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Katia & Rob’s guidebook

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Katia & Rob’s guidebook

Natural Wonders and Beautiful Destinations of Colorado
A few of the places we have visited and recommend to those wanting to experience the awesome natural beauty and charm of Colorado!
This place is just breathtaking! A natural canyon formed by the Arkansas River and showcased by an old style wooden suspension bridge.
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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
4218 Co Rd 3A
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This place is just breathtaking! A natural canyon formed by the Arkansas River and showcased by an old style wooden suspension bridge.
The waterfall here is amazing, definitely a great place to take pictures. If the 230+ steps to the top in high altitude are too much, there’s also an elevator to an observation platform.
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The Broadmoor Seven Falls
Lake Avenue
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The waterfall here is amazing, definitely a great place to take pictures. If the 230+ steps to the top in high altitude are too much, there’s also an elevator to an observation platform.
A nice hike to a very scenic view, you’ll not be disappointed in the natural beauty on display here. Come in the spring to enjoy all the fragrant wildflowers.
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Horsetooth Mountain
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A nice hike to a very scenic view, you’ll not be disappointed in the natural beauty on display here. Come in the spring to enjoy all the fragrant wildflowers.
We are within walking distance of this area, once a weapons manufacturing and storage area it’s now a haven for all kinds of birds, deer and prairie dogs.
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Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
6550 Gateway Road
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We are within walking distance of this area, once a weapons manufacturing and storage area it’s now a haven for all kinds of birds, deer and prairie dogs.
It’s a natural acoustically perfect and world famous venue for musical acts all the way from the turn of the century til now. Even if you don’t visit the free attached museum, it’s worth a look just for the raw natural beauty and view of Denver from the foothills.
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Red Rocks Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
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It’s a natural acoustically perfect and world famous venue for musical acts all the way from the turn of the century til now. Even if you don’t visit the free attached museum, it’s worth a look just for the raw natural beauty and view of Denver from the foothills.
Truly magnificent! A must see while here!
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Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
1805 N 30th St
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Truly magnificent! A must see while here!
This is the route on Hwy 36 between Loveland and Estes Park. The high walls and twisty road while paralleling the Big Thompson River are something you will remember for years to come.
Big Thompson Canyon
This is the route on Hwy 36 between Loveland and Estes Park. The high walls and twisty road while paralleling the Big Thompson River are something you will remember for years to come.
Such an obvious place to see that I almost forgot to put it on this list, lol
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Rocky Mountain National Park
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Such an obvious place to see that I almost forgot to put it on this list, lol
It’s been many years since I’ve been here, almost other worldly beauty.
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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It’s been many years since I’ve been here, almost other worldly beauty.
Discovered by accident, this network of caves features a myriad of geological wonders. Truly worth a visit.
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Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
100 Cave of the Winds Road
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Discovered by accident, this network of caves features a myriad of geological wonders. Truly worth a visit.
Brought from Mesa Verde, this exhibit allows you to immerse yourself in the Native American culture of the Taos Pueblo tribe from 800-1000 years ago.
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Manitou Cliff Dwellings
10 Cliff Road
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Brought from Mesa Verde, this exhibit allows you to immerse yourself in the Native American culture of the Taos Pueblo tribe from 800-1000 years ago.
Buffalo are cool! Need I say more?
Buffalo Overlook
Buffalo are cool! Need I say more?
Awesome place to bird watch and view other wildlife.
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Barr Lake
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Awesome place to bird watch and view other wildlife.
A favorite destination of Stephen King (the Stanley Hotel inspired his book “The Shining” and was featured in “The Stand”), this mountain valley community is like no other.
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Estes Park
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A favorite destination of Stephen King (the Stanley Hotel inspired his book “The Shining” and was featured in “The Stand”), this mountain valley community is like no other.
A great place to stop and explore!
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Idaho Springs
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A great place to stop and explore!
Restaurants Within Five Miles of Our Home
Yes, there’s a McDonalds and several other such chains in the area. This is a list of more unique or local places to get some food or drink.
Love this place! The menu is a mixture of Caribbean and Southern cooking and the drinks are strong! There’s also a stage for musical acts which we’ve only seen on weekends.
Catfish Haven
4650 Tower Rd
Love this place! The menu is a mixture of Caribbean and Southern cooking and the drinks are strong! There’s also a stage for musical acts which we’ve only seen on weekends.
This is an awesome secret hole in the wall Mexican market that serves very authentic food from a small kitchen in the back.
la despensa latina
4650 Tower Rd
This is an awesome secret hole in the wall Mexican market that serves very authentic food from a small kitchen in the back.
Great place with a great beer selection.
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Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden
4995 Argonne Street
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Great place with a great beer selection.
Casual place with good Vietnamese noodle soups!
Pho Kitchen 88
18734-18924 Green Valley Ranch Blvd
Casual place with good Vietnamese noodle soups!
Really good ice cream!!!
Neveria Aztlan Itza
4882 Chambers Rd
Really good ice cream!!!
Great place & staff - reasonably priced and delicious!
Renegado Tacos and Margaritas
6651 N Tower Road
Great place & staff - reasonably priced and delicious!
Some of the best restaurants in the area are in here - not cheap but definitely top shelf!
Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
6700 North Gaylord Rockies Boulevard
Some of the best restaurants in the area are in here - not cheap but definitely top shelf!
City Attractions
Colorado is not just all about skiing and hiking! Denver is a diverse and unique city that has so much to offer. Here are some interesting places to see in our great city of Denver!
This is the “Main Street” in Denver. It’s closed off to all but pedestrian traffic and free shuttle buses that run til midnight from the Capital building to Union Station. The street is lined with shops, restaurants and other sites.
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16th Street Mall
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This is the “Main Street” in Denver. It’s closed off to all but pedestrian traffic and free shuttle buses that run til midnight from the Capital building to Union Station. The street is lined with shops, restaurants and other sites.
A great old fashioned train station with restaurants, shops and of course trains. The building itself is beautiful and worthy of a few pictures.
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Union Station
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A great old fashioned train station with restaurants, shops and of course trains. The building itself is beautiful and worthy of a few pictures.
An older area in Denver which houses the train station, baseball stadium and a bunch of fun bars and restaurants. This is where the action is in Denver on Friday and Saturday nights.
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LoDo
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An older area in Denver which houses the train station, baseball stadium and a bunch of fun bars and restaurants. This is where the action is in Denver on Friday and Saturday nights.
Great place to shop and eat, plus it’s so beautiful at night!
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Larimer Square
1430 Larimer Street
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Great place to shop and eat, plus it’s so beautiful at night!
Huge building with the world famous blue bear peeking in, almost always something interesting going on inside as well.
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The Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
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Huge building with the world famous blue bear peeking in, almost always something interesting going on inside as well.
Gotta see it! :-)
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Colorado State Capitol
200 East Colfax Avenue
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Gotta see it! :-)
Breathtaking! The variety of fauna must be seen to be appreciated.
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Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street
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Breathtaking! The variety of fauna must be seen to be appreciated.
Great place to see a game and the biggest outfield in the majors!
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Coors Field
2001 Blake Street
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Great place to see a game and the biggest outfield in the majors!
Where the Broncos call home, can’t miss it if traveling downtown on I-25.
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Mile High Stadium
1701 Bryant Street
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Where the Broncos call home, can’t miss it if traveling downtown on I-25.
Nuggets and Avalanche play here as well as countless events and performances.
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Pepsi Center
1000 Chopper Circle
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Nuggets and Avalanche play here as well as countless events and performances.
A fantastic amusement and water park.
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Elitch Gardens
2000 Elitch Circle
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A fantastic amusement and water park.
Love the glass tunnel here! Walking through with stingrays swimming overhead is just mind bending.
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Downtown Aquarium
700 Water Street
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Love the glass tunnel here! Walking through with stingrays swimming overhead is just mind bending.
Easily the soul of a city is the art it produces. Denver won’t let you down here!
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River North Art District
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Easily the soul of a city is the art it produces. Denver won’t let you down here!
More great street art near downtown on Santa Fe Drive, many art galleries as well
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Art District on Santa Fe
525 Santa Fe Dr
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More great street art near downtown on Santa Fe Drive, many art galleries as well
Even if you don’t go inside, the outside is worth a look!
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Denver Art Museum
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
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Even if you don’t go inside, the outside is worth a look!
If Christmas time in Denver, this place is the most awesome thing you’ll ever see!
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Civic Center
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If Christmas time in Denver, this place is the most awesome thing you’ll ever see!
It's a small museum, but you can spend all day there looking at art from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century.
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Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
1201 Bannock Street
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It's a small museum, but you can spend all day there looking at art from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century.
Local art museum with unique temporary exhibits.
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Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany Street
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Local art museum with unique temporary exhibits.
Recommend Restaurants Outside our Neighborhood
Places we’ve been to a little further away, but worth it! :-)
Daily free tasting of 17 varieties of wine, getting an accompanying cheese board is highly recommended.
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Balistreri Vineyards
1946 East 66th Avenue
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Daily free tasting of 17 varieties of wine, getting an accompanying cheese board is highly recommended.
Go hungry! Random servers make the rounds and bring delicious offerings right to your plate!
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Rodizio Grill - Denver
1801 Wynkoop Street
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Go hungry! Random servers make the rounds and bring delicious offerings right to your plate!
Coolest place to watch St Patrick's Day parade or to have a meal and drink with friends.
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ViewHouse Ballpark
2015 Market Street
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Coolest place to watch St Patrick's Day parade or to have a meal and drink with friends.
So much to see here, it should almost be classified as a museum.
Hard Rock Cafe
500 16th Street
So much to see here, it should almost be classified as a museum.
If you are a Chicago sports fan, this is the place for you! Coming through the door transports you to a Chicago tavern, they even serve Old Style beer and make signature Chicago thin crust pizza!
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Wyman's
2033 East 13th Avenue
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If you are a Chicago sports fan, this is the place for you! Coming through the door transports you to a Chicago tavern, they even serve Old Style beer and make signature Chicago thin crust pizza!
Hands down the BEST BAGEL to be had ANYWHERE! They make them fresh at this location and I’ve been coming here for over 20 years! When in Fort Collins this is a MUST STOP for us :-)
Gib's New York Bagels
2531 S Shields St
Hands down the BEST BAGEL to be had ANYWHERE! They make them fresh at this location and I’ve been coming here for over 20 years! When in Fort Collins this is a MUST STOP for us :-)
Another Fort Collins entry on this list, the variety of choices here are astounding and they also have been here well over 20 years! Nobody walks out of here unhappy unless they got too full to try everything!
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Walrus Ice Cream
125 West Mountain Avenue
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Another Fort Collins entry on this list, the variety of choices here are astounding and they also have been here well over 20 years! Nobody walks out of here unhappy unless they got too full to try everything!
There is just something special about this place! To be in the Estes Valley sipping on a perfectly prepared hot drink while sitting in one of the most charming coffee houses anywhere is just an experience to warm ones heart. Go there and you’ll understand just what I’m talking about :-)
Raven's Roast Coffee Lounge
157 W Elkhorn Ave
There is just something special about this place! To be in the Estes Valley sipping on a perfectly prepared hot drink while sitting in one of the most charming coffee houses anywhere is just an experience to warm ones heart. Go there and you’ll understand just what I’m talking about :-)
Do you like seafood? This is the perfect place for you then! Not fancy, just good!
The Yabby Hut
3355 South Yarrow Street
Do you like seafood? This is the perfect place for you then! Not fancy, just good!
I am a fan of good breakfast bagel sandwiches. If I cannot go all the way to Gib’s in Fort Collins, this is my second choice. Good coffee too!
New York Bagel Cafe
2764 South Wadsworth Boulevard
I am a fan of good breakfast bagel sandwiches. If I cannot go all the way to Gib’s in Fort Collins, this is my second choice. Good coffee too!
There are other Big Daddy’s locations in the city BUT this one is the BEST! You see, the owner Tyler is very picky about how a pizza is made and demands his employees to make them right!
Big Daddy's Pizza - Bear Valley
2772 South Wadsworth Boulevard
There are other Big Daddy’s locations in the city BUT this one is the BEST! You see, the owner Tyler is very picky about how a pizza is made and demands his employees to make them right!
Ok, the food is only so-so, but the pace is AMAZING! It’s like visiting a Mexican villa!
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Casa Bonita
6715 West Colfax Avenue
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Ok, the food is only so-so, but the pace is AMAZING! It’s like visiting a Mexican villa!
All the menu written on chalkboard on wall, such great breakfast choices and delicious coffee 😋
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The French Press
15290 East Iliff Avenue
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All the menu written on chalkboard on wall, such great breakfast choices and delicious coffee 😋
Good food, fun sports bar.
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Sam's No. 3 Glendale
435 South Cherry Street
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Good food, fun sports bar.
Awesome beer place with self serve taps! Also lots of unique spaces to eat, shop and play - JUST GO!
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Stanley Marketplace
2501 Dallas St
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Awesome beer place with self serve taps! Also lots of unique spaces to eat, shop and play - JUST GO!