Coloradograms: Vail & Garden Of The Gods

What do you do when you arrive in Denver Friday Morning, have a wedding in Vail Saturday afternoon, and fly out Sunday evening? You try to jam pack as much exploring as you possibly can into one weekend!

Here’s what we did:

Flew into Denver Airport and arrived around 11 am. Hopped on a bus to our rental car and hit the road to Vail. We made one pit stop for lunch (Jimmy John’s duh!). Chase was actually in the wedding so he had to be at the rehearsal at 3:00 pm. We got to Vail around 1:00 pm, quickly explored Vail Village. Basically just on the hunt for wine (we found it!), then checked into our AIRBNB at Vail Racquet Club. (highly recommend btw- they gave us a free upgrade to a 2 bedroom suite and it’s only about 7 minutes from Vail Village!) Chase changed quick and flew out the door, meanwhile I took my time getting ready for the Meet & Greet at Four Seasons at 6:00pm. Flash forward to Saturday morning. Chase didn’t have to be at the ceremony until 1:30, so we finally had some time to explore a bit. We drove around Vail and pretty much stopped anywhere that looked worthy of a photo op. The pines were so pretty with all of the snow! Pro-tip: renting a car really is the best way to go. I know I say this about all of our trips, but if you want to make the most of your trip, you will listen ;) Wedding festivities took place the rest of the day/night at the Sonnenalp. Flash forward to Sunday morning! Okay so this is when the real exploring kicks in. We have until 3:00 pm to take in all of Colorado’s beauty. We make a last minute decision to drive to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Mind you this is an hour south of Denver but it had been on our list so why not!

Okay Garden of the Gods is really cool! Not only is it pretty with the red rocks but you can actually climb them too! Only serious climbers with a permit were allowed to climb the tall ones (which there were some climbing while we were there) but there are a few crevices in the rocks that are really fun for the basic climber. As Chase said, my inner tom boy came out! haha. Anyway my point is that it’s definitely breathtaking and worth driving an hour out of our way.

Okay phew. Just reminiscing about this weekend tires me out all over again, but it was all worth it! Plus we got to see our friends get married, so win win! Here are some pics from our trip below:

Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado

Chase and I

Chase and I

Garden of the Gods  , rock climbing!

Garden of the Gods , rock climbing!

48 Hours in Colorado

We flew into Denver, Colorado on a Friday afternoon and stayed at the Westin Downtown.  Friday evening we had tickets to see a sold out Odesza show at Red Rocks!! I have had this amphitheater on my bucket list for a while now and let me just say it is a sight to be seen!! The venue is just as beautiful as the photos! Be prepared for some climbing though, the seating is no joke! :) Anyway the concert was amazing! Pro Tip: Ubers will pick you up at the bottom of the venue!  (Do not walk to the top like we did, or you will be in for a work out!) 

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The next day we rented a white Jeep Wrangler (aka my dream car!) from an App called Turo! It's basically AirBNB for cars! It's a lot cheaper than renting from the airport, plus you get to choose the car you want.  We wanted to spend this day exploring, so we we basically picked a direction on the map (West) and started driving, top down of course ;) We drove through Keystone which had so many beautiful photo ops and mountain views! Pretty neat how there is still snow at the top of the mountains in the summer. It definitely dropped about 30 degrees when we made it closer to the top. Pro-Tip: Have a jacket or sweater on hand! 

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Saturday evening we were pretty exhausted from all of our festivities and just grabbed a bite to eat in downtown Denver! It's a fun town to walk around in, they even have a free train that will take you through the downtown area. We flew out at 8 am the next morning! The trip was short & sweet, but totally worth it!! Can't wait to go back and explore some more!