No matter if you’re newlyweds, have been married for over 30 years, or are going on your first vacation as a couple, there’s no place like Southern Colorado for a romantic getaway. You will find each other embraced by the wonders of nature, the abundance of wildlife, and the sheer magnitude of the peaks in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. While we guarantee that you’ll have a great time if you and your partner just lounge around and take in the magnificent views together, we highly recommend setting aside at least a day or two for some Southern Colorado adventures during your romantic getaway.

When you stay in Westcliffe at the Lamp Post Lodge or the Hillside Colorado Cottages, you’ll be so close to some of the most awe-inspiring and romantic towns, views, and activities, that you might feel a little overwhelmed when making your decision on how to spend your time. But don’t worry if you don’t have enough time to do it all, you can always come back! While we highly recommend visiting the Smokey Jack Observatory to witness the splendors of the night sky (because what is more romantic than stargazing with the one you love?), or taking a trip to Mission: Wolf, many couples have said that their favorite thing to do during their romantic mountain vacation is spending the day exploring Cañon City and specifically going to the Royal Gorge. Just an hour away from Westcliffe, your love will only grow stronger as you discover and share new experiences together in Cañon City. This blog will give you a few options!

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad

What better way to take in the Royal Gorge than to view the area while riding among the train tracks that bob and weave through the canyon? If this doesn’t initially sound romantic to you, keep in mind that this isn’t just a run-of-the-mill train ride for children to ride. Knowing that they had some of the most beautiful section of track in the country, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad decided to focus on providing its riders with first-class food. You and your love will take in the views of one of Colorado’s natural wonders while sipping wine and eating delectable meals. If your Southern Colorado vacation is upcoming and this is something the two of you enjoy (you will!), then purchase your tickets now!

Following your train ride, you have a plethora of options of what to do next. If you and your significant other are fans of hiking, you’ll be amazed at how many choices you have and how incredibly beautiful each and every hike is. Click here for some of the most popular trails. If you’d like to view the natural beauty of the gorge, then you guys can simply ride the gondola or stroll across the bridge!

Le Petit Chablis

We can see no better way to end your couple’s trip to Cañon City then looking into each other’s eyes across the table at a nice restaurant and enjoy some good wine and some delicious food. At Le Petit Chablis, they bring Paris to you! With a romantic ambiance and authentic French cuisine, this restaurant is the perfect choice for you and the one you love.

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