Friday, May 17, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-70 in Colorado

Westbound Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon
Westbound Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 70 in Colorado covers very flat terrain on the eastern side of the state. However, Denver is the gateway to the amazing scenery of the Rocky Mountains. While driving on this section of highway, travelers realize the challenges that were met in constructing the interstate highway system. I-70 joins the cities of Burlington, Limon, Denver, Aurora, Silverthorne, Vail, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction.

Tourists can spend weeks taking in the activities of this state. Rocky Mountain National Park is located north of this interstate. Denver Red Rocks Park, Loveland Pass, Glenwood Canyon and Colorado National Monument are just a few of the attractions. On Mount Evans one can see the mountains to the west and the plains to the east. South of this highway are Mesa Verde National Park and Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Both are well worth a side trip. I like to get gas at Grand Junction before traveling into the eastern section of Utah since services are scarce in that area.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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