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When you find a really cheap ticket, you don’t think twice about who you know there, or what you are going to do when you get there. You buy it immediately and then figure out the logistics later. This may not work for everyone, but it definitely works for our family.
Our family loves to travel, and we also love to do so without breaking the bank. Sometimes we may not have any plans of going to a certain place, but a cheap ticket is enough motivation for us to go and explore.
Spending The Weekend In Denver With Kids
Flying To Denver
Frontier Airlines had a sale last week (may still be going on now) for $20 one way, to and from several cities. I immediately went to their website and was excited to find one from Los Angeles, CA to Denver, CO. I immediately sent my husband a message with the screenshot below and said, “Denver next week?” He responded with “Why not?” As you can see, the round trip ticket price person actually came up to $38.20.
Pro Tip: Skyscanner is my favorite website to shop for tickets. Make sure you download the free Skyscanner App too.
When you think about how you spend eating out (especially those who eat out for lunch everyday), this is almost nothing. This was a no-brainer for us and tickets were immediately bought. Frontier is considered a budget airline. This mean that they charge a fee to choose seats, check in a bag, take a carry on bag, as well as meals/snacks on the plane. This is where packing light comes in very handy, eating before you board or buying snacks and taking on the plane with you come in handy. We also did not choose any seats, so our seats were assigned at the gate. If you get to the gate early and tell them you as travelling as a family, they will do everything to keep you seated close to each other.
I flew into Denver from Salt Lake City, and my husband, sister and Aiden flew in from Los Angeles.
Renting A Car In Denver, Colorado
My flight arrived before everyone else’s, so I made my way to National Car Rental, picked up a rental, and then drove to arrivals and picked them up. The timing worked out perfect. I checked the weather before going to Denver so I knew it was going to be hot; 80 degrees to be exact. I thought this was surprising for October in Denver, so I took this opportunity to pick a rental car that I knew we would all enjoy (2016 Ford Mustang Convertible).
The evening we arrived in Denver, we had dinner at African Grill and Bar. We actually ordered our food to go so we could relax and eat the hotel. The owners are just amazing, and had all our food ready for us in no time. We all enjoyed our meal.
Where To Stay In Denver With Kids
We stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Denver. We have lots of points with Hilton, and the Doubletree is our favorite brand, so that’s where we usually stay. They offer warm chocolate chip cookies at check-in and they are delicious.
Day 1 In Denver
We slept in and missed breakfast at the hotel, so we took the advantage to find a place that served brunch. Yelp is always my go to, and I found Four Friends Kitchen.
Beignets and Coffee
What To Do In Denver With Kids
After brunch, we drove to Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater. It was a nice scenic drive up there. We parked and explored.
going up hill
First rock at the entrance after parking
entrance to Red Rocks Parks & Amphitheater
who doesn’t love a jumping pic
view from the top & kisses for Mom
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater is a great place to workout. We ran into a lot of workout groups as well as people who were working out solo. There were working up a sweat. My number one recommendation, dress appropriately! Workout gear is the best, especially if you want to go all the way down the stairs and back up. This will allow you get a better view as well as explore better. I didn’t know about this prior to our visit there and did not have on the right shoes so we only went down half way.
view from halfway down the stairs
view of the amphitheater seating from the bottom
When it got dark, we left Red Rocks. We looked and looked but just couldn’t find a place that had something each of us would enjoy We finally decided on Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs.
none of us was brave enough to try the rattlesnake dog, lol
alaskan reindeer, wild boar, all beef and southwest buffalo
After dinner, we took a short walk around the restaurant. Aiden loves taking walks. We noticed lots of street art. It was dark so I wasn’t able to get a good photo.
Other Places To Stay In Denver With Kids
After dinner, we drove back to our hotel. We had some issues with the management there so we decided to check out and check in to the Curtis, a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. The management at this hotel was much better. It was also much nicer and in downtown Denver. The only thing is, they don’t offer free Hilton Honors breakfast and parking is $36. Very understandable based on it’s location; close to the train station, Colorado convention center, night life etc.
mom, it’s a globe
Day 2 In Denver
We woke earlier the next morning because we had lots to do. For breakfast we ate at the highly rated Snooze an A.M. Eatery located downtown Denver, just a few minutes from our hotel. There was a 30 minute wait, and the hostess informed us that she will text us when our table was ready. We took this opportunity to walk around the block. Aiden saw street art, ran to it and asked me to take a photo of him.
people waiting to be seated, photo taken from across the street
best way to wait
look mom, it’s street art
hazelnut latte (30 minutes later)
Aiden was in a hurry to finish his breakfast. He knows that any trip we take isn’t complete without a trip to the children’s museum. We visited the Denver Children’s Museum. It was smaller than the other museum’s we’ve been to, however it did have an outdoor play area as well. They had a trick or Treat/Costume dress Up event on the day we visited and Aiden was ready in his astronaut costume.
3, 2, 1 blast OFF
There were several booths set up inside and outside the museum for the kids to trick or treat. He got a toothbrush and toothpaste at this boot which was nice. I don’t allow him to have candy, so it was nice to know that he wasn’t getting any of it. Now that he’s getting older, I am sure he would have asked to try it. He got yogurt, string cheese, toys, stickers etc from the booths. It was great!
trick or treat
fire fighting astronaut
After a fun afternoon at the children’s museum, we made the 1 hour 50 minute drive to Rocky Mountain National Park. We got there about 5pm, which wasn’t great as it was already getting dark. The drive there was scenic and amazing. We stopped at Estes Lake on our way there. We also saw a few animals along the way which we all thought was awesome. When we got to Rocky Mountain, we drove straight to Bear Lake and did a short family friendly hike.
My suggestions if we have to do it again –
- Get to Rocky Mountain National Park early in the day.
- Rent a cabin or stay the night in Estes Park (closest city to Rocky Mountain)
- Find more trails to hike
- Enjoy the outdoors, maybe even camp
elk on the loose
funniest photo of the day
aiden got cold and asked for my scarf (remember to dress warm due to the elevation)
rocky mountain national park
finally, Bear Lake
the simple joys of completing a short hike and making it to the lake
he strongly believes his hiking shoes helped him make it to the top of that rock (it did though)
After Bear Lake, we drove to Estes Park to find dinner. It was cold, and so the best option was Thai. We ate at Cafe De Pho Thai. My sister and I ordered Pho, my husband had Curry Soup & white rice, and Aiden ate plain white rice. The food was great and so was the service.
After diner, we drove back to our hotel and still had energy (not sure how, lol) so we took a walk downtown to the famous Denver Big Blue Bear at the Colorado Convention Center. It was only a few minutes away. Great way to catch some fresh air and get a feel of downtown in the evening.
We all went straight to bed that night, we were exhausted. We woke up in the morning and made it on time for our 6.30am flight which was awesome. We got breakfast from Mod Market before boarding. Aiden ate and then slept the entire flight. It was a smooth flight.
Making it to our flight on time means we also made it home on time for Aiden’s soccer game and for him to play with his trains !! Those two things are equally as important to him as travelling is.
Click HERE or See Below to watch the highlights of our Denver trip.
Booking Your Trip – Tips & Tricks
How To Book Cheap Flights
Looking to book the cheapest flights you can possibly find on the internet, then make sure to use Skyscanner when searching for flights. Don’t forget to download the Skyscanner App also which is very handy. Both the Skyscanner website and Skyscanner App are my favorite booking tools. This is how I was able to get $12.40 airfare from Los Angeles to London, as well as $9.40 airfare from London to Italy.
How To Book Affordable Accommodation
When booking accommodation, TripAdvisor is the way to go. I love TripAdvisor because you can read reviews and see photos from other travelers to get a feel of where you will be staying. TripAdvisor will also route to you the cheapest vendor to book from such as Booking. Don’t forget to check Airbnb for house rentals.
How To Book Activities
My favorite website to search for activities, tours and especially skip the line tickets is Viator. This makes trip planning so much easier because you don’t have to search several sites, Viator has several options to choose from.
Why Travel Insurance Is a Must
People book trip and forget the most important part, purchasing travel insurance. Because we travel often, I purchase our travel insurance place through Allianz for a year at a time. This means that we are covered for all trips within that year. Travel insurance will protect you and your family against theft, injury illness, flight cancellations and so much more.
Looking to save even more money when you travel?
Visit my Travel Resources page to see all the reliable and trustworthy brands that I use to book my travel with. I only recommend brands that I’ve used and can vouch for, so you’re in good hands! ? Also check out these posts below:
- Tips On How To Make Travel Affordable For Families
- Best Websites To Find Cheap Flights & Error Fares
- How To Save Money On Flights
Top Travel With Kids Tips
Traveling with kids and have a few questions you need answers too, these posts below will help your trip run smooth.
I love Snooze!! We had one by our house in San Diego and they recently opened one up in orange county . We are heading to Denver in February so I’ll be referring back to this. Aiden is so cute!!
What a fun and delicious spontaneous trip! I love that you just hopped on a plane and made it happen.
As long as a super cheap ticket is involved 🙂
We went to Colorado for our anniversary last year. I did the exact same thing, saw the cheap tickets, checked with the husband, booked it and figured things to do later (our tickets were not as cheap as yours though, but it was still pretty good coming from DSM). We went to the Snooze AM Eatery, but not being a patient person, I convinced my husband to go elsewhere after we saw the line. The trip to Rocky Mountains was one of the scariest trip of my life ( a trip from dar Es salaam to Iringa is by far the scariest ). Red Rock was great, but I had such severe altitude sickness that only my husband made it all the way to the top as I waited halfway and envied all the work out junkies. Thanks for the blog post :). As always, may you continue #rising
How awesome. Question though, why was the trip scary? And snooze was great, you should have waited, 30 wasn’t that bad! To #Rising !!
Looks like a great trip… have to put denver on my radar
When you stumble on tickets like this, please don’t hesitate to contact me oh. Lol.
I can see you guys enjoyed the trip. Master coordinator. ..lol
Stay updated, I will post as I see them. Yes we enjoyed our trip, thanks! Coordinating is no joke.
I love your travel style – so impromptu and full of surprises! The jumping pics are cool too 🙂
This looked like such a fun family trip!! Looked like everyone had a great time. Denver is definitely going on my list!
HAHAHA this was fun!!!.
Your trip to Denver looked like so much fun! My cousin just went and told me about some amazing places to eat, so between your post and her recommendations, I’ll have to take a trip there soon! I’m totally going to try the coffee at Snooze! 🙂
That car is awesome! What a great adventure for 38 bucks return- thats ridiculous!! Well done on getting that deal- and sharing with the world!
Love your pictures! it does look like a lot of fun to explore Denver!
Your photos are totally amazing,love them all!