If the kids are asking how much further it is to Rocky Mountain National Park and you just left Denver, consider stopping in Westminster, Colo. Located along the way to the park and just 20 minutes from Denver, this city boasts attractions like Adventure Golf & Raceway where you can tee off on one of three adventure-themed miniature golf courses.

If the Colorado summer heat is beating down, consider cooling down on a scorching Colorado day by heading to the Ice Centre at The Promenade. It's the largest public ice skating facility in the United States. You'll find three ice rinks and a pro shop.

If you've never walked among 1,600 free-flying butterflies, stop by the Butterfly Pavilion. You’ll be surrounded by tropical plants with air as humid as Brazil. Home to more than just butterflies, the Butterfly Pavilion houses over 5,000 animals, from an octopus in the Water's Edge exhibit to Rosie the Tarantula. By early 2021, it will be moving locations, so stop by while it's still here. 

Beyond, check out the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a hip movie theater featuring the latest releases and classics served up with beer, cocktails, burgers, pizza and more.

Afterwards, enjoy dinner at some great hot spots, including Ted's Montana Grill, 5280 Burger Bar known for its creative burgers and GQue BBQ serving hickory-smoked barbecue in a modern industrial-designed space. Kokopelli Beer Company offers great ambience and food. With 17 hotels, including boutique ones, this is an affordable place to stay so close to Denver.

Learn more at WestminsterChamber.Biz.

The Butterfly Pavilion, butterflies.org

Ice Centre at the Promenade, www.icecentre.com

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema drafthouse.com


Estes Park Aerial Tramway.

6 Things to Do in Estes Park

Known for its lodging, small-town charm, and knowledgeable outfitters, Estes Park serves Rocky Mountain National Park and access to the national forest.