Go Before the Snow!
When it comes to things to do this fall, there are few that can top a scenic fall drive. So fill up the car with gas, gauge the tire pressure, check the oil, and get to the mountains. Here are three epic routes you can do in a day, beginning in Denver:
Classic Mt. Evans
For those who'd prefer not to spend all day on the road, Mt. Evans provides for the perfect day trip. Don't go if you're afraid of heights though, this is the highest paved road in the country and it does feature some pretty steep drop-offs, but it's worth the risk. Bear in mind, though, that the last five miles of the road to the top have closed (as of Sept. 4).
Peak to Peak to Trail Ridge Road to Berthoud Pass
Fill the thermos to the brim, because this is a long haul. Almost six hours to be exact, but it's worth every single minute. In one loop, you can hit three of Colorado's most scenic routes for what may very well be one of the best drives in the country. To complete the loop, though, you'll have to go through Rocky Mountain Park, meaning there's an entrance fee. Do it anyway and take your favorite road trip buddy.
Kenosha Pass to US Highway 9 to Loveland Pass
Highway 285 is often regarded as one of the prettiest ways to get to the mountains and is great any time of the year. That's because not long before you get to Fairplay, you'll go over Kenosha pass – probably one of Colorado's most visited fall campgrounds, and you'll see why. But why stop there? Go all the way to Fairplay and then head up Highway 9 to visit your favorite ski resorts coming from the south. It's epic.
What are your thoughts? Have you driven any of these routes? If so, how was it? Let us know in the comments below!