Loveland Things to Do
The Benson Sculpture Garden is located in a Loveland linear park. This is a wonderful respite from the highway and a good place for a picnic lunch. Note, I could not find any restrooms in the park. If you are a photographer, you will find many creative opportunities if you get down low and use your wide angle.more
The 115-year-old building is one of the most historic buildings in Loveland. It is one of the few remaining reminders of Loveland’s agricultural roots and is listed on the local register of historic places. National recognition is underway. There is a very active effort, by Novo Restoration, Inc., underway to save this building and restore it to...more
For some reason a number of artists who specialize in bronze sculptures live in or near Loveland, Colorado. For example the Lundeen family is one of the most prominent families of sculptors in Bronze that there is in the United States. Watch for their work. Along some of the streets and in some of the parks you will see many of these works of...more
4705 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland, Colorado, 80538, United States
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My recent three day stay at the Hampton Inn in Loveland was a nightmare, mostly due to the...more
Runza's serve a sandwich that is descended from eastern European immigrants who settled in Nebraska. You can find Runza restaurants all over Nebraska, but this is the only one in Colorado (unless they've built another one since I posted this.).Give them a try, they have a high level of quality in their food products. I KNOW that my favorite would...more
First of all, we do not generally eat at truck stops. But Johnson's Corner is a kind of legendary place in Colorado. Way, way way back in the 1950's and '60's I remember stopping there for their awesome cinnamon rolls while traveling from Ft. Collins to Denver. Recently the Food Network ranked the top five truck stop meals in America, and guess who...more
MANY SHOPS; MACY'S, DICK'S SPORTING GOODS, MAKE-A-BEAR, CHAPUNGU SCULPTURE GALLERY, AND SO ON.
NOTE: In our photos there are not many cars or people, but that is because most stores open at ten a.m. and we took these photos about 9:30 in the morning.
On March 7, 2007, Centerra made the announcement that a $300 million expansion was planned. This expansion was to include a variety of retail shopping opportunities for the public.
What to buy: WHATEVER YOU WANT, INCLUDING ORIGINAL SCULPTURES.
What to pay: SLIGHTLY UPSCALE, BUT REASONABLERelated to:
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Loveland Warnings and Dangers
While in the Loveland area, especially when visiting the mountains, make sure to drink plenty of water, even if you aren't doing anything physically exerting. Your body needs more water at this elevation and you may get altitude sickness. This may just give you a headache or may give you serious trouble breathing.more
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Loveland Off The Beaten Path
You might think Loveland ends where the mountains begin but it actually extends up the Big Thompson Canyon a ways. If you're going UP the canyon (Hwy 34), the Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park is on the right about 4 miles past the entrance to the canyon. This is a nice place to grill and stick your feet in the icy river after a hike. Across the road (left side), right before a large curve to the right, is the turn-off for the hiking trail (most of which is in a National Forest).
Park your car at the base where there is a bathroom and warnings of rattlesnakes. There are actually 2 trails you can do. The really short and easy trail forks to the right. I'm not sure how long but probably less than 2 miles round trip. It ends at a shelter overlooking HWY 34. It's a good view of the canyon road but not much else unless it's the right time of day and the mountain goats or big horn sheep are climbing up the opposite slope!
The long, almost 10 mile round trip hike forks to the left. Once it starts heading up the mountain, there is rarely a break. This is not an easy hike! Besides heading straight up there are a lot of smaller rocks that make it harder to climb. There are a few awesome views. About half-way up is Pot Rock(?); you can't miss it. From here you can see Loveland and far out onto the plains. Most of the first half of the hike is completely exposed to the sun; the last part has more pines trees. You'll also be able to see views of Carter Lake and Pinewood Reservoir on this hike. The end/summit is anti-climactic (no view because of the trees) but you do get to sign the registration book and add a stone to the stone mountain. This trail is good exercise but also frustrating. I don't feel the need to do it again but others might enjoy it more!
Make sure you allow yourself enough time to get back down. Most of the trail gets dark really early. Also watch out for mountain lions. We got stalked by one!Related to:
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