With Summer behind us and the winter holidays a few months ahead, you may be seeking a fall getaway for yourself or with loved ones. Weekend getaways are perfect for visiting nearby destinations and allow you an escape without much travel time. Whether you are looking for a romantic retreat or a family adventure, we’ve made a list of five places to visit over the weekend.
Only a six hour scenic drive away from Denver, you can find yourself in the historic city of Durango. Explore the Old West in Downtown Durango by visiting galleries, the Railroad Museum and even an authentic saloon. Fall in Durango is a beautiful time to see golden aspens, enjoy outdoor activities in the cooler temperatures and enjoy the fall harvest at local restaurants. Add some adventure to your trip and take the family on the Durango Silverton Train, an interactive experience on the historic railroad built in 1882. Continue the fun with the Inferno Mountain coaster ride at the Purgatory Resort.
Check out this travel planner to Durango designed specifically for the fall season.
St. Julien Hotel in Boulder
If you are in need of a romantic getaway, or perhaps a solo retreat for some self-care, consider the St. Julien luxury hotel in Boulder, only 30 minutes away from Denver. The St. Julien features a 10,000 square foot spa, a relaxing infinity pool, and rooms with a view of the Flatirons. The Signature Jill’s Restaurant serves organic French and American cuisine with a fine dining outdoor experience. End your evening with a signature martini at the T-Zero Lounge and enjoy live music almost every night. This stay-cation is sure to refresh and replenish you before the work week ahead.
Taharaa Mountain Lodge
Take delight in a mountain retreat in Estes Park at the Taharaa Mountain Lodge, close to the Rocky Mountain National Park and an hour and a half drive from Denver. This lodge features nine suites for guests, creating an intimate and private experience for reflection and serenity. A rustic and charming bed and breakfast is surrounded by panoramic views of mountain tops and wilderness. Make your way to Estes Park to appreciate art galleries and local goods.
Make it a trip for the whole family by visiting Glenwood Springs, less than three hours from Denver. The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is a mountain-top theme park with a 4D motion theater, laser tag, a climbing wall and plenty of rides to enjoy. They are also celebrating Octoberfest on the Mountain, complete with German music, food and a signature beer garden. After the festivities, wind down in the mineral hot-springs or set out on the three mile hike to Hanging Lake, a turquoise tranquil pool with two waterfalls.
Get the girls together and check out one of 30 wine vineyards in Palisade, less than a four hour drive from Denver. Not only does Palisade offer plenty of outdoor attractions like hiking, biking, camping and water activities, you can also enjoy local breweries, wine tours and tasting rooms. Venture 30 minutes out of Palisade to take in the beauty of of the Colorado National Monument, a geological wonderland with towering rocks and impressive canyons.
Finding time for a fall vacation can be difficult, but planning a weekend getaway to a destination close by can give you the escape you are looking without the stress. Wherever you go, we hope you enjoy your fall weekend getaway.