Christmas in Colorado
We had a lot of house days since the house was an attraction in itself. The girls enjoyed the movie theater and air hockey table, and we all enjoyed walking the trails to the playground and the huge gourmet kitchen.
Rocky Mountain National Park. We visited the park twice, so we were glad that we bought a week pass ($30) instead of a day pass ($20). Both times we drove through the Fall River Visitors Center entrance, we saw elk and deer! The roads are well kept and the views are just spectacular! The girls loved the snow and had so much fun walking in it to explore some more! Not all of the roads were open since we visited in December and the snow/ice was too thick. We can’t wait to return in the summer. This quickly became one of our favorite national parks!
Estes Park. Just minutes outside a few entrances to Rocky Mountain National Park is the cutest little town of Estes Park. There are some adorable souvenir shops here and some great candy stores! The girls had their first dipped apple, which was so delicious! We did lots of window shopping and had the best time exploring the town by foot. We stopped into one of the many charming restaurants for an Elk Burger for lunch and I would highly recommend it!
Children’s Museum of Denver. We visited the Children’s Museum of Portland while in Maine last August, and this one in Denver was much larger and had some different stuff for the girls to play with. Mostly, they enjoyed the kitchen area, and the many water tables where they sent boats downstream or flushed balls down a “toilet”. There is also a huge outdoor yard with a car, building blocks, and plenty of other things to touch and play with. The only downside to this visit was that it was SO BUSY which didn’t allow us to be able to play with as much as we wanted. When we come back this summer, I hope to take the girls on a slower non-holiday week.
Boulder. We loved Boulder so much, we visited twice. Both times, we walked up & down the Pearl Street Mall, an adorable outdoor pedestrian friendly shopping street. Complete with street entertainers and a toy store, we had a great time with the girls. There are some small climbing rocks for kids, and since it was abnormally warm that day, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at sitting outside of a restaurant that had a patio. We may end up in metro Denver again later this year, and we hope to find an Airbnb in Boulder because we loved it so much.
Golden. We love this cute little western town! It was our second visit here, a first for the girls. Our first visit here was to walk the main street and tour the Coors Brewery a few years ago. This visit, we walked in and out of stores and eating lunch at the delicious D’Deli, a great lunch spot for tourists, and somewhere we’d recommend too.