Colorado ranks as the 17th most romantic state in the US, thanks to the many unique experiences you can enjoy with your partner. From watching sunsets over mountain lakes to soaking in hot springs and stargazing in national parks, there is an abundance of romantic places and things to do in The Centennial State. Looking for a loved-up escape with your sweetheart? Here are some of the best places to visit in Colorado for couples.
7 Best Places to Visit in Colorado for Couples
How could somewhere with such a romantic name not top our list? Located along the north Front Range near Fort Collins, the town of Loveland is called Colorado’s “Sweetheart City”. It is famous for its thriving art scene, bronze foundries, and its Valentine Re-Mailing Program. Wildlife and nature lovers will adore Devil’s Backbone Open Space, which has 12 miles of trails and ‘the keyhole’. This local landmark is a unique arch that you can hike right through. No matter what you do or where you go in Loveland, you’ll be accompanied by stunning Rocky Mountain views.
Aspen is hard to beat for a special occasion (perhaps a proposal). This luxurious destination sparkles in the winter when snow blankets it and you can hit the slopes. But it’s a great year-round destination too. Couples can enjoy hiking, wild swimming, cycling, fly fishing, golfing, and more during the warmer months. There are also several noteworthy museums for culturally curious couples.
3. Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Getting hot and steamy with your lover is fun wherever you are, but it is particularly romantic whilst soaking in hot springs as snow falls around you. Strawberry Park Hot Springs is one of the best for couples due to its tranquil surroundings in a forest and its beautiful stonework. There are also lots of different pools to soak in, so you should be able to find one all to yourselves. If you want to relax even further, you can have a couple’s massage and aquatic therapy.
Trains are eternally romantic, and the historic Town of Georgetown in Clear Creek County is where you’ll find one of the most stunning and romantic train rides in America. Georgetown Loop Railroad is a narrow-gauge train, and as soon as you climb on board, you step back in time. The train journey takes you through narrow Clear Creek Canyon onto Silver Plume. As you look out the window as the scenery rushes by, you’ll discover the rugged romance of the Colorado Rockies of the 1880s. It’s utterly delightful.
5. Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited national parks in America, but don’t worry, you’ll still be able to find some secluded, peaceful spots. In the park, as you hike, picnic or just sit and take in the views, you and your lover can bask in the scenery, solitude and each other’s company. One of the most romantic ways to see this breathtaking park is by driving one of the greatest road trip routes in the United States, the Trail Ridge Road. Just you, your loved one and the open road taking in the remarkable sights and sounds of the Rockies.
Breckenridge has an old-world, romantic vibe due to its well-preserved Historic District and Main Street filled with old Victorian buildings. It is one of the most perfect places in Colorado for couples who love history and heritage. The town has three lakes: Hubbard Creek Lake, Lake Daniel, and Possum Kingdom Lake – which are popular recreation areas. Here, you can enjoy fishing, boating and paddling on the water. It is an ideal spot to recreate the lake scene from “The Notebook” followed by a passionate Hollywood kiss.
7. Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs is a registered National Natural Landmark due to its remarkable sandstone rock formations that soar some 300 feet into the sky. One of the most romantic ways for couples to see the Garden of the Gods is to take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise whilst quaffing Champagne. A magical experience and one you’ll both cherish forever.