Our trip to Denver last month left us eager to return to a state that wears Fall like no other. There’s something about Colorado’s rugged charm that leaves you in awe wherever you look. Thinking about heading over to this very special state?
Here are some very places worth checking out:
Georgetown is a gorgeous, mountain town nestled in the Colorado Rockies. Cute, old town stores line this hidden gem and fill it with undeniable Western charm. We drove up to Georgetown early into our trip, eager to get into the mountains. Standing tall at 8,530 feet, we felt the cold, brisk air hit us as soon as we stepped out of the car.
As if stuck in time, Georgetown maintains many of the store-fronts and businesses just as they were around the time of its founding, in 1864. Unbeknownst to us, this little town produced vast amounts of silver and served as one of Colorado Central Railroad’s key stops. Pretty cool, ey?
Distance from Denver: 50 minutes
2. Guanella Pass
Our greatest adventure yet happened, somewhat accidentally, on the road back from Georgetown. Eager to get a quick glimpse of the neighboring mountains, we followed the advice of a few locals and headed through Guanella Pass Road.
A quick detour turned into a one-way ticket to the mountains. In a matter of minutes, we were transported from Fall to winter as if by magic. The scenic and winding Guanella Pass Road loops around a few Rocky Mountain Peaks, standing at close to 12,000 feet elevation!
Distance from Denver: 1 hour (differs based on distance)
3. Red Rocks Park
Red Rocks – one of the most famous concert venues in the world also doubles down as a natural park with scenic hiking routes. Don’t believe us? See for yourselves! Its trails are lined with beautiful rock formations in all hues of red, orange, and brown. It makes for a stunning change of scenery from the mountain landscape and all just a short ride away from Denver!
Distance from Denver: 25 minutes
4. Kings Valley, Conifer
Looking for a little escape from Denver, we AIRBNB’d a mountain house up in the Kings Valley area of Conifer. Standing tall at near 9,000 feet, Conifer sits peacefully in the foothills West of Denver. It greeted us with a sky full of stars, a beautiful sunrise, and much-needed peacefulness. It’s the perfect place to breathe in fresh air, sip hot cocoa, and gaze at the beautiful Rockies lining the horizon.
Side Note: If you’re thinking about AIRBNB’ing, we recommend staying with Dan and Kathie – their place is everything you could dream of for a mountain escape! Plus, their jacuzzi is to die for.
Distance from Denver: 45 minutes
Last but not least, we’ve got Denver! This city is a melting pot of cultures, offering a memorable experience for all who visit! It’s got unique food eateries (our picks: El Taco de Mexico, Domo Japanese Restaurant, Buckhorn Exchange), amazing deserts (our picks: Little Man Ice Cream, Voodoo Donuts, The Donut House) and some crazy cool shops around town (top pick: Rocket Fizz).