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Old 05-14-2019, 12:23 PM   #1
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Trip to Colorado: Suggestions & Recommendations

Hey guys,

We're in the preliminary stages of planning a vacation to Colorado with another couple. This is definitely a next year thing so we have plenty of time to save, plan, book, etc.

Unfortunately, I have no idea about Colorado other than it looks absolutely beautiful and has plenty to do outdoors. When is the best time to go? Where to stay? What visit and see? Where to eat and drink? Etc.

Can any fellow OSers offer up some suggestions?
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Old 05-14-2019, 01:02 PM   #2
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Re: Trip to Colorado: Suggestions & Recommendations

Are you flying into Denver or driving to the state?

I visit my grandparents in Colorado at least once a year and lived in Colorado Springs for about five years so I can help a bit.



First suggestion for you though (still on my bucket list) is to find a way to stay at least a night at The Stanley.
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We would definitely fly in. That is the one thing I do know for sure.
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Depends greatly on what part of the state you'll be in. There's a lot of cool stuff in the state, but a lot of nothing in areas too

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I think we would most likely stay around Boulder/Denver, but I was recommended Breckenridge for something a little bit more calm especially if we want to do a ski trip.
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Are you flying into Denver or driving to the state?

I visit my grandparents in Colorado at least once a year and lived in Colorado Springs for about five years so I can help a bit.



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I think we would most likely stay around Boulder/Denver, but I was recommended Breckenridge for something a little bit more calm especially if we want to do a ski trip.
Breck is pretty awesome. Keystone is similar and might be a bit cheaper, Breck can get expensive.

If you do during the Summer, Lake Dillon is close by and is good for water sports stuff (though the water will be freezing even in the summer).

In the Denver area, there's so much to do, you'll have to be a little specific with what you're looking for. Rockies games are always a good time, Coors is one of my favorite stadiums to watch a game. There are microbreweries everywhere downtown, great food spots, comedy clubs, good bars (sports and more nightclub style). Lots of things to do outdoors just an hour or so drive away.

I'm not as familiar with the Boulder area
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Obviously hiking is a thing to do in Colorado. Driving over the mountains--the locals call them the 14'ers. Surviving the pop-up downpours and mid-afternoon summer thunderstorms. Microbreweries. Live music at night out on the patio on extremely starry nights. All good things.

Seems like there's some helpful locals that know the Denver/Boulder area pretty well. I've been to both Boulder and Denver before but don't know it well enough to suggest anything the locals don't already know. I would second taking in a game at Coors Field though.

I actually spent a week out in the southwestern part of the state back in August of 2005 and the Cortez/Durango/Telluride area is pretty good for hiking, camping, drinking, and sightseeing (Mesa Verde and the 4-corners region are both pretty cool). I drove 7 hours from one corner of the state to the opposite corner and one thing I remember really vividly was it being like 50 degrees and rainy and then descending down into Pueblo where it was like 95 degrees and sunny. Some pretty interesting terrain/climate for those of us from flatter parts of the country.

Some parts of the state seem kinda hipster-ish, but no state is perfect. lol
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