Colorado ranks as the 17th most romantic state in the US. All across the state, you’ll find unique romantic experiences to enjoy. From watching the sunset over mountain lakes to soaking in hot springs, stargazing in national parks to hiking in the mountains, there’s a romantic place in The Centennial State to suit your needs. Looking for a loved up escape with your special someone? Here are some of the most romantic getaways in Colorado.
7 of the Most Romantic Getaways in Colorado
1. Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited national parks in America, but you’ll still be able to find some secluded, peaceful spots where you can your lover can bask in the scenery, solitude and each other. 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. This is the highest continuous paved road in America and as you can imagine, there are stunning viewpoints along the way. There are also epic hiking trails and a wide range of wilderness camping experiences and stargazing opportunities too.
Breckenridge has a well-preserved Historic District and its Main Street showcases the city’s new and old Victorian buildings. All new buildings must blend with the Victorian theme of the town, which gives it a wonderful old-world, romantic vibe. So, it is the perfect getaway for couples who love history and heritage. Of course, Breckenridge is a world-famous ski resort, but there is more to this place than skiing. Breckenridge is surrounded by three lakes – Hubbard Creek Lake, Lake Daniel, and Possum Kingdom Lake – which are popular recreation areas. Enjoy fishing, boating and paddling on the water and scenic walks around the shoreline. The surrounding mountains are also terrific for hiking, biking and snow sports in the winter.
3. Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs
Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs is a registered National Natural Landmark. On a visit, you’ll be surrounded by remarkable sandstone rock formations that jut some 300 feet toward the sky. The red sandstone makes for a very pretty contrast against the backdrop of the snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies. It’s very picturesque indeed. One of the most romantic ways for couples to see the Garden of the Gods is from a hot air balloon. Champagne, sunrise trips are a magical experience and one you’ll both remember forever. The fact that it is over this stunning part of the country is an added bonus. If terra firma is more your style, you can enjoy bike rides, Jeep or Segway tours, or just walk hand in hand around this romantic setting.
4. Strawberry Park Hot Springs, Steamboat Springs
Soaking in hot springs while snow falls around you is a wonderfully romantic experience. And Strawberry Park Hot Springs is one of the best for lovebirds. Located in Steamboat Springs, what makes Strawberry Park stand out is the tranquil surrounding forest and its beautiful stonework. There are also lots of different pools to soak in so you should be able to beat the crowds. If you want to relax even further, you can have a massage and aquatic therapy before heading into Steamboat Springs for a night of good eating and drinking. Alternatively, if you want to stay overnight at the hot springs, there are some cosy cabins and even a converted train caboose in which you can stay.
Colorado is known for its historic railroads, and trains are known for romance. So, one of the best ways to combine the two is by taking a romantic getaway to the historic Town of Georgetown in Clear Creek County. Full of Gold Rush Victorian charm, this welcoming Colorado mountain hamlet has lots to keep couples entertained for a weekend or more. Take a leisurely stroll through downtown’s National Historic District and admire the colourful stained glass windows in the churches, historic homes, hotels, and various other buildings. Then, make the return trip on the Georgetown Loop Railroad which goes through narrow Clear Creek Canyon to Silver Plume. When you climb aboard this narrow-gauge train you step back in time and discover the rugged romance of the Colorado Rockies of the 1880s.
Colorado ski resorts can be very romantic places in both the winter and summertime. One such place is Telluride, which makes for a great getaway for couples who like to have a good time and party. This town is lively and fun and peppered throughout with bars, pubs and lounges. So there are plenty of places to enjoy a nice meal, a few drinks afterwards and to dance the night away. During the daytime, there are loads of activities to do that embrace the outdoors and make the most of the surrounding nature. In winter you can enjoy all manner of snow sports and in the summer you can hike and bike, fly fish and go white water rafting. You can also take the scenic gondola ride up to Mountain Village where you can enjoy food and drinks in the lovely restaurants and bars along its cobblestone streets.
Living up to its name, Loveland is an idyllic romantic getaway in Colorado. Located along the north Front Range near Fort Collins, the town of Loveland is called Colorado’s “Sweetheart City” and is famous for its thriving art scene and bronze foundries. It’s also famous for its Valentine Re-Mailing Program. This city has love at its core! Located near the foothills and rivers, couples can enjoy biking, hiking, horseback riding and fishing as well as getting wet and wild at the Lake Loveland Swim Beach. 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.