Party Like a Rock(y Mountain) Star: 3 Killer Colorado Destinations

Colorado needs to calm down. We get it, Colorado. Your scenery is the prettiest. Your people are the loveliest. Your state flag is the most appealing on a t-shirt. Your dogs are allowed in most all establishments. Your citizens have an average fitness level of a decathlete. The only negative thing I can say is that folks there call sneakers tennis shoes. But according to some quick research that’s a thing in like 2/3 of the country so even that misnomer gets a pass. (Kind of. What, are you always playing tennis??)

Great things to do in Colorado
We just got back from a week in the Wild West visiting my husband’s side of the fam and celebrating my little brother’s (and now sister-in-law’s) nuptials. I tried starting a blog post about the wedding and cried 11 times. I’ll get there but this particular post will contain other Colorado things and less me sitting dehydrated in a puddle of my own joyful tears.

I looked up the Colorado tourism board slogan and paraphrased it for you:Β “Welcome to Colorado, where we all do everything better than you, but we are super nice and will teach you our ways and invite you to stay for tacos. Which by the way, are better here.” Family is always the best part of our trips to the Rocky Mountain state, but my sister-in-law said I couldn’t invite the entire internet to her house for some reason. So here’s a few other great things to do instead.

Grand Lake

The first weekend was my future sister-in-laws bachelorette party at Grand Lake. A party I specifically bought ripped jean shorts for to fit in on the pontoon boat because leading up to this party I felt like a great-grandmother of 7, wondering if we were going to stay up past 9pm and if the ladies would want SPF 75 or 100. Glen laughed at the shorts but I totally blended. Well, I blended until a gentleman at the bar danced up on me and I responded with a polite “no, thank you.” That’s what I became known for at this party, politeness and making good scrambled eggs. There are worse ways to leave your legacy.

Beyond the truly excellent company of the most beautiful women with the most amazing hair I’ve seen in real life, Grand Lake was incredible. The lake – gorg. The pontoon boat – super fun. The Airbnb – lovely. The bars – hopping. If you’re thinking about a visit to Colorado I give this place two enthusiastic thumbs up, five stars, and an A+.

Denver Zoo

I have about a million mixed feelings about zoos. Basically those feelings are summed up as “Animals shouldn’t live in captivity, but OMG look at those elephants!” I love the Denver Zoo though because they do really great work with rescued animals and have created huge habitats keeping the animals physically and mentally stimulated. What did my kids enjoy most? The snacks really. Giraffes came in second.

If you’re in Colorado with kiddos check it out. Two enthusiastic thumbs up, five stars, and an A- (only because for some reason my kids seemed unimpressed that there was a tiger standing above our heads. Probably a knock on my parenting, not on the zoo. So forget it, A+)

Great things to do in Colorado

Red Rock Amphitheater

Gahhhhhhhh!!! This place is everything. I’ve wanted to see a concert at Red Rocks for a long time and totally geeked out when we got tickets to see Sam Hunt. I did a straw poll and the average reader did not want to read this blog post until the end of time so I had to find a way to talk about my feelings in about 100 words. I just wasted so many of them…

First, this place is part of the earth. Just a casual 250 million year old natural acoustic masterpiece. It seats a little less than 10 thousand people but somehow when you are in the audience you feel like you’re alone staring right into the artist’s soul and with everyone in the world at the same time. That doesn’t make sense? I can’t help you. That’s just how it is. Wind in your hair, view of the Denver sun setting behind the stage, ugh it’s so gosh darn beautiful I could pass out.

The artists were incredible too. Chris Janson crushed the opening with enthusiasm and a genuine love and appreciation for the gift of music. Maren Morris blew my mind with her pipes, 80’s Mercedes, and this inspiring closing song that made me so happy I thought I was going to sprout wings and fly away. And Sam Hunt? Dude, this guy is TALENTED. I knew he had hits, but did you know he wrote like every hit on country radio for other people? The amount of grit and skill up on that stage was out of control. I felt honored to witness it.

Rating? Four enthusiastic thumbs up (I borrowed Glen’s), 11 stars, and an B+. Long bathroom line. #sorrynotsorry.

Great things to do in Colorado

In summary, Colorado is my second favorite United State. But Massachusetts is getting jealous, so I’ll actually close with one more Colorado burn so my homeland doesn’t make me sleep on a couch in Rhode Island and Colorado doesn’t get too big of an ego. You know what Colorado doesn’t excel at? Providing oxygen. My resting heart rate was a casual 548 the whole time and I’m in good decent adequate passable shape. Way to make your guests feel badly about themselves, Colorado… gosh.

With an east coast heart and a desire to look cool wearing cowboy boots,

BeccaWith love and a little self-deprecation

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3 Killer Colorado Destinations

27 thoughts on “Party Like a Rock(y Mountain) Star: 3 Killer Colorado Destinations

  1. I grew up in Nebraska and have yet to make my way to Colorado beyond the confines of the airport but my best friend grew up there and her pictures make me salivate all the time. I thoroughly enjoyed your post; made me laugh too much. πŸ™‚

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  2. Now if you could convince the powers that be to put that paraphrased slogan on their license plates…

    Why is it that kids only care about snacks? Seriously. Ask the toddler about vacation and she’ll talk about ice cream. Asked her what she’s looking forward to the most about preschool starting — “snacks.” Kids.

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    • I hope that you are safe in Texas right now! I know it’s a very large state and I’m not sure what part you’re in, but we are all thinking of you guys and sending whatever help we can.


  3. This looks amazing. Please send me the link to that airbnb. I already have airbnb so cannot take the $40 credit but THANKS ANYWAY.
    I was reading some silly article on the HuffPo last night about which food is most hated in every state and Colorado said Flaming Hot Cheetos which I thought was a bit SPECIFIC but I also think it is a giant lie. The same way a stoner would say ‘I’m not high’ without even being asked. I mean, Colorado, WE ALL KNOW YOU ARE HIGH. IT’S FINE.
    I also want to see a show at Red Rocks. But I kind of want to see the Grateful Dead there WITH Jerry Garcia so I’m screwed until I meet the real life Marty McFly.

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    • Trying to find the right Airbnb place for you! My sister in law rented it and I’m not seeing it on the site. Stay tuned. πŸ™‚

      Also, I really want to read that Huff Post article now… I’m also calling BS on that Colorado one though… haha.

      I REALLY hope you meet Marty McFly and get to see Grateful Dead with Jerry Garcia at Red Rocks. Maybe if we both want it bad enough it will happen.

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  4. This is hilarious. My mom’s family is mostly in Colorado, although I haven’t been out there in a few years. I’ve been to a concert at Red Rocks. Even though it was raining, and I hadn’t really heard of the group before, and the whole place smelled like weed, it was AMAZING. Also I love the Denver Zoo.

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  5. You are so funny!!! I’ve always wondered what Colorado is like … apparently it would leave me breathless in many ways. Ha!
    So basically, DE sucks and CO is awesome. Got it! Where does NJ fit into this, in your opinion?? Just curious..

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  6. I’m from Colorado and so glad you enjoyed your stay in the Denver area!! I’m from Colorado Springs (about an hour south of Denver) and am so in love with that state. But since moving to Maryland… I can’t breath when I go home either…..

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  7. I share similar, conflicted feelings about zoos and yet I can’t manage to stay away from one for too long. The Red Rock amphitheater sounds like a border-line religious experience. I can only imagine being touched by the music of some superstar while under those beautiful stars – perfect.

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