My summer vacation to Colorado is one that will never be forgotten. There are so many things to be seen and done that they cannot all be done in one trip. My family, however, tried to fit in as much as possible. This is my record of our trip.
The trip from Louisiana took two days. After an eleven hour drive, we stopped in Amarillo, Texas to stay the night and take a swim. The next day was six hours, and we arrived in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Our first endeavor was Cave of the Winds. This Cave was extremely interesting. As you tour it, you see the many ways that our ancestors navigated. However, if you are not overly intrigued by the thought of it, I do not recommend it. Also, there are a lot of slippery parts, skinny walk throughs, and stairs, so do not do it if you have trouble with these particular things.
After our trip to the Cliff Dwellings, we took a horse ride through the Garden of the Gods with Academy Riding Stables. The ride allows you to see parts that are not viewable from the car, and was one of my favorite parts of the entire trip. The views are indescribable, so incredible that you are just in awe the entire time. However, if you do not want to pay the price or ride a horse, you can drive your car on a different route, a shorter route, might I add, for free. Personally, I liked our choice of riding the horses and then driving through to take more pictures. There are also hikes that can be taken.
We then proceeded to Seven Falls. The first thing is that you should most definitely wait a few days because of the high altitude of the hikes. There are seven waterfalls, two places to view them, and two trails that you can hike. One of the viewing points is an elevator route, and the higher one, that is closer to the falls, is a stair route, which had 224 steps. The hikes are a half mile and a mile, but are harder than they sound just because of the altitude. This has an extremely long wait to enter and I recommend skipping it.
There are two towns, Breckinridge and Leadville, which we visited one day. Breckinridge is your typical tourist town, and reminded me of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There you can shop and ride a ski lift to the top of a mountain to a water park. Leadville is a cute little town with the best steak place. It is called Quincy’s Steak House, they serve one item on the menu, depending on the day, and are wallet friendly. That is an absolute must on your trip to Colorado.
The Royal Gorge was next on our agenda, and was incredible. The park around it keeps you busy the entire day. You can ride the steepest incline railway to the bottom of the canyon, walk across the longest suspension bridge, and take so many pictures that you will not have enough memory. It is absolutely incredible and contains many of your typical tourist attractions, as well as cute shops that are completely different from things you can buy in your hometown.
This is the most exciting family vacation I have ever been on and highly recommend it. There are so many things to do, and these are the highlights of what I did. Make sure you do your research, but go to Colorado at least once in your life. There’s nothing like it.
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