If you’re looking forward to a big date and happen to live or be visiting Colorado, you’re in luck as the state offers some of the very best spots for romance in the nation, including these.
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Colorado’s hot springs are one of the state’s most popular attractions, and they also make an ideal spot for bringing a date, whether it’s for the day or an overnight rendezvous. Just a little over two hours west of Denver lies Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort, which offers both hot springs that sit within natural, rocky surroundings as well as human-created pools that are all heated by geothermal water. It also hosts an outstanding restaurant with a menu focused on fresh ingredients, including local produce; bars, a beer garden, yoga and fitness classes. You may want to schedule a treatment at the spa, which hosts a menu of various types of massage, body treatments, facials, acupuncture, private soaks like the mud or lavender salt soak, and more.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
If you’re in southwestern Colorado, consider a train date in Durango, where you two can travel back in time over 130 years by hopping aboard the historic steam train known as the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The circa-1882, coal-fired, steam-operated train was specifically built to handle the narrow mountain routes, chugging along at 18 miles per hour as it climbs the steep and magnificent mountain passes between Durango and Silverton, 45 miles north, allowing passengers to really soak up all of that breathtaking mountain scenery. Much of the downtown area in the tiny but incredibly scenic town of Silverton is a designated National Historic District and hosts a number of interesting places to visit, including the San Juan County Historical Society, housed in the old county jail, as well as the Mayflower Gold Mill National Historic Site and the Old Hundred Gold Mine.
Ride the Silver Queen Gondola in Aspen
Outside of the ski season, one of Aspen’s top attractions is the Silver Queen Gondola. Taking a ride with your date will allow you to cuddle up while viewing the dramatic mountains with their high snow-covered peaks, the trees, slopes, and the town of Aspen just like the birds do on the 14-minute ride to the 11,000-foot tall summit of Ajax Mountain. Afterwards, you can enjoy the live bluegrass music concerts that are hosted on Sundays in the summer, tee off on the 18-hole golf course that’s one of the highest official courses on the planet, or explore the myriad of mountain biking and hiking trails.
Royal Gorge Bridge, Canon City
The Royal Gorge Bridge near Canon City isAmerica’s highest suspension bridge, hanging 1,250 feet above the raging Arkansas River. Called one of Colorado’s best places to kiss, if you’re hoping to sneak one in, this is a great place to do it as you walk its quarter-mile span and take in the jaw-dropping views. If you’re both into heart-pounding thrills, take a ride on the Royal Rush Skycoaster afterward. Following a 50-mile-per-hour free fall, the coaster hangs riders over the canyon’s rim with only the river below. There are other attractions too, like the aerial gondola that gently whisks passengers from one side of the canyon to another, and a zip line that flies riders above the Arkansas River.
Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs sits at the base of one of America’s most famous peaks, the just over 14,100-feet-high Pikes Peak. It’s a great place to spend time with a date, and you’ll have a myriad of options for exploring it, like the recently opened Southern Slope which hosts hiking trails, single-track treks and provides the opportunity to view bighorn sheep. But heading to the top is really a must to get the most out of the experience, accessed by car via the Pikes Peak Highway, on foot by the challenging Barr Trail, or by taking the highest cog railroad in the world: Pikes Peak Cog Railway.
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs
The Garden of the Gods not only offers stunning views of Pikes Peak from afar, but this National Natural Landmark is home to an awe-inspiring blend of more than 300 sandstone formation. In 2014, TripAdvisor named it the No. 1 park in the entire U.S. citing, “Beautiful and majestic. One of the best city parks in the entire country. You can hike, ride horses, picnic or just relax and watch the rock climbers.” Stroll some of the 15 miles of trails that wind through the nearly 1,400 acres of the park together and be sure to check out the Visitor & Nature Center to learn how the unique red rock formations got there.
The Stanley Hotel and Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park
Just outside the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, the historic Stanley Hotel offers an ideal base for exploring the park as well as boasting magnificent colonial architecture, jaw-dropping surroundings, and luxurious accommodations that provide the ultimate setting for romance. You don’t have to spend the night to enjoy it, as the Cascade Restaurant is renowned for fine dining, and the property also hosts a spa offering massage and a variety of other treatments. If you’re both interested in the paranormal, a stay here may bring the chance to witness some rather unusual happenings. Mr. Stanley, the hotel’s original owner and the inventor of the Stanley Steamer Automobiles, along with his wife, are said to frequently walk through the lobby. Mrs. Stanley can sometimes be heard playing her piano in the music room, while a former housekeeper who died here in 1911, is said to frequently assist guests in Room 217 by unpacking and storing their belongings, and the sounds of children running and laughing down the halls seem to be common occurrences.
LoDo Nightlife, Denver
Of course, not everyone is the outdoor type – if you’re looking for hopping nightlife, consider a date in Lower Downtown Denver, or LoDo, which hosts 28 square blocks of restored Victorian buildings that were transformed into magnificent nightlife venues. venues for nightlife. You’ll find more than enough excitement to keep you going long into the night and beyond, with everything from live music venues and brewpubs to sports bars, jazz lounges and night clubs.