After taking my first trip to Amsterdam, The Netherlands I created a list of places I wanted to visit both abroad and in my home country. I love finding a good deal. So when I found a 3 night stay with round-trip flights for 2 included to Denver, Colorado for only $480.56 I pounced. I called my recently retired mother and said, “Hey I don’t know if you ever wanted to go to Denver, Colorado but just so you know we’re going in September.” I live in the Midwest in my country. For those abroad, the Midwest would be the states in the middle of the country. And sadly have never visited any of the states on the west part of the country. Neither has my mother but she does have a cousin that lives in Denver, Colorado.
Now you may be thinking, Denver in September it must be cold. However, the entire time we were there it was in the 80’s and that is okay with me. The temperature where I live was probably in the low 50’s at the time. Thankfully Colorado has what is described as a dry heat which is wonderful because we didn’t have to deal with the humidity.
Colorado is a very artsy place. Everywhere we went we saw beautiful art. Even though Denver is a higher altitude that where we live it didn’t really bother me. I also really enjoyed that it was the kind of place where everyone is really active. With nature so close it would be hard not to be.
I may have to plan another visit during the winter to see how bad their winters are compared to where I currently live.
Our first night in Denver, the airport, exploring downtown and the art. You literally see artwork everywhere in Denver and it’s fantastic.
Garden of the Gods
If you’re in Colorado and have the time I recommend a trip to see the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. If walking the trails, enjoying the warm weather and looking at amazing rock formations is your thing then it’s a must see!
Another nice place to visit is Manitou Springs, Colorado. It’s about 1 1/2 hours from Denver, Colorado. It’s a very touristy town so most of the shops there sell souvenirs but it’s still a cute place to visit if you’ve never been there. You will also see plenty of artwork in shops and on the walls of buildings. Credits to the artists.
While we were in Manitou Springs, CO we decided to drive to the Cave of the Winds, it’s like a 10-minute drive from Manitou Springs. The drive up to the top is terrifying if you are not used to roads that curve so much. But the views are amazing and if you’re a daredevil they even have a giant swing you can pay to ride. You will get to swing in a canyon.
While we were visiting Denver, CO we also went to the Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil and Gem Show. It was so cool seeing so many gems, fossils, and minerals. The variety of sizes and prices for them were incredible and the amount of work these individuals go through to get these specimens ready is impressive. Overall, it’s a great place to visit and the train system works wonderfully.
Until next time