Colorado is the epitome of a fantastic vacation for a multitude of reasons. Offering a variety of recreational activities, historical and architectural landmarks, stunning state parks, wildlife, and of course the majestic Rocky Mountains, Colorado provides the backdrop for an exciting day-trip or vacation.
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Located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains is a unique city called Boulder. Home to Colorado University, Boulder has the charm of a college town and is home to the nationally acclaimed Celestial Seasonings tea brewing factory. Not only does Celestial Seasonings brew over 40 delicious varieties of tea, but they offer a tour of the factory, which has consistently been ranked as one of the top 10 factory tours in the United States. For the horror movie junkie, Banjo Billie’s Bus Tour gives passengers a glimpse into the macabre side of Boulder. Similar to an adventure with Scooby, Shaggy and the gang, Billie’s Bus Tour is not for the squeamish. Tales of Boulder’s dark history, including possible ghost sightings, are the main topic of conversation while aboard this bus, so climb aboard at your own risk!
The wine connoisseur will be pleasantly surprised to discover a vineyard right in the middle of Denver. While in the Mile High City, taking in a Denver Nuggets or Broncos game, make it a point to have a tasting at Balistreri Vineyards, located smack dab in the middle of an industrial section of Denver. The winemaker, John Balistreri, has been creating aromatic, award-winning wines for over 30 years. Made from 98% Colorado grown grapes, Balistreri wines include whites, reds, ports, and Colorado cherry.
Exploring the wilderness can be done by snowshoe, cross-country ski, train, or even dog-sledding. Dog-sledding has become increasingly popular in Colorado ski towns and wilderness exploration areas. In Snowmass, a dog sledding operation called Krabloonik has been offering dog-sledding tours for over 30 years. Following the wilderness tour, guests are invited to dine at Krabloonik Restaurant which, of course, offers a variety of game dishes such as wild boar, trout and pheasant to name a few.