Visiting Colorado: Estes Park

Located just outside Rocky Mountain National Park and an hour & a half from Denver, I highly suggest adding Estes Park, Colorado to-do list.

Estes Park, Colorado

Here are a few suggestions and pieces of advice for your visit to Estes Park, Colorado:

Give yourself a full day

…at least. And if your timing allows, make it two days! While it is a small town, my boyfriend and I both wish that we had more time to explore and visit the shops in town. Also, when you visit, take notice when the shops close – the pandemic has caused a lot of stores (all over!) to change their hours. 

Wear comfortable shoes

We visited Estes Park right after hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park and we’re glad we brought a second pair of shoes. Hiking shoes will definitely work, but you’ll be doing more walking as you make your way through Estes Park. To give you an idea of the town, it reminded me of Dunedin, FL or St Augustine, FL – just with a different cityscape… mountains! 

Random food suggestion

Visit Himalayan Curry & Kebob for some delicious Indian food. So, incredibly good! We both thought we would be ok with medium spice for our entrees and per the servers suggestion… but their spice is hot! However, the curry was delicious and we would both visit again. The entire menu was well priced, the portions are of good size, and the quaint, outside seating is perfect for social distancing. The indoor and outdoor space is small, so I’m sure it can get busy! 

Coffee Shops

While I cannot speak to them… visit one! We saw so many cute shops that my coffee-loving soul wanted to visit but we just didn’t have the time. So please visit one for me, enjoy their cold brew or iced coffee and report back. K, thanks. 

Souvenir Shops

If you’re wondering if there are souvenir shops in Colorado just like every small beach town with the spray-painted shirts… you are correct! But, there are quite a few in Estes Park that are worth meandering through.

Bookstores

Mr. Boyfriend loves to read and all things books and I love cute & quaint bookstores. Estes Park did not disappoint as there are a few stores for your book-lover to check out.

Crowds

While we visited in July, it was not too crowded then. However, I would suspect that on a weekend, and with more people getting comfortable with travel, it may get busy – it’s such a cute area! 

Have you visited Estes Park, CO before? What was your favorite part?

Caitlyn
Caitlyn
Caitlyn is a Tampa native with a love for all things food, fitness, travel & Disney. Currently:
▪️Social Media content creator & photographer with Social Media Squared
▪️Lifestyle Blogger & Social Influencer
▪️Foodie, Queen of tequila & coffee (sometimes combined, mostly enjoyed separately), villain-lover, movie aficionado, #joblove-r & owner of way too many sugar skulls
September 21, 2020
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Caitlyn

Caitlyn is a Tampa native with a love for all things food, fitness, travel & Disney. Currently: ▪️Social Media content creator & photographer with Social Media Squared ▪️Lifestyle Blogger & Social Influencer ▪️Foodie, Queen of tequila & coffee (sometimes combined, mostly enjoyed separately), villain-lover, movie aficionado, #joblove-r & owner of way too many sugar skulls

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