Northern Colorado Town Lands on ‘America’s Best Mountain Towns’ List
Two words: Stay-cation. Or is that one word? You don't have to travel far from home to enjoy one of the country's best mountain towns, according to Travel + Leisure's 'America's Best Mountain Towns' list. In fact, you only have to drive like, an hour from the Fort Collins-Loveland area.
In the company of Aspen, Colorado (which let's be real, most of us can't afford to enjoy) is Estes Park, the gateway to the Rockies. In the fall of 2020, the entire town was threatened by the East Troublesome Fire, and we nearly lost it.
Travel + Leisure notes all of the expected, like hiking, biking and the great outdoors, but it also mentions something else that makes Estes Park pretty unique: The Stanley Hotel. The (allegedly) haunted hotel inspired horror author Stephen King to pen 'The Shining,' which was adapted into a pretty famous film as well. People forget that it was in Dumb and Dumber, too.
5 Places to Camp in — or Near — Rocky Mountain National Park
Note that photos are of Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, but are not photos of the campgrounds.