Often overlooked as just the gateway to the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Denver is a city worth staying in for a few days for some outdoor adventure. It’s best to visit in September, once most tourists have left but the city still holds onto summer weather with a few autumnal shades starting to appear. Once you’ve arranged your accommodation at one of the many reputable hotels in Denver, take a look at these top three things to do in Colorado’s capital.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Of course you have to make your way for a trek around this national park. You’ll walk along lake banks and tall peaks, witnessing wildlife and spectacular views. There are also plenty of interactive activities to get involved in. Take your rod for a spot of fishing, saddle up for some horse riding or prepare a spread for the ultimate outdoor picnic. Visitor centers are also on site to teach guests about the local wildlife and ranger led programs take place throughout the summer. Alternatively, hire a car out and drive around the scenic route with the roof top down.
Those looking to make a splash should spend the day at this waterpark, complete with diving boards, water slides and manmade beaches. It’s a different way of working those muscles and there’s plenty of fun to be had. You’re also treated to views of the snow-capped Indian Peaks Mountains — how many waterparks can claim that?
Known as the ‘Roof of America’, Denver is famous for its high mountains. Take a drive up to Mount Evans and stop off along the way to spot Mountain Goats and take in panoramic views. Along the way you can also get out at Echo Lake to take advantage of hiking trails and picnic spots, or at the Mount Goliath Trail that offers outstanding scenery. At 13,000 feet, Summit Lake is another popular point for people looking to take a hike with a difference. Research before you set off to see if hiking groups are making a trip there, who you can go along with.
With so much to do in Denver, you might want to stay longer than just a few days. Remember to take an appetite for activities with you.