Recently, I just got back from one of the best vacations I’ve ever had and to my surprise – it did not include a beach – but the mountains of Colorado.
My sister, my long time bestie, and I headed out to CO on my 24th birthday for a week-ish long getaway vacation and it was so great. Minus the extremely uncomfortable flight seating and an excessively expensive 10 minute cab ride to where our rental car was parked.
Because none of us are 25, renting a car from the well-known agencies like Hertz was going to cost us a literal arm and leg for the “being under 25” fee. My sister found this app called Turo which is basically like AirBnB but for cars. People post their cars and all the information the app and you just need to get approved for driving and that’s basically it. Turo isn’t available in all states yet but I would highly recommend this for an alternative to the expensive car renting services.
We contemplated for what felt like months on the car situation – do we uber? do we suck it up and pay? Are there local/free shuttles everywhere we could just take? And eventually we just went with Turo and thank heavens! The communication with the car owner and the car overall was fantastic and we ended up driving all over.
We had a late flight out so we stayed the night in Denver with a friend and explored a wee bit before heading out to Silverthorne, CO where we were spending the rest of trip.
The weather was absolute perfection in Denver – first we headed to Snooze A.M. Eatery for breakfast which had the most amazing breakfast tacos, eva.
Juan’s *amazing* Breakfast Tacos
After we headed back to her neighborhood and walked around to local boutiques and shops and got some ice cream from Little Man Ice Cream which may or may not have been cutest little ice cream place I may have ever seen.
Later that afternoon it was time to make the trek over to Silverthorne which was about an hour and half away. We stayed at a cute AirBnB condo up in the mountains (elevation 9108), grabbed some groceries at their local City Market, and headed back to the condo for some Justin Bieber music videos and chicken pasta.
Lily Pad Lake Trail
Right up the road from where we were staying was the Lily Pad Lake hiking trail which was our plan for the AM. This hike was 3.2 miles total and was super easy considering the hike we were about to tackle two days later. We went later in the morning and it was perfect – there was a decent amount of hikers on the trails but it wasn’t crowded at all.
On Saturday it snowed up in the mountains and was a big ol reality check for the weather we were about to get back in Wisco! We thought it was too cold to hike so we ventured over to this teeny tiny town, Hot Sulphur Springs to check out their hot springs. This hot spring was definitely not what any of us are expecting – there were several different tiny pools all over and the heat increased as the pools got higher up.
The drive was almost two hours and it was such a beautiful scenic route. Once we finished up at the hot springs, we headed over to Breckenridge to check out the shops and grab an appetizer and a local brewski.
The next hike on our list – the beautiful, hanging lake! There are no words for how fricken beautiful this place is but they sure left out a key factor on how HARD this hike is. Sure, it’s only 1.5 miles but it has an elevation gain of 1,065 feet!! I’m not gonna lie – we stopped about every 5 minutes and asked every person to pass us if we were almost there and they all laughed and said not. even. close.
The breathtaking view at the top of Hanging Lake Trail
I may have been a little dramatic in saying that I felt like I was going to die more times than not but it was more than worth it. Pictures do not do ANY part of this trip justice.
Our flight was a late one again heading back home so we had plenty of time to check out on last beautiful sight on the way to their airport. We headed to Boulder to see the Lost Gulch Overlook. This trail allows you to drive up to the top in addition to hiking which is what we did. We drove all the way up this narrow, windy, twisty-turny road that my sister panicked the entire time until we got to the top.
Sissy & I at Lost Gulch overlook
This was the perfect final stop on such an awesome, much needed vacation. Couldn’t thank these two more for what may be the best birthday I’ve ever had.
If you are itching for a vacation or even just a short getaway, grab your besties and head to Colorado to check out these beauties. You will not regret it!
Although I tried my best, I gotta give all the photo cred to my talented sissy, Carlee. If you’re looking for a photographer – be sure to check her out here!
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