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My boys have been brought up road tripping from Phoenix to Los Angeles often. We have learned to love our time together in the car exploring the world around us. We jumped at the chance to take a Colorado road trip with our partners at Chevrolet a few weeks ago and the Chevy Traverse made the PERFECT family road trip vehicle and sort of a “home base” for our Colorado road trip. We drove from Denver to Glenwood Springs stopping along the way both there and back!
When we first arrived we got to attend a Chevy Experience at The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace (which is super cool if you’ve never been) where we got to check out many Chevy vehicles perfect for different families. They had food, drinks, snacks and tons of interactive ways for us to learn about the vehicles we’d be driving. I loved this because we learned so much about the features of the Traverse we’d be driving and about the Chevy Infotainment System.
Some of my favorite takeaways:
- You can shop on the Chevy Infotainment system – even ordering your faves from restaurants on the way & purchasing gas.
- The Weather app has a live doppler radar you can check along your route.
- We found lots of handy little features in the Traverse. Jared loved how the Infotainment screen came up for easier viewing and a handy spot to store things.
- The fabric in Chevy vehicles are amazingly easy to clean.
- There is some amazing teen driver safety technology available that, having a new teen driver, was something I was super interested in, and made me definitely want to look into a new Chevy for the family.
The event kicked off the trip and we left from there to head towards Glenwood Springs.
Our first stop on the way out was Silverthorne. We definitely needed some coffee and the temp had dipped so much from Denver that we were excited to get out, smell the trees, and walk around. We stopped at the Red Buffalo Cafe and I had a delicious Lavender Latte sitting right next to the Blue River (they have seating out the back of their shop). It was the perfect rest stop!
Jared popped into Cutthroat Anglers to grab a fishing license and then we were back on the road.
One place I’ve wanted to visit for quite a while was Vail so we chose to stop for dinner. I was impressed with how family friendly and lively it was! So many shops, restaurants and things to do/see in the area. We walked around for a bit and ended up eating at Fall Line Kitchen & Cocktails where the boys fell in love with the Lobster Mac & Cheese.
Glenwood Springs, CO
In Glenwood Springs we didn’t make too many plans, but we knew we wanted to go to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park (a theme park on top of a mountain) and it was definitely the highlight for the boys! So many fun adventurous rides to try along with cave tours!
We loved the town, checking out the hot springs, and even visiting Doc Holliday’s grave.
There was so much to do in town including hiking, biking, hot springs, vapor caves, river rafting, kayaking, fishing, shopping… we really didn’t need to leave but we wanted to pack a lot in to one weekend!
We all loved eating at Slope & Hatch where the boys had amazing (huge) hot dogs & Jared & I had tacos. Their fries are SO good too!
We chose to explore for a day and drove to and around Redstone for some fishing and hiking. The Traverse made it so easy for us to load up the fly fishing gear as we moved along down the Crystal River. We saw some gorgeous sites and even found a waterfall along the way (Hayes Creek Falls).
On the way back to Denver we took a walk around Georgetown Lake and then stopped at the ever popular (and super touristy) Casa Bonita. The boys loved it in all it’s cheesiness 😉
We had an amazing road trip and can’t wait to go back! We loved driving the Traverse so much that it’s moved to the top of our list for our next new vehicle. It’s comfortable, can adjust to our needs, has many amazing features, is fun to drive, and just… works for our family. My 6ft tall son definitely appreciated the space in the 2nd row bucket seats!