This northeastern Denver suburb sits along the banks of the South Platte River. Brighton combines a small-town atmosphere with rich cultural and historical roots, evident as one drives down its main street.

Every year, Brighton hosts the Adams County Fair, in which during past years, an infamous tomato-throwing contest painted contestants and parts of the town red.

The town is packed with agricultural riches, with farm stands and markets, U-picks, harvest festivals, farm tours and more.

For outdoor pursuits, enthusiasts head to Brighton's own day-use facility: Barr Lake State Park. Here visitors can partake in wildlife viewing, jogging, horseback-riding, biking, fishing and boating (on the north side of the lake only small boats are allowed). Home to the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, with more than 300 different species, Barr Lake is also a birder's paradise. Find some of the best views from the lakeside gazebo, where even red fox and deer can be spotted.

When exploring Brighton's downtown area for galleries, shops, breweries and dining, consider this self-guided walking tour. Visit the The Armory Performing Arts Center for concerts, art shows and other special events.

Check out the Colo-Road Trip itinerary: Historic Downtown & Local Farms in Brighton


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