This trip was definitely our most expensive, but it was our Christmas gift to each other and we did it in a smart way! We chose Colorado because tickets were insanely cheap — just $67 round trip on Frontier Air.
We stayed at the Magnolia downtown, which not only had FREE cookies and milk every night, but was clean, friendly, and in the perfect spot to walk or take the free MallRide bus all over town.
Matt got three nights for a total of $240 using the Priceline bid tool.
Our key to keeping this trip cheap was using public transportation — we spent only $54 total for all transportation. We woke up really early to hike Bear Peak in Boulder, and did it with $9 ride-all-day bus tickets! We found Colorado public transportation to be AMAZING!
We had YakTracks (no microspikes, though) which helped as it got snowier and icier higher up. Matt could have ran up that thing, but I had to stop every 20 feet because I felt like I was dying.
We also stopped at some awesome (and one not-so-awesome) breweries in Denver! Our favorite was Great Divide. It was free admission day at the art museum, so we toured around there for a bit before catching some of my sorority sisters for a birthday brunch! Somehow, we also found our way into the Coors Field after a tour guide saw us perusing outside the gates.
Overall, an AMAZING trip and full of new experiences. We’re already planning our next trip back!