Colorado Road Trip Summer Adventure

Travel Advisor Cesar Monell with a friend in front of a snowy mountain.
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Cesar Monell & Alex Tufel

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Curator’s statement

Talking about adventure! Your in for a real treat in Colorado. Our adventure began at home preparing our itinerary of the things we wanted to do in Colorado. We knew we wanted to experience nature, so we made a list of the things we wanted to do. Explore, live life, and learn. Open your mind and see the world in nature but also its culture, past, present and future. We are meant to achieve great things together. Take my hand, lets explore.

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Where to stay in Colorado

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver

Trendy boutique hotel with colorful rooms and an onsite spa in downtown Denver.

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  • $50 hotel / resort credit.

  • Welcome amenities.

  • Upgrade & late check-out whenever possible.

Grand Hyatt Denver

High-end hotel boasting a rooftop terrace and onsite restaurant near Denver's 16th Street Mall.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Welcome amenity.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade and early check-in whenever possible.

Thompson Denver

Set in downtown Denver, this upscale hotel is within walking distance of Coors Field and Union Station.

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Things to do in Colorado

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We stayed at the Hilton Hotel in Denver, a baseball throw away from Coors Field, where we caught a Rockies baseball game, travelled around the city on scooters (they are all over town). Booked a Segway Scooter tour, ate Bison steak at a restaurant and went shopping in town.

Rocky Mountain National Park: Take a day trip from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park, stopping first at National Park Gateway stables for some scenic horseback riding.

For the second part of our trip, we rented a car thru Turo and drove to Utah, stayed in a motel for the night and the next day we started our adventure with Mild to Wild great adventure 3 nights and 4 days of camping, hiking and white water rafting from Colorado to Moab Utah. An adventure you will never forget where you will view landscapes and wildlife that are truly captivating.

From Moab we drove south to Durango and on to the Million Dollar Highway, a heart pumping ride for some and for others, a thrill of a lifetime. It's a spectacular scenic mountain pass that anyone traveling in southwest Colorado must-see. This famous section of highway has breathtaking panoramas of steep, jagged mountains.

After doing a Mesa Verde National Park Tour, we booked a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad: Then we got to the third part of our vacation, Durango, where we booked a ride on the Durango Silverton narrow gauge railroad. An operating 19th Century style steam locomotive. An amazing ride full of wonder and nature, the panoramic views, lakes, waterfalls, creeks and mountain sites are a must see.

Finally, we drove back to Denver thru the San Luis Valley on 285 North. We pulled over to admire the valley, the mountain range in on the horizon, with the sun and clouds overhead. The tranquil feeling when standing there looking across the valley is awe inspiring.

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Travel Advisor Cesar Monell with a friend in front of a snowy mountain.

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