From our traveling experts, Peanuts or Pretzels - this month's guest blog is for all of you who are traveling to GeoWoodstock soon! Take it away, Liz and Josh!
It's almost here...one of the biggest Geocaching events in the world is about to take place in Denver, Colorado. Are you attending? Have you planned out your road trip to GeoWoodstock, including making your list of "must find" geocaches? Well don't forget to also look up some of the fun things to do in Denver during your visit. Denver is an awesome place, with so much fun to be had. Check out some of our picks for fun activities in Denver during your visit!
For The Outdoor Enthusiasts
Colorado is home to some of the most scenic areas in all of the US. There are plenty of hiking, camping, and exploring opportunities for those who love to enjoy the great outdoors. One place that we highly recommend visiting is Rocky Mountain National Park. We love our national parks and it's always great to support them, but this is one of the best! The park is not far from Denver, in the mountains northwest of the city -- so it is particularly convenient for those travelers coming from the north of the west into town.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park is another great park that's actually just 30 minutes from Denver, just a quick drive west into the mountains. With more than 12,000 acres of dense forest, there are plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as horseback riding. From the lookout, visitors can even see 100 miles of the continental divide!
Another epic place to visit in Colorado is the Garden of the Gods. Located south of Denver in Colorado Springs, this is a must-see for anyone coming from the south into Denver for GeoWoodstock -- and a highly recommended side-trip for visitors coming from other directions. Visitors can hike around and even climb on some of these amazing rocks, and kids will love the interactive activities in the "Kids Corner" at the visitor's center. But there are also exciting Jeep and Segway Tours to choose from, a truly unique way to experience this memorable place.
Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park is also a highly recommended place to visit just outside of Denver. This natural amphitheater is a true wonder, but it also has an interesting visitor center...and it's just fun to walk around.
Oh, and there IS a Geocache hidden nearby...so don't forget to grab it (we found it)!
For the True Adventurers & Adrenaline Junkies!
For those of you who might be looking for even more adventure during your visit to Denver, you won't be disappointed with the variety of exciting and even some extreme activities. Personally, we love ziplining because it combines a bit of adventure and excitement with the beautiful scenery. And what better place to go ziplining than around Denver - with those spectacular mountain views?!?!
Rocky Mountain Zipline Adventures is actually located up in the mountains fairly close to the Littleton area, where the main GeoWoodstock festivities are being held. But for those coming from the south, Broadmoor Soaring Adventure is a convenient option located in Colorado Springs.
If you are looking for something totally new and unique, then check out SUP-Glo Night Paddling right in Littleton! It's basically night time paddleboarding, and you have led lights on your board, which light up the water all around you. We've actually gone night paddle boarding before in Thailand, not Denver -- but it was by far one of the coolest things we've done! It's so peaceful and calm on the water, you can watch the sunset and see the stars, plus the fish actually come out and follow the led lights! So you can see them in the water, it's really cool. No need to worry, SUP-Glo is actually a great activity for kids and everyone in the family! Definitely check it out.
Of course, Denver has many other adventure activities to choose from -- such as white water rafting and rock climbing. In fact, if you are new and want to learn how to rock climb check out some of the half day beginner courses available which are also great for families!
For the Beer-Lovers Out There!
Beer-lovers rejoice, because they take their beer seriously around Denver! In fact, there are numerous opportunities for you to sample some of the finest beer around. Of course there is the big one, the Coors Brewery in Golden. We've done that tour before and really enjoyed the experience, and the sampling room!
But if you are more into the craft beer (as we are), then Denver won't disappoint! There are numerous craft breweries in the area. From Breckenridge Brewery, Avery Brewery, Boulder Beer, New Belgium Brewing, Great Divide Brewing Co. and more! But if you would rather sit back and let someone else drive you around on a beer tasting tour, then you will definitely want to check out the Denver Craft Beer Tour!
If you are more into wine then beer, then don't worry...Denver still has you covered with the Mile High Wine Tour!
For the Family or Non-Cachers Traveling With You
Being the Fourth of July holiday, we are sure that you may have some other family members traveling with you who want to do some other activities besides Geocaching. Places like the Denver Zoo or the Downtown Aquarium are a great way for those non-cachers to spend their day while you are enjoying the festivities. Other sites include the famous Molly Brown house, the 16th street Mall (which is great for walking), the Buffalo Bill Museum and even the Children's Museum of Denver or the Natural History Museum.
If you are looking for a way to see many of Denver's sights in an easy and convenient way (also good if you are history buff), then check out the Denver City Sightseeing Tour. But if you are also interested in some of the natural surroundings as well as the city, then how about the Denver Mountain Parks With Optional City Tour option.
Have Fun Planning Your Trip to Denver & Enjoy GeoWoodstock 2016!
We hope you have a blast in Denver. It's by far one of our favorite cities in the States, mostly because of the combination of amazing scenery and outdoor activities with great city attractions and museums. No matter if you are coming from the north, west, east, or south...there are lots of road side attractions and fun things to do along the way.
Just the Resource for You!
To help you plan out your route to GeoWoodstock in Denver, we've put together a complete GeoWoodstock 2016 Guide including interactive maps, highlighted Geocaches, GeoTours, road side attractions, and fun activities everyone will enjoy. We've also included some hotels and camp sites that are convenient for your travels -- so be sure to check it out today!
Don't delay, because the event is just around the corner.
Happy Travels & Happy Caching to you all!
We're Josh & Liz, expert travelers who love a good Geocaching adventure. Visit our website Peanuts or Pretzels to find out how we can help make your trip planning easier and more fun...as well as incorporating Geocaching into your next vacation!
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