30. Estes Park, CO
Why go: In Estes Park, an hour from Denver, October is known as Elktober. No matter where you go, whether you’re hiking, biking, or driving, chances are you’ll catch enormous bull elk wrestling for a mate. Locals call it ‘Tail’gate (get it?), and are known to pack a picnic, sit on the tailgate of their cars, and watch the elk spar from afar.
Where to stay: The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park sits right at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park, and actually offers a fall colors special for stays between Sept. 22 and Oct. 31, 2019. Relax after a day in the park at the outdoor fire pits, complete with Adirondack chairs.
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