"You're going to a National Park in March?" many people said to us.
"Well, we were going to go in January!" we would say, boastfully.
We're 1) NP fanatics and 2) currently marketing the US's network of National Parks, so we are way too biased for our own good. But, the National Parks really are great any time of the year. When we were going to be visiting Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) in January, the plan was to ski and snowshoe. Not something most people think of when they think of a NP visit.
So, yeah, we got to visit our last park in the traditional "Top 10" National Parks list (based on visitor-ship). And RMNP did not disappoint. Neither did March. Grin.
For this assignment, we thought we do things a bit different than we normally would. We took the foot off the gas of our inclination to hardcore-ed-ly immerse ourselves in nature. Now, while we did plenty of that, we also splashed out a bit. We stayed at the famously spooky Stanley Hotel just outside of RMNP in Estes Park. Also, we got upgraded to first class (both ways!) and hung out in Denver to experience the gateway city and to spend some time with friends and family.
Here's a bit of a deeper look than we posted on Instagram.
It was a blast. While it was too late for full-on snow activities and the hiking was limited (due to snow), we found a lot of fun beyond the park. We really loved Estes Park and – come on, you know us – managed to find excellent food and drink. That Thai food (above) was killer, and we found exceptional BBQ (not pictured).
Then off to Denver! Where, as you can see, we had more good food (don't worry, we worked out) and fabulous sightseeing opportunities.