Let's Hit The Road!
At McDonald Mazda, we think driving should be more than just a chore -- it should be an experience -- and that how you get to your destination is just as important as where you're going. With that said, we want to pass along a few summer road trip destinations in Colorado we feel are best enjoyed from the driver's seat of a new Mazda.
1. Steamboat Springs - 2 hrs 58 min from Denver
Driving from Denver to Steamboat, regardless of your route, has got to be one of the prettiest drives in Colorado. Once you're there, there's no shortage of breathtaking hikes nearby. We'd recommend the CX-5 as it's roomy enough to bring a friend or two, their gear, and get you to the trailhead with ease.
2. Telluride - 6 hrs 11 min from Denver
They call Telluride 'Switzerland of the Rockies', and rightfully so. Telluride, once Colorado's best-kept secret, attracts people from all around the world for its world-class skiing, scenery, and yearly festivals. It also requires that you take windy mountain roads to get there. From Denver, it's a 6+ hr drive meaning the turbocharged CX-9 Grand Touring would be the perfect road-tripper for this drive.
3. Grand Lake via Trail Ridge Road - 2 hrs 58 min from Denver
There's a reason Rocky Mountain National Park attracts more than 3 million visitors per year. Trail Ridge Road, which meanders its way through the park up to a height of 12,095 feet, is the highest paved 'through' road in Colorado. Why not tackle this road and take in views from the athletic, open-air Mazda MX-5 or the spacious yet sporty Mazda6? *Trail Ridge Road requires entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park (fee).
4. Skyline Drive in Cañon City - 2 hrs 30 min from Denver
If life takes you to Cañon City make sure you drive the Skyline Drive. Located just outside of town, Skyline Drive is a narrow, paved, one-way road that lets you drive on the ridgeback of a small mountain granting you a unique vantage point on the surrounding area. Since it's so narrow the compact Mazda3 would be our vehicle of choice for this one!
5. The Great Sand Dunes - 4 hr 1 min from Denver (via Highway 285)
The Great Sand Dunes are the tallest sand dunes in North America and a Colorado must-see. To get there, we recommend cruising down Highway 285 that way you get an epic glimpse of the collegiate peaks -- three 14ers right in a row! As a perfect all-around adventure vehicle, we recommend the efficient Mazda CX-3!
At McDonald Mazda South, you'll find the best deals on new and pre-owned Mazda vehicles in Colorado! Not to mention a plethora of Mazda accessories, world class customer service, and an OEM Certified Mazda auto repair shop. Make a trip from Denver, Lakewood, Highlands Ranch or Centennial today and see for yourself.
Our mission at McDonald Mazda South is to provide customers with the best car buying experience at the best possible price. This has helped make McDonald Mazda South one of Colorado's most valued Mazda dealers! At our greater Denver Mazda dealership, we're committed to customer service and satisfaction. Regardless of where you are in the car buying process, our automotive experts are here to help. Learn more about the new 2018 - 2019 models at McDonald Mazda by stopping by our dealership at 6100 S Broadway.