Visiting Sterling or Logan County? It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a day or a weekend or more, we’ve compiled some of our best treasurers for your enjoyment. Here are a variety of easy-to-follow itineraries for the explorers, the adventurers, the cultured crowd or the history lovers.
See why Logan County is the art and culture center for northeast Colorado. Known for its tree sculptures by renowned artist Bradford Rhea, Sterling also boasts the region’s largest display of bronze artwork in this corner of the state. Many talented artists have colored Logan County with striking murals in both Sterling and Merino, and new metal art creations are popping up in several parks and other public places. Meet artists and see, experience and purchase their art at the Sterling Creatives Artist Co-op.
Sample some of our unique sights and stops as a free-range tourist in a relaxed atmosphere. Great for family fun!
Day 1 - Explore some of the historical sites in downtown and residential Sterling, then stop for lunch in the restored Simkins Parlour. Spend the afternoon on a self-guided tour of the Bradford Rhea Tree Sculptures around town. Feast at the Hot Spot Smokehouse and then stop next door at the Parts and Labor Brewing Company for a craft beer made with locally grown wheat. It'll be lights out at the personable and cozy Crest Motel.
Day 2 - Start your day with breakfast with the locals at the J & L Cafe before a morning of golf (links at Riverview Golf Course, Northeastern 18 or F & H Golf or disc golf at Pioneer Park). Grab lunch at Baja Tacos, then explore the past at Overland Trail Museum. Dine at The Grill at River City, catch a movie at Fox 5 Theater and settle in for the night at Best Western Sundowner.
Day 3 - Wake up your senses at Brew Grit Coffee. Then head to Merino to view the storefront murals and maybe take a tour at Wisdom Rides Manufacturing (please arrange in advance). Enjoy lunch at Willow's before leaving Merino. Spend your afternoon at North Sterling State Park for hiking, fishing or eagle viewing. Return to Sterling for a casual dinner at Hootenannies Pub, then enjoy a nature stroll at the Overland Trail Recreation Area. Retire for the night at Holiday Inn Express as the sun sets.
Logan County’s first country schools were made of sod in the late 1800s. Take a driving tour to see where eight of these early institutions were located. Some are still standing; all are marked by monuments. <Click here for a brochure.>
Are you an adrenaline junky or do you like to find peace with nature and relax? Either way – we’ve got you covered. Get outdoors and enjoy some of our 331 clear, sunny days.
Day 1 - Set an early tee time and play 9 or 18 holes of golf at Riverview Golf Course, Sky Ranch Golf Course, or F & H Golf Course. Lunch with the locals at the J & L Cafe then hit Pioneer Park for an afternoon of disc golf. Dinner awaits at Hootenannies, then relax and refresh at Parts & Labor Brewing Company and settle in for the night at the Crest Motel.
Day 2 - Start the day with coffee and a breakfast sandwich to-go from Hot Java Espresso. Head north out of Sterling and take a leisurely drive by the Peetz Wind Farm and enjoy the Chimney Canyon Scenic Drive. Stop for some of the best barbecue at the Peetz Hot Spot, then set out for North Sterling State Park for an afternoon of hiking, fishing or eagle viewing (boat rentals also available!). Have dinner at The Grill at River City in Sterling and make your way downtown from West Main Street where you'll see a variety of bronze sculptures along the way. A good night's rest awaits you at the Best Western Sundowner Motel.
Day 3 - Fill your belly with some home-cookin' for breakfast at the Cecilia's Kitchen before heading to the Logan County Shooting Sports Complex to try your skills. Spice up your lunch at El Jacal Mexican Grill, then enjoy the afternoon at the Tamarack Ranch State Wildlife Area. Dinner awaits you at Sam & Louie's Italian Pizzeria in Sterling's quaint downtown and then throw in a line as you watch the sunset at Overland Trail Recreation Area. Catch some zzzzs at the Holiday Inn Express next door.