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Re: planning a vacation around Denver next summer - need some ideas [Re: KFWA] #14911675 05/26/20
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We stayed at an AirBNB in Breckenridge, Loved it!! Nice people, off season, great place.

My wife and I like casinos, so we went to Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek for the ambiance.


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Re: planning a vacation around Denver next summer - need some ideas [Re: KFWA] #14912111 05/26/20
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There are also over 850 miles of paved pedestrian/bicycle paths throughout Denver. Since you’re gonna be staying in Denver, it’d be easy to access these if you choose. The path from the dam at Cherry Creek Reservoir, along Cherry Creek all the way to it’s confluence with the South Platte River is nice. So is the path along the South Platte River through Littleton.
As mentioned, there are many miles of hiking paths in Garden of the Gods, and the scenery is pretty great. Across Hwy. 24 from Garden of the Gods is Red Rock Canyon Open Space, and there are a lotta good hiking trails up in there, and the scenery is very pretty.


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I don't know about hiking but driving through Roosevelt Nation Forest and driving through Estes Park was fun for us. The Denver, Boulder, Longmont, Fort Collins areas have a great Craft Beer Scene if you are into that. ( thats what we go for) Some of the breweries are pretty nice. There is a place out toward Glenwood Springs that has a train ride. Its not the greatest train ride that we have taken but I don't regret taking the time to do it. We go in October but in the Spring and Summer there are rafting opportunities.


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Plan a drive up to Estes park ...

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I am from Colorado. All above info is cool Spent most of my life in Grand County. The best time to do trailridge road is first light to sunrise, the rest of the day is a freaking zoo! Summer sucks in the high country, most of us spent our free time away from the tourists! There are a myriad of drives from Denver that will not take you all day to do, pull out a map and have at it! My old home has turned into a liberal [bleep]!

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Trailridge Road at first light is really cool. Estes Park will be a zoo in July. Grand Lake will be better but it’s still the single busiest month of the year.

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thanks for everyone taking time to write suggestions. I will look over each one and do some google work on it.


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Re: planning a vacation around Denver next summer - need some ideas [Re: KFWA] #14912397 05/26/20
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South of Denver in Colorado Springs as mentioned earlier is Garden of the Gods - it is time well spent. Later have drinks in the main bar of the Broadmoor Hotel. It is absolutely beautiful and a world class hotel in the grandest tradition of European top notch service. The Sunday brunch there is quite an experience. Also in Colorado Springs is the Old Town area which makes for an nice hour or two of browsing around. There is also the Air Force Academy with the chapel that is quite stunning. Pike’s Peak is also worth your time while in the area. Aspen is much better in the summer and fall than winter. The drive there is beautiful and there is no shortage of great restaurants and things to do once you get there. The summer concert series is always a good time as if the food and wine festival. In the area of Aspen take out the time to check out Basalt and the other towns nearby as they are also interesting. One of the best burgers in the area is at the biker bar down by the creek - I can’t remember the name of it but just mention biker bar by the creek and folks will fill you in. Great atmosphere, good prices and good food. Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip.


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Twin Lakes west of Denver is cool. My brother lives there. Independence Pass is west of there a bit, interesting drive up and over. Saw Bighorn sheep on the road last time.. Lots of trails from the road, but I haven't done any of them.

For a shorter hike/drive, go out to Morrison (Red Rocks ampitheater is there- yuppi ville concerts etc every night nearly), but there is a neat trail that takes off from the end of Red Rocks Vista Drive, and goes up the mountain to an old "castle" site. Historical. Early and late for mule deer sightings. Take water! At least a quart per person.

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Re: planning a vacation around Denver next summer - need some ideas [Re: KFWA] #14912606 05/26/20
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In denver they sleep and crap on the sidewalks.


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Recreational marijuana shops!!!!


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Recreational marijuana shops!!!!
As easy as goin’ in and buyin’ some gummy bears.


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Just join the parade up 287 to Wyoming with all the other Colorado folks.
Come on up to the Snowy Range, look into a FS cabin and stay a night. Far fewer folks than just over the border.
Saratoga adds another hour from Denver but a neat little town.
I would drive up and take 130 over to Centennial and then go up for a hike. Have a nice meal in Centennial or Laramie. We have some great local beers in Laramie as well.

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One place thats just a stones throw from Denver is Red Rocks Amphitheater. Its in the foothills near Morrison Colorado and its an absolutely beautiful place to visit. The Museum of Natural History in Denver is also a must see if you get the chance. I'll also second what was said above about Saratoga Wyoming and Centenial. Also Woods Landing is a beautiful area.

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Re: planning a vacation around Denver next summer - need some ideas [Re: KFWA] #14913220 05/26/20
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Several of us will be at the Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous in July. It has been moved to Creede. Get yer possibles and plews together and join us fer a shining time!

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Re: planning a vacation around Denver next summer - need some ideas [Re: KFWA] #14913671 05/26/20
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that's awesome, thanks for the invite. This will next July in 2021


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Originally Posted by renegade50
Recreational marijuana shops!!!!



That government pot will leave ya dazed and confused.

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How about a drive up Mt. Evans (14,265'). It's a little higher than the Ohio peaks.

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Originally Posted by MtnBoomer
Aurora for some cultural excellence....


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The Grizzly Rose Dance Hall is nice.

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