COLORADO Road Trip
I have road tripped several times through this beautiful state and it always amazes me. My comprised list of ‘must do’s’ in one of the most beautiful states- Colorado!
Mesa Verde National Park, CO
outdoors
Mesa Verde National Park
Visiting Mesa Verde was on my list from childhood. I finally went decades later with my own child. Mesa Verde is an archeological site of cliff dwellings. You need to take a tour and be prepared to walk, trek and climb up ladders. An amazing experience!
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Estes Park, CO
destination • experience
The Stanley Hotel
Here’s Johnny! This is the place to stay in Estes Park! This stately hotel dates back over 100 years and is a comfortable place to rest after a day outdoors. A simple recommendation is to sit on the front porch with a cup of coffee in the morning!
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Silverton, CO
destination
Silverton
The best route to this high elevation western town is by the old steam train from Durango. This is an old Silver Mining town that looks like it is from a movie set. We spent the night here and made our way down by bus along the Million Dollar Highway. A great little town in the middle of nowhere!
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Durango, CO
experience
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum
This is one of the most picturesque train rides EVER! Starting in Durango, you make your way up on an old steam train hugging the Anamas River. The gauge is narrow so you are very close to the lush trees and mountains. The ending point is Silverton, another recommendation of mine!
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Divide, CO
experience
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
One of the best things to do in Colorado, especially if you love animals! This wildlife center has rescued wolves in captivity and gives educational tours on those wolves. Pay the extra money to sit in with a wolf and get sweet kisses from one. An incredible experience with these beautiful animals.
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Cripple Creek, CO
experience
Gold Mine Tours Inc .
Well this was fun! This gold mine tour brings you 100 stories down into the earth by taking a little lift. You throw on hard hats and walk through the tunnels created by the miners and learn how they worked and lived.
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Nederland, CO
restaurants
Kathmandu Restaurant
I have been to this restaurant a couple of times since I have family living close to Nederland. This is a great Nepalese restaurant tucked in the mountains. Great food and a bit unexpected for the location. It is not the easiest place to get to from Boulder but worth a visit if you are driving through the mountains.
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Boulder, CO
destination
Boulder
This University town has everything that you want in a town/ city. There are great trails, a fantastic culinary scene and great shopping. I have spent a lot of time here and there is always something great to do and see. A very fun atmosphere with beautiful Mountain View’s.
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Cañon City, CO
experience • outdoors
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Royal Gorge Bridge is a great place for all ages. You can walk across the bridge with beautiful views or take the furnicular down into the gorge.
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Mesa Verde National Park, CO
destination • lodging • outdoors • restaurants
Far View Lodge
If you are wanting the best Mesa Verde experience, stay at The Far View Lodge as it is the only accommodations inside the park. With that said, please book months in advance. The views from the room balconies are lovely, reason for the name...You can see quite far.
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Boulder, CO
destination • experience • outdoors
Sugarloaf Mountain Trail Head
One of the nicest trails and hikes outside of Boulder. The trek is not too strenuous and offers breathtaking Mountain views.
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Estes Park, CO
destination • experience • lodging • outdoors • restaurants
Estes Park
Estes Park is located by the Rocky National Park and should be visited along with your trip to the Rockies. The beauty is breathtaking and runs along the Big Thompson River.
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Colorado Springs, CO
destination • experience • outdoors
Garden of the Gods
So amazing! I was recommended this place by a friend and am recommending it to you. This really is the Garden of the Gods full of red rock formations. It is an easy trek through the red rocks and should not be missed! Great for everyone.
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CO, United States
destination • experience • lodging • outdoors
Rocky Mountain National Park
What a place! The Rocky Mountain National Park is breathtaking. Seriously it is, if you drive far enough you will reach the tundras where the air is so scarce nothing really grows. This is a great place for family vacations or nature enthusiasts. A lot to see here including wildlife, nature centers and incredible hikes.
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Silverton, CO
destination • experience • outdoors
Million Dollar Highway, Ride Across America
The drive or coach ride along this highway is incredible! We took the coach down from Silverton after we took the train up from Durango. One of the prettiest drives along the mountains of Colorado.
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Teec Nos Pos, AZ
destination • experience • outdoors • shopping
Four Corners Monument
Do you want to stand in four states at the same time? Four corners is where Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona meet. There is a flat monument where you can touch all four corners and take a great picture!
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Boulder, CO
experience
NCAR Mesa Laboratory
For weather nerds or those who are with weather nerds. Actually this center offers interesting free exhibits, a self guided tour and artwork by local artists. The building’s architecture is beautiful and was designed by I.M. Pei. Spending a couple hours here in great especially with family travel.
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Telluride, CO
destination • lodging • outdoors • restaurants • shopping
Telluride
What a charming Western town nestled in the mountains of Colorado. I suggest that you spend a night or two to get a feel for the town. Do a bit of shopping, hit the culinary scene and do some hiking. It is breathtaking!
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Morrison, CO
destination • experience • outdoors
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
If you can see a concert here, you will love the natural acoustics and the views. I actually flew out here just to see a concert by myself and fell in love with this venue. It is nestled within the red rocks and is an outdoor music experience with a great view of Denver.
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Denver, CO
bar • cafe • destination • experience • restaurants • shopping
Pearl Street
Yes, it is a bit touristy but Pearl Street is a great place to walk around and get a bite to eat. There are several restaurants and can make for a pleasant evening out for couples and families alike.
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