Last June, we took a trip to Colorado. Sara, being the crazy planner that she is, researched all of the best things to do by watching hours upon hours of Youtube travel vlogs. We decided that we would lay it all out for you, so that you don't have to! We are also going to give you our thoughts on each of the things we did, that way you can decide if it is something you may want to do!
January 13, 2022
The first day was a travel day! We flew into Denver from Atlanta at about 8 in the morning. The first thing we did was pick up our rental car, since we knew we would be doing a bit of travel within Colorado. We wanted to explore Denver for the day, but also know that we aren't really big city people, and that we wouldn't want to stay for too long. Within Denver, we walked around Union Station, explored Denver Central Market, and picked some delicious pastries from one of the bakeries. Next, we knew we had a train ride to get to that was closer to where we were staying, right outside of Colorado Springs. So we traveled about an hour and 20 minutes south to get to the Cog Railway that was headed to the top of Pike's Peak! We made it just in time to grab our train ride! Once we were done there, we were pretty tired from all of the travel, so we headed over to check into our hotel. We grabbed some dinner and called it a night! I know this day sounds short, but it was our travel day, so we knew it would be. We promise that the rest of the our time there only got better!
For us, although Denver was neat to see one time, it wasn't really a necessity if you would rather fly directly into Colorado Springs. Union Station was pretty, but there really was not anything inside that we were interested in purchasing. Denver Central Market was also neat, but we have markets similar to it about an hour away from our home. We would definitely recommend that you take the Cog Railway up to Pike's Peak! It was a bit pricey, and I have heard that you could drive yourself up to the top, but it sounds like the roads are quite windy. Others were hiking the entire 9-mile route to the top while we were there as well. The hour long trip to the top gave us the opportunity to take in so many beautiful views and see some wildlife that we don't have here in Georgia (that we know of). Once we reached the top, we had 40 minutes to grab some pictures and explore. While we were there, they were building a gift shop and visitor center, which looks like it is open now! But, I must say it is BREATH TAKING at the summit. No, literally- it's hard to breathe up there. (haha) A kid even lost his lunch on the way back because of it! 😬 All jokes aside, it was gorgeous. The pictures just don't do it justice!