Wedding Road Trip Ideas: Colorado
Wedding Road Trips
I’m on a mission to make wedding road trips a “thing”. Why? Because to me, they seem like the perfect way to begin a marriage - raw, honest, and requiring a lot of communication. They are full of beauty, powerful experiences, and also really difficult ones, which I find to be the epitome of relationships.
I get nervous when Ian drives nervous, & Ian gets nervous driving in places he doesn't know well. That was tough. I get tired and exhausted after traveling a lot in a short period of time. I even cried at the campfire one night and Ian just hugged me and listened. Ian worries when I feel bad, and I got high altitude sickness that kept me down a few days at the beginning of the trip.
See, it's not perfect? Just like love, It's hard sometimes. But I believe, as we all do, that it is worth the struggle in order to experience all the joyfulness, connection, and knowledge you get out of it.
Thankfully, we came out on the other side of the trip stronger and even more in love with one another.
If you haven't been there yet, Colorado is a place that draws you in and takes your breath away. It is a place of raw and unabashed nature that seems unreal at times.
Places we especially loved include:
Denver - Staying with locals and friends helped this stay to be even more fulfilling and gave us a better idea of the city. Also, you have to go to the BotanicalGardens. They are incredible! They would be an AMAZING place to get married because they are massive and there are so many beautiful spaces. The greenhouse is pure magic.
Rocky Mtn. National Park - Estes Park is a bit touristy feeling, so I suggest booking a campsite in the park if you ever go. That way you can feel fully present in the nature around you. We loved our site and spent the days hiking and exploring. The park only has a few locations they now allow for ceremonies, but it is still a beautiful place to have a wedding.
Here is the NPS website’s info on getting permits for a wedding there-
Crested Butte - This is where we met up my parents who had driven halfway across the country with their Tab Camper. They had been wanting to show me this place forever so we finally were able to enjoy it together. There are no chain restaurants in this tiny mountain town. Everything is local and everyone mountain bikes and/or ski's in the winter. We celebrated my birthday here and went mountain biking on the dusty trails with amazing views. It is expensive to stay in town, so we camped a ways outside at the majestic Lakeside Campground. If you can get married here, 100% do it. There are so many beautiful areas and so many fun things to do in this adorable town.
Telluride - This is also a quaint little town! I mean, it has a waterfall in the crest of the mountain it sits in... My goodness. I wish we could have stayed at the campground right at the end of main street, but we were able to explore and ride the free gondola to the top of the mountain. Another ski town in the winter and bike town in the summer, but the town and ski town are separated by a mountain, which I thought was a great idea!
Buena Vista - We stopped here on our loop back to the airport and loved the simple nature of this town. It is close to the mountains but has more of a home-town feel with fun parks and a little downtown area. We took our first shower in days here at the community park bathrooms ($1 for 3 minutes - and it felt like heaven), and grabbed beers and a yummy meal. It’s a nice place to just pop in on the road trip travels.