Welcome To Colorful Colorado! — [Traveling During COVID-19 Part 3]

Well, I did it again….

I got the courage to go on another solo trip and get away for a few days. I was originally supposed to go to Los Angeles, but since the COVID-19 cases in California are well over 600k, I decided to reroute to a more low key destination where I can spend time in the mountains.

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Mountain view from my Airbnb

Where To Stay:

I went to Denver last year and planned on returning back, but never thought it would be alone (you can read about that trip here). Even though I love the city, I wanted to venture out more west near the mountains this time. In order to live the best of both worlds, I decided to stay in Lincoln Park, which is right in the middle of Denver and a walkable location. My Airbnb was also next to the highway, which made it easier to get to the mountains.

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Sunset behind the mountains in Denver

Depending on what you have planned, you might find it more helpful to stay outside the city. It’s also cheaper if you’re on a tight budget, but being in a prime location makes it easier to get around. Especially if you don’t rent a car.

What To Do:

I spent most of my time in Denver, but I also drove an hour and half west to Dillon and an hour south to Colorado Springs.

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Dillon Reservoir

The drive to Dillon was absolutely beautiful! It’s literally a scenic drive and there are some areas you can pull off to the side to take pictures of the view. It’s a straight trip from the city and the elevation gets higher the closer you get (obvi). The car I rented was just a normal midsized sedan, but having a SUV would probably be a little smoother.

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Dillon Reservoir
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Dillon Reservoir

Dillon Reservoir was breathtaking! The scenery looked like a default background on a desktop computer. There were people fishing, biking, running, or just looking out at the view. It was nice to sit down and take it all in. Alone.

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Dillon Reservoir
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Dillon Reservoir
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Dillon Reservoir
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Dillon Reservoir
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Dillon Reservoir
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Dillon Reservoir
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The view from the reservoir

I also went to Colorado Springs the next day, which was a little shorter of a drive. I specifically went so I could check out Garden of the Gods. Even though it was a little busy, it was still easy to social distance and get away from the crowds. I would suggest going really early. I met up with a friend prior to leaving to Colorado Springs, so I left Denver closer to 9 a.m and the parking was already full by 10 on a Monday morning. Just a heads up.

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Garden of the Gods Entrance
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Garden of the Gods
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Garden of the Gods
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Garden of the Gods
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Garden of the Gods
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Garden of the Gods

Some other outdoor places I would recommend are:

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Sloan’s Lake
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Sloan’s Lake
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Sloan’s Lake
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Sunset over Sloan’s Lake
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The reflection from the sunset
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Sloan’s Lake
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Sunset over City Park

After this journey, I think I proved to myself that I am capable of doing things alone. This was my second solo trip and I believe I handled everything well. At least as well and as safe as I can during a pandemic, but I’m definitely glad I pushed myself to travel alone again. Life is way too short to miss out on the things you want to do. You only get one life, why wait to live?

Xox

La Flare

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Sunset on the last night

 

45 thoughts on “Welcome To Colorful Colorado! — [Traveling During COVID-19 Part 3]

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  1. Hello πŸ™‚
    These pictures are amazing and I enjoy going to solo trips but I never been to Colorado. It is so beautiful I have to go one of these days when I return to the US. Thanks so much for blessing my eyes with so much beauty.

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  2. Wow!! I fall in love more and more every time I see and read about Colorado.
    Thank you for sharing your solo trip…I’m too skittish to travel alone but I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. I just recently traveled to Denver a few weeks ago and loved it! Colorado has so many spectacular views. Also, I have never traveled alone but it is definitely on my bucket list! Thank you for sharing β™₯️

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    1. Isn’t Denver just awesome? I loved it more my second time around, but i agree! Colorado has such pretty views! Especially outside the city! Traveling alone is something I never thought I’d do, but it’s really life changing. I definitely recommend! Hope you enjoyed Denver!😊 Thank you so much for reading!πŸ’–

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  4. I’ve always wanted to go to Colorado. When it’s a bit safer, my boyfriend and I want to go there. Maybe this winter? but who knows. lovely photos!
    You have a new follower πŸ™‚

    ~ Brittany (@mind.beauty.simplicityblog / minimalist blogger)

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  5. Gosh, it’s definitely too pretty there. I wanted to take a motorcycle trip across the USA through Utah and Colorado when I came back to the states. It’s a dream of mine. Thanks for all the good photos!!

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  6. These photos are stunning! I’ve wanted to spend some time in Colorado for a while now (haven’t been since 2001!) but it just moved even higher on my list after seeing this post! Just beautiful.

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    1. This is awesome!! I love Colorado! You’ll love it! Although, i believe Colorado is more expensive than Texas, but the views are unforgettable. Thank you so much for reading and good luck on your move!πŸ’•

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