Photos: Top thirteen best free day trips from Denver

We recently shared the Mile High City's top eleven tourism hidden gems as chosen by the folks at Visit Denver's Denver.org website. But there's another important consideration that needs to be taken into account by visitors and locals alike — the cost.

We've got you covered on that score, too. The site features a roster of thirteen great day trips from Denver, all of which just happen to be free. Check out the baker's dozen in the order listed, complete with links and Visit Denver text, plus photos and videos.


Number 13: South Park

Photos: Top thirteen best free day trips from Denver

"The mountain town that inspired the long-running animated TV series of the same name is actually a charming spot, offering plenty of adventures, just up U.S. 285 from Denver. Try hiking, biking, horseback riding, excellent fishing and hunting, and ATV/jeep trails. Tour historic sites and visit shops full of local crafts." Number 12: The Highlands

"Explore one of Denver's most happening 'hoods. Sip a mojito while relaxing on a patio with a panoramic view of the city skyline. Go bargain hunting at one of Highland Square's unique boutiques. Get a delicious treat at an artisan cheese shop or a bakery devoted to cupcakes."

Number 11: Golden

Photos: Top thirteen best free day trips from Denver

"The authentically Western town of Golden was Colorado's first capital city. Today, visitors encounter a mix of outdoor cafes, Western stores and museums with a quaint main street that in places still has covered walkways, false-front buildings and plankboard sidewalks. An award-winning kayak course runs through the center of the town." Number 10: Georgetown

Photos: Top thirteen best free day trips from Denver

"Nestled in a steep mountain valley, the 'Silver Queen. is one of Colorado's most elegant mining towns with 200 Victorian buildings. Ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad over a 100-foot high trestle to neighboring Silver Plume."

Number 9: Mount Evans Scenic Byway & Echo Lake

Photos: Top thirteen best free day trips from Denver

"The highest paved road in North America climbs 9,000 feet from Denver, passing through five life zones en route to the 14,264-foot high summit. This is one of Colorado's 54 fourteeners (peaks that climb to 14,000 feet and above), and one of only two in the nation that you can drive up. Note: Driving the Scenic Byway is $10 per vehicle, but hiking to Echo Lake is free — as is all that magnificent fresh mountain air." Number 8: Clear Creek History Park

Photos: Top thirteen best free day trips from Denver

"See how Colorado's early settlers worked and played in the late 1800s at this two-acre living history park. Try your hand at gold panning in the river where a half-billion dollars of it was found."

Continue to keep counting down our top thirteen best free day trips from Denver.



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