Denver is in my opinion the mecca of day-trips. I make sure to enjoy at least one or two each time I stay in the city. This last time I was there my friends told me about Hanging Lake. Now this place is a cool 2.5 hours outside of the city so make sure to leave early if heading out from Denver. When you get there it’s a long hike straight up the mountain but it’s well worth the drudge. Make sure to bring some snacks and drinks so you can enjoy them when you get to the top! Along the trail you’ll cross wooden bridges and find rest stops as well. Once you get to the top you’ll realize why it was all worth it. Hanging Lake is majestic to say the least. It is a pristine lake well over a mile up with all sorts of beautiful birds and wildlife. The water looks as blue as the water off of the Galapagos Islands but you’ll have to see that for yourself!