In all seasons, Colorado is a paradise for fans of outdoor adventures. In addition to being a world-class skiing, rafting and hiking destination, Colorado has four national parks and eight national landmarks to enjoy a variety of activities, wildlife viewing, sites of interest and admire the work of Mother Nature. You will begin your journey in the city of Denver and discover natural landscapes that only Colorado has the secret, alternating between lush forests, powerful rivers, windy plains, and large dunes. Before you go, consider making room on the memory card of your phone or camera.
Colorado Springs: Craft Beer and Wine
With the iconic 4,300 meters high peak of Pikes Peak on its doorstep, Colorado Springs is as picturesque as wild. Climbing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and dozens of parks to visit should open your appetite. For a craft beer, local vintages and creative cuisine, make a stop at the IvyWild School in Colorado Springs, a mixed-use building that was, in fact, a primary school from 1916 to 2009. Classrooms have been redeveloped to accommodate inventive gourmet shops such as Bristol Brewery & Pub, Ax & The Oak Distillery Whiskey House and The Old School Bakery. You can even order a cocktail in the former director’s office and relax in the old teachers’ or study rooms. In addition to the growth of its craft beer and wine, it is the coffee-growing culture that is developing in Colorado Springs, with places like the Urban Steam Coffee Bar & Café and the Loyal Coffee sourcing fair-trade beans produced by small businesses around the world. In Colorado Springs, do not forget to visit the Garden of the Gods, a park famous for its red sandstone geological formations.
Ameristar Blackhawk in Colorado
Also in Colorado, you will be delighted to visit the Ameristar Blackhawk. Ameristar Blackhawk Casino Resort includes free wireless internet access and a fitness center. It features a spa and wellness center, an outdoor pool, express check-in, and check-out and a sauna. The Ameristar Blackhawk resort offers spacious rooms with a fridge, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities, as well as the necessary amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Each room has a desk, wireless internet access in the rooms and a private bathroom with shower.
Ameristar Blackhawk has a handy café on-site, where you can order a snack before heading out to explore the area. Guests who want to have fun after dinner can relax at the casino. The Ameristar Blackhawk resort offers disabled parking for guests traveling by car. Guests will be able to discover Central City and Idaho Springs, both within driving distance of the property.
Loveland and Fort Collins: Cultural Jewels and Colorado’s Beer Capital
Continue north, passing Denver on the Loveland-Fort Collins Road. Newly named second best city of arts among small towns in the United States, Loveland offers a thriving arts scene, especially in its public sculpture gardens. Stroll through the picturesque landscapes of Benson Sculpture Garden to discover more than 150 unique sculptures, most of which were cast in one of Loveland’s three foundries. In August, Benson hosts the largest outdoor sculpture contest in the United States. In the heart of the shopping area, you can also visit Chapungu Sculpture Park which houses 82 stone sculptures, created by Zimbabwean artists. Then stroll through the shops and galleries of the historic city center.
For beer lovers, be aware that the nearby town of Fort Collins is considered the capital of Colorado beer. There are more than 20 breweries, from well-known New Belgium Brewing Company and Anheuser-Busch to craft specialists such as the award-winning breweries Odell Brewing or Equinox Brewing, where you can enjoy an alfresco beer, and concerts on the weekends. In good weather (which happens frequently), join the locals to swim and try paddling at Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake, or raiding the rapids of Cache Powder River, the only state-qualified river of “wild and picturesque.”