Thursday, April 28, 2016

Last month my family & I took a week long adventure vacay out to the wild west in Colorado. I first just have to say, what a breathtaking and beautiful state! It is so diverse with the mile high city to the mountains to the red rock dessert. And it is true that the weather changes on the fly. It can be 30 degrees and snowing one hour and sunny and 60 the next. 

We flew into Denver and toured the city for a few days then took a car and drove to Aspen for the weekend, stopping in Vail along the way. We then drove to Colorado Springs for a few days and back to Denver to fly out. It was a busy week and unfortunately, the time flew by way to fast like all vacays right? Kudos to my Dad for driving the entire trip and especially driving through the mountains from Denver to Aspen as it is winding and has such distinct inclines. It is such a gorgeous drive tho everyone seriously has to experience. 

I immediately fell in love with Denver and even more so with Aspen for it's cute, quaint, small downtown feel.We took the gondola up to the top of Aspen Mountain and had lunch at the top at the Sundeck Restaurant. This is when I experienced my first "high altitude sickness" as they call it. I got a little light headed and felt like I was drunk! You definitely experience a little shortness of breath with less oxygen being that high up at 11,000 ft. The views from the gondola and at the top of the mountain, pictures can't even do them justice. I am not a skier so props to all the fabulous skiers out there and for the pro's going backwards down the mountain. Wow! 

We had the pleasure of taking the Cog Railroad 14,110 ft up to Summit Pikes Peak while staying in Colorado Springs. As we made our way to the top we learned the stunning views that were right out our window were where Katharine Lee Bates wrote "America the Beautiful". This is an incredible experience I definitely suggest everyone do once in their life. 

If you don't already know, Denver is a fast growing & hot city right now! Everyone is flocking there from all over. It is no longer the west's hidden little gem. Construction of apartments and high rises are being built every where you turn. LoDo was by far my favorite district in the city filled with trendy restaurants, bars, breweries and right by Union Station and the historic Oxford Hotel, the oldest hotel in Denver. I curated a video of our trip for my family and wanted to share it below with you. I hope you enjoy it and inspires you to book your next flight to the gorge Centennial State of Colorado! Don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions and if you have been to Colorado, share a comment below and let me know where and what your favorite spots were. I would love to hear all about it!