The autumn is a perfect time to visit Denver. The weather tends to stay temperate and comfortable through November, which makes for great outdoor opportunities near the Mile-High City. So if you'll be visiting us in the fall, we strongly suggest that you pay our mountains a visit as well. Not many other cities have such a uniquely close proximity to the wonders of nature and the sprawling mountainous landscapes like we do! As an example, you can find yourself transported from the Holiday Inn at Cherry Creek to the highest peak in all of Denver - Mount Evans in under two hours.
Towering over the landscape at 14,271 feet, Mount Evans is the highest summit in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. You don't have to be an expert hiker or climber to get all the incredible views from the summit of Mount Evans. The Mount Evans Scenic Bypass is the highest paved road in North America - a beautiful drive that twists and turns upwards of 9,000 feet.
Along the drive, there are plenty of places to get out and stop. Two lakes are must-see spots; first, Echo Lake is a serene and pristine body of water near the base of the mountain. And near the top lies Summit Lake, where you're likely to run into Mountain Goats, Bighorn Sheep, and other wildlife that might otherwise take hours of hiking to reach.
The view from the top of Mount Evans is like nothing else, and with it being such an easy place to summit, there's no reason you shouldn't take the day trip. Just remember, you're at high altitudes to be sure to drink plenty of water and look out for the weather. After a rewarding day, head back to town and relax with us at the Holiday Inn!