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Dreamy Estes Park, Colorado-Travel Destinations in the USA for Seniors 60+

Riverwalk at night in Estes Park
The Riverwalk in Estes Park during the festive season

This post is fifth in the Travel Destinations in the USA for Retired Life. Therefore this travel destination in the USA starts with the letter E. The quaint but dreamy Estes Park in the Rocky Mountains is within driving distance from Denver, Colorado.

Estes Park, Colorado is a beautiful town on the Front Range. As it is about 64 miles from Denver and a bit more from the Denver International Airport, you will find it an easy to reach destination. Year-round you can find activities to do in Estes Park as a retired person. Aspen and Vail are beautiful ski resorts, but Estes Park can hold its own when it comes to adventure. This town is the entryway to Rocky Mountain National Park.

signwelcoming you to estes park in colorado

Winter activities you can do include sledding and snowshoeing. Year-round activities include trekking the many trails, hiking and exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. Wildlife is everywhere in the park. You could even take an audio driving tour in the park if walking is not your thing.

Do take an aerial tramway ride for gorgeous views. There is usually a crowd waiting to board during the crowded seasons. Seniors will benefit by going in September when crowds thin out. The Riverwalk is something else you will enjoy in the town. It doesn’t get too crowded there. So, you will find there are shops and restaurants to stop and linger at without having to brush past too many tourists.

elk near the lake in dreamy estes park
Elk near the lake in Estes Park

The Stanley Hotel is a landmark, especially after it was the setting for The Shining by Stephen King. The hotel itself is huge having 140 rooms. There are vintage cars on display for you to pose with! Because of the hotel’s position, you can take in the breathtaking views of the mountains, Lake Estes and Long’s Peak from the hotel.

the stanley hotel in estes park
The 140-room Stanley Hotel – the setting for The Shining by Stephen King

The quaint town is host to some nice restaurants and shops. Consequently, you can spend half a day looking around here and picking up some cute trinkets. Another thing to do is to find a spa to indulge yourself too! Outdoor adventurers can head out to hiking trails and explore Rocky Mountain Park on foot or you could just take in the views from your car. On one such drive, we came across the Continental Divide!

The Continental divide sign board close to Dreamy Estes Park
A fun discovery on one of many trips into the Rocky Mountains

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