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Urban Vacations in Colorado

Denver Art Museum


Stanley Marketplace in Aurora See and do: inside an old aviation building there is the Stanley Marketplace, which is a mix of more than 50 local businesses. There are restaurants, boutiques and a deli and beer garden. There also performances that feature celebrated masterworks at the Aurora Symphony Orchestra. There are numerous public golf courses.

Get around: Aurora's northern edge is the border of the Denver international Airport, which is a short trip by car.

Get a bite: even explore tastes from around the world such as grilled beats of Soul Korean Barbecue to Moroccan specialties at Cafe Paprika.


Red Rocks Amphitheater, Larewood, CO See and do: even spend time and check out the galleries, art installations of the Colorado Certified Creative Arts District. Belmar anchors downtown and is the dining and shopping destination with the movie theater a bowling alley. You will also find the famed outdoor concert venue Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Get around: you can traverse Lakewood with the rail W Line, which goes between downtown Denver and Golden.

Grab a bite: check out the contemporary American cuisine at 240 Union.

Colorado Springs

U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs See and do: you can take a tour of the U.S. Olympic Training Center to see the world-class athletes in action. There is beautiful scenery at the summit of Pikes Peak and check out the Garden of the Gods for its stunning red rock formations. Check out Ivywilde School for a great bar with handcrafted drinks.

Get around: the Colorado Springs airport has six airlines. There is also an express bus service called the Bustang South Line. The Mountain Metro Transit provides public transportation.

Grab a bite: Pizzeria Rustica makes handmade thin crust Neapolitan style pies.

Fort Collins

Avery House, Fort Collins See and do: you can stroll around the charming old town historic district which looks like Disneyland's main Street USA. Stop and sample the craft beer by the top breweries like New Belgium. You can get out on the waters of Horsetooth Reservoir for fishing, waterskiing and paddle boarding.

Get around:Transfort is a network of community roots. Bike lovers will appreciate renting a ride through the Fort Collins Bike Share.

Grab a bite: check out the rooftop patio of MainLine Ale House for fantastic views and Colorado crafted brews.


Buell Children's Museum See and do: everyone flocks to the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk for dining, boat rides, summer movie nights and other events. There is the Buell Children's Museum. The Creative Corridor, Downtown Main Street, Union Avenue Historic District and the Mesa Junction all make up the city. You can find galleries, fountains, street sculptures and first Friday festivities.

Get around: the Pueblo transit consists of a dozen bus routes.

Grab a bite: you need to sample the famous green chilis mixed into a beef patty at Bingo Burger.


Sculpture in Benson Sculpture Garden See and do: the Benson Sculpture Garden shows more than hundred pieces of art among sprawling green spaces. Bargain minded shoppers will love the Outlets at Loveland's. Their concerts, stage productions and film screenings at the Rialto Theater.

Get around: Lublin is accessible from the flex regional bus.

Grab a bite: the Starlight Dessert Bar and Bakery offers an array of gourmet desserts.


The Greeley Ice Haus See and do: weekly Friday Festivals entertain all summer long and they offer live music, street performers where you can grab your beverage of choice from several bars and bring it outside. At the Colorado Model Railroad Museum you can see a layout of many train cars. The Greeley Ice Haus offers public skating lessons and their special light effects and music on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Get around: the GET makes locating a bus route or stop easy through a mobile app.

Grab a bite: Reds Dogs and Donuts should be experienced as it offers wild game brats and donuts made with potato flour.

Grand Junction

Downtown Grand Junction See and do: make sure to check out the weekly summertime farmers markets on Thursday evenings with more than 100 independent businesses that grace the streets of downtown. There is the Colorado National Monument and the Grand Mesa, which displays natural wonder. Their surrounding wineries and vineyards for a day of winetasting.

Get around: the Grand Junction regional airport is convenient and offers multiple airlines.

Grab a bite: you can dine outside at the Bin 707 Foodbar on the patio and enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner of seasonal American cuisine.


Longmont Museum See and do: in addition to the history, art and science exhibits, the Longmont Museum hosts a Views and Brews summer film series. Within the Kanemoto Park there is a traditional Japanese temple. You can also jump on and off the Brew hop Trolley to make the rounds of nine craft breweries.

Get around: RTD has great regional options for travel.

Grab a bite: Georgia Boys barbecue company can't be beat for southern style Staples. Sugarbeet is the gem of American bistro.