9. Rocky Mountain National Park
Though the Rocky Mountain National Park is only 70 miles north of Denver, convenient for a day trip, you’ll definitely need more than a day to explore everything this park has to offer.
We encourage you to try out one of the dozens of trails spanning more than 355 miles in order to make the most of your vacation. Here, you’ll find 147 lakes and 118 peaks that are taller than 10,000 feet, meaning that adventurers and sports enthusiasts of any kind can partake in their favorite sports at every corner.
The Emerald Lade Trail is one of the most popular trails visitors take, best for newcomers and people who don’t have much time on their hands alike. The 5 miles round trip offers stunning views, so make sure to pack a camera to snap a few (or hundreds!) of photos along the way!