Hiwan Heritage Park, Evergreen, Colorado

Nestled in the Rocky Mountains just 30 miles west of Denver, Hiwan Heritage Park has history and nature in pleasant surroundings. Part of the Lariat Loop Scenic Byway (highway 74), Hiwan is a must-see for history and natural surroundings.

Evergreen, Small Mountain Town West of Denver, Colorado

Small Evergreen, about 30 miles west of Denver in the Rocky Mountains, has some interesting history and present-day shops and eateries. Part of the Lariat Loop Scenic Byway, it's a nice stop on the route.

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.