I wanted to write a short post about one of the "E" places I've visited, but had a lot of trouble picking one over the other. There's Everglades National Park with its elephant-sized mosquitoes. Or Eze in the South of France, with its exotic gardens and incredible scenery. I also loved Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz) in Germany, though we arrived there too late in the day to get the inside tour. Even so, the castle was spectacular enough viewed from a distance.
However, easiest and closest to home is Estes Park. This town is one of my favorite places to visit now that we live in Colorado. The gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, it's also a tourist destination in itself. The main drag is full of shops and restaurants, the headquarters for trail rides and whitewater rafting, and the event center for a long list of interesting festivals and celebrations throughout the year. My personal favorite is the Longs Peak Scottish Irish Festival held each September. When the bagpipes wail, Estes Park beckons.