I have a free RT ticket to go anywhere Southwest airlines flies. I'd be leaving from Laguardia in NYC. It's a nice direct flight to Denver, so this is why I'm more attracted to going to Colorado. I plan on going anytime between the 20th-June 5th.
I've looked up the distances and such, but here's what I've come up with:
If I go to Colorado, I'd rent a car and go to Estes Park. I'd LOVE to stay at the Stanley hotel (huge Shining fan, plus I love haunted places), but it's so expensive. I've read tons of reviews, and I'm still unsure whether it's worth it to pay all that money and stay there vs. staying at a cheaper hotel and just going on a tour of it. I don't want to spend all that money and nothing paranormal happens. I just wonder if it's just hyped up. I've stayed at famously haunted places, and nothing happened; whereas tiny unknown places were more haunted. This trip would be for 2 days (or possibly 3 if i stay in WA).
I'd go somewhere outside Seattle; either on the coast or in the Cascade mountains. I would be driving after the flight, and it seems the scenic places to go outside of Seattle are at least an hour and a half drive. That might be rough after a 7 hour trip (will have a layover somewhere in the midwest). This is why I'm leaning more towards colorado.
I'm mostly looking for the cheaper option, and somewhere really scenic (don't have much nature here) and relaxing.
Just looking for any advice/opinions on this.