One-day vacations in the Denver area

Denver day trips

If you and your sweetie are interested in getting away from Denver for the day, here are our top three picks for day trips in and around Denver.

Colorado Springs

Climb Pike’s Peak in one of only two cog railways in the country for an amazing view of the area. Or hike Pike’s Peak, if you are so inclined!


Boulder offers amazing hiking in the Flatirons, and some outstanding boutique shopping in town. It’s got a little bit of everything, as well as the finest tea house in the state.

Estes Park

If you’re a Stephen King fan – and why wouldn’t you be? – visit Estes Park and take in the Stanley Hotel, the famed setting for the movie version of The Shining. The hotel has a long history of supernatural occurrences, and they offer a special ghost tour for those who can handle the scares.

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