If you ask someone who lives here, what the draw to Denver is, you will probably hear skiing, hiking, fishing, and they could go on and on. But the locals know this is just the tip of the iceberg. What visitors fail to understand is there are fantastic weekend road trips from Denver.
You will have a completely unique experience visiting cities, 8 hours from Denver. Take a look at our favorite Denver road trips below!
Steamboat Springs is only about 156 miles from Denver. While it doesn’t exactly fit in our 8 hours away point, it is worth mentioning.
Steamboat Springs has family and private ski lodges. Steamboat Springs is known for their natural hot springs with soaking pools as well as pools with slides. This city features mountain and wall climbing, There are bike parks, gondola rides, mini-golf, and a whole lot more.
Places to eat in Steamboat Springs:
There are dozens of restaurants to select from and the majority are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friendly. My favorites are:
Aspen is only 158.5 miles from Denver, but it is a year-round destination. It is a ski resort in the winter and a wicked mountain town in the Summer. You have a very good chance of seeing a celebrity or two since several own vacation homes there.
The first adventure that we recommend is Salt Lake City, Utah. Salt Lake is 8-hours by car from Denver. Along the way, you will see some fantastic scenery including the infamous Arches National Park. It is almost like crossing into another country instead of another state.
You will notice a lot of tour companies in Salt Lake. This is because there is so much to see, you can rarely see everything from just one tour. For the mild at heart, there are museums, art galleries, historical sites, and first-class shopping. If you are a bit bolder than that, try a river rafting tour. There is one river rafting excursion that lasts ½ a day! If that doesn’t get your adrenaline pumping, stick around for an after dark Ghost Tour.