Travel Tuesday: Colorado

Rocky Mountains, CO

Rocky Mountains, CO

Well the time has come for my last #TravelTuesday post from our trip out west.  It was truly one of the most amazing trips I have ever been on and it has been so fun reliving it to share with everyone!  The last stop on our trip was Colorado.  Specifically, we visited Durango, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Denver, and Georgetown.  Each place had something new and exciting to offer and it was really interesting to see so many different landscapes in one state.  

First up was Durango, Colorado, a historic town full of beautiful buildings, cute stores, and great restaurants.  One of the main things Durango is known for is their historic train station.  It still runs throughout the day and the workers on the train wear period clothing to match the time period when the train was the main form of transportation.  We ate dinner at The Palace Restaurant which is located right next to the train station.  The decor in the restaurant matched the train worker's period clothing and it felt as if we stepped back in time.  After dinner we were able to explore the town a bit and even took a horse and carriage ride through the neighborhood area.  Some of the houses were huge, intricately designed buildings with wrap around porches and others were small, quaint family homes.  I love exploring historic towns and Durango didn't fall short.  

Durango, CO

Durango, CO

Train Station, Durango, CO

Train Station, Durango, CO

Durango, CO

Durango, CO

Durango, CO

Durango, CO

Next we checked out Garden of the Gods which had a beautiful view of Pikes Peak.  There is an area in Illinois where my boyfriend loves to go called Garden of the Gods, so when we saw that there was another park with the same name in Colorado, we had to go.  There was a nice walking path leading up to an overlook where we were able to view all of the rock formations and Pikes Peak, the highest mountain in North America.  There is also the option of going to the top of Pikes Peak, but it takes about three hours round trip and we did not have enough time to do so.

Garden of the Gods, CO

Garden of the Gods, CO

Garden of the Gods, CO view of Pikes Peak

Garden of the Gods, CO view of Pikes Peak

Garden of the Gods, CO

Garden of the Gods, CO

You can't go to Colorado and not visit Denver!  It was cool to see historic Union Station, which was, and still is, the central hub of transportation for Denver.  It has undergone some improvements over the years including the integration of a hotel, boutiques, book stores, coffee shops, and restaurants to keep up with the development of airport travel over the years.  The building still stands with it's original facade and the upgrades to the inside match the history of the outside.  We were able to enjoy some other detailed architecture and mural work while in Denver as well.  One of our last stops was in Larimer Square, a portion of Denver's beautiful historic district.  It reminded me of a street that belonged in Charleston, South Caroline with the string lights and cobblestone road.  It was fun to get a little taste of The South while out west.  

Union Station - Denver, CO

Union Station - Denver, CO

Capitol Building - Denver, CO

Capitol Building - Denver, CO

Denver, CO

Denver, CO

Larimer Square - Denver, CO

Larimer Square - Denver, CO

Lastly, we spent some time in Georgetown, Colorado, another small town full of adorable shops and extremely nice people.  It was one of those towns where everyone seemed to know each other, and wanted each other to prosper.  In each shop, the owners were extremely hospitable offering their advice on what to do while we visited.  This was another town known for their railroads, so we traveled up the mountain to see the train station and catch a glimpse of the town as a whole.  It looked like something out of a storybook, looking down to see every aspect of that little town all together in one snapshot.  On our way to and from Georgetown we were able to see a few breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and this gorgeous lake (I honestly don't know the name of it).

Georgetown, CO

Georgetown, CO

Georgetown, CO

Georgetown, CO

Rocky Mountains, CO

Rocky Mountains, CO

Rocky Mountains, CO

Rocky Mountains, CO

As I have said time and time again throughout this series, this was one of the most extraordinary trips I have ever been on.  Seeing all of these amazing sites really made me stop and think about how incredibly blessed I am to live on this amazing planet designed by such an awesome God.  As always, if you have questions about anything, leave a comment below!

 
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