Quick Colorado Getaways; Change Your State of Mind

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Colorado Tourism Office

    DENVER, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Need to escape your routine, change the
 landscape, get out of town?  Change your state of mind and create lasting
 memories with a quick trip to Colorado.
 
     Colorado Getaway #1:
 
     Vail and Steamboat Springs, July 13 - 15, 2001  (3-day-tour)
     Highlights: Vail, Betty Ford Gardens, Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo, Mass
 Ascension Balloon Rodeo, Art-in-the-Park, Hot Springs.
 
     DAY 1:  Drive from Denver through the breathtaking Rocky Mountains to Vail
 where you can tour the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens (the highest public botanic
 gardens in North America), shop along the picturesque, winding pedestrian
 streets, mountain bike or hike the exhilarating mountain trails, dine at the
 world-class restaurants and cafes, and take in the sparkling nightlife.
     The heart of Vail is comprised of the Tyrolean-inspired Vail Village and
 the more contemporary Lionshead.  Both are nestled below the mighty peaks of
 the Gore Range at an elevation of 8,200 feet with surrounding peaks soaring to
 heights of over 13,000 feet.
 
     DAY 2:  It's on to Steamboat Springs to partake in the annual Steamboat
 Springs Pro Rodeo, held at Howelsen Hill Rodeo Grounds.  Hike, bike or wander
 through town, but don't forget to enjoy the rodeo BBQ dinner.
 
     DAY 3:  Rise early for the Mass Ascension and Balloon Rodeo, a spectacular
 affair where 50 hot air balloons in all shapes, sizes and colors, float softly
 through the early morning mist over the Steamboat Springs valley.  The rodeo
 portion of the event pits each balloonist's piloting skills against various
 challenges, such as maneuvering close enough to pop a helium-filled balloon
 tethered 100 feet above ground. Later stop by the Art-in-the-Park event where
 over 125 local, regional and national artisans and entertainers are featured.
 Spend the afternoon strolling along the Yampa River walkway, visit the new
 riverside botanic gardens, or relax in the area's world-renowned hot springs.
     That evening head back to the balloon festival for Balloon Shine.  The
 balloons, illuminated from within, lift off to fill the sky with bursts of
 color.
 
     Colorado Getaway #2:
 
     Western Slope Fruit Festival, August 22 - 24, 2001 (3-day-tour)
     Highlights: Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, Fort Uncompagre in
 Delta, Grand Mesa, Colorado National Monument, Float trip along the Colorado
 River, Colorado wineries.
 
     DAY 1:  Head out for Black Canyon, located in Gunnison National Park in
 western Colorado.  Carved by the Gunnison River, Black Canyon is spectacularly
 deep and dark, attracting world-class climbers to its steep, sheer walls.  The
 south rim features a visitor center, campgrounds, hiking trails, and numerous
 canyon overlooks.
 
     DAY 2:  Pack a picnic lunch and drive over to Grand Mesa, to view the
 largest flattop mountain in the world.  Afterwards, stop in Delta to visit
 Fort Uncompagre, a living history museum that recreates the 1830s' original
 fur trapping and trading center complete with costume guides.  Then it's on to
 Colorado National Monument, in Grand Junction, where canyons more than 600
 feet deep complement the isolated monoliths of Independence Monument, Balanced
 Rock and Coke Ovens.  End the day with a relaxing float trip down the Colorado
 River.
 
     DAY 3:  Before heading home, stop off at several of Colorado's well known
 wineries.  Two Rivers Winery in Grand Junction and Canyon Wind Cellars in
 Palisade offer visitors the opportunity to sample their Chardonnay, Cabernet,
 Merlot and Riesling wines.  Be sure to take some home with you!
 
     Colorado vacation information, including lodging, transportation, dining,
 attractions and recreation, is available at www.colorado.com or call
 1-800-COLORADO for your free official state vacation guide.  For specific
 questions call the Colorado Tourism Public Relations Department at
 303-689-0704.
 
     Downloadable Images:
     www.colorado.com/info/photo2.asp  (mesa/prairies)
     www.colorado.com/info/photo2.asp  (vineyard)
     www.colorado.com/info/photo3.asp  (Vail)
 
 

SOURCE Colorado Tourism Office
    DENVER, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Need to escape your routine, change the
 landscape, get out of town?  Change your state of mind and create lasting
 memories with a quick trip to Colorado.
 
     Colorado Getaway #1:
 
     Vail and Steamboat Springs, July 13 - 15, 2001  (3-day-tour)
     Highlights: Vail, Betty Ford Gardens, Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo, Mass
 Ascension Balloon Rodeo, Art-in-the-Park, Hot Springs.
 
     DAY 1:  Drive from Denver through the breathtaking Rocky Mountains to Vail
 where you can tour the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens (the highest public botanic
 gardens in North America), shop along the picturesque, winding pedestrian
 streets, mountain bike or hike the exhilarating mountain trails, dine at the
 world-class restaurants and cafes, and take in the sparkling nightlife.
     The heart of Vail is comprised of the Tyrolean-inspired Vail Village and
 the more contemporary Lionshead.  Both are nestled below the mighty peaks of
 the Gore Range at an elevation of 8,200 feet with surrounding peaks soaring to
 heights of over 13,000 feet.
 
     DAY 2:  It's on to Steamboat Springs to partake in the annual Steamboat
 Springs Pro Rodeo, held at Howelsen Hill Rodeo Grounds.  Hike, bike or wander
 through town, but don't forget to enjoy the rodeo BBQ dinner.
 
     DAY 3:  Rise early for the Mass Ascension and Balloon Rodeo, a spectacular
 affair where 50 hot air balloons in all shapes, sizes and colors, float softly
 through the early morning mist over the Steamboat Springs valley.  The rodeo
 portion of the event pits each balloonist's piloting skills against various
 challenges, such as maneuvering close enough to pop a helium-filled balloon
 tethered 100 feet above ground. Later stop by the Art-in-the-Park event where
 over 125 local, regional and national artisans and entertainers are featured.
 Spend the afternoon strolling along the Yampa River walkway, visit the new
 riverside botanic gardens, or relax in the area's world-renowned hot springs.
     That evening head back to the balloon festival for Balloon Shine.  The
 balloons, illuminated from within, lift off to fill the sky with bursts of
 color.
 
     Colorado Getaway #2:
 
     Western Slope Fruit Festival, August 22 - 24, 2001 (3-day-tour)
     Highlights: Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, Fort Uncompagre in
 Delta, Grand Mesa, Colorado National Monument, Float trip along the Colorado
 River, Colorado wineries.
 
     DAY 1:  Head out for Black Canyon, located in Gunnison National Park in
 western Colorado.  Carved by the Gunnison River, Black Canyon is spectacularly
 deep and dark, attracting world-class climbers to its steep, sheer walls.  The
 south rim features a visitor center, campgrounds, hiking trails, and numerous
 canyon overlooks.
 
     DAY 2:  Pack a picnic lunch and drive over to Grand Mesa, to view the
 largest flattop mountain in the world.  Afterwards, stop in Delta to visit
 Fort Uncompagre, a living history museum that recreates the 1830s' original
 fur trapping and trading center complete with costume guides.  Then it's on to
 Colorado National Monument, in Grand Junction, where canyons more than 600
 feet deep complement the isolated monoliths of Independence Monument, Balanced
 Rock and Coke Ovens.  End the day with a relaxing float trip down the Colorado
 River.
 
     DAY 3:  Before heading home, stop off at several of Colorado's well known
 wineries.  Two Rivers Winery in Grand Junction and Canyon Wind Cellars in
 Palisade offer visitors the opportunity to sample their Chardonnay, Cabernet,
 Merlot and Riesling wines.  Be sure to take some home with you!
 
     Colorado vacation information, including lodging, transportation, dining,
 attractions and recreation, is available at www.colorado.com or call
 1-800-COLORADO for your free official state vacation guide.  For specific
 questions call the Colorado Tourism Public Relations Department at
 303-689-0704.
 
     Downloadable Images:
     www.colorado.com/info/photo2.asp  (mesa/prairies)
     www.colorado.com/info/photo2.asp  (vineyard)
     www.colorado.com/info/photo3.asp  (Vail)
 
 SOURCE  Colorado Tourism Office