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What to Do on a Colorado Road Trip

Colorado is the place to go if you want to see the best of the United States on the open road. This beautiful state spanning the Rocky Mountains has some of the most breathtaking highways stretching in the country, connecting mountain resorts, artists colonies, and pioneer villages. In short, it’s the perfect setting for the ultimate road trip. We’ve created a list that includes many sights that make Colorado so unique with that in mind. Take a peek around.


Any Colorado road trip should undoubtedly begin in the state’s capital and largest city. Denver is not only home to the state’s largest and busiest airport, which is where the majority of visitors arrive, but it also serves as a crossroads between the plains and the Rocky Mountains to the east.

  • Try some restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as historical landmarks to see. Among the most popular are Larimer Square, Union Station, and the 16th Street Mall.
  • Visit the Denver Art Museum or the Denver Mint, a museum dedicated to the history of gold and silver coin manufacturing during Colorado’s mining boom.
  • Visit RiNo (River North), a former industrial area transformed into one of the city’s coolest neighborhoods, complete with street art, bars, restaurants, and cafes.


Boulder is home to the main campus, the University of Colorado, which means there will be plenty of restaurants and businesses catering to college students. Two examples are the Mediterranean, a people-watching paradise amid the city, and some magnificent hiking on and around the Flatirons, an iconic feature made by dramatic, diagonally inclined slabs of granite.

  • Pay a visit to the Pearl Street Mall. On one of Colorado’s top downtown sites, you may watch street entertainers, explore attractive boutique stores, have ice cream.
  • Eldorado Canyon State Park is a must-see. Enjoy stunning scenery and a fantastic location for a picnic, trek, climb, kayaking, or paddleboarding.
  • Pay a visit to a microbrewery or a brewery. Breweries per capita in Boulder outnumber those in any other city in the US, so you’ll almost certainly discover something you like.

Estes Park


Estes Park is a destination totally within the Rocky Mountains. This charming village has become a popular tourist destination because of its closeness to some of the region’s best rock climbing and mountain paths. Here, you may enjoy outdoor activities all year; snowshoeing to skiing, hiking, and zip line.

You’re going to want to do some research into the best places to stay in Estes Park, CO, since accommodations tend to fill up fast. Some of the activities you can do in Estes Park and in Rocky Mountain National Park include:

  • Hiking
  • Boating
  • Fishing

A Colorado trip can be one of the best adventures you can have out west, and it can take some planning in order to make sure that you don’t miss anything. This list covers a few of the top things to do while you are on the road, but there is a lot to see and do in this awesome state and you don’t want to miss out while you are there.

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