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Why is Colorado an Awesome Place to Have a Vacation?

Whether you are planning a romantic get away, a family trip or even just an escape weekend with your friends, Colorado is the place to go. Colorado has a year long vacation experience designed to fit every single one of your desires.

Numerous outdoor experiences to choose from as well as many resorts promoting complete relaxation and extreme activities.

Colorado for VacationNot to mention that Colorado is one of the few States that recreational marijuana is permitted, which has led to making cannabis very easy, and legal, to get making it an innovative industry that offers many cannabis-friendly resorts and experiences.

Start your trip arriving at Denver or better known as the Mile High City (precisely because of its altitude compared to sea level), Colorado’s capital, which has the largest airport in the whole United States.

The capital itself has many things to do like the Denver Zoo, walks across the city park or the botanical garden, the 120 years old Denver Art Museum which is always promoting top notch fine arts exhibitions and educational tours. Denver even has an amusement park, the Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park.

Colorado water parkIf you’re getting out of Denver in spring or summer then you can enjoy a numerous list of things, just to name a few you can do; the canyons in Ouray, descending and climbing them back up all while enjoying the stunning views they offer.

Fly fishing in Minturn getting the chance to watch the aerial view of Vail Valley before descending to do some fishing. You can even go sailing at Lake Dillon or go mountain biking through the numerous mountains that Colorado offers. One of our favorites is enjoying the Aurora sunflower fields, a yellow paradise of flowers.

Also, attend to the Breckenridge Mountain Arts Festival that is held three times in summer where artist from all over the country gather to show off their skills in wood carvings and sculpturing.

The good thing about Colorado is that the fun does not end in summer, it continues in fall and winter where numerous resorts are available such as the famed Aspen, Beaver Creek, Vail, Winter Park, amongst a lot other world class ski resorts.

Colorado Winter parkThe Rocky Mountains of Colorado in winter makes tourists from all over the world gather around and enjoy skiing or snowboarding. We recommend the St. Regis Aspen Resort or the Beaver Creek Resort where you’ll be able to enjoy hikes, great skiing mountains, and even have the little ones in the family learn how to ski in the ski school.

If getting out of Denver and going to one of the resorts above or amenities then be sure to drive by Empire Colorado, a stationary and very rich in history town that is famous for its beautiful accommodations and attractions such as the eternal Peck House, the original Hard Rock Cafe, Jenny’s Restaurant.

This town may also serve as a good bathroom stop having the cleanest restrooms of Colorado allegedly and being a great access door to buying some recreational marijuana on your way to enjoying one of the best vacations ever in Colorado.

A Brief History of Empire Colorado

When it comes to history in the United States, many places and events come to mind, but few have as much history as the town of Empire. A town that’s been part of the Colorado territory long before Colorado was even declared a state in 1876.

Heart of the Rocky MountainsLocated in the valley of Clear Creek County, right on U.S. Highway 40 ~ Park Ave. Named after the State of New York and the Empire State Building, as the name suggests, Empire was expected by many to be a massive empire with a great abundance of gold and silver.

Now nicknamed ‘Heart of the Rocky Mountains’ and considered a mountain country because the town is surrounded by vast mountains like the Douglas mountain, the Lincoln mountain, the Covode mountain and the Republican & Democrat mountain, as well as a group of summits.

Empire Colorado HistoryEmpire was founded in 1860, right when the gold was found on that territory with the beginning of the Colorado Silver and Gold boom in the late 19th century. As a result, around 36,500 different mining planes and over 4000 mining operations took place in Empire truly expanding the city’s development.

During that time Empire was filled with miners and mines owners which led to the creation of the original Hard Rock Cafe, which is still actually open, named literally because of the miners having to mine tough rocks to extract the precious metals. We say original because it was created in 1934 in Empire’s Town Hall, way before the huge recognized line of hotels and casinos began.

Another big business that became almost a brand of Empire was the Peck House Hotel & Restaurant, which is also Peck House Hotelcurrently open and one of the most famous places in the town.

The mostly scaled gold and silver mining stopped around the beginning of World War II, and that has forced Empire to sustain off tourists, people that pass by to get to the bigger cities or resorts and, curiously enough, living off the new legal marijuana industry.

As of 2014, Empire’s size remains 0.2 square miles, and the population is 283, although it has never been a big populated town. Empire has always been a small town high on ambition.

Today, approximately five to six thousand (5000-6000) cars pass directly through Empire on U.S. 40 making it a quite active town trying to accommodate people to make a stop and get to know the place to get the sales tax flowing.

Surprisingly, as aforementioned, the legal marijuana industry has become some life savior for Empire since the marijuana laws were promulgated.

Only two legal marijuana dispensaries generate around one hundred thousand (100,000) dollars in sales tax. This is because most of the tourist when passing through the town, do not only make a stop to go to the bathroom or grab something to eat, they make a stop to buy the allowable amount permitted in Colorado and then continue their way to the nearby resort. Keep in mind though that only recreational marijuana is available in the town of Empire.