Colorado’s cosmopolitan capital is an urban hub for outdoorsy pursuits, with Rocky Mountain National Park just northwest of the city. In summer, a drive on the park’s 48-mile-long Trail Ridge Road will send you soaring above the tree line (more than 12,000 feet above sea level at its highest point). When the snow flies, Denver is a skier’s dream, with several top resorts, like Keystone and Winter Park, within a 90-minute drive.
If you go: AAA Diamond-rated Acova (
) in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood infuses vintage flair with contemporary charm. As noted by an inspector from AAA: “Translated as ‘nest’ in Italian, this restaurant conjures the feeling of a cozy neighborhood gathering place. A variety of sandwiches and wraps, like the Buffalo chicken wrap and the turkey brie panini, are on the menu as well as larger entrees such as lobster mac and cheese, gnocchi and veal osso buco.”