Bucket lists. Do you have one? If yours is anything like mine, it probably sounds something like this:
3.) Get a selfie with Pope Francis this fall when he visits the States.
What’s wrong with this picture? I didn’t mention Colorado even once on my list! Just because you live in the Centennial State doesn’t mean that you’ve done EVERYTHING there is to do around these beautiful parts. That being said, here are 13 things in Colorado that you must do before you die.
1.) A train ride along the scenic Royal Gorge Route
Enjoying a meal, murder mystery, or just a good old fashioned ride along the gorgeous Royal Gorge granite cliffs is something that everyone should be required to do (at least) once!
2.) Four Corners
If you're like me, you've often felt like you need to be in four places at once...but have you actually ever done it? At the Four Corners, you can! Skip through Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, and experience what it's really like to be in four places at once.
3.) Telluride & Mountain Village Gondola
No matter the time of day, you're sure to get a spectacular view while riding up the mountain on this one-of-a-kind (and FREE) mode of transportation.
4.) Hike the Great Sand Dunes
You've hiked nearly every peak in Colorado, but why stop at just mountains? Hiking the Great Sand Dunes is an incredible experience that you (or your legs) won't soon forget.
5.) Party bike around LoDo
Are you looking for a unique Rockies pre-gaming experience? What could be more fun than drinking, cruising, and unknowingly burning calories with 16 of your best friends?!
6.) Weekend at a scenic riverside B&B
A romantic B&B like the Romantic RiverSong in Estes Park (pictured) is the perfect weekend getaway for you and your sweetie -- enjoy cozy accommodations, amazing mountain scenery, delicious food, and so much more at this tranquil oasis.
7.) Dive off a 200-foot cliff at the Cave of the Winds
Y.O.L.O... so why not dive into a canyon at 100 miles per hour? The infamous Terror Dactyl has been featured on "The Today Show" and is a favorite to thrill seekers everywhere.
8.) Ride in the Tour de Fat
9.) Attend the Great American Beer Festival
Hosted by the Brewers Association, the Great American Beer Festival is a hops lover's dream come true with samples of more than 2,000 different American beers. Cheers!
10.) Take an exercise class at Red Rocks
Enjoy doing cardio? Or is calming yoga more your thing? No matter your preference, Red Rocks has an exercise class for you! Organized classes not your thing? Attend a concert, sit as close to the stage as you can, and then do the butt busting walk back to the top of the amphitheater at the end of the show (I figured this out after a Death Cab for Cutie concert).
11.) Cheer on the home team in person
Whether you're a football, basketball, hockey, baseball, lacrosse, etc., fan, Colorado has a team for you to follow! Enjoy the crazy adrenaline and awesome vibes you can only get from watching the game in person.
12.) See the Maroon Bells in person
This one really needs no explanation (...are you seeing this picture?!)
13.) Take in a show at the Denver Performing Arts Center
Whether you're seeing "La bohème" at Ellie Caulkins, "For Girls Only" at Garner Galleria, or "Wicked" at the Buell, you are guaranteed an entertaining, first class show that you'll never forget. #getyoselfsomeculture