Lockdown can’t last forever, and as soon as Colorado is open and available, you should be eager to explore. Whether you are a Colorado native or merely plan to visit the Centennial State for a brief period, you could easily be overwhelmed with the number of fun and exhilarating activities in the Colorado Rockies and beyond. Considering that Colorado boasts one of the most established marijuana industries in the country, weed tourism might be high on your list — but what else can do you while you’re high?
Here’s a quick and easy guide to some of the best things to do in Colorado during or after partaking in the good green herb.
Go for a Hike
Colorado is easily one of the most beautiful states in America, filled with jaw-dropping mountain scenery that looks utterly untouched by civilization. Just a couple hours from Denver, you can find some beautiful trails through the forest that are likely to get your heart racing — both from exertion and from the thrill of natural splendor.
It is illegal to smoke grass in any public space, and it is always a bad idea to carry an open flame in the forest — but that doesn’t mean you can’t get high before you head out for a gorgeous hike through the hills and mountains. I might suggest taking a small dose of an edible just before you set out on a well-marked and popular trail. Then, you can feel relaxed and euphoric as you explore nature, but there will be little risk of feeling confused or paranoid from too much weed, and you probably won’t get lost in the wilderness, either.
Visit an Amusement Park
Denver isn’t Orlando or Anaheim, but that doesn’t mean it is bereft of amusement. In fact, when you can couple weed with thrill rides and carnival games, you are all but guaranteed a good time. If you are planning a trip for the summertime, locals will likely direct you to Elitch Gardens, a seasonal theme and waterpark that has different attractions for all ages — which is perfect for someone expecting to smoke some weed before their visit. Though you will pay a price for entry and food, you can take turns waiting in ride lines and lounging around the Elitch’s pools. Plus, you can avoid the exorbitant fees and excruciatingly long lines at more popular (Disney) parks elsewhere.
Enjoy a Cannabis Tour
You aren’t the first person to think of Colorado as a prime weed tourism destination. So many people have planned cannabis-based trips to the Centennial State that there is an entire industry developing to cater to this niche. Though it might seem cheesy, cannabis tours are easily some of the best weed experiences you can have on your trip. Not only do they introduce you to some top-tier dispensaries, but you often get behind-the-scenes views of pot shops, grow ops and more. Before you board your tour bus, you should be sure to have your ID and plenty of cash on hand to pay for any goodies you want to purchase — and it probably wouldn’t be wise to start the tour already high.
I live in a suburb of Denver, but I never get tired of walking around the downtown district — especially while I’m a bit stoned. I always tell visitors to take a full day to explore this area of the city, stop in different shops and get a sense of the different neighborhoods. There are always new weed shops opening near me, and it is exciting to see what the downtown dispensaries have to offer in comparison.
Besides bud, downtown Denver has a lot to offer high tourists. Cherry Creek is a good place to wander if you love high-end shopping; you can catch a game at Coors Field; you can stroll through Commons Park, especially its Stoner Hill hangout spot; or you can look for landmarks like Union Station, Sculpture Park or City Hall. If nothing else, you can always pop into some amazing restaurants to indulge your munchies.
Whether your trip to Colorado occurs this summer or next, there will be plenty of excitement and entertainment waiting for you. The most cannabis-friendly state in the U.S. will always have plenty for a weed tourist like you to do.