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  • Writer's pictureJordan Hinsch

15 Best Weekend Getaways from Denver (within a 3 hour flight)

Updated: Jan 21




Denver residents are blessed to be in the heart of one of the world's best mountain ranges. The Rocky Mountains offer world-class hiking, skiing, and of course the most beautiful National Parks in the country. Denver is also situated near the entire west coast and is in short reach to popular cities to the east. Oh and for the most part, the flights are insanely inexpensive.


This article will focus on domestic destinations via airplane and car. Here are some weekend getaway ideas for locals in the Denver area within a 3 hour flight (with one bonus 4 hour destination). More importantly, these trips are all possible without having to request PTO (for you M-F 9-5'ers), it just depends what you want to do at your destination.



Miami, Florida (MIA, FLL) - 4 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Beaches, outdoors activities, clubs, restaurants, culture. As a current resident in Miami, this is at the top of the list of weekend trips from Denver! I just ask that you please please please venture out beyond Miami Beach.

When to go?

  • Any time of the year, but best is October - February for perfect weather.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Visit the following neighborhoods to step away from the "typical Miami": Wynwood, Brickell, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Midtown, Edgewater.



Chicago, Illinois (ORD, MDW) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Food, bars, sports, rivers!

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • For bourbon enthusiasts, visit Untitled Supper Club on W Kinzie for an incredible speakeasy experience.



Kansas City, Missouri (MCI) - 1.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • BBQ! BBQ! BBQ!

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Visit the Power & Light District for a unique nightlife experience & go to Arthur Bryant's for BBQ.



Nashville, Tennessee (BNA) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Music (not just country), endless bars, brewpubs, hot chicken.

When to go?

  • Spring, Summer and Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $200+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Stay in the Gulch or near printer's alley.




Moab, Utah (CNY) - Just over a 1 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Camping, Hiking, Sky Diving, Off-Roading, and anything else you can do in the outdoors.

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $200+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Do not sit around indoors!



New Orleans, Louisiana (MSY) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Jazz music, other music, culture, architecture, partying, passionate football fans.

When to go?

  • Spring, Summer, Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $200+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Check out Bourbon Street for a little bit, but don't get sucked in. It's absolutely disgusting. Chartres Street is better for those looking to maintain their cleanliness.


Seattle, Washington (SEA) - 3 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Whales, Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, gorgeous views, intelligent individuals, good breweries.

When to go?

  • Summer (you can't really avoid the rain but you can pray)

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Visit the REI flagship store. Wow.



Jackson Hole, Wyoming (JAC) - 1.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Bears, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, skiing, golfing, horseback riding, rustic boutique, hotels, cool people.

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Make sure you have time to visit both Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Jenny Lake is a must.



Telluride, Colorado (TEX) - 50 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Skiing, mountainous scenery, great hotels.

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • One of the best hospitality experiences I've ever had took place during my stay at Lumiere Hotel. 100% worth every penny.

Aspen, Colorado (ASE) - 50 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Skiing, great scenery, luxury.

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • It's very expensive, but worth a shot. 3.5 hour drive if you wish to save some $$.




Los Angeles, California (LAX, BUR, SNA, LGB, SBA, ONT) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Surfing, Hiking, Sports, City Life, Culture, Fame, Disneyland, Food.

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?



San Diego, California (SAN) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Surfing, Hiking, Zoo, Mountain Biking, Partying.

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?


San Francisco, California (SFO, SJC, OAK) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Tours, Food, Silicon Valley, Golden Gate Bridge, Surfing

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?



Monterrey, California (MRY) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Big Sur and the Pacific Coast

When to go?

  • Summer

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

Where can you stay?




Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) - 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Gambling, Hoover Dam, Death Valley National Park, Valley of Fire State Park, Partying, more Gambling.

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?



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Hey! I'm Jordan, a native New Yorker who is addicted to adventure travel, photography, content creation, investing, and fitness. Read on, enjoy, and Never Run Out of First Times!

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