We just spent 5 days in Colorado, to celebrate our anniversary. We stayed in Breckenridge on the advise that its central location would make for good day trips, and it did.
Great deal from Dollar on the rental car near DIA. Reserved a Sebring for $95 a week, but had a Dodge Nitro suv in my spot when we arrived - (same rate!:) First thing we did was head to Estes Park, where they were having the Elk Festival. We explored and had lunch there. Fun town with lots of energy.
Then we set off on the Trail Ridge Road. While it was as beautiful and spectacular as advertised, the higher we drove, the more nervous the combination of curves and cliffs made us. By the time we reached the Alpine Visitors Center, it wasn't fun anymore. It was very windy and blustery. It was much better from there on down toward Winter Park and eventually we hit I-70 and made our way on to Breckenridge where our VRBO was.
The next day was essentially walking around Breckenridge in the morning and Frisco for a while in the afternoon. Very cool stuff and both towns had good informative historical sights.
We had lunch in Glenwood Spgs, and although I had been told to spend a lot more time there, we hit Hwy 82 and went to Aspen, so we could see the Maroon Bells. Spectacular! The shuttle bus driver must be a scientist on the side, because his 15 minute oratory was top notch.
On Monday we visited Dillon and Keystone, scouted out a place for our anniversary dinner. As many posters advised, the Summit Daily had several 2for1 coupons. We decided on the Hearthstone in Breckenridge and just loved it. Tried some Colorado trout and even Elk!
Our last day stated with snow again, and a trip to Daylight Doughnuts - good call there! We drove to Colorado Springs via the safe route (I70 to I25) instead of through the smaller roads. Visited the Air Force Academy and the Focus on the Family center.
Other than our flatlander aversion to curvy mountain roads (those warnings to truckers to use low gear did not help my wife at all), Colorado was simply spectacular! The Aspens were incredible and the cold air refreshing! I'm convinced we will have to start planning our next trip.