Within the Denver city limits, there are more than 200 parks that include over 85 miles of bike trails. Surely, there is plenty to explore within the city, but you would be missing out if you didn't hop in your rental car to explore the beautiful areas outside of Denver, too.
If you want to try your hand at winter sports, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to skiing and snowboarding destinations around the Mile-High City. Only a 50-minute drive from downtown, you'll find Loveland Ski Area. Lift tickets here are affordable, and you'll have easy access to ski lessons and yummy food. There is also a convenient place to rent your ski equipment. There are runs for all levels of skiers. Another perk is that this area usually opens earlier in the season and stays open later than some of the ski resorts around the area.
Rocky Mountain National Park is about an hour and a half's drive away from Denver. Anyone who loves the outdoors will never want to leave the park. Feast your eyes on towering mountains, breathtaking meadows, placid lakes, and powerful waterfalls. Bear Lake is a popular spot within the park. It has a paved trail all the way around it, making it an ideal destination if you have young children with you.
If you're feeling up to a longer drive, make the five-hour trip to Dinosaur National Monument. The area is home to a dense concentration of prehistoric fossils. You'll even get to see a rare infant stegosaurus fossil. At the visitor center, you can watch as workers uncover the past.
Want to take a look at one of Colorado's most upscale ski towns? Vail is full of posh resorts and great shopping. Plus, it has the tallest ski mountain in North America. For an unforgettable view of the Rocky Mountains, take the Eagle-Bahn gondola ride. Vail is less than two hours away from Denver.