Berthoud, Colorado

Small-town Berthoud, Colorado, north of Denver, has antique and thrift shops, plus Arbor Day and December Snowfest annual celebrations.

Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO

Great family-friendly FREE park: Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO. Beautiful red sandstone "fins" jut skyward next to the Rocky Mountains. Makes a good daytrip from Denver.

Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame, Vail

A well-done ski and snowboard museum at Vail's Transporation Center, part of Vail Village. Excellent displays of snowsport history, this free family and kid-friendly museum is worth a stop and a few dollars in the donation box.