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Best things to do in Estes Park

Hotel
“Have you seen The Shining? Stephen King was inspired to write the book after being here. The views! Incredible. And so are the very pricy cocktails in the hotel bar, very worth it! ”
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Plaza
“Closest breathtaking views. The drive up the and through the canyon are glorious. Makes me want to get out, stop the car, and sing! If you’re a Stephen King fan, the movie/book The Shining was inspired by Estes Park, the Stanley Hotel and the hedgemaze....(in the movie, the hedges are 12 feet tall; reality is another matter...about 3 feet tall). ”
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Mexican Restaurant
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“They have great food, drinks, and occasionally feature live music. We saw a bear playing along the stream next to the patio the last time we ate there. ”
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Restaurant
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“Estes Park - Built in 1937 as a dance hall for the Big Band Era, The Rock Inn continues to be a lively gathering place with local flair. Can get very busy because close to the RMNP entrance. Make a reservation. Their wings are wonderful! Sometimes there is music. ”
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Food
“Micro brewery with excellent beer and rotating food truck. If you are staying in the cottage or house on the hill you can walk here!”
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Coffee Shop
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“Great coffee shop right along the river. Park in the new parking garage and walk over. At the start of the river walk, so get your coffee and stroll down the walk. They have wi-fi! ”
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Restaurant
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“This is the place for foodies. High quality, excellent cuisine, great ambience, and pricey! ”
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BBQ Joint
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“Fantastic BBQ. Be sure to go in the off time otherwise you will be waiting. Loved by locals and tourists alike. There is a second location which is not as well known at the 18 Hole Golf course (locals secret). ”
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Point of Interest
“Aerial tram to Prospect Mountain's summit, where there are panoramic views, trails & a cafe. The Estes Park Aerial Tramway opened to the public in July, 1955. Since then it has safely carried more than 3 million people to the summit of Prospect Mountain.”
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History Museum
“Cute little museum with local information. Not big or an all day activity but is worth the look.”
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Clothing Store
“You will find every outdoor adventure gear needed here! Plus, they have a bargain basement on top brands like The North Face, Marmot, etc....plus they have a climbing gym too”
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Breakfast Spot
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“Be sure to visit this bakery and cafe early. This is a sit down restaurant. ”
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Bar
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“Estes Park - Want a dive bar with a local feel? This place is perfect. Has a few pool tables and a couple of pinball games... and shuffleboard. Fun place!”
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American Restaurant
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“Estes Park - This place has an 80's sort of feel, but is a great spot to watch the ducks play in the pond just outside the large windows. Make sure to sit in the main dining room. Food is pretty good. ”
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Town
“The Country Market is a few minutes via car and is a smaller grocery store, but closer than Safeway. It has a complete selection of frozen foods, dairy, meats and vegetables, though not as large as Safeway. Great quick place to stock up, but slightly more expensive than Safeway. ”
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Indian Restaurant
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“Love Nepal's Cafe. They've got a great all you can eat lunch menu. It's in the heart of downtown, and you can eat outside when it's warm. ”
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