Day Trips from Denver

Escape the ordinary

Day Trip Colorado Inspiration

Day trip possibilities are seemingly endless when you decide to EXPLORE the Old West and experience a New Adventure!

Located just 20 miles west of Denver and easily accessible from Interstate 70, here you will find a variety of lodging choices, dining options, breweries, boutique shops, art galleries, thrilling attractions, scenic drives, and recreational adventures.

Image of mining from Museum

Museum Tour

Explore the historic beauty with a museum tour.

Start in Idaho Springs at the Heritage Center, where you’ll learn about the area’s mining history. Make your way to the Underhill Museum to glimpse early 1900’s life, the Central Hose House from circa 1912, and the Charlie Tayler Waterwheel before heading to Georgetown. There you can take a step back to the Victorian era with a visit to the Hotel de Paris. Most of the artifacts are original pieces!

Walking Tour

Explore the architectural and historic beauty of Idaho Springs with a walking tour through the Miner Street Commercial District, designated a National Historic District. There are over forty historical buildings and sites to see.

Cars lined in front of storefronts
historic house garden

Garden Tour

The Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District boasts one of the largest concentrations of Victorian buildings in the country. Explore Victorian life in an early mining town as private home owners and numerous historic sites open the doors to the public and share their stories and homes with you.

Georgetown Loop Railroad®, Hotel de Paris & Luncheon Tour

Take a step back in time with a ride on the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad® where you will pass through dramatic rock formations along with groves of pine and aspen trees.

Afterwards, visit the Hotel de Paris museum, an 1875 hotel that retains much of its Victorian-era allure. Nearly all the furnishings, decorations, and artwork are original. Finally, explore the historic mining community of Georgetown its array of Victorian buildings, specialty shops, galleries and restaurants.

Historic Georgetown Loop Railroad train engine car pulling a train through the forest.
Beautiful view from Guanella Pass

Guanella Pass Fall Spectacular

Explore the stunning beauty of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains fall foliage, rushing streams and panoramic views of mountain wilderness. Begin the tour in Grant, Colorado travelling along the spectacular Guanella Pass with its vast groves of shimmering aspens blanketing the hillsides. At 11,665 feet, you’ll find great photo opportunities as the panoramic views of Mt. Bierstadt, Grays and Torreys Peaks provide a spectacular backdrop.

Descend Guanella Pass to the historic mining town of Georgetown where you can explore a variety of antique stores, specialty shops, and art galleries set among historic Victorian era buildings and homes.

White Water Rafting

Ride the rapids in an alpine setting where the old west meets new adventure! Take a half day rafting trip along Clear Creek.

Rafters holding their oars in the air in triumph
ATV riders celebrating

ATV Tours

Explore the Colorado Rocky Mountains with an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) tour. Navigate your way on historic mining trails, through the scenic Rocky Mountains enjoying breathtaking vistas of the Continental Divide and Mt Evans. You’ll experience the serenity of untamed Rocky Mountains coupled with the exhilaration of an ATV.

Phoenix ‘Gold’ Mine Tour

Catch “Gold Fever” at the Phoenix Gold Mine located just west of Downtown Idaho Springs, Colorado. Experience mining history as a seasoned Hard Rock miner leads you on a personalized tour into a working underground gold mine where tons of gold and silver ore are pushed in small rail cars just as it was done 100 years ago!

Here you are welcome to dig or pan your own gold along a beautiful mountain stream and keep what you find. Afterwards, head into Downtown Idaho Springs to explore the Underhill Museum, historic Victorian era homes, or enjoy unique shopping with a variety of antique stores, specialty shops, and art galleries. Then feel free to wind down at one of the many restaurants and breweries in town.

The Phoenix Gold Mine entrance.
Georgetown Christmas Market horse-drawn Carriage trotting down a city street

Georgetown Christmas Market

Turn up the holiday spirit and explore the festivity of an old time Christmas market in historic Georgetown, Colorado. This year, the Georgetown Christmas Market takes place the first two full weekends in December. Steeped in the richest of traditions, you’ll be delighted to find booths with hand-crafted items, stands with hot roasted chestnuts, visits by St. Nick, and horse-drawn rides through town. Enjoy performances by singers, folk dancers, carolers in Victorian costume, Scandinavian dancers, and bagpipers who perform here and in the community center each day.

Adorned with lights and Christmas greenery, international and antique shops in town present an array of gifts you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in the state. Of course, the restaurants will feature holiday menus to tempt and delight the palate. This mining classic will take you back to another time.

Visit our events calendar for a complete list of upcoming events happening all across Clear Creek County!