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Location: Austin

Day 1 - 1 Apr 2019

Amarillo

Austin, Amarillo
Austin, Amarillo
Austin, Amarillo

Content: The drive from Austin, TX to Denver, CO is over 14 hours… It’s a long one! We wanted to make the most of our time, so we opted to leave Austin around 3 AM, that we’d get into Denver around 5 PM.

Location: Amarillo

Day 1 - 1 Apr 2019

Cadillac Ranch

Amarillo, Cadillac Ranch
Amarillo, Cadillac Ranch
Amarillo, Cadillac Ranch

Content: Along the way, we stopped at the infamous Cadillac Ranch. To be honest, I wasn’t impressed. There was trash and spray cans littered everywhere. If you need a stop to stretch your legs, then go for it, but I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to see it.

Location: Trinidad

Day 1 - 1 Apr 2019

Art Cartopia Museum

	Trinidad, Art Cartopia Museum
	Trinidad, Art Cartopia Museum
	Trinidad, Art Cartopia Museum
	Trinidad, Art Cartopia Museum

Content: This stop, however, I would totally recommend! I randomly found Art Cartopia Museum by looking at the route on Google, and it was such a fun/funky stop!

Location: Trinidad

Day 1 - 1 Apr 2019

Denver

Trinidad,  Denver
Trinidad,  Denver
Trinidad,  Denver

Content: We stayed in Arvada, a little outside of Denver to visit our friends that live in the area. Denver is an awesome place with so much to do, I recommend staying the night and checking out a cool place for dinner.

Location: Denver

Day 2 - 2 Apr 2019

Estes Park

Denver, Estes Park
Denver, Estes Park
Denver, Estes Park

Content: Make the 1.5-hour drive from Denver to Estes Park. It’s a beautiful drive through the mountains, and Estes Park is gorgeous to see coming down!

Location: Estes Park

Day 2 - 2 Apr 2019

The Estes Park Resort

	Estes Park, The Estes Park Resort
	Estes Park, The Estes Park Resort
	Estes Park, The Estes Park Resort

Content: We stayed in The Estes Park Resort. It was fairly nice and looked better than most of the accommodations available in Estes Park.

Estes Park Main Street

	Estes Park, Estes Park Main Street

Content: Estes Park, like many small towns in Colorado, has a cute, quaint downtown area. Stroll along the streets and check out the different shops, restaurants, and bars! It also has a stream/river that flows through the downtown.

The Grubsteak

	Estes Park, The Grubsteak
	Estes Park, The Grubsteak
	Estes Park, The Grubsteak

Content: We had dinner at The Grubsteak. It was pretty good, but there are tons of great restaurants in Estes Park to check out too.

Location: Estes Park

Day 3 - 3 Apr 2019

Rocky Mountain National Park

	Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park
	Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park
	Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park

Content: Wake up bright and early and head into Rocky Mountain National Park! I HIGHLY recommend you do that far in advance, the early slots sell out quickly!

Location: Estes Park

Day 3 - 3 Apr 2019

Bear Lake Trail Head

Estes Park, Bear Lake Trail Head
Estes Park, Bear Lake Trail Head
Estes Park, Bear Lake Trail Head
Estes Park, Bear Lake Trail Head

Content: Once in the park, we headed to Bear Lake Trailhead to do the hike to Dream + Emerald Lake.

Hiking to Dream Lake + Emerald Lake

Estes Park, Hiking to Dream Lake + Emerald Lake
Estes Park, Hiking to Dream Lake + Emerald Lake
Estes Park, Hiking to Dream Lake + Emerald Lake

Content: This hike was incredibly beautiful and I highly recommend it! It was fairly easy, but there were some parts that definitely had me huffing and puffing. And I was SUPER sore the next day. But overall, it was so worth it.

Bird & Jim

Estes Park, Bird & Jim
Estes Park, Bird & Jim
Estes Park, Bird & Jim

Content: After the hike, we were pretty tired and opted to go back into Estes Park for lunch. Absolutely loved the pheasant chowder. Fantastic atmosphere and everyone was very mask conscious. Delicious food, delightful drinks, and great service.

Location: Estes Park

Day 4 - 4 Apr 2019

Trail Ridge Road

Estes Park, Trail Ridge Road
Estes Park, Trail Ridge Road
Estes Park, Trail Ridge Road

Content: The Trail Ridge Road is 48 miles long, with 11 miles of it above the treeline (elevation over 11,000 ft)! It is incredible to see the change in scenery as you rise in elevation so quickly. Luckily there are tons of places for you to pull off, enjoy the view, and snap some pics.

Location: Trail Ridge Road

Day 4 - 4 Apr 2019

Grand Lake Lodge

Trail Ridge Road, Grand Lake Lodge
Trail Ridge Road, Grand Lake Lodge
Trail Ridge Road, Grand Lake Lodge
Trail Ridge Road, Grand Lake Lodge

Content: After Trail Ridge Road, arrive in Grand Lake, CO! We opted to stay the night here at the Grand Lake Lodge and I highly recommend it. The room itself is nothing to write home about, but the views here are incredible. The lodge sits on top of a hill overlooking Grand Lake below. It’s so beautiful!

Location: Grand Lake

Day 4 - 4 Apr 2019

Huntington Tavern

Grand Lake, Huntington Tavern

Content: Have dinner at Huntington House Tavern at Grand Lake Lodge, and be sure to book seating on “the porch” — just look at that view for dinner!! After dinner, grab a drink at the bar and head out to the Deer Deck to watch the sunset over Grand Lake.

Location: Grand Lake

Day 5 - 5 Apr 2019

Blue Water Bakery

Grand Lake,  Blue Water Bakery
Grand Lake,  Blue Water Bakery

Content: After grabbing a coffee and pastry, walk down to the lake to enjoy your breakfast. There are plenty of benches you can sit on and enjoy the lake views.

Vail

Grand Lake, Vail
Grand Lake, Vail
Grand Lake, Vail
Grand Lake, Vail

Content: Then it’s off to Vail, CO! We opted to take a little longer route through Winter Park, CO The drive again was just incredible. SO many switchbacks through the mountains with views for miles!

Location: Vail

Day 5 - 5 Apr 2019

Four Seasons

	Vail,  Four Seasons
	Vail,  Four Seasons
	Vail,  Four Seasons
	Vail,  Four Seasons

Content: The Four Seasons was gracious enough to host us for two nights. We were able to check right in and get settled in our gorgeous Mountain Premier Room. After a welcome drink, freshen up and head into Vail Village.

Vail Village

	Vail, Vail Village
	Vail, Vail Village
	Vail, Vail Village

Content: Head into Vail Village and see just how cute and quaint it is! It reminds me of a European town and I loved it! There are tons of shops, galleries, and restaurants to explore.

Sweet Basil

	Vail,  Sweet Basil
	Vail,  Sweet Basil

Content: We had dinner at Sweet Basil the first night and it was wonderful! It, like most of the restaurants in Vail, are very popular, so I highly recommend making a reservation no matter where you go!

Location: Vail

Day 6 - 6 Apr 2019

Vail Stables

	Vail,  Vail Stables
	Vail,  Vail Stables
	Vail,  Vail Stables

Content: We did the 1.5-hour Bear Hollow Trail ride and it was plenty. If you’re not used to riding (like myself), 2 hours would probably be too much. I was sore for days after. Vail Stables Horseback Riding. The trail takes you through Aspen lined trails up the mountain. The forest is so beautiful and peaceful. On the way down, you get incredibly scenic views of Gore Range, Vail Ski Slopes, and Beaver Creek!

Four Seasons

	Vail,  Four Seasons
	Vail,  Four Seasons

Content: After a trail ride, refuel with some lunch. We opted for the Four Seasons because it was easy and we were leaving from here for our next activity, but there are tons of lunch spots in Vail Village to check out!

Piney Lake

	Vail, Piney Lake
	Vail, Piney Lake
	Vail, Piney Lake

Content: One of the perks of staying at the Four Seasons Vail is guests get to use their Mercedes-Benz G Wagon! Driving out to Piney Lake was highly recommend to us, but you have to drive on really rough (basically off-roading roads) so we took the G Wagon! To get out to Piney Lake, you take to drive on almost 9 miles of rough, rocky, roads (it doesn’t look like it, but trust me). It takes about 40 minutes to get out there. I was very thankful to have a vehicle that could handle the rough road.

Mountain Standard

	Vail, Mountain Standard

Content: Killer craft cocktails that tee up a carefully thought out compact menu. The attention to detail is top shelf and the creative twists make a typical dish like trout standout when compared to similar establishments. Even the onion rings were fabulous...with the perfect amount of crunch and crisp, and thankfully they have blue cheese stuffed olives to round out the martini when enjoying them with oysters on the half. Can’t wait to get back...

Location: Vail

Day 7 - 7 Apr 2019

Leadville, CO

	Vail, Leadville, CO
	Vail, Leadville, CO
	Vail, Leadville, CO

Content: We drove through Leadville, CO and it is such a cute little town! Had it been later in the day, we totally would have stopped to look around.

Location: Leadville, CO

Day 7 - 7 Apr 2019

Great Sand Dunes National Park

	Leadville, CO, Great Sand Dunes National Park
	Leadville, CO, Great Sand Dunes National Park
	Leadville, CO, Great Sand Dunes National Park

Content: We would have LOVED to stop here, but we were already on a time crunch and it would’ve added another 2 hours. If you’re breaking up the drive, I’d totally recommend making a stop at Great Sand Dunes National Park:

Location: Great Sand Dunes National Park

Day 7 - 7 Apr 2019

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

	Great Sand Dunes National Park, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
	Great Sand Dunes National Park, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
	Great Sand Dunes National Park, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Content: Just outside Taos, the Rio Grande Gorge is definitely worth a stop. The rest stop has fairly clean bathrooms, and the bridge really is incredible to see.

Location: Taos

Day 7 - 7 Apr 2019

Carson National Forest

Taos, Carson National Forest
Taos, Carson National Forest
Taos, Carson National Forest

Content: After Taos, our GPS took us through Carson National Forest. It was a slower drive but absolutely beautiful through the mountains and along creeks. After that, it’s pretty flat and boring through Texas. Our 7 days Colorado Road trips end here was it amazing.