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Fitness & Fun in Denver & Cities of the Rockies

For those who love fitness and fun in Colorado's beautiful outdoors, this itinerary is for you. Work up a sweat in the morning at some unique Colorado locations and then unwind in the afternoons and evenings in Brighton, Greeley, Fort Collins, Estes Park, Loveland, Boulder, Golden and Denver.

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Travel Like a Local

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

 

Day 1

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Barr Lake State Park

Barr Lake State Park has been known as a premier bird-watching area. A trail circles the lake, offering prime wildlife viewing and lots of fishing access…

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La Estrellita - Brighton

It has been nearly three decades since opening in Brighton, and La Estrellita has won multiple awards ranging from our friendly service, to our authentic…

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Hike the Poudre River Trail

Traverse this 21-mile paved pathway for scenic recreation opportunities like walking, running, cycling and more. Stop at informational signs marking…

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Drive to Greeley

Hop on the road and drive a little under an hour to downtown Greeley.

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WeldWerks Brewing Company

WeldWerks Brewing Company is an award-winning, locally owned and operated craft brewery in historic downtown Greeley. We execute our unique and original…

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Head to Fort Collins

Drive from Greeley to downtown Fort Collins and then take a little walking tour of the neighborhoods to stretch your legs.

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The Elizabeth Hotel

The Elizabeth Hotel is where Fort Collins comes together. Situated in the center of Old Town, the cornerstone of Firehouse Alley, our Fort Collins hotel…

Day 2

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Doug's Day Diner

A place for the regulars and newcomers alike. It’s not home, it’s not work, it’s your “third place”, where you’re taken care of.

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Hike Horsetooth Reservoir

At 5,430-feet in elevation, Horsetooth Reservoir sits on acres and acres of public land waiting for you to hike. Snap photos as the sun begins to rise…

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Austin's American Grill

Whether watching the world go by on the patio Downtown, or getting away from it all in the bar at Austin's South - we're proud to be one of Northern…

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Explore Lake Loveland

Take a walk around Lake Loveland or don your swimsuit and walk into the shimmering water.

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Door 222

“Each time I’ve been to Door 222 Food & Drink, I’ve been thrilled with each and every dish. It’s a delectable experience that is truly worth the…

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Visit the LOVE Lock Sculpture

Buy a lock, write your names on it and attach it to this bright red, metal LOVE sculpture. This way you'll always be able to visit Loveland and remember…

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The Fernweh Inn & Hostel

The Fernweh is an inn & hostel that offers both private and shared rooms, and prides itself on being exceptionally clean, safe, and comfortable…

Day 3

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Cheese Importers

Cheese Importers is a Colorado family-owned business founded in 1976. We offer natural, organic and imported cheeses, cured meats, specialty oils, spices,…

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Hike Roosevelt National Forest

Explore miles upon miles of scenic trails through pristine wilderness with rugged mountain and Cache La Poudre River views.

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Bucket-List-Worthy Fun

Experience the adrenaline-pumping action of jumping out of a plane and viewing the Rocky Mountains from above as you free fall from 17,500 feet in the air.

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Big Horn Restaurant

We're a family-oriented and family-run restaurant situated at the west end of downtown Estes Park, Colorado. We're famous for our fantastic food, friendly…

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Get in Your Car

Drive to Estes Park, where you'll spend the rest of the day.

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Shopping on Estes Park's Main Street

Shopping in Estes Park takes on a festival feeling as you stroll up and down the street, peeking into small shops where each one offers something different…

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Bird & Jim

At Bird and Jim, we are defining Colorado cuisine with our ever-evolving seasonal and ingredient-driven menus sourced from the Front Range of Colorado…

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Historic Stanley Hotel Night Tour

Immerse yourself in the same rich story of the historic Stanley Hotel... After dark! This 75 minute walking tour will introduce you to Mr. F.O. Stanley,…

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The Stanley Hotel

The Stanley Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers old-world charm matched with modern day amenities in a spectacular mountain…

Day 4

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Notchtop Bakery & Cafe

Our natural, made from scratch recipes, using organic ingredients when possible, takes a while to prepare. So enjoy the view, read a book, talk to a…

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Peak To Peak Scenic and Historic Byway

Views of the Continental Divide and its timbered approaches.

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Turn Off

Don't forget to turn off in Nederland so you end your journey in Boulder for lunch.

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The West End Tavern

Named Best Bar by 5280 magazine and The Daily Camera, as well as One of the Top 10 New Restaurants in Denver , the classic American tavern is reborn…

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Boulder Bike Tours

Experience the best of Boulder with a two-hour e-bike city tour. Other tour types include a weekly farm tour, plus scenic mountain-bike and road-bike…

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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant Boulder

The Rio combines healthy and delicious TexMex food prepared fresh with famous margaritas.

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Avery Brewing Company

We are dedicated to making beer from the inside out: we brew what we like to drink-with utter disregard for what the market demands-and search out fans…

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St Julien Hotel & Spa

St Julien Hotel & Spa, located in the heart of downtown Boulder, Colorado, sits at the base of the Flatiron Mountains and offers breathtaking views…

Day 5

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Snooze an A.M. Eatery Boulder

A breakfast and lunch restaurant and eatery focused on energetic atmosphere, engaging service and above all innovative.

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Hike Flagstaff Mountain

Summit Flagstaff on a 5.4-mile trail via Gregory Canyon so you can see downtown Boulder and colorful wildflowers if they're blooming.

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Chautauqua Dining Hall

The dining hall offers American cuisine from morning until night as well as a full bar inside Chautauqua Park.

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Little Drive

Get on the road and speed down to Golden.

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Barrels and Bottles Brewery

We are a small brewpub in downtown Golden. We serve delicious, fresh food; we also have 26 beers on tap, 26 wines on tap (to include wine slushies)…

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Sherpa House Restaurant and Culture Center

Feast on classic Himalayan dishes as you explore the richness of Sherpa culture!

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Take a Stroll

Walk through historic downtown Golden for views of Clear Creek and a shot with the iconic sign.

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Denver Marriott West

Embrace the perks of staying at our Golden hotel. Our hotel's prime location makes it easy to visit Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Coors Brewery, Colorado…

Day 6

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Devil's Food Bakery

Supper, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee, Tea & Pastry

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Hike around Red Rocks

Run up and down the bright red rocks or take off on one of the many trails that surround the amphitheater.

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Take off for Downtown

From Red Rocks, drive to downtown Denver for even more fun.

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Osteria Marco

ŌSTERÍA MARCO, named for the youngest Bonanno son, opened its doors just in time to celebrate Marco's fourth birthday in October, 2007. Chef-proprietor…

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Larimer Square

Victorian buildings house specialty boutiques, unique-concept dining and one-of-a-kind shops in the heart of Denver.

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Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar — Fort Collins

Jax is one of Old Town's most popular destinations for unforgettable food and drink. Exec Chef Sheila Lucero  creates innovative menus sourcing the…

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Terminal Bar

Step inside this exquisitely restored ticketing office in Union Station for a delicious craft beer. Patrons are now able to step up to the window to…

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The Crawford Hotel

The Crawford Hotel in Denver Colorado is the newest Union Station Denver Hotel, located just steps away from all the best Denver has to offer!

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