake is located. This lake town may be small but it is incredibly charming and features a variety of attractions and events for visitors to enjoy. Right next to the lake is the Kauffman House Museum, which covers the history of Grand Lake. For outdoor adventurers, there are multiple hiking trails that surround the town, as well as a picturesque waterfall. When it comes to grabbing a meal, various restaurants and bars line Main Street, including Sagebrush BBQ & Grill, where there’s a high probability of seeing a moose standing outside. Various shops are also located on the main road in town, selling camping gear, locally made crafts and tons of Grand Lake souvenirs. Lodging options vary in Grand Lake from rustic cabins to more modern accommodations. To book your weekend getaway, check out the official Visit Grand County website.
Peruse Denver Museums and Gardens
If you’re familiar with the Denver area, then you already know that there is so much to do in the thriving city. From major sports teams to the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver is the new hot spot for young people in America. If you want more of a low-key weekend trip, try visiting one of Denver’s many museums and gardens. The Molly Brown Museum, located on Pennsylvania Street, is the actual house of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and hosts tours covering the life of the pioneer woman. Check out the museum’s website for hours and additional information. Travel 2 miles east and you’ll find yourself at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Right in the heart of downtown, the expansive gardens feature a variety of shrubbery and beautiful plants, as well as educational opportunities to learn more about plant life. Be sure to stop by the gift shop on the way out to grab locally made arts and crafts or simply visit the Botanic Gardens website. If that’s not enough nature or learning for you, your next stop should be the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The museum has many intriguing exhibits that include opportunities to learn more about human health, North American Indian culture, prehistoric life, space and much more. Head to the museum’s website to see when you can schedule a visit.
Hike Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs
Garden of the Gods is a public park located in the northwestern portion of the city of Colorado Springs and became a national natural landmark in 1971. The area is a collection of wondrous rock formations that seem to defy gravity in some areas. There’s plenty to do at this outdoor area too, including Jeep and segway tours, hiking trails, rock climbing and various special events held throughout the year. During your visit, stop by the Visitor & Nature Center to grab a bite to eat, as well as a breathtaking view of the park. Every Thursday, the park hosts a 5K Fun Run called “Gallop in the Garden,” where visitors run through one of five picturesque routes. For more information on this Colorado attraction, visit the Garden of the Gods website.
Colorado has much to offer for a short but satisfying vacation. With so much to do, you could plan a trip for almost every weekend.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.