Great Getaways from Denver, Deeper Dives into Colorado

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Nearby mountain towns and day trips from Denver

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Ready to explore more of Colorado from your base in Denver with some great getaways? These top places to visit and things to do are easily reachable from Denver.

• Stroll the Pearl Street Mall in the independent nation of Boulder.

• Enjoy mountain views and animals grazing alongside Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park — two reasons it’s Colorado’s most visited destination.

• Tour Coors Brewery and history museums in Golden.

• Go gold panning and tour a gold mine in Idaho Springs.

• Drive almost to the top at Fourteener, Mount Evans, just 35 minutes from Denver.

• Ride a train to the top of Pikes Peak, then visit Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs.

• Catch a cadet parade at the U.S. Air Force Academy, then visit Colorado Springs.

• Head up to Summit County for high-altitude playtime.

• See why Vail is one of the country’s premier mountain resorts.

• Drive the Lariat Loop National Scenic and Historic Byway, with spectacular views and mountain towns. (You’ll never be more than an hour from downtown Denver.)

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