Our 2nd day started out beautiful, bright and sunny with a morning walk through downtown and in one of the local parks. On our walk back to the hotel, we ate breakfast at a place called Snooze-an AM Eatery, located in the Denver Union Station. Not only was the food absolutely incredible, but it was amazing to see how well-connected the Denver rail and bus system is to the entire city and beyond. Being from California, I don’t see such good public transport connectivity very often. However, I was impressed by this. The Denver Union Station reminded me of a much cleaner and smaller version of Grand Central in New York City.
After breakfast, we grabbed some coffee at a local spot, and headed back to the hotel to get ready for the day. As the weather immediately went from sunny to cold and raining, we visited the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank, and learned a little bit about, well, money! It was quite a fascinating and interactive appearance. After the museum, we jumped in the car and headed half an hour out of town to Boulder, CO.
Boulder is a beautiful city in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. We loved Boulder so much we went there twice! However, the first time we went, it was rainy and cloudy, but the Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall was still a lot of fun to walk around. After having lunch and yet another local coffee pick-me-up.
Taking advantage of no rain, we headed up to Estes Park to see the mountains! It was so beautiful, yet so cold, but totally worth it. Estes Park is one of the entry points to Rocky Mountain National Park. Therefore, we got to see the famous Rocky Mountains that Colorado is known for, and omg it was worth it! Everything was so majestic and beautiful that you could just keep staring. We managed to take a trolley ride up about 11,000 feet to see some snow-capped mountains before heading back to Denver. That was it for Day 2!
Day 3 was mostly on the road. We met up with some family friends in Fort Collins, which was one hour north of Denver, and ate a delicious meal at a local restaurant. After that, we took advantage of the weather and explored the adorable Downtown Fort Collins, and then finished up our visit with some Bindle Coffee (yet another local favorite!)
After leaving Fort Collins, we took the 2-hour road trip south to Colorado Springs. During the drive we saw the Midwestern countryside on one side and the Rockies on the other. The drive from north to south was beautiful! We reached Colorado Springs right around dinner time, and had a relaxed evening to get ready for the action-packed following day. Stay tuned for the next blog post!