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How to Enjoy a Day Off in Northern Colorado

There are few better ways to retreat from the bustling city than to explore the adventurous regions of northern Colorado. NoCo is a popular destination due to its vast wilderness and beautiful scenery. After grueling hours of staring at a computer screen, getting outside can refresh your mind for the upcoming week. Not only does spending time outdoors decrease stress, but research suggests it can provide real health benefits such as reducing pulse rate, depression, fatigue and anxiety.

Even if you don’t want to devote your day to nature, simply changing your environment can still considerably reduce stress. Here are some NoCo locations you should check out during your next day off:

Unwind in a Hot Spring

There aren’t many states where you can regularly soak in a natural hot spring. Why not take advantage of it? Not only does it provide unique seclusion, but the high mineral content of the water has supposed numerous health benefits. NoCo is home to some of the most renowned Colorado hot springs, including Strawberry Park Hot Springs and Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa.

Trek Through the Rocky Mountains

As stated earlier, an outdoor retreat is a proven way of reducing stress. With 355 miles of hiking trails, Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect place to escape your daily routine, gain some perspective and get lost in natural beauty.

Admire the Wildlife

Wildlife is scattered all over NoCo. Head up to the official moose capital of Colorado, State Forest State Park. Drive down U.S. Highway 34 near Big Thompson Canyon to observe bighorn sheep. There are countless options, and you’re bound to have an unforgettable experience discovering animals amidst the gorgeous Rocky Mountain landscape.

Venture Through the Stanley Hotel

Stay in this picturesque 155-room hotel where haunted meets extravagance. The Stanley Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a popular stop among travelers. Though a lush backdrop encompasses the Stanley Hotel, it is best known for being the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in The Shining by Stephen King.

Visit the Cultural Hub of NoCo

Fort Collins’ creative district is one of the most notable in the state, with over 20 galleries, museums and various creative spaces. Features include the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, The Downtown Artery and The Music District.

While this list helps narrow down some approaches to appreciate NoCo, the options are truly endless. If none of the above are particularly enticing, simply sightsee the vast regions of NoCo, and you’ll undoubtedly find something that inspires and invigorates you.