Given how many people traveled to Denver for the annual 4/20 festivities this year, not to mention the national hype over pot tourism in general, it's easy to forget that there are plenty of great reasons to visit Colorado that have nothing to do with weed.
Fortunately, the folks at Condé Nast Traveler know that Colorado's about more than cannabis. Look below to see the site's top nine reasons to vacation here beyond bud, complete with photos and CNT excerpts. To check out the original post, click here.
See the city by bike Downtown Denver, already friendly to two-wheelers, joins the long list of destinations with bike-sharing programs. Join the Denver B-Cycle fun for just $8 a day....
Catch a game (and a view) The stalwart Rockies are still at it downtown, in pitch-perfect Coors Field, where a newly renovated seating section will open in summer 2014 with craft brews and panoramas of the mountains....
Continue to keep counting down the top nine reasons other than pot to visit Colorado according to Condé Nast Traveler. Number 7:
Ski at some of the best resorts in the world In the right weather, you can get to the mountain in less than two hours from downtown Denver. Copper Mountain is a local favorite for its proximity to the city, but there are many more in Colorado to choose from....
Travel into the past Who says history has to be boring? Not the friendly staff at the History Colorado Center, where interactive exhibits and fun presentations bring the sometimes scandalous and always interesting backstories of the state to life.
Continue to keep counting down the top nine reasons other than pot to visit Colorado according to Condé Nast Traveler. Number 5:
Explore the national parks We hesitate to make any 'get high on nature' puns, but of course you certainly can here. The state is home to four national parks (Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison) and we're particularly fond of the southwest corner of the state, where you'll find the Black Canyon....
Enjoy the art In addition to housing an impressive collection of art and a roster of international traveling exhibitions...the Denver Art Museum has an architectural pedigree: The original 1971 building was designed by talian architect Gio Ponti, and the 2006 expansion is by Daniel Libeskind....
Continue to keep counting down the top nine reasons other than pot to visit Colorado according to Condé Nast Traveler. Number 3:
Drink great beer And we don't mean that in a 'Let's get wasted, dude!' kind of way. Denver has been gaining a lot of culinary attention lately, and some of that spotlight is thanks to its artisan beer scene -- a scene that some might argue is the most interesting in the country today....
Eat great food Denver's become a huge foodie destination, according to James Beard Award-winning chef, Jennifer Jasinski, owner of Rioja in Denver's historic Larimer Square. "The amount of really good exciting chef-driven restaurants has just gone crazy -- there's a lot more options than there ever used to be," said Jasinski....
Continue to keep counting down the top nine reasons other than pot to visit Colorado according to Condé Nast Traveler. Number 1:
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Shop for something other than pot
Most of the stores that have nabbed state licenses to sell marijuana are located in Denver, but the city also has some terrific traditional shopping. From the boutiques of the Cherry Creek shopping district, to the vintage stores in Southwest Denver (we like the quirky Regal Vintage for its impressive selection of 1980s motorcycle jackets and graphic tees), there's something for everyone....
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More from our Marijuana archive circa February 10: "Marijuana tourism is getting mainstream hype whether state officials like it or not."