A Perfect Summer Day in Canon City

So, you have a free day and are looking for a fun, unique way to spend it while staying close to home and making lots of great family memories.  A perfect summer day in Canon City is one filled with breathtaking views, amazing adventures, beautiful music, and sweet treats.  Check out these five ways to enjoy a perfect summer day while visiting.
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1. Skyline Drive
      Taking a drive along Skyline drive is the perfect way to start your summer day.  You can watch the sun rise over the beautiful mountains surrounding Canon City.  This three mile drive is a narrow, one lane drive along the edge of the city bluffs.  There are spectacular views and a few narrow turns to get your blood pumping in the morning.  It's worth the time to start your day off right, as the mountain views are worthy of the short drive south of town.

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2. Royal Gorge Railroad
      Now that you're awake and ready for the day's adventure, take a trip on the Royal Gorge Railroad.  The railroad is a three hour ride through the Royal Gorge canyon.  You will enjoy beautiful mountain scenery, wildlife in their natural habitat, and views from under one of the ten tallest suspension bridges in the world.  You can watch all the adventure from their open air car so it will give you an up close and personal experience, or you can have a delicious breakfast while enjoying the scenery from the vista dome.

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3. River Rafting
     After you've ridden the train up the river, it's time to get wet and enjoy the ride from the other side.  Rafting down the Arkansas River is a great way to spend a hot summer afternoon.  There are thrills, and chills, and even a few spills to keep you excited and having fun throughout the day.  Canon City has several different companies with lots of great deals so you can take the whole family for a great day of rafting and memory making.

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4. Entertainment in the Park
     After spending a day on the river, you're ready for a relaxing evening sitting on the lawn and listening to some great music.  Fortunately, we've got you covered.  Every Tuesday summer evening, great musicians entertain Veteran's Park visitors with a free musical concert.   Pull up your lawn chair, visit some of the food vendors, and then relax and enjoy some oldies, some country, or some blue grass music depending upon the night.  You'll be glad to mingle with new and old friends under the stars.

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5. The Cup and Cone Ice Cream Parlor
     What's a summer evening without a visit to an old fashioned ice cream parlor? After all, summer wouldn't be complete without a tall triple-decker ice cream cone, a big banana split with your favorite flavors, or some out of this world frozen ice cream dots.  The Cup and Cone Ice Cream Parlor is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy reminiscing about the great summer memories that you made while visiting Canon City, Colorado.