Why You Need to Go to Northern Colorado

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Boulder is a great college town with a cool, hip vibe.
Estes Park is so much MORE than just winter skiing destination.  It is such a cool place to relax with a great communal feeling.
The Rocky Mountains National Park is breathtaking with every turn.
It’s all stunning and definitely worth the visit.
 
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WHERE TO GO

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Dream Lake. RMNP
Rocky Mountain National Park:
Fantastic hiking at Bear Lake, Nymph Lake and Dream Lake.  It’s an easy stroll, but keep the altitude in mind.  Take your time when hiking, drink lots of water and stay mindful of altitude sickness.  Symptoms include lightheadedness, shortness of breath and headaches.  It’s a beautiful area to explore – I seriously didn’t want to leave.  There’s so much to see and do.
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St Julien Hotel and Spa in Boulder:
If you are looking for a splurge, check out St. Julien’s either for an awesome spa experience or for sumptuous accommodations.  This one comes recommended by a local.
Boulder Book Store
Pearl Street, Boulder:
 Pearl street is an outdoor pedestrian mall in the centre of Boulder.  It’s laid back, housing some great finds like the Boulder Bookstore and the Arts and Crafts Co-Op.  The whole area encompasses the vibe of which is Boulder.
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Chataqua Park, Boulder:
Another recommendation from two locals. Great hikes from this spot, pretty popular but a nice little place to get food or an ice cream and spend some time outdoors.  There is music and a farmers market in the summer.
Nederland:
A quirky hippy mountain town on the way to Eldora Ski Resort. It’s about a 30 minute drive from downtown Boulder up the mountain roads..There’s a gem of a cafe out of town called Sundance Cafe – they do great breakfasts and you have a killer view out over the Rocky Mountains.
There is also something called Frozen Dead Guy Day in Nederland…we dare you to look it up. Or better yet, discover it for yourself.
Rocky Mountains National Park
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WHERE TO EAT

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The Med
Here are some local recommendations:
Sherpas Restaurant & Bar: 
For a place that’s has a ton of character, and is just an interesting place to eat (and reasonably cheap), check out Sherpas. It’s run by an ex Sherpa from Nepal, and the staff are all Nepali.  Great food, lots of cool photos and climbing gear on the wall. The restaurant is set in an old house and is at the far end of Pearl Street (not actually on Pearl).
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The Med:
This place was recommended by not one, but TWO locals.  Mediterranean food, great spot to hang out. It’s a little more expensive but the food is good, as are the drinks.
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Boulder Teahouse
Another recommendation from two separate locals and their website says it perfectly:  “Considered one of Boulder’s most attractive and popular tourist attractions, as well as being a local favorite for great food, tea, and atmosphere.”  It is a must do.
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For beer garden recommendations, here are few recommendations from the locals.  Microbrewery is big in Colorado, so check these out:
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery:
A fun little restaurant / pub food kind of place, just on the east side of Pearl St. Cheap burgers and good beer, with beer brewed on site.
Bohemian Biergarten
Good atmosphere, german influenced bar/pub with huge glasses.  Pub food but mostly beer.
Upslope Brewery  
Purely a local Boulder microbrewery where you can drink at a small bar and mix with locals.  Off the beaten path in North Boulder, but a great spot to hang out…and they make some very yummy beer.
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WHERE TO STAY

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Wildwood Inn, Estes Park, Colorado
I sat outside in the morning sunshine, drinking my coffee, watching hummingbirds flitter about and elk roam the grounds.  How many places can boast that for ambiance?  The rooms here are large.  The Inn is located close to town and yet only a few miles outside of the Rocky Mountain National Park. It offers free Wi-Fi and full kitchens which really helps keep the budget in check.
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HELPFUL TIPS:

The biggest thing to keep in mind in travelling to this area is the altitude.  Boulder itself is at 5,430 feet (1,655 m), so take it easy with the strenuous activities when you arrive, limit the alcohol intake and drink lots of water.  If you hike the Rocky Mountains National Park, it only increases in altitude, so be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness
Be aware of wildlife. Around the Rocky Mountain National Park, elk is abundant. Slow down, be aware and if you really need to get a photo, pull off the road to do so. (You’d be surprised how many people we saw who failed to do this, almost causing accidents in the process).
If you need to do a load of laundry, check out Dad’s Laundry and Showers in Estes Park.  It is a full service, coin-operated laundry, with drop-off service as well as public showers which are reportedly clean and hot. There’s a full-time attendant in service and as we found, large washers and dryers.  We used it mid-trip for a load of laundry and found it safe and functional.

We have found some great books to inspire your travels through Colorado.
Check out these great reads on best places to go, see and do!

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HANDY LINKS

Check out our Colorado Trover Page for more inspiration.
For additional accommodation options for the Boulder area, click here for more.
Be sure to check out the Rocky Mountain National Park website for the most up to date information, including road closures, weather conditions etc.
One of locals who helped me put together this Destination Guide is Jen Ross.  Jen is a body-centered psychotherapist, and like me, a small business owner.  Jen’s been so open and so generous to share the love about her town.  I know she’s just as generous with her clients. BTW –  She has a GREAT yoga series that sounds awesome…  if only I still lived in the U.S.!
I recommend everyone to check out Jen’s website:  http://www.liveyourfreedom.com.
Thank you Jen!
Why You Need To Go To Northern Colorado | Northern Colorado - Boulder has a cool, hip vibe. Estes Park is so much MORE than winter skiing. The Rocky Mountains National Park is simply breathtaking.

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