Located about 40 minutes west of Denver, Georgetown is nestled along Clear Creek and gorgeous mountains. When the city is roasting, everyone in Denver seeks relief in the cool mountains. Georgetown is a perfect place to stop for an afternoon. There is something for everyone: railroads, parks, food and incredible mountain scenery. Here are some photos from last year's trip.
Riding the Georgetown RR is a must-do for residents and visitors. Tickets can be purchased on their website or at the train station. Tip: the first train of the day leaves from XX and is cheaper than the other trains. You have to haul out of bed and drive fast to arrive in time (ask me how I know this), but the cheaper price is worth it. The train isn't cheap!
The train offers a closed coach with a free soda and snack or an open train. The first time we rode the closed coach. The snack and soda lady was slow, and our order arrived as we were arriving back at the station. We didn't ride the train for drinks/food, but be prepared in case you have hungry kids expecting cookies the minute they sit down.
On our second visit, we rode on the open coach. The weather was warmer and we had family with us. There is only one enclosed coach, so make sure to reserve ahead of time to get a seat.
The trip is about an hour, including a 10 minute stop at the opposite station. The kids were bored by the end of the first trip. The second trip was more exciting because we had family with us.
While we enjoyed the summer train trip with my family, the changing leaves during the fall trip was pretty spectacular. Autumn is a beautiful time to visit the Colorado Rockies. Keep your eyes out for moose, elk, bear, deer, bighorn sheep and other animals. Spotting one feels like winning the lottery (ok, not quite).
For more information on the Georgetown Loop Railroad, please visit their website.
After the railroad excitement, stop at the Georgetown Foster's Place playground. It's one of our favorite places to let the kids play, have a picnic or rest on a journey along 1-70. Click for more info and directions. I recommend the paninis at Mountainbuzz. I've also heard the Alpine is good.