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Old 04-12-2017, 04:48 PM
 
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Hi, we'll be driving from The Black Hills in SD back to California and thought it would be fun to go back via the Denver area. However, we don't want to stay in the city, or an expensive ski resort town, (even though it's not ski season) Any favorite small towns or villages that people use as a weekend getaway from Denver or Boulder?
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Old 04-12-2017, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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What time of year?
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Old 04-12-2017, 05:20 PM
 
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How far from Denver area do you want/are willing to be? Are you looking for being in the mountains or down along (but not in) the Front Range like Denver is?
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Old 04-12-2017, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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It would help to know what you like to do... hiking, shopping, etc?

Right along I-70 there is Glenwood Springs, where you can lounge in the hot springs if you like. Not too far away is the town of Carbondale.

Probably out of your way, and yes it is a ski resort town, Telluride is in a very scenic valley and has lots of little shops, pubs, restaurants. A non-resort alternative is Ouray.

Closer to Denver/Boulder is Estes Park. That's not too much out of the way, and Trail Ridge Road over the top of the divide should be open in June.
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Old 04-13-2017, 12:20 AM
 
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Oh sorry, forgot to say we'll be there this June.
We love scenic drives, local favorite breakfast spots, some gentle hikes...
Never been to Colorado so I know we'll only be getting a taste. As far as where... I guess somewhere green with trees? maybe not too far into the wild... wouldn't want a days drive back to the interstate, but looking for Colorado beauty.

So I'm seriously pretty clueless... looking to have a relaxing time, just anything but city stuff, so throw anything at me! :-)

P.s. just thought of a few things.. waterfalls? Bike rentals?
Thanks!!!
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Old 04-13-2017, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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If you're coming through in June, want to avoid resort towns, and want to be close to the interstate then your best bet is probably Glenwood Springs or Carbondale.

If you want an off-the-beaten-path locale try Leadville or Fairplay. If you're in decent shape you could try an "easy" 14er hike like Mount Bierstadt or Mount Sherman.
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Old 04-13-2017, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Preferred route? Looking at sticking to I70? Heading further south to hook up with I40? Willing to use US or State highways? Length of time devoted to traversing the state?

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Old 04-13-2017, 08:23 AM
 
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Miner's Pick B&B in Idaho Springs.
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Old 04-13-2017, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Oh sorry, forgot to say we'll be there this June.
We love scenic drives, local favorite breakfast spots, some gentle hikes...
Never been to Colorado so I know we'll only be getting a taste. As far as where... I guess somewhere green with trees? maybe not too far into the wild... wouldn't want a days drive back to the interstate, but looking for Colorado beauty.

So I'm seriously pretty clueless... looking to have a relaxing time, just anything but city stuff, so throw anything at me! :-)

If you don't have plans to do anything in Denver, you could shoot up from Loveland to Estes Park, over Trail Ridge road through Rocky Mountain National Park, and then south through Granby and Winter Park to I-70. It's a very scenic drive, with lots of places to hike, waterfalls, and possibly see some elk/moose from the road. It gets you off the interstate highway for a few hours but doesn't add that much extra time to the overall drive. Stay overnight in Estes Park, Frasier, or even Idaho Springs, depending on the timing. I'd be sure to get a reservation, since June is vacation season and hotels fill up.

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Old 04-13-2017, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I think a stop in Glenwood Springs would be fun since you are driving I-70.

There is some decent food and the hot springs pool is fun. It's massive.
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