Are you debating on what you should do when visiting Colorado? Are you heading to Colorado to ski this winter? If so, here are a couple of stops you should take along the way. Lucky for you, there is so much for you to do and see while you are there. Why not add a few more days to your trip, so you can have the full Colorado experience!
A mandatory mask requirement for Colorado first went into effect in July 2020 and recently was amended in Executive Order D 2021 079 on April 3, 2021. The order requires people in Colorado who are 11 years and older to wear a mask over their noses and mouths when entering or within the public and private settings.
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We are from Texas, so I had to get a 4X4 because I’m not familiar with driving in the snow. This Jeep saved me from countless headaches! I could have easily been stuck, several times, in the snow for hours if it wasn’t for this Jeep. Somehow, I kept parking in spots that were impossible to get out of due to the snow. It was by far my best decision that I made during my Colorado vacation.
Gaylord Rookies Resort
Masks are required for age 2 and under.
If you are flying into Denver International Airport. Keep in mind, the elevation is 9k to 12k feet. If you are not used to higher elevations, I suggest you spend one night in Denver to get acclimated to the altitude. My oldest daughter gets altitude sickness every time she goes up into the mountains. Altitude sickness can last up to several days, if you go straight to the mountain, without slowly adjusting to the altitude. I cannot express enough to you, how important it is to spend one night in Denver, before heading up into the mountains.
We stayed at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in Denver. During the winter months, the prices are reasonable. It’s a great spot to hang out after a long flight and great way to adjust to the altitude. There is so much for the kids to do at this resort. You can relax while they run around like wild children. Keep in mind, there is a $30 a day parking fee.
The indoor swimming pool currently is at limited compacity, therefore swim times must be reserved in advance. There are two indoor slides, along with a massive indoor swimming pool. Also, there is a large outdoor swimming pool and hot tub where you can enjoy the stunning views of the snowy mountains. Reservations are not required for the outdoor swimming pool. I think my daughter likes the indoor heated pool. Hehe
If the kids are not in a mood to swim, there are a ton of activities that will keep them busy. You should never hear the words “I’m bored.”
While you are there, eat at the Vista Montagne restaurant, located inside the Gaylord. This Italian restaurant is on the pricey side, but much to our surprise, it was amazing. I can’t believe I’m going to say this about hotel food, but it was 100% worth it. The Caesar salad was one of the best I’ve ever had. My husband’s chicken parmesan was delicious as well.
Look out for the Denver Ground Hogs!
Our favorite part about driving around in Denver is watching the adorable ground hogs playing on the side of the road. They are everywhere! We loved watching them fight and wrestle while we were at stop lights.
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Beau Jo’s in Idaho Springs
When you are heading up into the mountain, stop at my favorite spot Beau Jo’s in Idaho Springs. This pizza restaurant uses honey instead of sugar in their dough. Most importantly they want you to dip your crust in their honey. Yum so good! I grew up eating this pizza and I was so excited to introduce my kids to it. Yummy!
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