Colorado is hands down one of the most beautiful states in the US. That might be my biased opinion based on two separate snowboarding trips there with a church youth group, but many people would agree with me. I’ve never been to one of the spots in Colorado that I want to go to the most. It’s one of the most visited cities in the state, Boulder. This city was featured in the fictional movie ‘The Stand,’ and while that may not seem like a fittingly picturesque image, other things I’ve seen and heard about Boulder, Colorado make it seem like the most peaceful and gorgeous spot for living or vacationing.
The city I visited twice was Monarch or Monarch Mountain in Salida, Colorado. The first time around we stayed up on the mountain and that to me was the best. The lodge was a little weird, like as in ‘The Shining’ weird, but that’s also what made it and the people there cool. I have great memories of the place, and the next year we stayed at a cheap chain hotel. It was nice enough and all but didn’t come with as much unique amenities and memories. Mind you; the lodge was out in the middle of the woods in the mountains.
The chain hotel we stayed at was actually at the base of the mountain down the road in Salida, Colorado. I recommend going for a unique experience with a lodge or something, but make sure you keep an open mind. You’ll want to be sure the reviews match what you expect first as well. Some of the people that went with me still preferred the chain hotel, but I liked the lodge. If you want to experience Colorado for real, you want unique lodging accommodations.
You also want to know the best spots. You can visit Denver, which may just be the cream of the crop. You want to look at places like the ones mentioned, Boulder, Salida and Monarch Mountain. Those are some of my suggestions, and of course there are many other great cities and attractions to choose from as well.
Colorado would be one of those states I would look at to live if I weren’t already so happy with where I live now. I love coastal South Carolina, but I’ve enjoyed my trips to Colorado. If you’re planning a visit there, one of the things you will remember the most is how beautiful it is there.