If you were born and raised in the Centennial State, you have been taught from the beginning that there are just certain things that make living here even more enjoyable. Are you new to Colorado? Don’t fret, as we will share with you a few of the most important hacks to living in our beautiful state:
1. The popular ski resorts are fun, but they can be a little overwhelming.
Vail. Keystone. Steamboat Springs. Colorado is home to some of the most popular ski resorts in the country, which are all wonderful, but they can also be a bit crowded and overwhelming. If you like to see more trees than people when you ski, we recommend checking out Cooper, Granby Ranch, and Loveland.
2. The price of living in Colorado is expensive, but there are a bunch of cool free things to do, too!
Do you need to save a little cash after paying your mortgage and utilities? Lucky for you, there is no shortage of awesome free things to see and do around the Centennial State, including visits to one-of-a-kind landmarks, National Historic Sites, and plenty of hiking trails.
3. Casa Bonita may
sound like a cool place to go, but don't do it.
"But it has cliff divers."
Don't do it.
"But you can eat so much, peso little!"
Don't do it.
"Isn't there an arcade or something?"
Don't. Do. It.
4. When traveling in Colorado, always skip the chain hotels for something more unique.
Why stay at a stale chain hotel or motel when Colorado offers such epic lodging as a hotel next to a drive-in theater, a one-of-a-kind bed & breakfasts, and even a cool yurt?!
5. You will have a broken heart several times a year, but there are ways of fixing it.
You may think that you won't get sucked in by the sports teams, but trust us: you will. The fix to these broken hearts? As soon as one season ends, you usually have another one beginning (whether it be football, baseball, basketball, soccer, etc.).
6. Always have your sunscreen ready and you'll never get burned.
Literally. Our high elevation means the atmosphere is a bit thinner up here… making it easier for those sun rays to burn you to a crisp if you aren’t properly prepared. And don’t go thinking that you don’t need sunscreen in the wintertime - snow reflects sunlight and can easily burn unprotected skin.
7. Everything tastes better smothered in green chile.
Eggs. Burritos. Burgers. Ice Cream. Cherry Pie. If you can eat it, you can smother it!
8. Skip the domestic beer and opt for craft.
Life's too short to order the same beer every time you go out! Forgo the Bud and Coors, and always drink the local brews.
9. If the weather is bad, do not even bother going out.
If you are new to Colorado, you may have noticed that regular traffic laws don’t seem to apply here, so if you think Coloradans are bad drivers on a regular day, just wait until you see us when there is ice or snow on the ground.
10. When you can, lose the car and take your bike.
Not only is biking to work better for the environment, but it will also save you a boatload of cash usually spent on gas for your car AND keep you in tip-top shape!
11. Finally, concerts are best enjoyed amidst the rocks.
Pepsi Center is great and all, but until you have listened to your favorite band at Red Rocks, you have yet to really enjoy music.