Explore 5 Colorado Cities 5 Different Ways

Explore these Front Range locales using five personas to best suit the way you travel.

5 Cities, 5 Ways

Aurora Cultural Arts District

Glen Eyrie Castle

Glen Eyrie Castle

Denver

Couples

Stay

Life House, Lower Highlands: Experience Victorian splendor in a Western-meets-Charlotte-Brontë-romance kind of way.

Morning

The Brown Palace Spa: Have all your aches lightly pummeled during a couple’s massage.

Dinner

Mizuna: The menu is ever changing and offers intimate tastings of things like Tokyo escargot.

Evening

Sunday Vinyl: Reserve a black-marble table and sample from an impressive array of wines.

Families

Stay

The Curtis Hotel: Book the video-games-themed room and the kids will squeal with delight.

Morning

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Meet Egyptian mummies and glimpse glistening gems.

Mid-Afternoon

Sweet Sweetz: The fam deserves shakes — ice cream blended with a slice of apple pie.

Evening

King’s Escape Room Denver: Can you find Fenn’s gold? Your 60 minutes starts now!

Foodies

Stay

The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block: Gourmets, delight — this place is set above a bougie food hall.

Morning

Delicious Denver Food Tours: Five mouthwatering tastings later and you’ll have a lock on the city’s cuisine scene.

Lunch

Denver Milk Market: Taste test pillowy bao buns and creamy gelato.

Dinner

Beckon: Chef’s-Counter Experience Catch one of the “2019 Badass Colorado Women to Watch in the Food Industry” working her magic.

Adventurers

Stay

Halcyon Hotel: The on-site Gear Garage is packed with rentable sleds and snowshoes.

Morning

Ruby Hill Rail Yard: Featuring 10 rails and boxes for varying skill levels, this wonderland is free — BYO-snowboard.

Afternoon

Raíces Brewing Company: Sip a Celebración while perusing vendors at Sabados Culturales (Cultural Saturdays).

Evening

Colorado Avalanche: Watch the home team put the biscuit in the basket at the chilly Ball Arena.

Art Lovers

Stay

the ART, a hotel: See Leo Villareal’s sparkling overhead installation in the porte cochere.

Morning

Museo de Las Americas: Appreciate the museum’s ceramic artifacts from the Inca, Aztec and Maya.

Lunch

Burrito Giant: Have your smothered burrito with a side of ultra-colorful murals.

Afternoon

Denver Art Museum: The newly reopened Martin Building shows off the museum’s Indigenous Arts of North America collection. Make a dinner reservation for Ponti, named after the famed architect.

Eco-Tip

Guzzle a can of Good River Beer: 2 percent of their revenue goes to river conservation.

Colorado Springs

Couples

Stay

Glen Eyrie Castle: The European palace-esque rolling grounds are ideal for roaming with your companion.

Morning

The Broadmoor Seven Falls: Covered in a dusting of snow, these frozen falls look like clumps of powdered sugar.

Afternoon

Painting with a Twist: Create a masterpiece together while sipping some full-bodied vino.

Dinner

Shuga’s: Indulge in za’atar-spiced beet dip and an adult juice box (vodka, white-grape juice and sangria).

Families

Stay

The Mining Exchange: Little ones’ eyes will light up when they spot the old mining company’s massive vault in the lobby.

Morning

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: Feed elephants, giraffes or sloths during a special encounter.

Afternoon

The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway: This cherry-colored train is the best way to get to the top of the 14,115-foot mountain.

Dessert

Colorado Sno-Balls: Treat yourselves to a red-velvet sno-ball stuffed with vanilla ice cream.

Foodies

Stay

The Broadmoor: Not only is this historical hotel beautiful, but its Penrose Room has five AAA diamonds.

Morning

Pikes Peak Summit House: Sure, America’s Mountain offers incredible panoramas, but you’re here for the warm doughnuts.

Dinner

Four by Brother Luck: The head chef was featured on “Top Chef” seasons 15 and 16 — so, run, don’t walk.

Evening

Ivywild School: Visit the Principal’s Office for a Sazerac.

Adventurers

Stay

Adobe Inn at Cascade: Tucked at the base of Pikes Peak, this 1929-built gem acts as a basecamp for explorers.

Morning

Front Range Climbing Company: Strap on those crampons and crawl up glistening ice structures.

Afternoon

Colorado Jeep Tours: Bump along mountain roads for insane spectacles of towering peaks and frozen valleys.

Evening

Atrevida Beer Company: While it’s still winter, feel the taste of spring burst across your tongue with the Fresas Con Crema ale.

Art Lovers

Stay

Kinship Landing: Request a balcony room where a miniature garage door offers inspirational summit views.

Breakfast

The Wild Goose Meeting House: Pick a table near the huge, color-coded bookshelf to snack on your breakfast nachos.

Morning

Colorado Springs Chinese Cultural Institute: Attend the Chinese New Year Festival each February.

Afternoon

The Gallery Below: Take in various art styles at this underground showcase.

Eco-Tip

Rent a purple PikeRide bike to pedal around downtown.

Fort Collins

Couples

Stay

Edwards House: In-room fireplaces and a cozy porch make this perfectly romantic.

Breakfast

Rainbow Restaurant: Gobble down grilled bananas sitting atop thick slices of house-made pumpkin bread.

Afternoon

JAX Outdoor Gear: Kit your partner out in the warmest outside stuff for the day’s exploits.

Evening

Funkwerks, New Belgium Brewing, Odell Brewing Co.: Brewery hop the night away — this is Colorado’s craft-beer capital, after all.

Families

Stay

Remington Flats: The FoCo studio comes with a full kitchen and adorable pig painting (it’s wearing glasses, y’all).

Breakfast

Silver Grill Cafe: The oldest restaurant in NoCo makes its giant cinnamon rolls fresh daily.

Afternoon

Colorado Carriage and Wagon: Old Town inspired Disneyland’s Main Street. Prearrange a horse-drawn carriage to spot the similarities.

Dessert

Butter Cream Cupcakery: An afternoon pick-me-up of vanilla-bean cupcakes might just be necessary.

Foodies

Stay

The Armstrong Hotel: How many hotels can you stay at with in-house butcher shops?

Morning

Little Bird Bakeshop: Gorge on baked oatmeal and Irish-cheddar toast.

Afternoon

The Teaching Kitchen at Ginger and Baker: Master how to make pasta from scratch on a snowy afternoon.

Dinner

The Exchange: This food hall, with a giant milk-churn ice-cream shop, will complete your trip.

Adventurers

Stay

Fernweh Inn & Hostel: Affordable rooms, bunk beds and a homey living room make the ultimate home base.

Morning

Akinz: Pick up handmade beanies for the outdoorsy folks back home at this local boutique.

Afternoon

Lory State Park: Rent cross-country skis from Rocky Mountain Adventures and make your way across breathtaking scenery until dusk.

Drinks

Intersect Brewing: Before turning in, have a Girl You Know It’s True pineapple-raspberry hard seltzer.

Art Lovers

Stay

The Elizabeth Hotel: Herringbone floors and a sweeping staircase meant for drama make the Elizabeth a work of art.

Morning

Museum of Art Fort Collins: Ogle Blow Up II: Inflatable Contemporary Art (Oct. 29, 2021–Jan. 9, 2022).

Afternoon

Fort Collins Mural Project: More than 30 vivid designs decorate the city’s nooks and crannies.

Evening

Jessup Farm Artisan Village: Stop by this old farmstead turned creator-and-maker space.

Eco-Tip

Get ahead of next year’s disposable plastic-bag ban with reusable totes from Kansas City Kitty.

Boulder

Couples

Stay

St. Julien Hotel & Spa: Choose the mini-moon package, which comes with a chilled bottle of Champagne.

Morning

Realization Point: Realize your love for one another on this trail with vistas of snow-covered Boulder.

Afternoon

Piece, Love & Chocolate: Hand-craft truffles for your person with your person.

Dinner

Black Cat: Arrange a romantic cabana for a literal farm-to-table meal.

Families

Stay

Basecamp Boulder: Four twin beds are sunk into the turf-covered ground in the Great Indoors camping-themed room.

Morning

Scott Carpenter Park: Grab a sled and rip down this steep hill, giggling all the way.

Lunch

Avanti F&B: After a brisk morning, tuck into New York-style pizza and mini-burgers for the kiddos.

Afternoon

Museum of Boulder: Play music by touching colors and build your own robots at the Google Garage.

Foodies

Stay

Hotel Boulderado: In the historic foyer of this grand-dame hotel, you’ll find decadent prime-rib hash at Spruce Farm & Fish.

Morning

Food Lab: Learn how to cook like Julia Child at this community kitchen.

Dinner

Frasca Food and Wine: Consume refined northern Italian goodies like tagliatelle with asparagus and burrata.

Drinks

The Bitter Bar: What’s potentially Boulder’s coolest bar has a great happy hour — $7 drinks, anyone?

Adventurers

Stay

A-Lodge: Let the adventure concierge do all the work while you enjoy the Sunset Cabin.

Breakfast

Thrive: Begin bright and early with an energy-filled berry baobab smoothie.

Morning

Eldora Nordic Center: Glide over corduroy, past powder-dusted trees and tremendous meadows.

Afternoon

Caribou Ranch Open Space: Rent snowshoes from Crystal Ski Shop and traverse the vast area.

Art Lovers

Stay

Mary H. Galey Cottage at Chautauqua: Marble countertops, hexagon-tile floors and antique furniture make a stay here extra pretty.

Morning

Street Wise Boulder murals: These 35 flamboyant artworks are meant for your Instagram feed.

Afternoon

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art: Constantly changing exhibits make docent-led tours different each time you visit.

Evening

1000 Voices Project: Listen to African songs at one of these harmonious performances.

Eco-Tip

Finished with your tea bag? Throw it in a compost bin along Pearl Street Mall.

Aurora

Couples

Stay

Woolley’s Classic Suites: Hang onto a glass of bubbly while you soak in the VIP suite’s marble tub.

Morning

Cherry Creek State Park 12 Mile Stables: Thunder across 27 miles of trails on horses like you’re on the set of “Bridgerton.”

Lunch

Pupusas Paradise: Split a plate of massive bean-and-cheese pupusas followed by plantain empanadas.

Evening

Stanley Marketplace: This bygone aviation warehouse boasts a Pilates studio, taco stand and more.

Families

Stay

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center: Hop in an ice-bumper car or on the snow merry-go-round at this massive resort.

Breakfast

Cuba Bakery & Cafe: Vacation mornings call for Aurora’s best guava-and-cheese pastries.

Morning

Star K Ranch: Kiddos will love meeting the resident bull snake and box turtle.

Evening

The Pond (November–February): Lace up those skates and find your balance under the twinkling lights.

Foodies

Stay

The Westin Denver International Airport: A meal at on-site, farm-to-fork restaurant Grill & Vine is worth the stay.

Morning

Denver Biscuit Company: Flaky biscuits doused in thick, white gravy are a must-have breakfast.

Dinner

Annette: Nab a tiny greenhouse for elegant outdoor dining — the roasted chicken will keep ya warm.

Drinks

Lady Justice Brewing Company: Get a flight of feminist-themed beers like Sandra Day IPA and I Dissent dark ale.

Adventurers

Stay

Tru by Hilton Denver Airport Tower Road: Roast marshmallows with a Rocky Mountain backdrop before heading to bed.

Morning

Aurora Reservoir: Carve out a hole in the ice and drop your line to catch somethin’ good.

Afternoon

Übergrippen Indoor Climbing Crag (nearby in Denver): Sky-high climbing walls are dotted with rainbow holds meant for all capabilities.

Dinner

Maandeeq Restaurant & Cafe: Sample tender halal goat with flavorful basmati rice and discs of chapati.

Art Lovers

Stay

Aloft Denver Airport at Gateway Park: Head for the lobby bedecked in graffiti-art pillows and over-the-top patterns.

Morning

Aurora Cultural Arts District murals: A dozen eye-catching works line Colfax Avenue’s walls.

Dinner

The Madras Cafe: Light up your palate with authentic vegetarian South Indian fare.

Evening

Aurora Fox: Catch a play at a theater whose productions are part of the cultural and social conversation.

Eco-Tip

Refill your favorite household products at Zero Market in Stanley Marketplace.

Go Electric!

Use an electric car or bike as you meander across the Front Range’s fast-charging corridor. 

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