Colorado Travel Guide

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Last weekend, we took a long weekend trip to Colorado!  Bryan & I both have lofty travel goals! I want to visit all 50 states (this was my 38th) and Bryan wants to visit all 30 MLB stadiums (this was his 15th).  Since we have companion pass this year (thanks southwest!) and a ton of Marriott points, we decided this was the perfect time to go. If you are a planner like me, you want to make sure you are hitting all of the best spots and making the most out of your time in a new place without totally exhausting yourself!  We visited four main areas in Colorado: Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, & Fort Collins.  I am rounding up our favorite places we went, ate & drank below.  Locations are next to the spots!

stay

The Crawford Hotel: This hotel is in the heart of Denver and unfortunately was NOT covered by Marriott points so we did not stay here…but we did go into this hotel because it is connected to Union Station and let me just tell you that it was gorgeous.  Check out the photos below!

If you are trying to stay on Marriott points, check out these below:  Both options were clean & affordable and the TownePlace Suites in Denver had a free breakfast- cha ching!

TownePlace Suites Denver

Courtyard Fort Collins

We were in Colorado for three nights.  We stayed in Fort Collins one night and in Denver two nights so we could cut down travel time between areas and maximize our time. *Travel tip- definitely rent a car! There are so many great day trips you can do and so many cute cities and areas to see!

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eat

Zeal- Food for Enthusiasts – Boulder – Oh my goodness this place was amazing! Not only is it in a great spot on the cutest street in Boulder, the food is wonderful.  It is fresh, organic and so yummy.  Because we spent so much time hiking in Boulder, it felt great to fuel our bodies with some healthy food and some home made kombucha.

Comida at The Source – Denver – I don’t know about y’all but I LOVE food truck food. It just seems to taste better, so the best part of Comida is that it originated from a food truck and now has sit-down restaurants as well.  We went to the Denver location of Comida which is in a building called The Source. It’s a big, open warehouse with vendors, a bar, marketplace, and other dining options.  The atmosphere was open, friendly, and edgy. Not to mention, I highly recommend the nachos! YUM

Ola Juice Bar- Colorado Springs- Another great spot for Acai bowls, juices, smoothies, and kombucha! Yum!

Coopersmith Brewery– Fort Collins- Great beer & pub food! This is located in old town fort collins- the downtown area ever!

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drink

Odell Brewing Company– Fort Collins – Who doesn’t want to drink microbrews in Colorado? Watch out for the altitude though- these high percentage beers will hit you fast.  Odell was the first place we went when we arrived in Colorado (straight to the breweries! lol).  I wish we would have had time to visit more but our flight was delayed coming in so we got a late start. I am definitely happy with our choice though because Odell not only had a great selection of beer, it also had a beautiful outdoor patio.

Viewhouse – Denver-  Colorado definitely has an obsession with string lights and rooftop bars.  This works out really well for me because I also have this same obsession.  We were headed to the Rockies game and wanted to grab a drink and Viewhouse caught our eye.  Although there were corn hole boards and tailgate games galore on the lower level, we went straight to the rooftop.  The fact that you could see the stadium added to the atmosphere.

Tom’s Urban -Denver Larimer Square – Larmier Square is a charming area of restaurants and bars in downtown Denver.  We stopped there for happy hour and had a great time at Tom’s Urban.  We ordered brussel sprouts, chicken pot stickers, and a few craft brews and enjoyed the gorgeous weather. I would recommend this place for great happy hour specials and atmosphere!

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do

Chautauqua Park- Boulder  – Of course you can’t go to Colorado without seeing the great outdoors & doing some hiking.  This park in Boulder is seriously so stunning and has tons of trails with a nice range of difficulty level.

Garden of the Gods- Colorado Springs – Another gorgeous hiking spot and I think this was my favorite experience by far! The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. My advice- get there early. Parking is extremely limited at each pull off spot and trust me, you are going to want to stop at every one!

Red Rocks Amphitheatre –  This concert venue is absolutely incredible! I wish we could have seen a show there and would definitely recommend trying to plan your trip around that.  However, it is still a great sight to see.  We went on a Saturday morning and it was absolutely packed with people working out on the steps.  We decided we would join in and whoa…I thought I was in pretty good shape until people were doing burpee lunges past me on the steps lol.  It’s definitely an experience!

Rockies Game -Denver-  Baseball was one of the main reasons we took this trip and the stadium did not disappoint.  Make sure you check out “The Rooftop” a bar area at the top of the stadium!

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We had such a great time on our long weekend getaway! Let me know in the comments if I missed any of your favorite spots!

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo,

Carly

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