Post # 1
My husband and I are travelling to the USA in November for our Honeymoon (yay!) and after 1 week in NYC we will be flying to Colorado for 4 nights.. I was thinking we’d stay 2 nights in Denver and then drive to Estes Park and stay 2 nights in a Cabin there before flying to San Francisco to coninute our holiday.
We’ve heard mixed reviews about Denver from friends so I’m just after some advice.. is there anything fun/excting to do or see in Denver? Is there anywhere else in Colorado that would be better to stay? We don’t really have any specific things we want to see other than seeing the mountains.. I’ve always wanted to see the Rocky Mountains but my husband thinks 4 days staying in a cabin in RMNP would be too boring and thinks we should split it up with staying in the City/Town.
Any advice would be appreciated 🙂
Post # 2
Denver is great. Very artsy, fun town. There are plenty of hikes, museums, plays, and night life to keep you entertained. I may be biased, but I love Colorado Springs (I live there). We’re close to the mountains & don’t have the crazy driving & parking situation that Denver has. RMNP is awesome too. If you like being outdoirs, you could easily spend 4 nights there. Plenty of hikes to do, bike rides, waterfalls to see, and I’ll life to observe. Very relaxing. But I would also caution you that the mountains get a lot of snow very early. If you’re not used to mountain driving in snow, you might want to reconsider it.
Post # 3
Personally I’m really into the rural part of Colorado, not Denver (so no info about the city itself – I only visit the airport). The national park is close enough that you could enjoy aspects of both, though, as mentioned above. Otherwise, I really like the southwestern corner – you’ve got Native American ruins, mining ruins, mine tours, waterfalls, rivers, mountains, a steam train, off roading, little mountain art towns. If you enjoy the quieter things, it would be perfect. Sounds like your husband may not go for the four corners area though – probably a bit dull for him, and it’s a good 6 hours from Denver.
Also as mentioned above, November in CO is a shot in the dark. You could have amazing, warm weather or you could have snow. I started a drive with my Brother-In-Law a year or so ago to look at the autumn leaves and wound up on the worst part of the road in three inches of snow. Not so fun, though very pretty of course. I believe that was October. I agree that if you haven’t had experience driving in the snow, it could be a bad idea to try it.
Post # 4
beer, beer and more beer. If you like beer then you will like Denver.
We also went to a foodie place called the source which was yum.
We were visiting friends and we mostly did things outside of the city since things like zoo’s and aquariums and botanical gardens are not really our thing (and unless they are of note why would you go visit something you can see at home).
We did things like hiking and biking in the peaks and ziplining.
Post # 5
Pack warmly! Fellow Aussie here with family over there. We stayed in a cabin in Estes Park three years ago, it was amazing! Be prepared for wildlife (there were a few deer that walked right by our cabin) and there are some nice walks.
Also be prepared for the altitude shift, although it isn’t as high there as other areas, it can be troublesome especially if you are hiking!
Post # 6
I’ve never been to Denver but I have been to Colorado and just want to say it was breathtakingly beautiful (I am from Oklahoma though so probably anywhere but here would be breathtakingly beautiful lol)
Post # 7
Thanks so much! Would you recommend Colorado Springs over Denver for someone visiting Colorado for the first time?
We are both actually hoping for snow, we’re not getting out hopes up but it would certainly make our holiday! My husband has never seen snow and I’ve only seen it once as a kid!
Well hubby will certainly like the beer side of Denver.. me not so much! I would like to tour the Coors Brewery though, just to see it!
I’d like to do hiking, biking and ziplining, a travel agent that I spoke with said that most of the RMNP is closed for the winter in November while we are there and we probably won’t be able to do a lot.. I’m hoping she was wrong…
I am keen for cold weather, I’m from Victoria originally so I love cold..I can’t wait to experience it over there 🙂
Sitting on the patio of the cabin watching wildlife sounds like heaven to me!
Would you recommend anything specific to see? I’ve only decided on Denver because the airport is there.. I’d be happy to travel anywhere really!
Post # 8
Social media makes Colorado look like a dream and it generally is/was pretty great, but the cities have changed a lot since marijuana became legal. So as a native I will warn you:
When you’re in Denver don’t wear a blingy engagement ring and make sure your wallet is very secure- heroin is a huge problem right now (there’s needle recycling bins along the creek and in parks downtown- honestly you should just stay away from the creek on Speer, bums sleep under the bridges and it gets dangerous). Downtown there’s a LOT of homeless people high and mentally ill, and they have no qualms about talking to you and grabbing your arm while asking for money. The best thing to do is ignore them and not make eye contact. Keep your car doors locked because there are car jackings at intersections. Pedestrians walk whether the light says they can or not, careful because some are just out to scam and sue for getting hit.
Boulder is half way between Denver and Estes Park, it has just as many homeless people and a lot of hipster bicyclists- try not to hit them, they don’t like to abide by traffic laws. Boulder has a beautiful tea house yu might want to visit, it was moved piece by piece from Tajikistan. Estes Park has the haunted Stanley Hotel from the “Shining” movie- you can stay there instead of a cabin. Really if you want a Rocky Mountain experience away from tourists I’d recommend Telluride instead. Colorado Springs has the Garden of the Gods.
Post # 9
Denver is beautiful, now I have Rocky Mountain High in my head. You can check out Garden of the Godis or if you want a small road trip Pagosa has some great hot springs
Post # 10
Oh wow thank you for the heads up, I will keep that in mind! I did see the Stanley Hotel, it might be just a tad too creepy for me lol
I will look into Telluride, thank you!
Post # 11
I live South of Denver in the Colorado Springs area and I am partial to the Southern part of the state and it’s natural beauty. Denver is great, but there is so much more to the state.
I would suggest considering things outside of Denver, including:
- Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
- Cave of the Winds (Colorado Springs)
- Manitou Penny Arcade–if you visit Colorado Springs, it’s so fun and nostalgic
- Strawberry Park Hot Springs (Steamboat Springs)
- Hanging Lake–gorgeous waterfall lake outside of Glenwood Springs
- Bishops Castle–near Canon City–its an ecletic castle built by an interesting man
- Great Sand Dunes–Alamosa
- Dinosaur National Monument (northeast Colorado)
Post # 12
Thank you for all the suggestions, are these all things that would be good to see in the first few weeks of November? I didn’t realise how hard it was to plan a holiday this big (4 weeks in the US), neither of us have ever been to America before we we have a lot of stuff to see 🙂
Post # 13
Colorado is very unpredictable in terms of weather, but for the most part, November is a fairly mild month. Our craziest and coldest weather tends to be in December, January and February.
So yes, I would recommend most of these places in November (maybe not the Sand Dunes, since they are windy). The Strawberry Park Hot Springs are great in the cooler months since the water is warm. They are so neat and relaxing, the town of Steamboat is really beautiful, especially in the Fall.
Post # 15
Hey there fellow Colorado Springs bee!