Road Trip for Cheap: Colorado

Updated: Apr 23, 2018

Spring break season is here and if you're looking for a last minute getaway, then grab a couple friends, pack your bags, and head towards the mountains. This won't be your typical beach, tan, bikini vacay but it will relieve the seasonal affective disorder and give you a breath of fresh air. Bring tennis shoes, jeans, tees, a sweatshirt, and of course a couple outfits made for a night out on the town. There are plenty of options for whatever mood your group is in.

Three friends and I piled into a car for a drive through white-out snow conditions to make it to sunny Colorado for the week. We split everything we needed for the week: fuel to get there, the Airbnb we stayed in for two of the nights, and groceries for the week. We picked a spending budget we wanted to stay under and then planned our activities around that. There were endless opportunities for free or cheap entertainment once we got to the Denver/Boulder area.

One of my favorite parts of the trip was visiting the Red Rocks Amphitheater, which has been on my bucket list since I first saw a picture of it. The balance of structure and nature created a beautiful view. Next on my bucket list is to watch a concert here. It was a top spot for people watching, right after my next favorite part of the road trip.

Pearl Street is a top hangout spot for tourists and locals alike. There are typically street performers offering their talent throughout the day. The rule of thumb is if they are good enough to make you stop and watch, you owe them a couple bucks. Both sides of the street are lined with places to eat, shop, and explore. My favorite place was the Lighthouse Bookstore, which is filled with holistic books, incense, and a psychic reading if you're brave.

Last but not least, the four of us each grabbed a five dollar frisbee from the closest supermarket and headed to the park for a game of frisbee golf. The frolf course was teaming with other players this Saturday. There were basketball hoops, a skate park, paths for dog-walkers, and a playground for the kids. This was the cherry on top of a great road trip. I'm already looking forward to my next trip into the mountains.

Bonus: Head to a thrift shop to grab your merchandise. The local goodwill was clean, friendly, and filled with unique Colorado clothing for a fraction of the cost at any souvenir store.

Trip cost for each:

Fuel: 7 fillups at $32 each/ 4 people = $56

Housing: $50 Airbnb x 2 nights/ 4 people = $25

(Thanks to my uncle Isaac for letting us stay 2 nights with him to save some $$$)

Food: $40 worth of bread, pb&j, cereal, milk, eggs, etc/ 4 people = $10

Extra: $50-75 for shopping, eating out, activities

Memories: Priceless : )

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