Warm weather will be over before you know it. End summer vacation with a bang by getting in a last-minute summer trip before the kids head back to school! Will you head for an exotic foreign locale or stick close to home?

The Centennial State has a lot to offer when it comes to historic places, gorgeous scenery, and exciting things to do. Not only that but exploring Colorado’s many offerings won’t break the bank, either! Even if you live here, there are probably plenty of enjoyable activities and breathtaking sites that are new to you.

Wherever you go, Jetsetter suggests going late in the summer. If you plan your vacation for the last half of August, you’ll generally find improved availability, thinner crowds, and lower rates. See, there are perks for planning a late summer vacation! Below, you’ll find a few of our favorites.

Exploring the World

Are you itching to go exploring outside the USA? Maybe you have a foreign destination or two on your bucket list and you’d like to cross one off this summer. Here are some popular destinations you may want to consider. We’ll start up north, head south, and then it’s off to the east.

Nelson, British Columbia

Lift-access to hiking trails, glass-bottomed gondola rides, and world-class mountain bike terrain. What else could you want from a relatively small mountain town tucked into the stunning Selkirk Mountains?

Mexico City, Mexico

Surprisingly, Mexico City stays at moderate temperatures (the mid-70s) all summer. That makes it an ideal late summer destination for those looking for a taste of Mexican culture, history, and cuisine.

Portillo, Chile

Who says you can’t ski in summer? Not the many World Cup ski teams who practice on Ski Portillo’s world-class runs! This rustic resort lies nestled between the awe-inspiring Andes Mountains and Inca Lake.


Beautiful white sand beaches and stunningly clear tropical waters are part of the allure of Curaçao, one of the Caribbean’s ABC islands (Aruba and Bonaire are the other two). You’ll want to take lots of photos of its charmingly colorful Dutch Colonial architecture!

Kraków, Poland

What do you get when you combine the world’s largest remaining medieval marketplace, impressively beautiful Old World architecture, and some of WWII’s most poignant and heart-wrenching history? You get Kraków, Poland, and the nearby Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial.

Meanwhile, Back in Colorado…

Check out these top Colorado vacation destinations! You may recognize most of them as winter hotspots, but trust us, there’s more to them than just skiing. The natural beauty hidden beneath that snow for much of the year is simply breathtaking when you experience it in all its summer glory.


Spectacular scenery and world-class food (maybe you’ve heard of the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen?) draw visitors from around the world to this mountain village.


A rich history of silver and gold mining, vintage Victorian charm, breathtaking biking and hiking trails, and friendly people. Have we forgotten anything? Only the awe-inspiring night sky studded with brilliant stars!

Garden of the Gods

Visit spectacular Garden of the Gods Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs and hike its renowned trails. Just don’t forget to take plenty of photos so you can answer those who ask, “You hiked where?”

Rocky Mountain National Park

This stunner is one of the most popular national parks in the country. Enjoy the spectacular scenery from your car as you travel the Trail Ridge Road or take a family hike for a more up-close view of its beauty. It’s also a great place to enjoy a last-minute camping trip to celebrate the end of summer.

Steamboat Springs

Gondola rides, fishing and camping, mountain biking and hiking, restaurants, art galleries, and mineral pools. What more could you want from a small mountain town set amidst working ranches?


This Colorado mountain town is small in size but huge in its friendly atmosphere, natural beauty, and outdoor adventures. Maybe that’s why U.S. News & World Report listed Telluride as its #1 pick for “Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA”!


Explore Vail’s iconic mountains in the summer to experience top-notch hiking and mountain biking trails, whitewater rafting, and epic trail rides. There’s just nothing else like experiencing these mountains from the back of a horse!

Wrapping Up Your Summer with a Last-Minute Trip

Whether you live in Colorado or are just visiting, you’re sure to enjoy its abundant natural beauty and expansive list of outdoor activities. No matter where you’re going on your end of summer hurrah, or who you’re going with, enjoy your vacation! And stop in at OPH so we can fuel you for the journey. Our Yelp Waitlist makes any meal quick and easy!