A 7-Day Colorado Local's Itinerary to the Best Hidden Gems
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Having lived in Colorado for the last 12 years, I've explored this beautiful state up and down and want to share a few of my absolute favorite spots for an unforgettable Colorado getaway! This 7 day Colorado itinerary would be ideal for a late spring, summer, or fall trip and encompasses some of the best hidden gems this state has to offer!
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Grand Hyatt Denver
High-end hotel boasting a rooftop terrace and onsite restaurant near Denver's 16th Street Mall.
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Set in downtown Denver, this upscale hotel is within walking distance of Coors Field and Union Station.
Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa
Escape to the breathtaking beauty of Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, where adventure and relaxation blend seamlessly in the heart of Colorado's red rock canyon country.
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Day 1: Welcome to Colorado
Fly from your home airport to Grand Junction, Colorado and pick up your rental car. Drive to Gateway Canyons Resort in Gateway, CO for a 2-night stay.
Day 2: Relax and explore Gateway Canyons
This resort is a hidden gem that is surrounded by a beautiful mountain back-drop with two heated pools where you can simply relax or take a guided horseback ride, hike, or helicopter tour.
Day 3: Drive to Glenwood Springs, CO
Check in to The Hotel Denver or Hotel Colorado for a 1-night stay. Take a dip at Iron Mountain Hot Springs (this place is absolutely incredible!) and a stroll downtown to explore some boutique shops in a cute mountain town.
Try Sweet Coloradough in Glenwood Springs for your morning breakfast, lunch, or a famous Colorado donut.
For a fancy dinner in Glenwood Springs, you will love Hugo's Restaurant.
For an after dinner treat or a stop with the kiddos, grab some delicious ice cream at Sundae in Glenwood Springs.
4 & 5: Drive to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort
This is another beautiful hidden gem and the route that I would suggest to unwind and enjoy the beauty of Colorado or alternatively you may drive to Vail, CO for a 2-night stay.
Day 6: Drive to Denver
Day 7: Goodbye Colorado
Need to Know
Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, A Scenic Summer Getaway to Banff.
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