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“Great view of Denver in the distance and the plains” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway

Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway
18300 W Alameda Parkway, PO Box 356, Golden, CO
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Ranked #10 of 26 Attractions in Golden
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
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Denver, Colorado
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71 attraction reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
“Great view of Denver in the distance and the plains”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Driving up the road can be daunting if you have not navigated mountain roads with lots of switchbacks. Be careful of the bikers and runners that use this road. Share it with them. Enjoy the view from the top rather than while driving. View is excellent of Golden, Denver in the distance and the plains. At the top is Buffalo Bill's grave and his wife (William F. Cody). There is a small museum dedicated to him and a small restaurant and gift shop. Worth a visit.

Visited February 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 attraction reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Don't forget the camera”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

I really recommend that you download the map @ http://www.lariatloop.org/maps-video/ or pick one up from a tourist information and plan your tour and decide what you want to see if you follow the map. If you just want to drive and enjoy the different changes in scenery with occasional stops to enjoy the views or small towns, you can probably drive the entire 40 mile loop in 2-3 hours. With so many interesting attractions and points of interest on the route, you should plan it as a day trip and that will not even give you enough time to stop at every attraction along the way so research and plan on what you really want to see or decide what to come back to another time.

We started the loop going south first and then around, but can be driven in either direction. We had not plan on going to Mt. Evans (read other reviews in tripadvisor), but saw the turn-off for it enroute and since we were “in the area” decided to take a little detour and was well worth the trip. However, it took almost 2 hours round trip back to the loop route map which cut into making it in time to do a stop at the Coors Brewery in Goldin, CO (http://www.millercoors.com/golden-brewery-tour.aspx).

You will be driving in mountain areas and want to plan to do your drive when you have the most daylight as most of the loop consists of a 2-lane road and switchbacks that require attentive driving until you get back to the interstate. Having a car or phone GPS with you is also handy.

Visited September 2013
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Alabama
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“scenic views, lots of historic places”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My trip was for the scenic views so I did not stop at all the historic locations. Would be interesting for a history buff. Lots of beautiful views of mountains and valleys.

Visited October 2013
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Houston, Texas
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13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Great drive for a half a day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Take the Loop to go up to and see Lookout Mountain Rd., Buffalo Bill Museum and many additional site.
When you get to Southern end of loop you will go thru town of Morrison. There is a small museum called the Morrison Museum - an absolute must to visit.
Town itself had many restaurants and a great place to end the loop drive if you start in the AM at Lookout Mtn Road.

Visited September 2013
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Folsom, Louisiana
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“vacation 2013”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I read this in many vacation guides and was also told by people at the Welcome Center that this was a good scenic ride......Well in FACT it is NOT! The roads are not marked, there are no signs, the ones they do have are so small if you blink you miss them. We road around for an hour lost only to happen upon and roadway called "Clear Creek Canyon". Thats worth every minute. Its absolutely gorgeous views and lots of scenery!
Stay clear of the Lariat Loop and head on over to Clear Creek Canyon instead, you won't be dissatisfied!!

Visited September 2013
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