When it comes to the great American West, no place really encompasses the rugged wilderness and spirit of American ingenuity quite like Colorado. The Rocky mountain state literally is the Gateway to the West with famous tunnels like the Eisenhower going straight through the mountains. In the past this was one of the only ways to get from the east to the west without going the long way down through Texas or up through the Dakotas and Montana. There is so much natural beauty on display in the Centennial State that it would be a crime not to see it, especially if you live in the area. Here are 5 must see day trips from the Loveland Colorado Area.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
The park is located just 25 minutes outside of Denver near the town of Morrison. The Amphitheatre is a stunning live music venue carved into a natural rock formation. Red Rocks is world famous for hosting some of the best musical acts in the world. During the day the park is a haven for hiking and exercise enthusiasts. Red Rocks Park is home to a ton of sightseeing opportunities as well has stunning picnic spots and wildlife viewing areas.
The city of Boulder is a truly idyllic place to spend the day. It’s only 40 minutes outside Loveland and for outdoor recreation there’s almost no better place in Colorado. You can check out the Flatirons, and Chautauqua Park is always worth a visit. There are over 200 miles of hiking and walking trails in the area, and downtown Boulder is full of breweries, restaurants and quirky shops if you want to relax after a long day of hiking.
Not only is Colorado Springs the second largest city in Colorado but it’s only an hour drive from Loveland and is bursting at the seams with arts and culture. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, several museums, and the U.S. Olympic Training Center are all located in Colorado Springs, and for the outdoor enthusiast there’s lots to do. You can visit historic Pikes Peak, or any one of the red rock formations that are literally millions of years old. The historic Garden of the Gods Park is also located here and has been in operation since 1879.
Georgetown is a unique mountain town just a few hours outside Denver. The town itself is made up of over 200 restored buildings from the 1870’s adding to it’s Victorian charm. You can wander down the charming Main Street and stop inside the many boutique shops, get a bite and the restaurants or try out the antique stores. The Georgetown Loop Railroad is a main attraction taking riders along mountain ledges on the narrow-gauge railroad.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
This exciting day drive is just an hour and 40 minutes outside of Loveland. The byway is the highest paved road in the country and gives drivers the unique experience of driving up to the peak of Mount Evans one of several “Fourteeners” (mountains taller than 14,000 feet) in Colorado. The road is 14 miles long, starting at Echo Lake and finishing up on a viewing platform near the mountains peak. Its only a quarter mile hike from there to the mountains true peak.
The home of Rocky Mountains state park is truly a land of majesty and there is a ton to see for anyone who appreciates nature, and culture. If you live in the Loveland Colorado area take the whole family our this summer and see what the Centennial state has to offer.