Day Trip Ideas & Itineraries

Planning a day trip, weekend getaway or extended vacation in the Colorado Mountains? The possibilities are endless… However, the choice is clear – let Clear Creek County be the place you call home while you explore the old west and experience new adventure!

Easily accessible from Interstate 70, here you will find a variety of lodging choices ranging from elegant bed and breakfasts and hotels to motels and short term rentals. Additionally there are a variety of dining options, breweries, boutique shops and art galleries, thrilling attractions, seemingly endless recreational adventures and leisurely scenic drives!

Throughout the year the towns hold special events which can be found on our events calendar. We hope you enjoy your visit to Clear Creek County!

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Museum Tour

Explore the historic beauty of Clear Creek County 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 over to the Underhill Museum where you can glimpse early 1900’s life, the Central Hose House from circa 1912, and the Charlie Taylor Waterwheel before heading to Georgetown. There you can a step back to the Victorian era with a visit to the Hotel de Paris. Most of the artifacts are original pieces!

The Hamill House and Bowman White House, both offer a glimpse into the lives of wealthy miner’s lives, while the Johnson Cabin provides a look at an early prospector’s log cabin dating back to 1870. Finish the tour with a stop at the Energy Museum, a fully functional hydroelectric plant which has been in operation since 1900.

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Idaho Springs Walking Tour

Explore the architectural and historic beauty of Idaho Springs with a walking tour that takes you through the Miner Street Commercial District, designated a National Historic District.  There are over forty historical buildings and sites included with brief descriptions.

For more information, contact the Idaho Springs Visitor Center at (303) 567-4382 or pick up a walking tour guide at the Visitors Center, 2060 Miner Street.

 

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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.  For more information, contact Historic Georgetown, Inc. at (303) 569-2840 or visit www.historicgeorgetown.org

Below are several day itineraries that you can do on your own or as part of a group.

If you are interested in setting up a group tour, please contact one of our group tour partners: A Private Guide (303) 758-8149 or A Guide Out West (720) 841-8615

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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 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.

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Guanella Pass Fall Spectacular

Explore the stunning beauty of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains fall foliage, rushing streams and panoramic views of unspoiled 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 ft. 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.

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White Water Rafting

Ride the rapids in an alpine setting where the old west meets new adventure! Take a 1/2 day rafting trip along Clear Creek.

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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.

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Phoenix ‘Gold’ Mine Tour

Catch “Gold Fever” at the Phoenix Mine located near 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! Later, dig or pan your own gold along a beautiful mountain stream & keep what you find. Afterwards, head into Idaho Springs to explore the Nature Center, the Heritage Museum and/or enjoy shopping among a variety of antique stores, specialty shops, art galleries, and museums set among historic Victorian era homes.

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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 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!