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[Travel] Denver + Colorado

19 years ago, little me was in Denver, CO with my family but little me also didn’t remember much from that family trip. So one day a few weeks ago, a conversation with my mom went a little something like this…

Mom: Do you remember anything from our Colorado trip?

Me: Nope

Mom: Want to go back, then?

Me: Um, absolutely.

Mom: Okay, let’s go at the end of March

And just like that, our airfare was bought and our hotel reserved. It was an amazing week, with 6-full days packed with adventures. My family’s motto when it comes to vacations is not to sleep in, take our time and chill, but instead we book up our days with things to see, do, and eat! We set the alarms and are out seeing local sites by 9am usually.

Day 1: We landed!

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Day 2: Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo near Colorado Springs

Gorgeous red rocks stacked high in these ‘gardens‘, relatively easy hikes, and the coolest spaced-out zoo up on a mountain

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Day 3: Rocky Mountain National Park & Estes Park

SNOW! Only 1/3 of the Park was open because snow is still covering the roadways in the higher areas, but nonetheless it was amazing. Estes Park is gorgeous, with nice shops and cafes to take a break at.

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Day 4: Pike’s Peak & Manitou Springs

We did the Cog Railway tour ($40/person) up the mountain and back. The whole trip took about 3 hrs with about 45min up at the Peak. Then a little shopping and eating in Manitou Springs to finish off our day!

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Day 5: Downtown Denver

Botanic Gardens + Glazed & Confuzed Doughnuts + 16th Street Mall shopping in downtown Denver.

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Day 6: Downtown Denver

Molly Brown House tour, state Capitol, Denver Art Museum (specifically, the Star Wars costume exhibit), and Jelly Cafe for lunch! Walking, viewing, listening, and eating, which also means a super successful and fun day!

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Day 7: Downtown Denver

Denver Museum of Nature and Science + Union Station

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Day 8: Home again 😦

A morning tour at Hammond’s Candy Factory, lunch at HopDoddy Burger Bar (the best Green Chile Queso Fries ever) and then off to the airport

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Where We Stayed: Residence Inn by Marriott Denver City Center (I’d give it 5 stars! Perfect location and a less than 5 minutes walk from the 16th Street Mall; great service, clean hotel rooms, and all-around two thumbs up!)

Mobility: Rented a car for 4 days, walked and used Uber for downtown sites

Have any questions about what we saw or did? Need food suggestions? Have any comments or things to add to my list that you found really great in Denver? Comment below or email me! I’d love to hear about anything regarding Denver or Colorado ❤

 

Original post on my website found here.

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