7 Days in Colorado – Ultimate Colorado Travel Guide and Itinerary

With over 300 days of sunshine, Colorado is definitely a year-round destination known for its nature, city life, food scene and lots of hot springs. We’ll show you how to spend 7 days in Colorado.

Did you know? Colorado is called the Centennial State because it became a state in 1876, the 100th anniversary of the United States independence.

Saint Catherine's Chapel on the Rock with Rocky Mountains National Park

To experience all that Colorado has to offer, a road trip is a must! And that’s exactly what we did on our 7 day trip to Colorado, visiting Denver, Estes Park, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Snowmass, Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs.

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Based on our epic road trip, here’s an ultimate Colorado travel guide with a very detailed entire itinerary for 7 days in Colorado including over 40 best things to do, places to eat and stay!


Ultimate Road Trip Colorado 7 Day Itinerary with Denver, Estes Park, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Snowmass and Colorado Springs

Planning A Trip to Colorado

Things You Should Know About Colorado

Weather

Spring (March 20- June 21): Average temperature during the day will be anywhere from 13-24 °C (55-75 °F). During the night expect anywhere between -1 to 10 °C (30-50 °F)

Summer (June 21 – September 22): Average temperature during the day will be anywhere from 21-35 °C (70-95 °F). During the night expect anywhere between 4-15 °C (40-60 °F).

Snowy Mountains Steamboat Springs Colorado

Elevation

Colorado has the highest mean altitude in the USA with a mean elevation of 6,800 feet above sea level. For example, Winter Park has elevations above 9,121′ ft. (2,780 m). Many of Colorado’s mountain towns are at elevations above 8,000 ft. (2,438 m).

Altitude sickness is very common from the abrupt change in weather, very dry air or dehydration. You have to prepare for it.

Loveland Pass Continental Divide Sign saying Elevation 11,990 feet in Colorado

Climatize yourself before the trip so your system is not shocked with the altitude change.

Always stay hydrated! Signs of dehydration are dizziness, headache, disorientation, fever, all of which will be heightened by altitude.

It’s encouraged to begin your hydration a couple of days prior to departure. Always drink more water than you think you need.

Tipping

The standard tip in Colorado is 15-20%. For any organized or guided activities, be prepared to tip anywhere from $10-$15 per person, depending on the activity (customary is 10-20%).

Smoke-Free Zones

Be sure to ask where smoking is permitted. There are many attractions and destinations in Colorado that are Smoke-Free Zones, including many towns that don’t allow any smoking next to entryways.

Similarly, smoking is prohibited in National Parks and National Forests due to fires that can start in an instant which may cause a forest fire.

Drinking Age

The drinking age in Colorado is 21 years old. Since most, if not all, restaurants or bars will ask for proof of age, be sure to bring an Identification Card or Passport.

Bike Bar with Pedal Hopper in Denver, Colorado
In Denver, Pedal Pubs are party beer bikes from Pedal Hopper

WiFi and Cell Signal

Plan for having no WiFi or Cell Signal. Depending on where you are in Colorado, WiFi and Cellular Services may not always be available.

Especially when going on a road trip, there will be times with very limited or no cell or Wi-Fi services due to mountainous terrain.

Cloudy Day at Rocky Mountain National Park

Be sure to do everything you need to do online when it’s available and before hitting the road. Wi-Fi might only work in locations with known WiFi or hotspot connections like the cities/towns, hotels, restaurants, Welcome Centers, etc.

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What To Pack For Your Colorado Trip

Layers of clothing and a light jacket. Given the weather changes, doing layers and a light jacket is more recommended than a heavy jacket (unless it’s winter).

Throughout the road trip, you might experience very hot to very cold extremes. Even on hot days, temperatures get chilly after sunset, especially at high elevations.

Comfortable walking/hiking shoes. Since Colorado is a very outdoorsy and nature-heavy State, even if you’re not hiking, you will be walking.

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua smiling while walking the Yin Yang Trail in Snowmass

Reusable water bottle. You always need to be hydrated in Colorado to avoid altitude sickness so having a refillable water bottle like Swell is recommended.

You can refill the bottle with tap water because it is clean and perfectly safe to consume in Colorado.

Sunscreen. Colorado can be quite hot especially at high altitudes. It’s recommended to always wear and reapply sunscreen throughout the day, especially during activities.

Swimsuit. One of the best things to do in Colorado is visiting the many Hot Springs found all around the State. You’ll definitely want your swimsuit ready for this, or if you simply want to soak in the hotel’s hot tub or swimming pool.

People on the Hot Springs at Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Sunglasses and Hat. More protection from the heat, and you’ll definitely want to protect your eyes.

Jeans. Colorado is a very casual state. Denim is acceptable attire nearly everywhere.

Bug Spray. When going on nature hikes, you’ll want to have bug spray handy.

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Colorado Fun Facts

The name Colorado comes from the Spanish language for “Colored Red” (color rojo).

Colorado is known for the 14ers, which are mountains/peaks that exceed 14,000 feet in elevation, and there are 58 of them. At an elevation of 14,433 feet, Mount Elbert is Colorado’s highest peak and the second highest peak in the lower 48 states.

The white colored tents over the terminal at Denver International Airport that you see from outside represent the 14ers.

Colorado’s drink scene is quite strong with 330 breweries, 140 wineries and over 90 distilleries. In fact, the annual Great American Beer Festival is the biggest convention in held Denver. It is also the largest beer festival in the USA and one of the largest in the world.

There are over 1500 ghost towns in Colorado and most of them are now attractions.

The Grand Mesa in Western Colorado is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world!

Colorado has their version of Green Chile (Chili Verde) which uses Pueblo Chile from Pueblo, Colorado unlike New Mexico’s Green Chile which uses Hatch Chile. There is much debate on which one is better.

One of the most exotic things you can eat in Colorado is Rocky Mountain Oysters. They are not the typical shellfish oysters you’re thinking of. They are deep-fried bull testicles that are skinned and coated in flour, pepper and salt.


7 Days in Colorado: 40+ Things To Do, Places To Eat and Stay

This ultimate road trip guide has you covered on how to spend a week in Colorado! Let’s get started.

Colorado Day 1 Trip Itinerary: Denver

Day 1 of your 7 Days in Colorado is at Denver. From Denver International Airport, drive about 40 minutes to Denver.

With about 700K in population in the city proper, Denver is called the Mile High City because it is exactly one mile above sea level at 5280 feet or 1609.3 meters.

Did you know? Denver’s Colfax Avenue is the longest street in the USA!

For beer aficionados, there are more than 150 craft breweries in Denver to try! Denver has been named the #1 Microbrew Beer City in the USA by Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler.

Don’t expect much late-night scene as most establishes closes at 11pm. They make it up with their outdoors scene. People wake up early to enjoy nature and outdoor activities.

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Avelina

Once in Denver, first order of business is lunch/brunch at Avelina.

Located in Denver’s LoDo (Lower Downtown), Avelina specializes on seasonal New American cuisine offering dinner, lunch and weekend brunch, along with a happy hour.

Brunch Steak and Eggs at Avelina Denver of Urban Food Group
Steak & Eggs ($19.50) – bistro steak, ramp aioli, asparagus, roasted potatoes, cipollini, blue cheese butter, poached egg

Brunch is served Saturdays 11am-3pm and Sundays 10am-2:30pm.

Shredded Chicken Taco Brunch at Avelina in Denver
Tinga Breakfast Tacos ($12.50) – grilled flour tortillas, scrambled eggs, tinga marinated chicken, avocado, pickled onions

Green Chili (Chili Verde) is a staple in Colorado restaurants. The one at Avelina is more like a pulled pork style than a stew.

Pork Green Chili for Brunch at Avelina Denver
Pork Green Chili ($13.5) – sour cream, crispy fingerlings, poached egg, pickled onion, cilantro, grilled tortilla
Brunch Shrimp and Grits at Avelina in Denver
Shrimp & Grits ($15.5) – bacon poblano grits, cilantro, celery, red pepper, hot sauce

The restaurant has an open kitchen concept, a relaxed dining room, a bar and an open patio.

Dining Room at Avelina in Denver
Outdoor Bar at Avelina in Denver

Website / Address: 1550 17th St, Denver, Colorado 80202


Denver Union Station

Opened first in 1881, rebuilt in 1914 and then renovated in time for 2014, Union Station is a major landmark and attraction.

Denver Union Station from outside

One of the best things to do in Denver, the Union Station is the gathering place for both locals and tourists with big public spaces, local restaurants (including Mercantile Dining & Provision from a James Beard Award winning Chef), bars and cafes, and one of newest hotels in the city, The Crawford.

Inside Union Station in Downtown Denver, Colorado
Downtown Denver Union Station Terminal
Flowers on Alter Ego plant holder at Denver Union Station

Website / Address: 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, Colorado 80211


Ultimate Urban Denver City Tour with eTuk Denver

One of the best Denver city tours is the Urban Denver City Tour with eTuk Denver for a behind-the-scenes and historical look at the Mile High City. What makes it unique is you go around the city in a tuk tuk (yes, the one known in Thailand).

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eTuk Ride parked by Power & Equality Mural in RiNo Art Alley in Denver

Did you know? The tuk tuk is 100% electric and built locally in Denver by eTuk USA!

From the pick-up point, you’ll be exploring Denver’s local hot spots and hidden gems. This tour is a great way to visit Denver’s top sites for photo-ops.

You’ll be stopping in front of the Colorado State Capitol.

Colorado State Capital in Denver
Up-close of Colorado State Capitol in Denver
Centered Colorado State Capitol and Obelisk Monument in Denver

You’ll be checking out the most iconic sculpture in Denver, the “I See What You Mean” sculpture, or commonly called as the Big Blue Bear. Made with blue clay, the Big Blue Bear is looking inside the Colorado Convention Center.

Did you know? In Denver, big buildings are required a public art installation that costs 1% of the cost of the building.

I See What You Mean Sculpture in Denver
Looking up to see Big Blue Bear Sculpture at Colorado Convention Center in Denver

The Brown Palace Hotel is known for having famous people stay in including The Beatles and all the US presidents except Obama and Trump.

Brown Palace Hotel ceiling during eTuk Ride in Denver
The ceiling of Brown Palace Hotel

Other highlights of our tour include:

  • Golden Triangle, the Main Museum area and one of Denver’s largest Creative Districts
  • Poets Row where all buildings are named after poets
  • Larimer Square, Denver’s Most Historic Block with 300 Alley cat sculptures
Kitty Church and 1999 Broadway office building in Denver, Colorado
Kitty Church and the 6th tallest building in Denver, the 1999 Broadway

Our last stop was at RiNo Neighborhood and Graffiti Murals. Known for breweries and street art, RiNo (River North) is the most expensive part Denver because that’s where most of the young ppl are.

Obey Giant's Power & Equality mural in Denver
Power & Equality mural by Obey Giant in RINO Art District
Two Girls Faces on Brick Wall in RiNo Art Neighbourhood in Denver
Zig Zag Pattern Mural in River North RiNo Art Walk in Denver
Keep Smiling Mural in River North RiNo Art District
River North (RiNo) Street Art in Denver
Rhino with The Matchbox Graffiti in River North RiNo Neighborhood

My favourite mural is this one made by Chad Bolsinger for The Crush Walls 2018. I love the intricate details and vivid colors! He even incorporated the water drain pipe at the bottom left as part of the mural.

Full Graffiti by Chad Bolsinger at River North RiNo Art District in Denver
Close-up Mural by Chad Bolsinger at River North RiNo Art District in Denver

Website / Address: Multiple Locations


Work & Class Restaurant

You must have dinner at Work & Class, one of the best restaurants in Denver. This no-frills restaurant in Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood is driven by the motto, “a square meal, a stiff drink, and a fair price.”

Shredded Roasted Goat at Work and Class in RiNo Denver
Roasted Goat/Cabrito ($9.75) – 1/4 lb

Travelling Foodie Tip: To find the restaurant, look for this eye-catching sculpture.

Tyrannosaurus Rex biting Disney's Mickey at The Ramble Hotel in RiNo, Denver
12-foot cardboard sculpture of T-Rex with Mickey Mouse by Laurence Vallieres sits on top of The Ramble Hotel

For cocktail lovers, try their unique barrel-aged cocktails.

Old Fashioned Cocktail at Work and Class Denver
Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned Cocktail ($13) – tap rye

And at Work & Class, ewe definitely must try their Coriander Roasted Colorado Lamb. Tender and flavour slices of lamb!

Sliced Medium Rare Roasted Lamb on steel bowl at Work and Class Denver
Coriander Roasted Colorado Lamb ($9.75) – 1/4 lb

Other favorites include the blue corn empanada, rosemary red wine sausage, Wisonsic cheddar mac and cheese.

Whole Pork Sausage at Work and Class Denver
Rosemary Red Wine Sausage ($9) – pickled cabbage, dijon mustard
Hopi Maize Empanadas at Work and Class Denver
Blue Corn Empanadas ($9) – stuffed with mushrooms, asparagus, onion, garlic, brandy, Manchego cheese
Macaroni and Cheese at Work and Class Restaurant in Denver, Colorado
Wisconsin Cheddar Mac & Cheese ($6)
Fried Bananas at Work and Class Restaurant in River North RiNo District in Denver
Spiced Fried Sweet Plantains ($6) – Small

For dessert, get the warm chocolate brownie!

Strawberry Cheesecake at Work and Class Denver
Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake ($7) – fresh strawberries
Chocolate Brownie with Walnut and Ice Cream on Skillet at Work and Class Denver
Warm Chocolate Brownie ($7) – Salty Dog chocolate ice cream, toasted walnuts
Carrot Cake at Work and Class in River North, Denver
Loca’s Carrot Cake ($7) – pineapple, walnuts, mascarpone & goat cheese frosting
Butterscotch Pudding in maison jar at Work and Class Denver
Butterscotch Pudding ($6) – almond toffee, whipped cream

Website / Address: 2500 Larimer St, Denver, Colorado 80205


Le Meridien Denver Downtown

Stay the night at Le Meridien Denver Downtown, conveniently located within walking distance of many of Denver’s top attractions.

On the lobby of Le Meridien Denver Downtown, there’s a restaurant (Corinne Restaurant), a cafe/bar (The Lobbyist) and a tapas eatery (AC Kithcne).

Bartender making Aperol Spritz at The Lobbyist inside Le Méridien Denver Downtown
Aperol Spritz at Le Méridien Denver Downtown

I stayed at the King Guest Bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and city views. The stylish rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers.

Check for prices and availability on Booking.com / Agoda

I highly recommend checking out the rooftop cocktail bar, 54thirty, with mountain views.

Sunset Views from the 54thirty Rooftop at Le Méridien Denver Downtown

Next morning, have breakfast at Corinne Restaurant before heading to Estes Park.

Chicken and Waffles at Corinne Restaurant in Le Meridien Denver Downtown
Chicken & Waffles ($14.95) – house recipe chicken tenders, Belgian waffles, bee squared honey butter, maple syrup
BLT Deviled Eggs at Corinne Restaurant at Le Meridien Hotel in Downtown Denver, Colorado
BLT Deviled Eggs ($6.95) – peppered bacon, peppercorn aioli

Website / Address: 1475 California St, Denver, Colorado 80202

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Colorado Day 2 Trip Itinerary: Denver to Estes Park

Day 2 of your 7 Days in Colorado is at Estes Park, which is 1.5 hours drive direct from Denver. However, we are making a detour to Red Rocks Park, extending the drive by 30 minutes.

With an elevation of 7,500 feet, Estes Park is a town that got its name from its first permanent residents, Kentuckian Joel Estes and his wife Patsy.

Did you know? The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is the inspiration to Stephen King’s 1977 bestseller The Shining’s Overlook Hotel. In fact, the popular author and his wife spent a night there.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

One of the best things to do in Colorado for music and nature lovers is the Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre!

Rock Mountains and Green Mountains at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

This world-famous outdoor venue is the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world with frequent star-studded concerts.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado

Check out the Visitor Center which features the Colorado Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, interactive educational displays, a short film on the geologic and musical history of Red Rocks.

Jagged Rock Formation at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Colorado is aptly named “Colored Red” because of the red sandstone rocks and soil throughout the state. This is evident when you visit Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre.

Website / Address: 18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, Colorado 80465

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Seasoned – An American Bistro

When you arrive at Estes Park, head for brunch at Seasoned – An American Bistro, one of the best restaurants in Estes Park with a seasonal menu featuring food cultures of the Americas and seasonally grown products.

Penne Pasta at Seasoned - An American Bistro in Estes Park

Note: Check their website for days and hours. In case they only serve dinner and Sunday brunch, you can come here for dinner and do lunch at the dinner place on the itinerary.

Coffee, hourglass, flowers and two cups at Seasoned - An American Bistro in Estes Park
French Press Coffee ($13.50) – 32oz

One of the other reasons for the name Seasoned is because Owner and Chef Rob Corey is a seasoned chef who has worked under fourteen Michelin stars.

Pasta Pillow on Plate at Seasoned - An American Bistro in Estes Park
Pasta Pillow ($14) – semolina pasta, goat cheese & cream cheese filling, red pepper puree, parmesan, balsamic, preserved lemon oil

It’s no wonder you’ll find most dishes here are homemade from scratch including their pasta dishes. Be sure to also add a side of braised bacon and thank me later.

Penne Pasta with Braised Bacon at Seasoned - An American Bistro in Estes Park
Pasta Bowl ($10) – penne, sweet cream, sharp cheddar cheese, crumbs, chives. Added 4oz Braised Bacon ($7)

Website / Address: 205 Park Ln, Estes Park, Colorado 80517


Bond Park

Outside Seasoned – An American Bistro, walk around Bond Park which is surrounded by beautiful mountain backdrop. If you’re looking for things to do in Estes Park, you’re covered at Bond Park, located at the center of the town.

This open space is known to have events year-round from the town’s famous Elk Fest to regularly scheduled art markets, which we got to see on our trip.

Bond Park at Downtown Estes Park, Colorado
Art Market at Bond Park

Website / Address: 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, Colorado 80517


Rocky Mountain National Park

With over 4.5 million annual visitors in 2018, Rocky Mountain National Park is definitely one of the best things to do in Colorado. In fact, it is the 3rd most visited National Park in the USA.

Landscape view of Rainbow Curve Overlook at Rocky Mountain National Park, USA

Did you know? The elevation changes within the park is very wide, ranging from 7,600 feet to 14,259 feet. Be sure to prepare accordingly!

View going up Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado
Snow-capped Mountains at Rocky Mountain National Park, USA
Snowy Mountains along Trail Ridge Road at Rocky Mountain National Park

Though the park itself is open all day and night, the Visitors Center has hours that you can check on its website.

Elks eating grass at Rocky Mountain National Park, USA
Close-up of Snowy Mountains at Rocky Mountain National Park

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One of the most popular spots in Rocky Mountain National Park is the Rainbow Curve Overlook which doesn’t require any hiking.

Rainbow Curve Overlook at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Travelling Foodie Tip: The best season to visit Rocky Mountain National Park is in Fall because of the Elk Rut, when elks would come down from higher elevation to lower elevation.

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua jump shot at Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park
Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua selfie on Rainbow Curve overlook at Rocky Mountain National Park

The most popular times and seasons are summer and fall during 10am-3pm so you have to plan on arriving very early or at night. In Fall, it is recommended to visit outside Friday-Sunday.

Woman trying to fly fish at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado
Ten People fly fishing at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, USA
Fly fishing in Sprague Lake

Website / Address: Fall River Rd, Estes Park, Colorado 80517
Price: 1-Day Pass ($25 for Automobile)


Ed’s Cantina & Grill

Have dinner at Eds Cantina & Grill, a locally owned, sustainable cafe serving up traditional Mexican food and drinks.

Chips and guac at Ed's Cantina in Estes Park
Guacamole ($7) – tortilla chips, housemade salsa. Vegetarian and gluten-free
Pork Carnitas Pozole at Ed's Cantina in Estes Park, Colorado
Pork Carnitas Pozole ($7) – traditional stew, hominy, Mexican herbs, cabbage, jalapeno, cilantro. Gluten free

Try the Bison Enchiladas which is a good fusion of both Colorado meat and Mexican food.

Bison Enchiladas at Ed's Cantina in Estes Park
Bison Enchiladas ($14) -ground bison and cheese, tomatillo chile, lettuce, pico de gallo, rice & pinto beans, habanero crema, chips
Cutting open the Bison Enchiladas at Ed's Cantina in Estes Park

The most unique cocktail I had on the trip was this Avocado Cocktail which tastes like an avocado smoothie but with alcohol.

Alcoholic Avocado Smoothie at Ed's Cantina in Estes Park
Avocado Cocktail ($12) – blended, cuervo silver, avocado, lime, agave
Three Cocktails at Ed's Cantina in Estes Park

Website / Address: 390 E Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, Colorado 80517

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The Ridgeline Hotel

Stay the night at The Ridgeline Hotel, a boutique hotel located minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park.

2 Queen Beds Room at Ridgeline Hotel in Estes Park
Room Type: 2 Queen Beds

A great way to unwind is by hanging at the hotel’s Bonefire Pit with some coffee or marshmallows to roast. You can also enjoy the Indoor Heated Pool, Indoor Whirlpool/Hot Tub, Game Room, Pool Table and Shuffleboard.

Bathroom in Queen Bed Room at Ridgeline Hotel in Estes Park
Work Area in 2 Queen Beds Room at Ridgeline Hotel in Estes Park

Check for prices and availability on Booking.com / Agoda

The next morning, have your breakfast at Latitude 105 inside the hotel before heading to Steamboat Springs.

French Toast at Latitude 105 at Ridgeline Hotel in Estes Park
The Standard ($10) – challah bread French toast, mascarpone whipped cream, fresh berries, syrup, bacon

Their burrito is the biggest breakfast burrito I’ve ever had. And it has Pork Green Chili!

Cutting the breakfast burrito at Latitude 105 at Ridgeline Hotel in Estes Park
Smothered Breakfast Burrito ($11) – bacon, scrambled eggs, black beans, cotija cheese, green onion, pico, sour cream, pork green chili
Breakfast Burrito at Latitude 105 Alehouse at Ridgeline Hotel in Estes Park

Website / Address: 101 S St Vrain Ave, Estes Park, Colorado 80517


Colorado Day 3 Trip Itinerary: Estes Park to Steamboat Springs

Day 3 of your 7 Days in Colorado is at Steamboat Springs, a small foodie town with over 100 restaurants! This itinerary has a 4.5-hour drive from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs.

Did you know? The town is called Steamboat because the fur trappers thought the sounds that the springs were making was that of a steamboat.

At an elevation of 6,700 feet, this popular Ski Town has produced the most winter Olympians in North America.

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Scratch Deli & Bakery

Due to the long drive, take-out food to have for lunch on the road after breakfast. We had our take-out at Scratch Deli & Bakery, aptly named for serving fresh & scratch-made breakfast and lunch.

If you love meat, get the Pastrami which is homemade and well-marbled.

Pastrami Sandwich at Scratch Deli & Bakery in Estes Park
Pastrami ($14) – house-made pastrami with mustard on rye

Website / Address: 911 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, Colorado 80517


Saint Catherine’s Chapel on the Rock

One of the most unique and beautiful chapels, Saint Catherine’s Chapel on the Rock is a Historic Landmark in Camp St. Malo known for its picturesque setting with the Rocky Mountains as backdrop.

Landscape Reflections of Saint Malo Chapel on the Rock in Allenspark, Colorado

Built-in 1930s and donated to the Archdiocese of Denver, Camp St. Malo’s Chapel on the Rock has survived through the 2011 fire and the 2013 flood.

Did you know? You can get have weddings / blessings of marriages at St. Catherine of Siena Chapel.

Statue of Jesus Christ at Camp St. Malo in Allenspark, Colorado
Jesus on the cross at Saint Catherine's Chapel on the Rock in Estes Park

Website / Address: 10758 CO-7, Allenspark, Colorado 80510


Loveland Pass – Continental Divide

Head to Loveland Pass, the highest mountain pass in Colorado at an elevation of 11,990 feet, located on the Continental Divide.

Loveland Pass Sign saying Elevation 11,990 feet at Colorado Continental Divide

Be sure to prepare for high altitude and for very cold weather here.

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua at Loveland Pass Continental Divide Sign in Colorado

Address: Loveland Pass, Colorado 80435


Aurum Food & Wine

Have dinner at one of the best restaurants in Steamboat Springs, Aurum Food & Wine, nestled along the Yampa River.

Three Bison Skewers with pesto at Aurum Food and Wine
Grilled Bison Teres Major Skewers ($16) – carrot top pesto, spiced carrot aioli

Opened in 2014, this historic watershed turned restaurant serves seasonal American cuisine in an elegant setting with a bar, dining room and outdoor patio.

Pouring Rose Wine on Wine Glass at Aurum in Steamboat Springs

This was my favourite meal throughout the trip! Love the variety, the seasonality and the perfect execution of the dishes.

Cured Meat and Cheese Board at Aurum Food and Wine
Charcuterie Platter ($16) – salumi, pickled & preserved vegetables, pain au lait
Foie Gras at Aurum Food and Wine
Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras ($18) – potato nest, cherry gastrique

Must-try dishes at Aurum Food & Wine are the Grilled Bison Skewers, Steak Tartare & Bone Marrow and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake.

Seared Scallops at Aurum Food and Wine, Steamboat Springs
Pan Seared Jumbo Scallops ($14) – mushroom consomme, white beans, chorizo, prosciutto chip
Holding Plate of Bison on Stick at Aurum Food and Wine
Grilled Bison Teres Major Skewers ($16) – carrot top pesto, spiced carrot aioli
Bone Marrow and Beef Tartare at Aurum Food and Wine
Steak Tartare & Bone Marrow ($18) – bone marrow & black garlic butter, egg yolk gel
Crab Cake at Aurum Food and Wine in Steamboat Springs
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes ($18) – remoulade, herb salad

Asian fusion can be seen with the tender Pork Ribs with Korean gochujang sauce. An interesting yet delicious item to try!

Pork Ribs in Korean sauce at Aurum in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
House Smoked Pork Ribs ($12) – gochujang sauce, scallions, sesame seeds
Soup of the Day at Aurum in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Soup Du Jour ($9) – cream of mushroom soup with chives

For cocktail lovers, be sure to try the Smoked Orange Old Fashioned. You’ll really taste the smoked orange flavour.

Sparking Orange for Old Fashioned at Aurum Food and Wine
Smoked Orange Old Fashioned Cocktail ($12)
Holding Glass of Old Fashioned at Aurum Food and Wine

Website / Address: 811 Yampa St, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487


Steamboat Grand

Stay the night at The Steamboat Grand, one of the best hotels in Steamboat Springs, ranked #2 by US News & World Report. For skiers, this luxury hotel is situated near ski areas.

View from Parlor Room at Steamboat Grand

I stayed at the Parlor Room which was my favourite accommodation during the trip. It felt like living in a one-bedroom apartment.

Parlor Room Bedroom at Steamboat Grand
Parlor Room Bathroom Sink at Steamboat Grand

It has a huge living room space and a small dining area.

Parlor Room Living Room at Steamboat Grand in Steamboat Springs
Parlor Room Dining Room and TV at Steamboat Grand

It even has a kitchen complete with fridge and stove!

Parlor Room Kitchen at Steamboat Grand

Check for prices and availability on Booking.com / Agoda

Website / Address: 2300 Mt Werner Cir, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487


Colorado Day 4 Trip Itinerary: Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs

Day 4 of your 7 days in Colorado is at Glenwood Springs, the 7th city in Colorado to be 100% powered by renewable energy.

Did you know? Glenwood Springs is a resort town famous for its water due to the confluence from two rivers the run through it, Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers.

It takes 2.5 hours to drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs.

Creekside Cafe & Grill

Where to eat breakfast in Steamboat Springs? Located in historic Soda Creek building, Creekside Cafe & Grill is one of the best restaurants frequented by locals. Be sure to come early; otherwise, expect to wait.

Pancakes with Strawberry and Confectionery Sugar at Creekside Cafe in Steamboat Springs
Grilled Cakes ($10) – gluten free pancakes with fresh sliced strawberries
Ham Eggs Benedict at Creekside Cafe in Steamboat Springs
Traditional Eggs Benedict ($9.5) – locally cured ham steak

An uncommon dish to find for breakfast is Country Fried Steak. I just had to get this because Country Fried anything is not too common in Toronto.

Breakfast Eggs on Country Fried Steak at Creekside Cafe
Country Fried Steak ($15.75) – smothered in pork sausage gravy. Served with two eggs over easy

The one here is hand-tenderized, battered and fried!

Cutting through the Country Fried Steak at Creekside Cafe

Website / Address: 131 11th St, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487


F.M. Light & Sons

One of the best things to do in Downtown Steamboat Springs is to check out F.M. Light & Sons to get a taste of Steamboat’s authentic Western heritage.

Cowboy steaming Fedora Hat at FM Light and Sons in Steamboat Springs
Jackalope Taxidermy at FM Light and Sons in Steamboat Springs

This historic Western store has been selling authentic Western apparel for at least 113 years and 5 generations!

Different kinds and colors of cowboy hats at FM Light and Sons
Cowboy Owner at FM Light and Sons in Steamboat Springs

Did you know? Frank M. Light opened the store on November 9th, 1905. This was only seven months after arriving Steamboat Springs on April 1905.

Website / Address: 830 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487

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Strawberry Park Hot Springs

One of the best things to do in Steamboat Springs is the Strawberry Park Hot Springs, nestled alongside Hot Springs Creek.

Wide view of Strawberry Park Hot Springs from the viewing deck

This spectacular mineral springs is my favourite hot springs from the trip because of how beautiful and raw it is, blending with the natural environment covered in Steamboat’s famous Champagne Powder snow.

It was also my first time doing hot springs in the snow! Surprisingly, once you’re there, you actually don’t feel cold due to the 104F heat from the hot springs.

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua in Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs

At night time, Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs becomes adults-only and clothing optional.

Krystle of Dine and Fash and Raymond Cua of Travelling Foodie at Strawberry Park Hot Springs
With Krystle of Dine & Fash

Website / Address: 44200 Co Rd 36, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487
Price: Adults 18+ ($15), Youth 3-17 ($8)


Yampa Sandwich Company

Since it’s going to be a long drive to Glenwood Springs, you’ll be taking out food for lunch on the road again.

We took out sandwiches from Yampa Sandwich Company, known for being one of the best places to eat sandwiches in Steamboat Springs.

Corned Beef Sandwich at Yampa Sandwich at Steamboat Springs
Reuben Sandwich ($10.99) – corned beef, fresh sauerkraut, swiss cheese, Russian dressing

Website / Address: 635 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487


Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

After leaving Steamboat Springs, you’re headed to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, the first mountain-top renewable energy theme park in the world and one of the best things to do in Glenwood Springs!

Trading Post and Ferris Wheel at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Did you know? Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is the only mountain top theme park in America and the highest (elevation-wise) in North America, making it a unique attraction to visit and perfect for family.

Gondolas at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs
Take the gondola to the top of Iron Mountain

They are known for cave tours which put the “Caverns” in its name. The Kings Row Tour brings you to two caves: The Barn and Kings Row.

The Kings Row was bought in 1961 by the owner then sold for 1.6m to the theme park. It’s called Kings Row because of the 3 stalagmite that looks like the King’s line in chess.

King's Row Cave at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs
Lights Off inside King's Row Cave at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

If you want your adrenaline pumping, try the Haunted Mine Drop, considered to be the scariest amusement park ride in USA 2018!

Haunted Mine Drop with Mountain Backdrop at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

You must do the Alpine Coaster, which was named one of the 10 Best Roller Coaster Rides of Your Life by USA Today and Park World Magazine. The views are just amazing!

Going up the Alpine Coaster at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Be sure to check out the observation deck for panoramic views of Glenwood Springs! You can also see a big difference on the mountains looking from left (with snow) to right (dry and reddish).

You can spot different mountain peaks from the Rocky Mountains like Mount Sopris and Mount Daly.

View of Mountains, Peaks and Glenwood Springs

Website / Address: 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601
Hours: Sunday-Friday (9am-6pm), Saturday (9am-10pm)
Price: Adult 13+ ($19 – park only; $32 – park & cave), Child 3-2 ($14 – park only; $27 – park & cave)


The Pullman

Where to eat in Glenwood Springs with fun casual vibes? The Pullman in the Railroad District in downtown has you covered for a laid back atmosphere.

Pig Statue at The Pullman in Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Big bronze pig
Pork Rinds, Brussels Sprouts and Tempura Corona Beans

Chef-owner Mark Fischer has won numerous national accolades for The Pullman’s emphasis on innovative cuisine.

Bacon-wrapped Dates at The Pullman in Glenwood Springs
Devils on Horseback ($8.5)
Deviled Eggs with Bacon
Bacon Pickled Deviled Eggs ($1.25 each) – maple gastrique
Potato Chips with cheese and garnish on top
House Chips ($5.5) – warm blue cheese
Bread Pudding at The Pullman
Banana Nutella Bread Pudding ($8.5) – rum caramel & chocolate sauce

My most favourite dish was the truffle and parmesan pork rinds, a refreshing change from the usual truffle parmesan fries.

Chicharon at The Pullman
Crispy Pork Rinds ($6.5) – truffle, parmesan

I enjoyed the grilled Angus flat iron steak with the perfectly grilled meat. It was so tender that it cuts like butter. I do recommend asking to have the sauce on the side.

Two Certified Angus Steaks on Grill
Flat Iron Steak at The Pullman
Grilled Angus Flat Iron ($26) – crispy smoked potatoes, grilled asparagus, six89 steak sauce

Website / Address: 330 7th St, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601


Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

One of the most popular hot springs in Colorado, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool is the biggest mineral spring swimming pool in the world!

Daytime at Glenwood Hot Springs in Colorado

Drawing visitors from all over the world since 1888, this historic thermal spring water has temperatures ranging from 92-104F.

Night time at Glenwood Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Website / Address: 401 N River St, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601

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Hotel Colorado

Ask locals for where to stay in Glenwood Springs, and you’ll most likely hear Hotel Colorado. Named one of 25 Must-See Buildings in Colorado by USA Today, this 1893 Historic Hotel is popular for its history and perfect location right in downtown.

Fountain and Patio at Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs
Hallway at Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs

Did you know? Hotel Colorado was once the summer White House for President Teddy Roosevelt for a week when he would come to hunt. It was also used as a hospital by the US Navy for 3 years during World War II.

Staircase and Painting at Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs
Lobby at Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs
Vintage Cash Register at Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs

I enjoyed the spacious Premier Parlor Suite Queen.

Ambassador Suite Bedroom at Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs
Ambassador Suite Closet at Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs

And it has a separate living room and wet bar.

Ambassador Suite Living Room at Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs

Check for prices and availability on Booking.com / Agoda

Next morning, have breakfast at the Hotel Colorado Restaurant and Bar, managed by award-winning Chef Aaron Haga.

Breakfast Food all on the table at Hotel Colorado Restaurant
Omelet at Hotel Colorado Restaurant and Bar in Glenwood Springs
Denver Omelet ($10) – Ham, Onion, Bell Peppers & Cheddar Jack Cheese
Steak & Eggs Benedict and Hashbrown at Hotel Colorado Restaurant and Bar in Glenwood Springs
Steak & Eggs Benedict ($20) – Poached Eggs on English Muffin with Flat Iron Steak
Cinnamon Roll at Hotel Colorado Restaurant and Bar in Glenwood Springs
Warm Cinnamon Roll ($6)

The most unique dish I saw that I had to try was the Corned Buffalo Hash which uses buffalo meat. It’s quite tender and tasty!

Buffalo Hash at Hotel Colorado Restaurant and Bar in Glenwood Springs
Corned Buffalo Hash ($16) – Two Eggs Any Style & Corned Buffalo Hash.
Fork with Corned Buffalo Hash at Hotel Colorado Restaurant and Bar in Glenwood Springs

Website / Address: 526 Pine St, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601

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Colorado Day 5 Trip Itinerary: Glenwood Springs to Snowmass

Day 5 of your 7 days in Colorado is at Snowmass, a renowned winter playground consistently ranked as one of the best ski areas in the world including Aspen Snowmass as #1 “Resort of the Year” in the West for 2019 by Ski Magazine.

It takes about 1-hour drive from Glenwood Springs to Snowmass.

Iron Mountain Hot Springs

Perhaps the best hot springs with a view in Colorado is the Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs, nestled along the banks of the Colorado River.

River, Colorful Buildings and Mountain Views at Iron Mountain Hot Springs
Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs

The Iron Mountain Hot Springs has 16 soaking pools filled with 100% pure thermal mineral waters ranging from 90-108F. There is also a freshwater family pool with a jetted spa.

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua looking away in hot springs at Iron Mountain Hot Springs
Hot Springs, Shade and Plants at Iron Mountain Hot Springs

There is an on-site restaurant so you can dine with a view for lunch!

Lady holding Meat Lovers Pizza at Iron Mountain Hot Springs
Hog Wild 14″ Flatbread Pizza ($8.50) – pesto sauce, ham, Italian sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella
Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs

Website / Address: 281 Centennial St, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601
Hours: 9am-10pm Daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
Price: Summer Adult ($25/28 Weekday/end), Summer Child ($17/19 Weekday/end), Non-Peak Adult ($20/25 Weekday/end), Non-Peak Child ($14/17 Weekday/end)


Spiral Point (Yin Yang Point)

Snowmass is known for mountain vistas and 2.8 million adjacent acres of open wilderness so hiking is one of the best things to here!

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua walking the trail with background of Capital Peak in Colorado

You can do soft hikes to hardcore hikes in Snowmass. I recommend doing the hike to Spiral Point along Rim Trail South which is an easy-moderate 1.5-mile hike (though avid hikers would find this a soft hike).

Travelling Foodie, xoxoBella, TOFoodies and Dine & Fash at Spiral Point - Yin Yang Point in Snowmass

Did you know? Spiral Point is also called Yin Yang Point because of the Yin Yang symbol on the ground at the top of the point.

Wide view of Mount Daly and Capital Peak from Spiral Point in Snowmass
Ziegler Reservoir with Snow Mountains in Snowmass, Colorado
Ziegler Reservoir

At Spiral Point, you are at the approximate top of the Rim Trail, overlooking beautiful views of Snowmass Village!

View of Snowmass with Snowy Mountains from the Spiral Point trail
View of Snowmass with Green Mountains from the Yin Yang Point trail

Address: Rim Trail South, Snowmass, Colorado


Limelight Hotel Snowmass

Stay the night at one of the best hotels in Snowmass, the Limelight Hotel Snowmass, which opened in December 2018, located at the heart of Snowmass adjacent to Snowmass’ Elk Camp Gondola providing ski-in/ski-out access.

Lobby at Limelight Hotel Snowmass

Did you know? Limelight Hotel has Colorado’s largest indoor rock-realistic climbing wall, at 54 feet high, designed by Stonehill Taylor. But my favourite amenity was the two outdoor pool spas (with different temperatures) with spa-side cabanas.

The Grand Deluxe Bedroom at Limelight Hotel was my other favourite accommodation this trip. Sleek, modern and spacious.

Grand Deluxe Bedroom at Limelight Hotel Snowmass
Grand Deluxe Shower and Sink at Limelight Hotel Snowmass
Grand Deluxe Toilet at Limelight Hotel Snowmass

I also love the little details they put in the room. Each room has a different book to read and mini-game to play.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck book
Art in Unexpected Places Book and Circular Wooden Game with Metal Pellets at Limelight Hotel Snowmass

Also, what about the Smeg retro style minibar?

Grand Deluxe Wet Bar at Limelight Hotel Snowmass

Check for prices and availability on Booking.com / Agoda

End the night with delicious food and over glasses of wine at the Limelight Lounge. They are known for wood-fired hand-tossed pizzas.

Spicy Meat Lovers Pizza at Limelight Hotel Snowmass
Diavola Pizza ($17) – spicy pepperoni, chorizo, spicy salami, pickled fresno chili, mozzarella, basil
Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza at Limelight Lounge Snowmass
Prosciutto Crudo Pizza ($19) – caramelized onion, parmesano reggiano, baby arugula, mozzarella, white truffle oil

Also Read: Prosciutto Arugula Pizza Recipe

Favourites that night included PEI Mussels, truffle fries and pork belly rillons.

Steamed Mussels at Limelight Lounge Snowmass
PEI Mussels ($24) – white wine broth, fine herbs, garlic toast points. full portion
Fried Pork Belly at Limelight Lounge in Limelight Hotel Snowmass
Pork Belly Rillons ($13) – frisee & market greens, dijon vinaigrette, pomegranate molasses

We actually ordered the truffle fries three times!

Truffle Fries at Limelight Lounge Snowmass
French Fries and Dipping ($13) – old bay aioli, horseradish caraway, chimichurri pesto. Add truffle (+$4)

You must try their Colorado Lamb dish, which was braised roulade of lamb that had crispy skin outside and tender meat inside.

Braised Lamb at Limelight Lounge Snowmass
Colorado Lamb ($26) – braised roulade of lamb, creamy polenta, honey braised baby carrots, thyme jus
Potato Gnocchi at Limelight Lounge Snowmass
Homemade Squash Gnocchi ($22) – braised leeks, guanciale, roasted squash, parmesan broth

Overall, Limelight Hotel Snowmass was my favourite place to stay in our Colorado trip. Next morning, have breakfast at their complimentary buffet before checking-out.

Website / Address: 65 Wood Rd, Snowmass Village, Colorado 81615


Colorado Day 6 Trip Itinerary: Snowmass to Colorado Springs

Day 6 of your 7 Days in Colorado is at Colorado Springs, Colorado’s second largest city founded as a resort town in 1871.

Did you know? Colorado Springs is home to Pikes Peak, the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at 14,115-feet. You can drive all the way to the top of Pikes Peak, and it was the inspiration to popular song, “America the Beautiful”.

The itinerary has about 4.5 hours of driving from Snowmass to Colorado Springs with stops for lunch and Aspen.

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Local Coffee House

Make a short visit to Aspen and re-fuel your body with coffee and baked goods at one of Aspen’s best cafes, Local Coffee House, frequented by both locals and tourists.

Making Cortado at Local Coffee House in Aspen

They are a small-batch roaster having their own local blend. Be sure to try their Cronuts (croissant + donut) as well!

Cortado and Cronut at Local Coffee House in Aspen
Cronut and Coffee

Website / Address: 614 E Cooper Ave, Aspen, Colorado 81611


Maroon Bells

Head to one of Colorado’s most popular attractions, the Maroon Bells, located just 16 miles from Snowmass.

Snow-capped red mountains
Snowy Mountains around Maroon Bells

The most photographed place in Colorado, the Majestic Maroon Bells features a lake and two giant snow-striped mountaintops, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak.

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua jumping at Maroon Bells in Aspen
Jumping for joy at Maroon Bells

Did you know? The Maroon Bells area is prone to avalanches. There were 350 avalanches in March 2019 alone.

Maroon Bells with Lake in Aspen
Tree remnants from avalanche

The money shot is having the reflections of the mountains on the lake when the lake is calm.

Maroon Bells in Aspen after avalanche

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Address: Maroon-Snowmass Trail, Aspen, Colorado 81611


Woody Creek Tavern

Have lunch at a local’s favorite in Snowmass, Woody Creek Tavern, a small bizarre yet vibrant bar that opened in 1980 as a gathering place for locals. You’ll find a lot of interesting things on the wall along with hundreds and hundreds of photos of customers.

Keep It Weird Sign at Woody Creek Tavern in Snowmass
Definitely keeping it weird!

They are known for Mexican food with a twist and I highly recommend their Fresh Tilapia and Homemade Chips! While you’re at it, try their fresh squeezed lime margarita.

Tortilla Chips, Salsa and Guac at Woody Creek Tavern, Snowmass
Fresh Guacamole, Homemade Chips & Fresh Salsa ($10)
Blackened Tilapia with rice, beans and vegetables at Woody Creek Tavern in Snowmass
Fresh Tilapia Fish Filet Plate ($14.95) – 6oz of farm-raised & environmentally friendly tilapia served with black beans and Spanish rice. Blackened (+$1)

Website / Address: 2858 Upper River Rd, Woody Creek, Colorado 81656


Smørbrød

By the time you arrive Colorado Springs, it’s time for dinner! Head over to Lincoln Center for a taste of Scandinavian food at Smorbrod.

Cheese Platter at Smorbrod in Colorado Springs
Cheese Platter

It’s not common to find Scandinavian cuisine in North America so I was glad to see one in Colorado Springs. At Smorbrod, they specialize in smorbrod, which is an open-faced sandwich on rye bread.

Salmon Open-faced Sandwich at Smorbrod in Colorado Springs
Helsinki Smorbrod ($9.95) – beet-cured salmon, crab, shrimp, caviar, cucumber, watercress on rye bread

Did you know? The restaurant has over 20 Nordic-inspired smorbrod sandwiches to choose from!

Open Sandwiches and Pork Sausage at Smorbrod in Colorado Springs
On the table (clockwise from upper-left):
1. Helsinki Smorbrod ($9.95) – beet-cured salmon, crab, shrimp, caviar, cucumber, watercress on rye bread
2. Norsjo ($9.95) – beet-cured salmon, dill, pickled mustard seeds, chive crème fraiche
3. Medisterpolse ($8.95) – spiced pork sausage, pickled mustard seed, beet remoulade, onion

Aside from smorbrods, they also have other popular Scandinavian dishes.

Norwegian Meatballs at Smorbrod in Colorado Springs
Kjøttkaker ($7.95) – Swedish meatballs: pork, beef, veal, creamy dill sauce, lingonberry
Chocolate Brownie Dessert at Smorbrod in Colorado Springs
Kladdkaka ($5.95) – Swedish gooey chocolate cake, toasted hazelnuts, whipped cream

They also have rotating feature Oyster menu.

Fresh Oysters at Smorbrod in Colorado Springs
Oysters: 38 Degrees North, Chesapeake Bay ($2 each) and Sex On The Bay, New Brunswick, Canada ($2.25 each)
Seafood Chowder at Smorbrod in Colorado Springs
Seafood Soup ($7.95) – shrimp, crab, cream, curry, chive crème fraiche

Website / Address: 2727 N Cascade Ave #111, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907


SCP Hotel Colorado Springs

Stay the night at one of the most unique hotels in Colorado, SCP Hotel (Soul Community Planet) that has a concept centered around holistic hospitality, where guests stay consciously and value personal wellness, social good and the environment.

Lobby of Soul Community Planet (SCP) Hotel in Colorado Springs
Jenga Game in Lobby at SCP Hotel in Colorado Springs

I stayed in the Queen Bedroom which was minimal and spacious. The usual room amenities are eco-friendly or healthy.

Queen Room Bedroom at SCP Hotel in Colorado Springs
Work station of Queen Room at Soul Community Planet Hotel (SCP) in Colorado Springs
Queen Room Bathroom at SCP Hotel in Colorado Springs

They also have a 2,300 square-foot creative co-working space, the SCP Commons, providing an eco-friendly and fun place to work with a pool table.

Billiard Table at SCP Commons at Soul Community Planet Hotel in Colorado Springs
SCP Commons at Soul Community Planet Hotel in Colorado Springs
Wall Decorations at SCP Commons at Soul Community Planet Hotel in Colorado Springs

Check for prices and availability on Booking.com / Agoda

Website / Address: 2850 S Circle Dr, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906


Colorado Day 7 Trip Itinerary: Colorado Springs & Manitou Springs

Last Day of your 7 Days in Colorado is spent in Colorado Springs and its neighbour, Manitou Springs.

Ivywild Kitchen

Start your morning with breakfast at Ivywild Kitchen inside the Ivywild School, a former elementary school turned into a community hole with gathering spaces, local cuisine, art and gardens.

Bar at Ivywild Kitchen at Ivywild School in Colorado Springs

Ivy Kitchen features comfort food with a twist on a seasonal menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Latte at Ivywild Kitchen Community Eater in Colorado Springs
Latte ($3.50) – 12oz
Green Chile Bowl at Ivywild Kitchn at Ivywild School in Colorado Springs

As usual in Colorado, you’ll find pork green chile even for breakfast!

Scoop of Green Chile Bowl at Ivywild Kitch in Colorado Springs
Green Chile Bowl ($10) – two eggs any style served on roasted potatoes topped with cheddar cheese, smothered with housemade pork green chile & cilantro. Served with 2 corn tortillas

Website / Address: 1604 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80905


Academy Riding Stables

You cannot go to Colorado without doing anything cowboy related. And one of the best things to do in Colorado Springs is horseback riding at Garden of the Gods Park with Academy Riding Stables, a popular Colorado stable since the 50s.

Chelsy Offutt taking a selfie at Garden of the Gods Park

Did you know? If you don’t want to ride a horse, you can also do a Jeep tour of the Garden of the Gods Park.

Rock Formation in Desert at Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs
Horizontal Rock Formation at Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado, USA

The one-hour scenic trail ride is led by a knowledgeable cowboy guide who will explain the trail and its history.

Before climbing into the saddle, you’re expertly paired with one of the horses based on ability level, weight and height.

Horses drinking water with riders at Academy Riding Stables in Colorado Springs

Love horseback riding? You’ll also enjoy the ones I did in Conejo Valley, California and West Volusia, Florida.

Horse eating grass at Academy Riding Stables in Colorado Springs, USA
Horses at Academy Riding Stables in Colorado Springs

Website / Address: 4 El Paso Blvd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904


Manitou Springs

Drive 10-minutes to Manitou Springs and explore its downtown and get a taste of some natural mineral springs. The downtown is very walkable so just find parking then walk.

Downtown of Resort City, Manitou Springs, Colorado
Face sculpted on tree trunk at Manitou Springs, Colorado

Did you know? There are 8 different springs spread around the town that’s open to public. Each has its own flavour and properties.

Cheyenne Spring in downtown Manitou Springs, Colorado
Cheyenne Spring is a natural artesian soda spring built in 1893
Shoshone Spring in Manitou Springs, Colorado
Shoshone Spring has the highest mineral content of all the downtown Manitou Springs.
Stratton Spring in Manitou Springs, Colorado
Stratton Spring is named after Winfield Scott Stratton who was famous for Cripple Creek mining.
Twin Spring in Manitou Springs, Colorado
Twin Spring is called twin because of the two mineral water flows that combined for this spring.

Website / Address: Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829


The Broadmoor’s Restaurant 1858

Head to lunch at one of Colorado Springs’ best restaurants, The Broadmoor’s Restaurant 1858 which features Colorado cuisine set in a beautiful rustic setting nestled in the Cheyenne Canyon with views of the Seven Falls.

Chili and Cheese Nachos at The Broadmoor's Restaurant 1858 in Colorado Springs
Chili con Queso Nachos ($13) – House Made Wild Boar Chili, Queso Sauce, Crispy Tortillas, Pico de Gallo, Avocado, Pickled Jalapeños and Chipotle Crema
Sazerac Cocktail at Restaurant 1858 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs
Sazerac 1870 ($14) – Overholt Rye Whiskey, Gum Syrup, Leopold Bros, Absinthe (rinse), Bitters

The must-try at The Broadmoor’s Restaurant 1858 is the delicious Colorado Rocky Mountain Trout with fresh fish on a cast iron pan. The trout had a crispy skin, and the small pieces of bacon added extra flavour to the fish.

Cast Iron Colorado Rocky Mountain Trout at The Broadmoor's Restaurant 1858 in Colorado Springs
Cast Iron Classic Colorado Rocky Mountain Trout ($26) – Sautéed with Hickory Smoked Bacon Brown Butter, Lemon & Parsley. Served with Garden Vegetables and Roasted Potatoes.

I also enjoyed the Vidalia Onion Rings which were big thick-cut pieces and incredibly sweet. It was also here that I had the best version of Pork Green Chili in the trip.

Fried Onion Rings at The Broadmoor's Restaurant 1858 in Colorado Springs
Fried Vidalia Onion Rings ($9) – BBQ Spice, Homemade Pickled Jalapeños, Ranch Dressing

Website / Address: 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80905


The Broadmoor’s Seven Falls

Didn’t I say you get views of Seven Falls? The Seven Falls, and its 181-foot drop of falling water, is right outside the restaurant itself!

Bottom of Seven Falls of The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs

Situated in a 1,250-foot-wall box canyon between the towering Pillars of Hercules, this majestic series of seven waterfalls is one of Colorado’s most captivating natural wonders.

You can take an elevator to the observation deck which offers complete view of the Seven Falls.

Seven Falls in Colorado Springs

Travelling Foodie Tip: You can climb 224 steps to the top of Seven Falls with views of valleys, rock formations and the banks of streams that feed Seven Falls.

Seven Falls from observation deck in Colorado Springs
Rock Mountains at Seven Falls in Colorado Springs
Tall Rock Mountains at Seven Falls in Colorado Springs

Address: 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80905


The Broadmoor

When in Colorado Springs, you’ll have to check out its most luxurious hotel and resort, The Broadmoor, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Resort.

Cadillac Car at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs
Vintage Cadillac Car

This iconic and historic Colorado Springs resort has been stayed and visited by celebrities and public figures with its perfect getaway of outdoors and nature mixed with modern luxury.

Bottle Alley at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs
The famous Bottle Alley features pre-World War I liquors from the private cellar of The Broadmoor’s founding father, Spencer Penrose

Check for prices and availability on Booking.com / Agoda

Website / Address: 1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906


The Springs Signature Cocktail Tour with Rocky Mountain Food Tours

For lunch, you’ll be doing one of the best food tours in Colorado Springs, Rocky Mountain Food Tours. We did the Springs Signature Cocktail Tour which highlights the cocktail scene in downtown Colorado Springs.

Outdoor seating at The Mining Exchange in Colorado Springs

You’ll be visiting 4 drink stops with food pairing while learning about the prohibition in Colorado Springs and the history behind some classic cocktails.

Love food and drink paired tours? You might also enjoy reading about the Brews N Browse Tour by Great Tasting Tours in DeLand, Florida!

Started off with a Welcome Champagne at The Mining Exchange and met our knowledgeable and friendly guide, Noel.

Champagne at The Mining Exchange in Colorado Springs
Welcome Champagne

First stop was at Colorado Springs’ most sought-after speakeasy, Brooklyn on Boulder Street of Lee Spirit’s Distillery.

Liquor Cabinet with Lee Spirits at Brooklyn's On Boulder in Colorado Springs
Various spirits from Lee Spirits Distillery

With the tour, you get to visit here when it’s closed to the public. Now that’s VIP experience!

Bartender making Aviation Cocktail for Rocky Mountain Food Tours at Lee Spirits Distillery in Colorado Springs
Cocktail Ingredients for Rocky Mountain Food Tours at Brooklyn's on Boulder

Here, you’ll get to try the Aviation Cocktail paired with Cheese and Charcuterie from The Wild Goose Meeting House.

Aviation Cocktail at Speakeasy, Brooklyn's On Boulder St in Colorado Springs
Aviation Cocktail – dry gin, creme de violette, lemon juice
Charcuterie and Cheese at Brooklyns On Boulder in Colorado Springs
Charcuterie Board – havarti dill, smoked gruyere, manchego, muenster, salami and prosciutto. Served with flat bread, goose berry jam, mixed berries, and dijon mustard

Second stop was at Odyssey Gastropub for their take on Paloma Cocktail and Crispy Brussels Sprouts which they go through 200lbs of daily.

Paloma Cocktail at Odyssey Gastropub in Colorado Springs
Fried Brussels Sprouts at Odyssey Gastropub in Colorado Springs
Crispy Brussels – Crispy fried brussels sprouts with lemon balsamic reduction and shaved parmesan. Vegetarian. Gluten-Free.

Third Stop was at Four By Brother Luck, a Chopped Finalist and winner of Beat Bobby Flay, for some unique Pear Ginger Beer and highly addicting bacon fat chipotle popcorn.

Pear Ginger Beer and Popcorn at Four By Brother Luck in Colorado Springs
The bacon fat is tossed on the popcorn after

Did you know? Even though the prohibition started in 1919, it was already illegal in Colorado Springs in 1872 because of the Quaker beliefs of the city founder Gen. William Palmer.

The last stop is at The Archives, a basement bar that is a reminder of the bar that would’ve been when alcohol was illegal. Here you’re having their Classic Mint Julep Cocktail and Beef Sliders.

Classic Mint Julep at The Archives in Colorado Springs
Classic Mint Julep – Kentucky bourbon, simple syrup, muddled mint, crushed ice
Beef Sliders at The Archives at Colorado Craft Social in Colorado Springs
Beef Sliders – Fried cheese curds, comeback sauce, bread and butter pickles

By this time, you might be slightly tipsy from the cocktails and have built up an appetite from all the walking, right? No problem because dinner is just upstairs!

Website / Address: Multiple Restaurants


Colorado Craft Social

Head upstairs for dinner at one of the best bars in Colorado Springs, Colorado Craft Social featuring the best of Colorado’s breweries, distilleries, farms and purveyors in a modern restaurant.

Margarita at Colorado Craft Social in Colorado Springs, USA
Margarita Salvaje ($10) – Blanco Tequila, agave, lime, Dueces Wild Blood Orange Pale Ale
Flat Iron Steak at Colorado Craft Social in Colorado Springs
Grilled Flat Iron Steak ($26) – Herb baked scalloped potatoes, pan-roasted asparagus, chimichurri sauce, micro mustard greens

The seasonal menu features a diverse range of cuisine from comfort food with a twist to Italian food fare.

Fried Chicken Wings at Colorado Craft Social in Colorado Springs
Craft Wings ($14) – 12pcs, Buffalo Sauce
Short Rib Gnocchi ($22) – Potato gnocchi, braised short rib, English peas, asparagus, carrots, radish, mint, parmesan (Vegeterian Option Available)

Love seeing different ways the Pork Green Chile is used and loved the Green Chili Tots here! This is how you end your 7 days in Colorado.

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Green Chili Tots flatlay at Colorado Craft Social in Colorado Springs, USA
Green Chili Tots ($10) – Pork bomb, white cheddar sauce, jalapeño, white onion

Website / Address: 15 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903


MAP: 7 Days in Colorado

Hope this Colorado travel guide helps you plan on things to do, where to eat and stay for your 7 day trip to Colorado. Now you know how to spend a one week road trip in the Centennial State!


Be sure to bookmark/save/PIN this Colorado travel guide for future reference when planning a trip to Colorado.

Even if you don’t have 7 days in Colorado or are simply visiting one destination, this guide still helps you with tips, best attractions and activities, restaurants and accommodations in the destination you’re visiting whether it be Denver, Estes Park, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Snowmass, Colorado Springs or Manitou Springs.

Epic Colorado 7 Day Itinerary with Things To Do, Where To Eat and Stay like Maroon Bells, Rocky Mountain National Park, Avelina Denver and Limelight Snowmass

Huge thanks to Visit Colorado Tourism for having me on the press trip! As usual, 100% of reviews/opinions are my own.

You can learn more about Visit Colorado on their website.

A big thanks as well to the support of Colorado’s tourism partners that made the trip possible: Visit Denver (website), Visit Estes Park (website), Steamboat Springs Tourism (website), Visit Glenwood Springs (website), Snowmass Tourism (website) and Visit Colorado Springs (website)!

Epic Colorado Travel Guide with 1-Week Itinerary, 7 Destinations and over 40 Attractions, Restaurants and Accommodations