Now that my vacation has ended, I finally have the time to recollect and share my travel experience with you guys. Before I left, coworkers and friends were asking me what I was going to Colorado for. To put things short, I have family there therefore I thought it would be a great idea for Andrew and I to take a mini-vacation after our graduation.
I cannot find a better word than adventurous to describe this vacation. We drove for hours to get to our destinations thanks to Colorado's massive open space, but every minute was very well worth it. Everywhere we drove by were towns with beautiful homes that included solar panels on every roof, and new neighborhoods that are currently being built as more and more people are interested in moving to the state. We noticed that not many homes have their own personal pools but there are plenty of recreational centers and community pools for the the public. There were also a lot of events we had seen that would never really be a 'thing' in Boston whatsoever such as live street performances where people actually stopped to appreciate and tip, large gatherings, and more. Maybe I'm not in Boston enough, but I hardly ever see anything like what I saw during my visit, which makes it feel very foreign to me... it felt great and I miss it already.
If you ever get the chance to visit Colorado, here are a few things I can tell you:
1. You're going to need a car. Public transportation is non-existent when you're visiting outside of Denver. Colorado is very spacious so there will indeed be a lot of driving, but stay awake because the view is completely worth staying up for! If the majority of your visit is going to be in Denver, public transportation is inexpensive and convenient. There are free buses within the strip of the 16th Street Mall which is super awesome. Luckily, we didn't have to worry about renting a car or staying at a hotel.
2. It can get very quiet. A little too quiet for those who are used to hearing horns, beeps, and fast driving by cars. Colorado is a great state to live in for those who love outdoors, nature, quiet homes, and open land. It was very weird for Andrew and I as we are used to falling asleep to loud trucks and reckless drivers at night. I love visiting Colorado, but I can't imagine living there myself.
3. You're going to love the view of everything from a distance. It was amazing to see the entire sky, cities, mountains, and natural land with no obstruction. In Massachusetts, all you see are trees and the straight-long freeway in front of you. The beautiful views were breathtaking and is something I've learned to appreciate after visiting Colorado multiple times.
4. There are many places to go hiking and do nature-related activities! Three days in a row we went to three different hiking locations: Red Rock in Morrison, Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, and Lory's State Park in Fort Collins. All locations were worth the drive and the views were as wild as the black bears and mountain lions we could have encountered. Unfortunately we didn't do anything more than hiking, but that's because Andrew and I didn't want to do too much traveling. After all, it is a vacation to relax and relieve stress! The hours of driving was enough for me to get exhausted haha.
5. A mile above sea level. Yup, you better believe it's going to take some time to get used to the thin air. No lie, there were times where we'd be driving and I could not catch a breath because the air felt so thin. Your ears will pop and the altitude will find a way to remind you of it.
Thanks for reading!