4 Places to Stop on Your Colorado Road Trip



Colorado is full of beautiful attractions and exciting activities. The many attractions of Colorado can make it difficult to choose just one destination. A Colorado road trip is the perfect way to explore some of the best sights in the state.


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Lafayette is a quaint city just north of Denver with a lot to see and do, plus it has a deep and interesting history. There’s a rich background in coal mining and you can still visit an actual miner’s home from the 1890s. Lafayette also has a strong arts and music scene. Visit the Colorado Chamber Orchestra or the Center for Musical Arts. Children will enjoy the WOW! Children’s Museum, a center dedicated to educating children in the arts and science fields.

There are many worthwhile dining spots to try in Lafayette. Check out the Post Brewing Company or the Super Mini Walnut Cafe. You will also find many conveniently located accommodations in Lafayette, giving you easy access to the best attractions.

Highlands Ranch

Just south of Denver is the country lands of Highlands Ranch. This calm little city is perfect for connecting with Colorado’s amazing outdoor landscapes via 19 different parks and over 60 miles of trails. Visit the Chatfield State Park which sits directly on the Platte River. The Highlands Ranch Community Association also has 26 miles of horseback riding trails that guide you to some of the best-kept secrets of the Colorado wilderness.

Fuel up for your adventures at The Wooden Table or The White Chocolate Grill. Relax with comfortable Highlands Ranch accommodations after you spend the day exploring the ample outdoors.


Silverthorne is just a short drive to the west of Denver. Parts of the city sit directly on the Dillion Reservoir, a large body of water with over 3,200 acres of surface area. Some of the best activities include camping along the reservoir, fishing, or boating. The Ice Castles at Silverthorne takes place during the winter months and is the ultimate winter wonderland. It has ice skating, snow skiing, and ice fishing. You can even take a ride in a sleigh.

Whether you prefer staying by the water or up in the mountains, Silverthorne has many accommodations that are sure to meet your lodging needs.


Head a little further west and you will land in Vail. This gorgeous town sits at the bottom part of the Vail Mountain, making it a popular ski resort destination. Visit during the winter months for snowboarding and snow skiing within the White River National Forest. Come during the summer months for adventurous hiking, biking, or water entertainment on one of the local creeks.

Dine at some of Vail’s best at The Little Diner or Lancelot Restaurant. Choose affordable Vail lodging that is nearby the best attractions for the most relaxing Colorado experience.

With beautiful scenery, exciting attractions, and a unique history, the state of Colorado has something for everyone. Check out each of these spots for a truly memorable Colorado road trip.

Royal Gorge

Just outside of Colorado Springs, a few hours drive from Denver is the Royal Gorge. This special Colorado attraction offers high adrenaline adventure rafting, a railroad, and of course, the Royal Gorge bridge. There are also ziplines, concerts, and gondolas to view the highest suspension bridge in Colorado.

If you are an adventurer, Royal Gorge has plenty of attractions for you. You can bundle Royal Gorge rafting with other activities for a bundle of fun! Half or full-day white water rafting tours and escapes let you immerse yourself in nature in an exciting and action-packed way!

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