My family planned our regular every-other-year ski trip, but this time I decided I had been to Colorado too many times to have seen so little of it. I brought a friend with me and the two of us spent the week traveling from the house we were staying at in Silverthorne to a few places we had on our to-do list.
Georgetown was about 20 minutes from where we were staying, and I fell completely in love with it. The railroad was very beautiful and very neat, but it was Georgetown itself that really blew me away. We stopped there for gas on our first day and ended up at this amazing consignment/coffee shop. The owner was the kindest person I have ever met. He knows the story behind everything he sells and has amazing deals on the stuff. If you're ever in or around Georgetown, stop at Mad Mikes and order a dirty chai, you won't be disappointed.
As a insane music geek, seeing the Red Rocks with my own eyes was a dream come true. I got to go on stage and stand where so many of my hero's have stood. There are also super cool walking trails all around, and an amazing view of Denver and the valley. I was speechless at the size of the place. It was everything and more that I imagined.
Garden of The Gods was one of those places I had seen all the time on social media, so I had wanted to see it for myself for a long time, and let me tell you, instagram does not do this place any justice. We did not go here until the last day of our trip, and we almost talked ourselves out of it because we did not want to be in the car anymore, but we finally said "lets just go" and we went. When we got there we knew we had made the right decision, because this is in all honesty one of the most beautiful places on the planet. We spent the day climbing all over the rocks, sneaking into the restricted areas, looking at Pikes Peak, and saying "we're being a g at g of the g". It was such an amazing day.
Even though the sand dunes were more than 3 hours away from where we were staying, we decided not to let that stop us from crossing it off our bucket list. We left early that morning and the drive turned out to be the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced. We went over mountains, through valleys, until we reached the desert. When we got there we were so blown away by how amazing the dunes were. The drive was one thousand percent worth it. I really recommend driving across Colorado at least once in your life, and visiting the sand dunes is definitely a must.
As someone who loves to travel, but rarely gets to, this week was a dream come true. I finally got to see so many places that were on my bucket list, and my love for exploring new places grew immensely. I sincerely hope that everyone takes Colorado into consideration when they're planning their next trip.