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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2016
Denver to Grand Canyon and back. I have my route set, did I miss anything?  (5 Answers)

I now did my planning on google map, travelling from Denver to Page AZ and back. Based on what I read on the net I've done this route:
Fron Denver to Estes park (36-34) down to winterpark (40). On to i70W pass grand junction to the Arches scenic drive as day one. Day 2, back on to i70, and go SW on 24 ->12 to pass Grover, Boulder Escalante all the way to 89. Countinue SW on 89 down to Mt Carmel Junction to take 9 thru Zionpark, then thu Hurricane, Kanab to Page AZ to See the Grand Canyon. day 3 Grand Canyon then heading to 4 corners monument, on to 491->160 to Durango. North on 550 to Montrose, then heading E on 50 to Gunnison. Day 4 Continue on E50 to Poucha Springs and head North on 285 all the way back to Denver.

Any suggentions on what to see on the way, or detours (not much time for that, since this will be done in 4 days)



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2016
Itinerary  (5 Answers)

6/30 Arrive Manitou Springs
7/1 See Garden of the Gods. And drive to Salida
7/1-7/3 Salida and maybe do 1/2 day whitewater rafting.
7/3-7/7 Breckenridge
7/7-7/9 Estes Park and see RMNP
7/9 Drive home

Does this sound like a good itinerary? Any suggestions on things to see and do?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2016
Colorado Tour Route and Hotels  (6 Answers)

Hi

We will be in Colorado in early June for 14 days and wonder if anyone could suggest a route out from and returning to Denver. We would like to take in some National Parks, the wonderful scenery and ideally do some cycling but not on mountains (are there any flat trails?).

We also need help with hotel/motels on the route - we have not booked anything yet and suggestions for inexpensive clean accommodation would be really great.

Thanks for any help you may be able to give.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 06, 2016
2 night trip to Ouray  (6 Answers)

Am I crazy for considering traveling from Denver to Ouray for 2 nights and then returning to Denver to fly home. We are going in approx 2 weeks for 3 nights/ 4 days, first night in Denver. This is mainly to take in scenery from the car and hang out in awesome small towns. Because this time of year seems to find many of the northern roads closed- Independence Pass, Trail Ridge Road, top of Pikes Peak and overall not a good time of year for hiking I'm considering traveling to Ouray.
My other option is traveling from Denver to Colorado Springs area, through Salida & Buena Vista and staying in Brekenridge for 2 nights, driving to local sights in that area.
Which would be better for taking in the sights from a car and seeing some small towns?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2016
3 full days in Colorado  (3 Answers)

My husband and I will be flying into Denver the beginning of April. We will have 3 full days. Suggestions on what to do because we have never been there. I would like to have a schedule to see and do as many things as possible because we have limited time. Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2015
Shuttle costs  (1 Answer)

cost of a shuttle for a 1.5 hr trip from Denver international?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2015
Best National Parks in Colorado  (9 Answers)

I'm planning a trip to Colorado and Utah in October to visit the National Parks. I'm flying to Denver and then taking an RV to tour the area for 12 days. We will definitely be going to Rocky Mountain Park in Colorado and Arches and Zion in Utah. Any tips on which are worth a visit and whether you would camp or drive through We want to do a mixture of walking, photography and activities while we are there.

Thanks, friends.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 04, 2015
Durango or Estes Park Honeymoon  (1 Answer)

Hi, we are looking at eloping to Colorado in May 15- 21st. Since this is our first trip to Colorado, I need help deciding what area we need stay and tour. What I am thinking is Durango- Mesa Verde, train ride to Silverton, Million Dollar Hwy, Black Canyon,- Any Suggestion?? Or Estes Park- RMNP, Trail Ridge Road, and would love to see Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods but not sure about their driving distances?? Maybe there is other things to do in the area? I'm also having really hard time finding a little chapel or somewhere in either area that just does just a simple bride groom elopement ceremony. Any help with this would be appreciated!!! Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2015
Honeymoon in the mountains  (3 Answers)

I am looking for some advice on what area would make the best wedding and honeymoon in Colorado. Durango or Estes Park? I seem to be having a hard time finding places that offer weddings at a very reasonable price for just the 2 of us in the Durango area. Any suggestion? Which area would make the best honeymoon when it comes to things to tour and get out and see? Would like suggestions to add to things to do. Durango- Mesa Verde, train ride to Silverton, Black Canyon, Million Dollar Hwy, Canon Land, Arches National Park? Or Estes Park- RMNP, Red Rocks, Trail Ridge Road, other suggestions please!!! We are thinking of traveling in April and will be staying 4 days. Any help will be greatly appreciated!!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 13, 2015
Wanting to visit CO this summer with kids...can anyone help with itinerary?!  (10 Answers)

My husband and I would like to go to CO for about 5-7 days in early August with our 10 and 14 year old daughters. I thought that my girls would like the CO Springs area (Garden of the Gods, Pike's Peak) and yet SW Colorado (Mesa Verde, riding the Silverton Durango Railroad) sounds interesting, too. My husband asks how can we go to CO and not visit the Rocky Mountain National Park?! Others say, don't forget about Telluride or the Great Sand Dunes! My older daughter is very open to everything while my younger one wants to ride a tree canopy zipline somewhere and pan for gold...hmm. And is there really a ghost town for her to visit as well?!

Please, will someone point me in the right direction or suggest a doable itinerary? Are any of these places to be skipped if one is short on time? I personally am quite interested in Mesa Verde but then wonder if I am going to be able to climb all those ladders! I see the Silverton Durango Railroad ride can be combined with other activities, but we are not exactly the avid hiker-type. I understand it's impossible to see everything, and have no problem concentrating on just one area instead of driving all over the place. Usually I plan things out further in advance and hope I'm not out of luck on lodging options and the like. We likely won't be able to return to CO as a family any time soon, so this is it! Thank you in advance for any assistance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2015
Colorado - early September  (3 Answers)

Dear all,
We are looking to travel around Central / SW Colorado during the first week of September and are hoping to wing it with re to our itinerary. We would prefer to book accommodation on the day. Have any of you had problems finding places to stay around this time of year?
Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2015
Best Rocky Mountain National Park Trails  (1 Answer)

We will be staying in Estes Park for 2 nights in August. We would like to do some exploring and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park and do not want to waste time.

Does anyone recommend any must do hiking trails? 

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 30, 2015
Rocky Mountain National Park / Estes Park  (1 Answer)

Hello fellow traveler! We will be traveling to Colorado during the 2nd week of August for our first time. We will be renting a cabin for only 2 night in  Estes Park.

1) Are there any recommendation of specific lodges to rent for the 2 nights? There will be 4 of us, not looking for anything too fancy or expensive because we would like to maximize our time outdoors.

2) Is there anything specific you would recommend as a "must do" while in Estes Park and National Mountain Rocky Park?

Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 09, 2015
Colorado trip in early may  (3 Answers)

My boyfriend and I will be traveling out to Denver for a concert on May 11th. We will most likely be flying into Denver either the night of 5/6 or late morning on 5/7 and heading home on 5/12. I know we will be staying in Denver the night of 5/11. I have never been to Colorado. We love the outdoors, wildlife,history, and hiking. We would like to possibly go rafting but I know that the timing is not ideal. We would like to see as much of the beautiful scenery out there as possible. We are not big fans of the more touristy or developed areas but can tolerate them if it is the best option for a place to stay.

We have the option of staying in a free condo in Steamboat Springs but I am not sure if that is the best location for us. After doing some research it does not really look like there is as much in that area as there is in other parts of the state. I originally was looking at RMNP but was deterred because Trail ridge road will not be open yet. I have also considered doing two nights in Steamboat and two nights on the way out or back somewhere in between near Breckenridge etc. The other option that looked very nice was SW Colorado, Telluride in particular. Especially if I can return in the future to do RMNP. My concern with that is drive time with us only having a short visit. I will say that I do love scenic drives and it sounds like that one is beautiful. I thought if we did that we may want to drive straight there but then stay a night somewhere in the middle on the way back.

As you can tell I am totally overwhelmed by all of the great sounding options that Colorado has to offer. I am also very indecisive, heh. Hopefully I will get to return to Colorado at some point in the future but if there was a chance that this would be my only trip, what would you recommend? Thank you in advance for any suggestions!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 08, 2014
childcare in Colorado ski resorts?

Need advice on a good skiing resort in Colorado with reasonable child care rates. I've looked at Beaver Creek and Keystone and Durango...if anyone knows please message me! Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 04, 2014
looking for an off season destination  (4 Answers)

My wife and I will be celebrating our anniversary in colorado in May and we are looking for a good discount on a hotel or spa. We are going to relax so the spa would be nice. We want something close to a town. Any suggestions on where we should go?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 23, 2014
travel partner  (7 Answers)

OK i m 30 year old guy, I am studying my PhD in engineering since 3 years and i want to take a road trip this Dec break for 2 weeks. my plans are from Denver-Santa Fe- Flagstaff- Vegas-San Francisco - Portland- Seattle - Vancouver- Calgary - Billing - Wyoming - Denver. I prefer female who can drive as well. Will split everything 60-40. 60% on me.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 05, 2014
How should I plan short Colorado Trip  (4 Answers)

Hi,
I am based in Los Angeles. In third week of December, I will be covering some part of AZ, New Mexico (Tucson, White Sands, Santa Fe, Taos) and planning for further route. I know Trail Ridge Road will be closed irrespective of good or bad weather. Same may be true for Rocky Mountain.
I am thinking of taking route LA-Tucson-White Sands-Santa Fe-Taos-Colorado part-back to LA after covering on-route places. I have already Zion, Bryce, Moab, Arches/Canyonlands in my past trips. I was going through beautiful places in Colorado and found so many beautiful places, I am getting confused. We will drive rental car. We are not into skiing and long hikes, but mostly interested in scenic, photographic and beautiful places. I have few more questions :-
1- If White Sands NM is comparable to Great Sands, should I skip whole lower loop of Tucson-White Sands ? any comparison, if anybody been to both places.
2- Which places will not be accessible, in above mentioned places ? (I hope, I was able to mention best places)
3- I will leave Santa Fe (or Taos) on 27-Dec morning and have to reach Grand Canyon on evening of 31-Dec. How should I plan these days between both places ?
4- There are various routes from Santa Fe to Colorado Springs (25 and other one is via Taos-84-64-160-25, other one is via Million Dollar Hwy but out of way). Which route should I take ? I would keep a plan-B route in mind, because weather can be worse on few roads.
I am facing hard time, how should I plan my days, place to visit and stay between 27-Dec and 31-Dec.
Please suggest.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 28, 2014
Spring Break Trip  (4 Answers)

Hey all.

I'm a college student looking at possibly taking a trip to Colorado over spring break (end of March). I'm not a big skier but really enjoy hiking and similar activities outdoors plus I've never been to Colorado so just seeing the scenery and lifestyle of the state are draws as well. Plus the draw of cheap airfare (cheap is always a plus) and lower traffic are great.

What I'm wondering is if this is advisable for the time of year (the cold doesn't worry me as I'm from MN and used to it)? Are the trails open and/or accessible at this time? If you would recommend it, are there any sights I should definitely try to see or treks I should make? I'm looking at coming into Denver and going from there and will be staying from Tuesday to Sunday. Thanks for your help everyone!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 08, 2014
Colorado attraction: havent been their since I was 10  (1 Answer)

what is the name of the attraction that deals with "marble" on top of a mountain, that you actually need a 4x4 to go up the trail to see it???? its like a Marble city...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 06, 2014
limited vacation time  (2 Answers)

I have a very limited amount of vacation time, but would love to spend a long weekend in Colorado. I'd love to see the Rocky mountains, and possibly stay in a beautiful log home or a hotel with a grand lodge. What is your suggestion for the #1 must see place? And what is the best time of year to visit your suggested place?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2014
How long does it take to drive?  (2 Answers)

We're travelling from Grand Lake to Leadville, and would like to work in a trip up Mt. Evans. Is there time for that, or would that be too much to work in?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2014
Sightseeing ideas Denver to Steamboat Springs..

Can anyone recommend some things to see on the way to Steamboat springs from Denver? I am taking a short road trip over a weekend and want to see some sights( any must sees) along the way...like cool caves or waterfalls or picture taking opportunities. I'm not looking for any major hiking as I want to spend as much time in the Strawberry springs park as possible, soaking in the hot springs. But I was thinking of taking one way there and a different way back to view as much of Colorado as possible. Any suggesttions? Any help will be welcome. I am from Texas so I dont know the area at all. Thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2014
swimming hole

Where is a good swimming hole near Colorado Springs?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2014
Travel schedule  (4 Answers)

I need help scheduling my vacation. We will be flying into Denver on Thurs, Oct 2 and leaving Saturday Oct 11. I want to spend the most time in Co Springs and Estes Park, but also want to have day trips to Boulder and Golden. A couple of days in Denver would be nice, but I expect most of our time will be in CS and EP because we want to do a lot of hiking and nature sight-seeing (RMNP, Garden of the Gods, etc). Since we fly in Thurs evening and fly out early Sat, those two days won't have anything planned.
Would it make more sense to start out the week staying in CS, and hit up Golden en route to EP? Then while staying in EP take a day tour to Boulder? I'd like to try driving over to Grand Lake, as well. I'm trying to figure out how much time to allot each place, and what city to stay in if driving out for a day trip somewhere.
Also, I understand that temps can vary widely throughout the day in October but we'd really like to do some white-water rafting. Will the waters be too cold to get any of that in?
Thanks for any and all advice!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2014
6 or 7-day road trip  (3 Answers)

Hello! We are planning a sightseeing trip to Colorado in mid to late September, and wanted some advise/suggestions on a travel route and itinerary. We would love to see some fall foliage. Will these dates work for that? Some of the places we would like to visit are RMNP, Maroon Bells, Black Canyon, Ouray, Pike's Peak, and Leadville. Are there others that you would suggest? What would be the best itinerary? I just don't want to make our travel days so "full" that we are rushed to get to the next spot! Thanks so much!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2014
best places to camp 4 hours from Denver during August? beauty, hiking, and kayaking!  (1 Answer)

where are the best places to camp no more than 3-4 hours from denver? looking to stay in a cabin in august with 2 others. hiking 3-5 hours rounds trip. kayaking would be awesome as well ( we are beginners) . spectacular views are a must. hot springs would be cool too (unless they're over rated? i was thinking im in colorado so why not?) its my first time camping in CO but ive been to boulder a few times.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2014
mild weather cities in Colorado  (1 Answer)

What cities are the mildest in the wintertime in Colorado? I'm thinking of retiring to Colorado, but I don't want harsh winter weather, am I out of luck?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 02, 2014
Seeing the best Colorado has to offer.  (5 Answers)

I'm taking a two week trip to Colorado in the beginning of June. I'm a bit of a tree hugger and enjoy running around in the wilderness. Trying to see some of the best Colorado has to offer without wasting my time in overrated tourist traps. Most of our trip will be in central areas of Colorado. Any suggestions?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2013
7-8 hrs available....is it enough time to drive Trail ridge Dr?  (2 Answers)

We will be overnighting in Boulder, have a meeting in the morning until 9 A.M and fly out of DEN at 5:10. Would we have time to drive Trail Ridge and make it back in time for our flight? If not, any other ideas for scenic drives and wildlife. Thanks



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