As we enter the lovely holiday season and Thanksgiving, we thought it would be appropriate to compile a short list of the things we are most thankful for (as Coloradans).
Out of everything this magnificent state has to offer, the following are just a few...
1. The Rocky Mountains
Duh. Hiking, camping, climbing, skiing, beauty, breathtaking views...need we continue?
2. The Beer
Despite having a far lower population than states like New York, Texas and Florida, Colorado stomps them in one area: the number of craft breweries it has. With 348 breweries total (Denver claiming 148 of these), Colorado has 6 breweries for every 100,000 residents.
3. 300+ Days of Sunshine
What better to help you enjoy the first 2 things on this list than basically a never ending supply of sunny days? Even the coldest and snowiest of winter days don't seem so dreary with the sun's rays shining pleasantly down upon you.
4. Red Rocks
Named the "Best Amphitheater in America" and "Best Live Music Venue", let's just say we're extremely grateful. We absolutely love music and going to concerts, but when you can combine seeing The Shins with being surrounded by magnificent geological formations and a view of the Denver skyline, there are moments when heaven seems all too real.
5. Green Chile
Smother it over everything.
Have you ever happened to enjoy one of those magnificent 5 pound baby burritos from Chipotle? You can thank Colorado too.
7. Our (almost equally) Awesome Next Door Neighbor....Utah
How many other states can boast a next door neighbor with multiple amazing National Parks (most notably Zion, Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Canyonlands) within a 6 hour drive?
Ahhh, the Mile High City. A city thriving with great food, art, beer, and music AND also a 30 minute drive into the mountains and an hour from arguably the best skiing in America? Yep. Not to mention, the high altitude can help you get drunk quicker... if you're in to that sorta thing.
Colorado boasts 4 national parks, 42 state parks, 11 national forests, two national grasslands and 8 national wildlife refuges. And for that (and everything mentioned above), we are eternally thankful!