I’ve always wanted to travel. I think it’s the experience that is so alluring to me- learning new cultures, meeting new people, getting to see different environments. That’s why I always keep my eye on flights.
This year I was able to go to New York City, California, Gatlinburg, Florida, and Colorado. I made a past blog post about my trip to California and how my brother and I scored $30 round trip tickets and got to visit LA, Yosemite, Monterey, and San Francisco all within 4ish days, so go check that out!
BUT FIRST! My most recent trip, Colorado, was the most amazing experience and I want to share it with y’all so you might be able to experience it too.
We- my brother, cousin, uncle, and I- ended up getting $58 round trip tickets to Denver, CO. That is so rare. Usually, it costs about $250+ to get to Colorado so I knew this was a good deal.
We flew through Frontier Airlines. I am signed up for their daily emails and they are constantly sending deals, whether it’s a set amount price one way (such as $25 to California, or $32 to Arizona) or 90% off one way, they’re cheap tickets for exciting places! Disclaimer: I’ve only flown Frontier and I have nothing but good things to say about them. I’ve always had smooth and safe flights. I do not choose my seat for the flight because that costs extra, up to $30 extra sometimes. If you book tickets together, they are usually good about seating you together, even if you don’t choose/pay to do that. Also, you are allowed one free personal item, like a backpack or purse, so that could save you $60 all together for luggage by trying to fit everything in there. Ladies, I know that sounds hard but trust me, it’s possible. I went to Cali for 4.5 days with just a backpack! (I did end up getting luggage though since I needed layers for cold Colorado). Anyways, sign up for their emails!!
Now, this is how I like to go on vacation but you might be different than me. When I go somewhere, I want to experience and explore the city or town as much as possible. I hate sitting in one place for a long time. Beaches are beautiful but they only hold my interest for so long. I’d rather hike or go on an excursion. So, when we booked the trip, we knew that we would want to rent a car so that we could travel to as many places as possible.
Day 1 – Estes / Rocky Mountain National Park
We drove 2 hours North from where we landed and stayed in the Estes because we knew we wanted to drive through the Rocky mountains. It was beautiful and we even saw an elk! Usually this costs $25 to get into the National Park per car but we didn’t have to pay the day we went.
Day 2 – Breckenridge, CO
This place is apparently known for skiing. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to ski. Instead we snowmobiled! It was seriously the most fun I’ve ever had. We went through a mountain on a guided tour by Good Times Adventure and the view at the top was beautiful. This was the most expensive thing we did, $125, but it was well worth it. Breckenridge is also just a really cute town to walk around in as well.
Day 3 – Colorado Springs – Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods
This was by far my favorite scenery we witnessed while in Colorado. Pikes Peak is one of the highest mountains, at 14,115ft. and driving up there takes your breath away.. and not just because of the view! It’s hard to breathe up there since it is so high up and elevated but the ride is scenic and pretty. Pictures don’t do it justice.
Colorado Springs is a MUST SEE. It almost looks like the rocks are professional architects. (lol what am I saying?) Balanced Rock is in Garden of the Gods too, and it is so cool to see and grab a picture. Oh, and if you’re in Colorado Springs, eat at Mountain Shadows Restaurant- it’s a cute place where locals eat but they’re known for their gigantic cinnamon rolls and Guy Fieri (I just had to google that because I always spell it Ferrari LOL) went there so that’s cool too!
Day 4 – Boulder Mountain Park and Denver
We saw Red Rocks Amphitheater, went to Boulder Mountain Park- which is just another scenic view of the mountains, and then headed into Denver. Downtown Denver is cool to walk around and reminds me of any other city. There are lots of shops and restaurants so you can keep busy by going there. There’s probably way more to do in Denver but it was our last night so we wanted to chill out.
Each night we stayed in an Airbnb – we figured this was the cheapest and cleanest route for us since we would be moving from place to place each night.
Overall, I loved every minute of it and would do it again. I definitely recommend Colorado Springs and snowmobiling- those were the highlights of the trip to me.
Hope you all enjoyed reading this and it helped you with your future travel endeavors!