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David from New Hampshire asked

4-day weekend July~Aug Outdoors couple - things/places you can recommend??

Looking for a romantic weekend away from Boston-  Want to hit Denver for a long weekend (3night/4day).  Where can we go for a nice activity filled weekend.  Things we're looking for:

  • Sight seeing
  • Water sports
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Spa

You get the idea-

What can you offer for ideas?  Anything will be appreciated!

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Brit from Denver

Assuming you're looking to get out here this summer??

I'd stay in downtown Denver. As for getting outdoors, you'll want to make sure you rent a car so you can get around to the foothills and mountains.

Some initial ideas:

Unfortunately, Denver is lacking in the water sport category. Unless you'd like to spend the weekend white-water rafting in the mountains, you're limited (Colorado is a desert climate).

Holler if you'd like other suggestions. There really is a ton to do here, so without knowing whether you all are strong hikers, or just looking for a leisure-based weekend, it's hard to nail down finites.


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Jacey & Scott
These are almost exactly the hikes I would recommend. The Royal Gorge Hike @Chautauqua Park in Boulder is wonderful and has the best view at the top. Go in the morning and have brunch in Boulder at an outdoor café. If you are looking to stay in downtown Denver, my favorites are @Brown Palace and @Hotel Teatro. Brown Palace also has a great spa.
 
 
 

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Megan from Springfield (Oregon)

I went on a summer vacation to Denver last summer and one of my favorite places we saw was Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. A fun bike path we rode a lot was Cherry Creek Trail


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Kacy from Midland (Michigan)


City biking in Denver is easy through our BCycle program: https://denver.bcycle.com/default.aspx.  We have BCycle stations throughout where you can rent a pass for the day and pick up and drop off bicycles throughout the city.  A great way to see Denver.  We also have a biking trail along the Platte River that gets you off the main roads.  I'd recommend starting at or going to the Bcycle station at REI (take a peek inside at the outdoor gear), grab a coffee at the attached Starbucks,  and enjoy watching people kayak or hang out at the river below.   

 Another fun day is to venture to Golden (Colorado) (about 20 minutes West of Denver), hike the Mesa Trail, grab an amazing sandwich at D'Deli, go to Golden City Brewery where you can eat your lunch and drink a local brew on the outdoor patio tables.  You can also walk the trail along the river where a lot of people enjoy tubing and kayaking.  It's like an outdoor natural water park. 



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Jillian
Great recommendation on the Golden City Brewery..tap the Rockies!
 
 
 

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John from Manhattan Beach

Denver is great and there are a lot of things to do, but if you are coming in July go straight to Vail, CO.  Biking, Hiking, Eating, Tubing and less oxygen.  Take the Gondala up the mountain.

http://www.vail.com/summer/mountain/summer-gondola.aspx

Recommended Hotels:

1. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail

2. Sonnenalp Resort

3. The Sebastian Hotel

If you are leaving to go back on a Sunday, leave early, before 9a.  Traffic back to Denver on Sunday from the mountains can be a long trip.  Leave on Monday and you can enjoy the Farmers Market on Sunday.


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Jillian
Couldn't agree more John. Vail is the way to go!
 
 
 
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JOHN from Durban

I recall Boulder was a fantastic small town just north of Denver. We saw cycling, kayaking and plenty of mountain activity as it's at the base of the Rockies. Looked a fantastic place to use as a base. Good luck. Enjoy.


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Shelby from Fort Collins

You MUST MUST MUST go to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. It's an outdoors amphitheater. It is one of my favorite places in the world. Here's a link to the site: http://www.redrocksonline.com/

Even if there is not a concert going on, there are usually people working out or some other special event going on at redrocks. I cannot stress enough what a spectacular spot this is. 

If you and your wife are interested in hiking, and are in really good shape I would recommend hiking a "fourteener". I think Gray's Peak and Torrey's Peak is a good beginner fourteener hike. "Fourteeners" are pretty impressive hikes on peaks that are at least 14,000 feet or higher. Looking over a sea of mountains is spectacular.

I know you are wanting to go to Denver. However, Fort Collins has some pretty fun biking and watersports. Go for a romantic sunrise hike up Horsetooth. (You will probably encounter lots of people on a good weather day) There is a ton of biking, and you can do a biking tour of all our local breweries. (Ft. Collins has got to be the Craft brew capitol of CO). Let me know if you would like more information. Happy traveling!


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