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Old 05-31-2010, 01:44 AM
 
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My wife and I will be visiting Colorado soon, and I was wondering what are some "must see" places in Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Fort Collins? Also, what are some good (not overly expensive) restaurants in these areas?

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Thank you very much.
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:32 AM
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all depends on what you and your wife like to do. Are you hikers, bikers, kayakers and climbers? Or Art gallery, botanic gardens and nature and science museum types?
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Old 05-31-2010, 11:22 AM
 
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Eat at the Damascus Grill and Ajuua Mexican Restaurant.

At the Damascus, definitely get some of the humus. I like the chicken kabob entree best, which comes with a humus plate. But there are tons of great appetizers and vegetarian entrees as well.

As for what to do, that depends on your interests.

Oh and if you do get up to Fort Collins, eat at the Tiger Lily (in a strip mall on Elizabeth).
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Old 05-31-2010, 12:01 PM
 
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You should take the cog railroad to the top of pikes peak. Pikes peak is right by colorado springs. I would also suggest going up to cripple creek and taking their gold mine tour (http://www.goldminetours.com/Home.html - broken link). You go 1,000 feet below ground and they teach you all about the mine. It was very fun when I took the tour.

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Old 05-31-2010, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Eat at the [...]Ajuua Mexican Restaurant.
Sorry, Davros, but I'd have to disagree with that one. I tried that place a few months ago and thought it sucked.
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:08 PM
 
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I should clarify that I was talking about the one on East Hampden. I don't know if the other ones suck or not, but I can't imagine anyone saying the one on East Hampden sucked unless they were having a bad day.

What's your favorite Mexican Restaurant in Denver ?
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:10 AM
 
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Are you hikers, bikers, kayakers and climbers?
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As for what to do, that depends on your interests.
My wife and I enjoy hiking. We are only going to be in Colorado for 4 full days, so we don't want to spend too much time just hiking. We also want to see some good scenic overlooks that can be driven to. We would like to see some amenities (ex: shopping malls) in each area in case we decide to move there one day. And I would like to see the tech centers in the areas (for possible future job opportunities).
Finally, what area of the four mentioned (Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins) has the most affordable living when looking for a house with acreage (5+ acres) within 45 minutes of the city?

If we decide to one day move from where we currently live in northwest Washington state, we will not be on a tight budget for a home, but we would still like to live in at least a relatively affordable area?

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Old 06-01-2010, 12:39 AM
 
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Castlewood Canyon. Just went for the first time today. Excellent hiking (did one of the moderate loops) and it's GORGEOUS. $6 park fee to get in, completely worth it. Great to see Cherry Creek further upstream, too.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:27 PM
 
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In my opinion, Denver and Boulder can be lumped together. Boulder is in the Denver area. Fort Collins and Colorado Springs are separate.

The less you limit your job search, the better chance you have. Of those places, Denver-Boulder is going to have the most jobs but also the most competition. Fort Collins is probably the hardest of the 4 to find a job in. The Denver area has multiple "tech centers" including the Denver Tech Center near I-25 from Arapahoe to Belleview and "Interlocken Loop" in Broomfield.

Not sure which has the most affordable 5 acre properties. I imagine that's going to be pretty expensive in all 4 areas.

As for hiking, Castlewood Canyon is good. I also like Cheyenne Mountain State Park near Colorado Springs as well as hiking areas off US-24 in Pike National Forest. Taking the Pikes Peak railway is a great suggestion for seeing a view without the hike to get there. You could also do a day hike on the Pikes Peak trail which goes up to the top of the Peak starting in Manitou Springs --- some 24 miles rising up 8,000 feet (can't do that whole thing in a day unless you're really hard core and start out at 3am). Just looking at Pikes Peak from the Colorado Springs area is a great view.

Of course there's Rocky Mountain National Park, which is a national park for a reason. It's spectacular.

I'd suggest you find a Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer at a library. That will list and map some hikes and Parks/Wilderness areas.
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:27 AM
 
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My wife and I enjoy hiking. We are only going to be in Colorado for 4 full days, so we don't want to spend too much time just hiking. We also want to see some good scenic overlooks that can be driven to. We would like to see some amenities (ex: shopping malls) in each area in case we decide to move there one day. And I would like to see the tech centers in the areas (for possible future job opportunities).
Finally, what area of the four mentioned (Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins) has the most affordable living when looking for a house with acreage (5+ acres) within 45 minutes of the city?

If we decide to one day move from where we currently live in northwest Washington state, we will not be on a tight budget for a home, but we would still like to live in at least a relatively affordable area?
I agree with Davros above me. In addition, look at FlatIron Crossing Mall (generally called Flatirons) in Broomfield and Park Meadows in Douglas County for the best mall shopping in the state. FlatIron Crossing is in the Interlocken Office Park area, which is where the Broomfield high-tech jobs are. I'm not as familiar with the south area, but there are a lot of posters on here who live down there and can talk about the Denver Tech Center. Ft. Collins and COS may have the most affordable housing within 45 min of the city (and the most available land fitting that description), but as Davros said, it won't be cheap anywhere. 45 min. from Denver is pretty much still suburbs/exurbs, though there is a little land meeting your criteria east of Denver.
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