4 Colorado Cities You Should Visit
Four Front Range Destinations for Any Season
Maybe you've only seen Colorado's ski resort side, and that's OK – it’s a great side to see! But Colorado is big and beautiful with a whole host of things to do right along the Front Range, before you even get into the high country. Book a Denver vacation home, or head just a little farther away and enjoy a laid back vacation exploring the cities and open spaces that will make you want to come to Colorado in seasons other than just the winter.
- Denver – The Mile High City will keep you busy with shopping, restaurants, museums, over 90 brewpubs, history, parks and just an hour away, the Rocky Mountains. Take a free tour of the state capitol building, modeled after the national capitol, with its distinctive gold-plated dome. Visit the Denver Art Museum with the largest collection of Native American art, or spend a day at Elitch's Amusement Park. Just an hour west of Denver, on summer days, you can drive on the highest paved road in North America to the peak of Mount Evans.
- Colorado Springs – At the base of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs vacation rentals are close to a number of unique things to do. Garden of the Gods park is a must-see with its towering red rocks and majestic views. Stroll the shops in historic Old Colorado City, or see Santa (from May to December) at the North Pole amusement park. Drive, ride the cog railroad or even climb Pikes Peak for the ultimate Colorado Springs experience.
- Boulder – Boulder is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Bike trails abound and the city is surrounded by hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Lace up your boots and head to Chautauqua Park, a perfect starting point for a day of hiking. For more leisurely strolling, walk the Pearl Street Mall with a great selection of shops, restaurants, pubs and sidewalk cafés with street entertainment and great people-watching. Boulder is also rich with performing arts, artists co-ops and galleries, and the University of Colorado hosts concerts and performances year-round. Live like a local in a Boulder vacation home, and you may never want to leave.
- Estes Park – In the summer, join with other visitors who continue to make Estes Park a favorite Colorado destination. Walk the downtown shops and restaurants district and find souvenirs and treats, and Estes Park is just as charming year-round. Away from the center of town, go hiking or biking in Rocky Mountain National Park. (Get more ideas in our Estes Park getaway video.) Adventure seekers have options in any season from white-water rafting to snowshoeing. Take a drive, and enjoy the views from Trail Ridge Road or the Peak to Peak scenic highway, especially legendary in September when the aspens change color. Head to the local amusement park for go-carts, bumper boats and mini golf. Surrounded by an outdoor wonderland and filled with local charm, Estes Park is a family vacation favorite.