With winter chills (and closed Mountain roads) fully in the rear-view mirror for the year, it’s a great time to get out and explore. Luckily, for folks based in Denver, a wealth of getaway-worth destinations exist just a few hours drive from the city. Here’s our list of five great small town getaways from Denver.
1. Cheyenne, Wyoming
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a true cowboy or cowgirl, there’s no better place than Cheyenne. Brush up on your Western trivia in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, before picking up some supplies to help you dress the part at the many boot, hat, and Western wear located in the Downtown Cheyenne shopping district.
Where To Stay: Tru by Hilton Cheyenne
2. Breckenridge, Colorado
While most folks likely think of Breckenridge as a winter sports destination, you’ll find the mountain is a great spot to visit in summer as well. Here you can find some of the country’s most exquisite hiking, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting destinations for the adventure seeker in all of us.
Where To Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Breckenridge
3. Moab, Utah
A change of scenery can be good for the soul, and you’ll find some of the most unusual and breathtaking scenery in Arches National Park, just a five hour drive West of Denver. Hikes to Delicate Arch and the Windows are some of the park’s most popular, or if sightseeing by car is more your thing, download the GyPSy Guide app for GPS-triggered audio navigation and commentary among the area’s highlights.
Where To Stay: Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton
4. Colorado Springs, Colorado
Located just a short drive from Pike’s Peak, Colorado Springs is a great home base from which to start all kinds of mountain exploration. Start at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center to take in the area’s many unique rock formations and get a feel for the landscape. Next, head to the Cave of the Winds Mountain Park for ziplining, cave tours, and other family friendly activities.
Where To Stay: Home2 Suites by Hilton Colorado Springs South
5. Durango, Colorado
Re-live the glory days of rail travel with a ride along the Silverton & Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad. Train aficionados will delight in experiencing a trip on an authentic coal-powered steam engine that winds through the picturesque San Juan National Forest.
Where To Stay: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Durango