Colorado Springs, Colorado is a beautiful city surrounded by views of the Rocky Mountains and Pike’s Peak. Picturesque scenery and friendly residents make Colorado Springs an ideal place to live year-round. Nearby cities have plenty to offer when you’re craving a change of scenery, yet have limited time for an extended vacation. If you’re looking to surprise the special person in your life with a weekend getaway, book a stay at a Colorado Springs vacation rental. From there, these romantic weekend getaway spots in The Centennial State are just a drive away.

1. Denver

Cityscape at night
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Denver is a 90-minute drive and approximately 60 miles from Colorado Springs, and it’s a great weekend getaway spot if you want to take in the sights and sounds of the city. Book a vacation rental that overlooks the Denver skyline, then head downtown for a romantic French meal at Bistro Vendome. For some fun outdoor time surrounded by gorgeous scenery, stroll through the Denver Botanical Gardens. If you’re visiting during the winter season, the gardens also host a lovely holiday light show. If you feel like enjoying some live music, pop over to Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox for some appetizers and entertainment.

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2. Fort Collins

Large river with a plant lined shore
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For a romantic weekend filled with history and picturesque scenery, choose a vacation rental in Fort Collins. Located approximately 130 miles and two hours away from Colorado Springs, Fort Collins is packed with historic architecture and surrounded by views of the Rocky Mountains. Spend some time at Horsetooth Reservoir, a 6.5-mile beach where you can swim, water ski, or simply stroll along the beach. For a little history lesson, visit the Old Town area and check out homes built in the 1800s, and take a ride on the vintage trolley. For a quiet meal for two, reserve a table at Jay’s Bistro and enjoy some American cuisine in an elegant setting.

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3. Boulder

Mountains in Boulder Colorado.
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Boulder sits at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, approximately 90 minutes from Colorado Springs. Whether you’re a couple who loves nature or you prefer fun nights out on the town, Boulder has you covered. The Flatirons rock formations that overlook the city are surrounded by trails perfect for brisk morning hikes, and the downtown pedestrian Pearl Street Mall houses an abundance of eateries and shops. Stroll through the mall and check out the historic architecture while you pick up a few gifts and souvenirs at Bliss Boulder, then enjoy some fondue for two at Mateo, an elegant French bistro.

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4. Aspen

Fall trees lining a quaint street
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Located approximately four hours away from Colorado Springs, Aspen is one of Colorado’s most popular year-round travel destinations, whether you’re visiting in the winter to hit the slopes, or taking in the beautiful scenery and historic architecture during the warmer seasons. During the winter months, Aspen also hosts Winterskol, an annual winter festival that first began in 1951. The festival features a host of Nordic activities such as soup cook-offs and snow sculpture contests, as well as live music and plenty of food. Take a tour through downtown Aspen and check out the Wheeler Opera House, a historic structure built in the late 1800s, then embark on an elegant shopping spree along Main Street, and pick up some designer items at Pitkin County Dry Goods boutique. When you’re ready for a hearty meal, enjoy a Mexican feast and some margaritas at Mi Chola.

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5. Steamboat Springs

River running past snowy banks
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If you’re up for a road trip that results in beautiful scenery and a relaxing atmosphere, take the 4-hour drive into Steamboat Springs and book a cozy vacation rental that overlooks the Yampa Valley. During the warm season, pack up some fishing gear and enjoy some couples fishing time at the Yampa River, or head to the city center and visit Old Town Hot Springs for a romantic warm water soak. For a little recreation during the winter months, spend some time at Howelsen Hill Ski Area or head to Howelsen Ice Arena for a day of ice skating.

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6. Loveland

Sunset over a lake
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Loveland is an ideal spot for art-loving couples, as this charming city houses an abundance of sculpture gardens and art galleries. Take the two-hour drive from Colorado Springs, and choose a vacation rental that overlooks Lake Loveland, so you can wake up to the gorgeous sunrises over the water. Once you’re settled in, explore the sculpture gardens. Chapungu Sculpture Park features walking paths and African art displays, while Benson Sculpture Garden offers 154 separate sculptures along 10 acres of land. When you’re ready for a meal after a day of sightseeing, head over to Mo’ Betta Gumbo for some authentic Cajun-Creole fare.

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7. Estes Park

Lake surrounded by a forest.
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Estes Park serves as the base for Rocky Mountain National Park, making it a great choice for nature-loving couples. Take the two-hour road trip into Estes Park, and get back to nature with a hike along Trail Ridge Road, then get up close and personal with wildlife at Roosevelt National Forest. For an intimate meal after a day of roughing it outdoors, cozy up at Colterra Food and Wine. If you’re a pair of wine connoisseurs, enjoy a fun date at Snowy Peaks Winery, where you can tour the facility and sample boutique wines made right in Colorado.

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