From the September 2022 concern of Automobile and Driver.
Colorado could recall to mind four-by-fours and all-wheel-drive wagons, however after we have been there just lately, we appreciated how a lot the mountains’ winding curves begged for a downshift of the six-speed guide on the 2023 Acura Integra we have been driving. This automobile’s small measurement, comfy again seat, and huge cargo maintain make it excellent for hauling vacationers and their baggage to a big metropolis. So we selected an journey in and round Denver, Colorado.
Perhaps you have solely schussed there, however the mountains and cities of the Denver space are filled with automotive delights. From scenic drives that may check your bravery and your brakes to every kind of transportation museums, listed here are the very best roads and locations to go to.
Bigs and Littles
Shrink it down and enter a remote-control race at MHOR R/C Raceway in Aurora. Or go large and scope out the gathering of trains (together with a Union Pacific Huge Boy), planes, automobiles, and bikes at Denver’s Forney Museum of Transportation.
Hire a Jeep, an ATV, or perhaps a scooter and revel in a few of the scenic off-road trails simply exterior Denver. Take a look at Yankee Hill and Estes Park.
Colorado is justly well-known for winding byways with fabulous views. Mount Evans Scenic Byway rises above Denver, and the Lariat Loop runs west. Established in 1918, the famed Peak to Peak Scenic Byway close to Boulder is Colorado’s oldest scenic highway. Notice that on some routes, going to the summit requires a timed-entry allow.
If you happen to can wait that lengthy, a June journey might overlap with the Pikes Peak Worldwide Hill Climb, America’s second-oldest auto race (the Indy 500 beats it by 5 years). It may promote out, so make plans early and gown warmly. Groups observe for weeks beforehand, and early risers can purchase tickets to observe from designated areas. Throughout nonracing hours, the mountain is open to everybody, with a museum and wonderful doughnuts on the prime. Once more, reaching the 14,115-foot summit may require a reservation.
- Penrose Heritage Museum: You will discover automobiles that span the century-long historical past of the hill-climb, together with Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima’s wild twin-engine Suzuki Cultus from the 1993 occasion.
- Rocky Mountain Bike Museum: Situated above a meals court docket in downtown Colorado Springs, the attraction incorporates a tightly packed array of two-wheeled machines.
- Bandimere Speedway: At a observe tucked in opposition to a hillside close to Denver, hear an NHRA nitro Humorous Automobile echo off a canyon. On grudge night time, for $40, see what your rental automobile can do.
- Pikes Peak Worldwide Raceway: For extra conventional racing, this highway course in Fountain gives observe days, autocross sprints, and drags—no oxygen bottles required.