Vacation Report

Posted by Brette in Travel

Hello everyone. I’m back after 13 days, 2000+ miles, 4 states and lots and lots of fun. I’ll be posting about the food on the trip separately. We flew to Vegas and drove to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Santa Fe, Colorado Springs and flew home from Denver. Along the way we:

Saw a comedy/magic show in Vegas (Mac King – highly recommended)

Saw the Titanic exhibit in Vegas

Went to the Fremont Street Experience

Went to the Pawn Stars store (it was closed)

Enjoyed tigers, lions and dolphins (including a baby dolphin!) in Vegas

Took a gondola ride at the Venetian

Saw the fountains at the Bellagio and the volcano at the Mirage

Gambled exactly $1 and lost

Enjoyed the lazy river at the MGM Grande

Stopped at the Hoover Dam

Grand Canyon

Saw the Grand Canyon

Red Rocks Jeep Ride

Drove a Jeep through the Red Rocks in Sedona

Visited the town of Jerome at the top of a mountain

Noodled around Oak Creek in Sedona

Saw two cliff dwelling sites

Saw petroglyphs

Visited a meteor crater

Drove through the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest

Visited two pueblos, including one that has been continuously occupied for over 1000 years


Took the high road to Taos

Saw the Rio Grande

Visited Rancho de las Golondrias, a living history musueum

Saw a prairie dog village

Saw wild horses on the road

Rode a cog railway to the top of Pike’s Peak

Meteor crater

Saw the Continental Divide

Saw a buffalo herd

Went to a Ghost Town Museum

Rode horses through the Garden of the Gods

Sampled different mineral springs waters fresh from the spring at different fountains throughout Manitou Springs

Happened upon a fine arts show

Visited Seven Falls

Went to a wolf refuge

Painted Desert

Went to the Denver Mint (where unfortunately they were cleaning the machines and we did not actually get to see coins being minted – very disappointing)

Visited a gold mine and panned for gold

Went to Dinosaur Ridge and got to stand in actual dinosaur footprints

My kids never want to get in a car with us again after this. The photos are kind of mishmashed in this post, but you’ll get the idea!

Pueblo at Taos

wolf refuge

wolf refuge

cliff dwellingshorseback riding

View from Pike's Peak

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