Social Distance Like a Pro And #TravelConfidently
None of us could have expected that 2020 would be the year that all of our plans have to change, events get cancelled, and life as we knew it is no more. Fortunately, those of us that live in Loveland have been able to make the most of the situation by utilizing the many wide open spaces and social distancing activities that Loveland has to offer. In addition, local businesses have gone to great lengths to ensure that guests can have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Whether you are a Loveland local, a Denverite, or a Coloradan looking for your next social-distancing escape, here are some ideas for you. Learn how to #TravelConfidently
Loveland is known for its arts and sculpture parks, and these outdoor art parks are in full bloom. While they can be enjoyed year-round, now is a great time to visit and enjoy these parks and murals.
- Benson Sculpture Garden: this beautiful park has over 170 pieces, each uniquely landscaped to accommodate the vision of the artist.
- Chapungu Sculpture Park: one of the most unique sculpture parks in the U.S., Chapungu is near great shopping and dining options. This 26-acre park allows for great social distancing.
- McWhinney-Hahn Sculpture Park: while this is a smaller sculpture park, it is set on the grounds of the Loveland Visitors Center and the LOVE lock sculpture.
- Murals: downtown Loveland is quite artsy and walkable. Take a stroll and discover some of the beautiful artwork on the buildings.
People that are not from here are always shocked to discover just how much water Loveland has. Lakes and rivers are a water-lovers paradise and perfect way to get away from crowds, as are many outdoor spots. My personal favorite is a hike followed by a sunset dinner (picnic-style) at any of the gorgeous lakes.
- Fishing: the Big Thompson River is known for its fly-fishing, but other spots such as River’s Edge Natural Area and local lakes are also ready for you to try your hand at this fun sport.
- Hiking: although Loveland is in the foothills, Round Mountain offers a hike about as challenging as many hikes in the mountains. Devil’s Backbone is perfect for families with little ones wanting a short hike, or those seeking something more difficult can take several of the longer loops. Several walking trails also allow social distancing. It is recommended to wear a mask when passing anyone on narrow trails.
- Biking: paved trails and rocky terrain await cyclists of all levels. Take an easy ride or be adventurous.
- Horseback Riding: new to horseback riding? No worries! Sylvan Dale’s horses are born and raised on their beautiful property and are perfect for beginner rides.
- Golfing: tee off and watch the ball fly towards the mountains. Golfers of all levels will enjoy their social-distancing game at either of the three courses Loveland has to offer.
- Water Activities: city, state and county lakes provide activity options such as boating, fishing, kayaking, and more – all with the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop.
Shopping and Dining
Stores and restaurants throughout Loveland have made shopping and dining safe by adopting safe practices to ensure safety of their patrons. Stores have 6′ social distancing markers for peace of mind. Love patio dining? Loveland’s implemented new regulations to allow many restaurants to provide open-air dining for safety and enjoyment. See what’s open in our dining guide.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Loveland is only 45 minutes from Denver and 35 to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. With no minimum stays and affordable rates, Loveland’s lodging properties are the perfect choice to stay here and play everywhere. Make one of your stops the National Park for great hiking, lakes, or a drive up Trail Ridge Road. Reservations are required between 6 AM and 5 PM, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Don’t forget to check out nearby cities such as Fort Collins, Longmont, Greeley and Boulder for quick day trips from Loveland!
No matter what you decide to do in Loveland, whether it’s a one-day getaway or a longer stay, make Loveland your basecamp and social distancing will be more fun than you could have imagined!