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Drive to Estes Park

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Drive to Estes Park

Looking for an alternative, scenic drive from Manitou Springs to Estes Park. We're looking for a casual drive with scenery and any interesting stops along the way.

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1. Re: Drive to Estes Park

Tomn3, Cindy K just did this scenic route and replied back about how gorgeous it was. That reminded me about your question.

Go to www.mapquest.com and get directions using these stops.

Manitou Springs, Woodland Park, Deckers, Black Hawk, Nederland and Estes Park.

Along the way--Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument www.nps.gov/flfo

The historic towns of Idaho Springs and Georgetown

http://www.historicidahosprings.com

http://www.georgetown-colorado.org/main.htm

Mount Evans Scenic Byway www.mountevans.com You would want to enter the byway from Bergen Park to Echo Lake.

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway from Black Hawk to Estes Park

http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/2114

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2. Re: Drive to Estes Park

fv pointed out a nice route .... only one thing .. the fossil beds are in florissant and not along the way but a good20 mins each way past your turn on 67.

along the way are great views and the dinosaur research center though.

you are also passing right by the pikes peak tollroad .

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3. Re: Drive to Estes Park

Spammie, I know Florissant is a side trip--on Cindy's post, I told her it added 40 minutes driving time round trip. Georgetown and Idaho Springs and Mount Evans are all side trips as well but they are basically along the way. Tomn3 will want to look at the options and sites given and pick which are of interest.

Edited: 08 June 2012, 04:19
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4. Re: Drive to Estes Park

Yes we just did this route on Tuesday and it was beautiful. New.things.to see at every.turn. Also not to scary of a drive we enjoyed every minute of it i highly.suggest it. We are so grateful we were given this route

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5. Re: Drive to Estes Park

Thanks for the route. Printed out and ready. We'll need to stop along the way for some lunch. Any recommendations for a local (non chain) lunch in one of these towns?

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6. Re: Drive to Estes Park

The largest of thse were lyons, loveland, evergreen plan to stio somewhere in these towns the others are very small. Also woodland park we stopped they have plenty to choose from.

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7. Re: Drive to Estes Park

tomn3, Idaho Springs is a short side trip along this route. Check out Tommyknockers, Two Brothers Deli or Beau Jo's.

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