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Discussion in 'Real Life Discussion' started by Innomine, May 30, 2019.

  1. Innomine

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    Hey all, I have a request for some advice about what to do for a few weeks in Colorado. Also up for any good advice about things that I should know about being in the US for the first time.


    Long story short, I’m attending a conference in the Denver area, and planning on spending a couple of weeks to see the US. I haven’t been before, so I’d love to make the most of my time and was hoping you all would have some suggestions about what to do and where to go. And where to stay, actually. So far I’m thinking that Airbnb will be the best option.


    I’m planning on arriving a few days before the conference starts to have a nice easy adjustment to the jet lag and am planning on just exploring around that area. After the conference my plan is to hire a car and just drive somewhere. Not sure where yet. Hoping this is where you guys come in. The dates will be something like 10th-30thof July.


    I’m probably more interested in spending time outside, seeing the land, but open to any suggestions. I do have to do the gluten free thing, so if any of you have suggestions in that area it’d be great as well. Definitely planning on seeing how this legal weed thing works as well.


    So far, my only real plan is to go see Cheyenne Mountain, for some old school nostalgia with SG1. I was hoping to catch one of the SpaceX launches, but that’s looking unlikely at this stage. CBF going to Florida with all the chances of the launch being delayed. Flights and conference registration is covered, so the absolute ceiling I can spend will be approx. $2000 USD. I would prefer it to be less than that.


    Also, I’d definitely be up for grabbing a drink with any of you guys that are in the area.
     
  2. Darth_Revan

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    I, too, love SG1. But, sadly, the Cheyenne Mountain Complex is a military base and not open to the public.

    As for driving places, I'd definitely recommend driving through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, where there is lots of hiking and nature. You can also go white water rafting on the Arkansas River.

    As for driving further afield...Colorado is in the middle of fucking nowhere, as far as the country goes. If you want to see the States, go to Chicago, DC, New York, etc.
     
  3. Agayek

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    Since you want to see the land, the big suggestions I'd have would be Mt. Rushmoore and/or Yellowstone. Both are beautiful parks with some awesome landmarks. They're each about a day's drive from Denver (~7 hours for Mt Rushmoore, ~9 for Yellowstone), so you'd have to go and spend the night there, but it sounds like that's what you're planning on already, so should be no problem.

    Further out, there's Lake Tahoe (~17 hours), which is always beautiful, especially in the summer, and the Grand Canyon (~10 hours from Denver) is always worth a visit.

    Also, if you do go to Tahoe, you may as well check out the redwood forests in California, because they're amazing (nothing really beats driving down a 2 lane road that goes through a 400 ft tall tree with room to spare). I don't remember off-hand exactly where they are, but there should be at least one place with em within half a day's drive of Tahoe.

    That's all I can think of off the top of my head. There's gonna be a ton of outdoorsy shit to do in Denver and the surrounding area as well, from white water rafting to hiking and everything in between, so you should be well served.
     
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  4. Innomine

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    I had no expectation of being able to visit the military base, but I should be able to drive by relatively closely right? I was thinking from a distance.
     
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    Given the importance of NORAD, it's highly unlikely you'll be able to get within eyesight of the base. You'll be able to see the mountain for sure, but don't expect to see anything deeper than maybe the outermost reaches of the base itself.
     
  6. Innomine

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    Yeah, I was just expecting too see some very familiar landscapes from a distance. Not planning on running afoul of the military haha.
     
  7. Darth_Revan

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    You can see it in the distance from highway 115, but you can't see anything except the mountain itself, among the other mountains.

    Honestly, it's not worth driving to Colorado Springs just for that.
     
  8. Johnnyseattle

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    Nope. Rather long road in actually, it's winding and a few miles long, so you'd only see the mountain itself, not any good signage or anything. Pre-9/11 you could get somewhat of a tour in there, but that's long gone unfortunately.
     
  9. Nevermind

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    The Rockies have a homestand against the Reds and the Giants from the 12th to the 17th, so if you feel like you’d like to get a taste of ”America‘s favourite pastime,“ I can recommend a visit to Coors Field. It‘s located in Denver, so no long drives necessary.

    Edit: Replaced the accidental second ”Rockies“ with ”Giants.“
     
  10. Giovanni

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    Yellowstone National Park is an 8-10 hour drive from Denver depending on traffic and other circumstances. Personally I think it's worth it if you're into that sort of thing.

    For The Grand Canyon, if you intend to hike down to the canyon floor along Bright Angel Trail, please bring more water than the internet says is strictly necessary. Then take a little more after that. A few days before I hiked it a 10+ years ago a tourist died from dehydration and his hiking partner barely survived.

    In the summer during the day the canyon walls can easily exceed 140+ F (60+ celsius.) If you are unprepared you will die and we will all be sad. Don't make us sad.

    Kind of surprised no one has mentioned Zion National Park (beautiful, 10 hour drive) or Glacier National Park (otherworldly, 15 hours - 5 hours past Yellowstone.)
     
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    The Black Hills in Sorth Dakota are beautiful, and of course has Mt Rushmore. It's a 6 hour drive from Denver if you go slow as dirt. Custer State Park, while having a shitty name, is a pretty little area with a shit ton of bison is nearby and the hike around Sylvan Lake is chill. Deadwood is a bit of a tourist trap, but it's fun.

    As far as actual Colorado goes, Black Hawk and Central City have fun casinos, Rocky Mt National Park is lovely, I really enjoyed the cog railway up Pike's Peak and enjoyed driving up Mt Evans, and Denver has a great downtown area. I second visiting a ballgame at Coors Field. There's a shit ton of craft breweries dotted around town. Last, it has mixed reviews, but I enjoyed my tour of the Denver mint if you're into that sort of thing.

    Also, at least visit a dispensary and get greened out as fuck once while you're there.
     
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    I've been living in Denver about a year or so now. Here are some recommendations in no particular order.

    Denver Metro:
    1. Concert at Red Rocks (The Head and the Heart July 17)
    2. Denver Breweries (too many to list, but here are some favorites spread across the city)
    3. Denver Food (I don't have many fine dining recs)
    4. Culture

    Day Trips from Denver:
    1. Breckenridge (mountain town feels, hiking opportunities, festivals)
    2. Mt. Bierstadt (arguably the easiest 14'er)
    3. St. Mary's Glacier (pretty lake, permanent snowfield)
    4. Boulder (little too hip for me, but good shopping and hiking opportunities)
    5. Fort Collins (New Belgium Brewery has the best tour in the country)
    6. Colorado Springs (Garden of the Gods)
    7. Twin Lakes, Aspen, Maroon Bells (nature, rich people, and nature)

    Overnight Trips from Denver
    1. Santa Fe via Great Sand Dunes National Park (Santa Fe has great art. Sand Dunes are incredible.
    2. Telluride via Gunnison/Crested Butte (most beautiful mountain scenery in CO, imo)
    3. Moab, UT via Grand Junction (make sure you take the scenic byway)
     
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    A word of caution: if you aren't a regular user, be careful and don't accidentally overindulge. Most dispensary weed is super potent and a lot of tourists going to Colorado or my state (Oregon) forget to take this into account and end up with a really bad trip.
     
  14. MonkeyEpoxy

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    The easiest way to not get too fucked and uncomfortable is to not really do edibles. Or if you do, remember that you need to give it a good 45 minutes-hour -bioavailability for THC isn't very time efficient orally - at least compared to inhalation. If you're a half hour in and you don't feel anything, do not eat another cookie!

    Weed has an interesting dichotomy with alcohol given that they're both sedatives. But marijuana is very much a hallucinogen as well - where drinking too much will cause you to pass out - you can green out on weed too and pass out, but it doesn't as much lower your inhibitions like booze, you'll be more aware and in your own head. It can be miserable. The few times I've had bad tokes it was entirely a shit experience with time dilation. Time slowed down and it felt like it would never end.

    But enough of that. Toke in a good environment in a good mood and you'll have a great time. I don't want to scare you off of it - marijuana can be a marvelous drug, but don't forget that it is a drug. The best memory of my life is of me and my father around a campfire, high as fuck cooking trout in a cast iron skillet on an open flame. I will remember it forever.


    (all of the above was assuming you've no experience with THC to impart that it isn't harmless. you might be a pro and get some purple urkle rocky mountain high *insert dispensary brand name here* and get blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazed)
     
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  15. pbluekan

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    If you like the outdoors and driving trips, I can recommend a good route through Colorado that hits the most scenic areas, some great hiking, and hot springs. Alternatively, it makes a good two day detour before you head west. I don’t recommend driving east. It’s a fucking bore.

    If nothing else, when you’re here in Colorado, do two things:
    1. Red Rocks. Find a concert, or just go look at it. It’s open to the public.
    2. Drive north to Estes Park and then drive through Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Lake and Hot Sulphur Springs from there. Rock Mountain National is absolutely spectacular, especially this time of year. It’s a spectacular exampleOf what the Rocky Mountains have to offer. There is hiking galore in there, too. Hot Sulphur is a small little hot spring with small hot pools (hottest is 112F). They’ve got hotel rooms and cabins too.
    From there, if you want to drive west to California, head north to I-70 and take that west to I-15 in Utah and take that to Vegas and Los Angeles. That interstate route is remarkably beautiful. You can also make it to the Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater in a short drive from the interstate. You might be able to catch a SpaceX launch from Vandenberg.

    Sadly, Cheyenne Mountain was closed to the public after 9/11. But I’ve read that they might be doing tours again, but it’s not easy to get in. Try the Public Affairs Office phone number.

    I can also recommend some good restaurants in the mountain towns. I grew up in the area.
     
  16. Innomine

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    Just tagging a bunch of you that were helpful to see if you have any input. @Giovanni @MonkeyEpoxy @Xantam @pbluekan


    Thanks for the responses all. Got it all planned out now. I fly into Denver on the 12th, conference until the 20th, then I fly out of LA on the 31st. That gives me about 10 days to get to LA, which is about 16 hours total driving time according to google maps. I’m planning on hiring a car and driving west to LA through the route that @pbleukan mentioned. The only real firm thing I have on the todo list on this journey is to drive through Zion national park.


    So, I have a few questions for you guys.


    1) Hiring a car. The travel agent quotes me approx. $60USD/day for the cheapest models. This seems absolutely ridiculous too me, about 3x higher than NZ. Is this realistically what I’ll be paying? I know it’s a one way trip, but are there any cheaper but still reliable places I can go?

    2) Are there any recommendations on any particularly nice places I could spend a few days in a national park between Colorado and LA. I’d love a quiet relatively private Airbnb or something to do some work while spending time in nature.

    3) I’m not particularly into casino’s, but I haven’t really spent much time in them. Is it worth spending any time in Vegas? I’ll be by myself, so I’m not sure how much fun that would be.

    4) I’d like to spend a couple of nights relatively close to LAX. Is there anywhere in Cali, not too far from the airport that anyone would recommend?

    Edit: I’ll amend #2 and say that I’d be up for a few days in any nice place in between Denver and LA.
     
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    So, just on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park is a small town called Grand Lake. The whole area is spectacularly beautiful this time of year, and Grand Lake has some AirBnBs and some traditional BnB’s, a small hotel and a small motel. I highly recommend it.

    Just west of Grand Lake, assuming you’re following that route above, is Hot Sulphur Springs. The resort (tiny) has lodgings that are decent, but not nice. The only attraction in or around town is the hot spring, but it’s one of the nicest and, most importantly, quietest hot springs in the state.

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    Personally, I enjoy casinos and I’ve been to Vegas alone for a night on a drive through. I had fun. I got trashed, gambled a bit, talked with people at my tables, tried to chase some skirts, and generally acted like a degenerate with a paycheck.

    If you don’t like a bar or casino atmosphere, you probably won’t have a ball, but it is still pretty cool to see and walk around.

    It’s also in a great spot to stop for the night.
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    Lol, I fucking doubt you can find much cheaper. Welcome to the US of A. I dunno what your mileage fees are gonna be, but I imagine putting 1000 on will be pretty steep.
     
  18. Erotic Adventures of S

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    @Innomine I work as a travel agent in NZ. I can get you mates rates on things like car rental ect if you like, it’s usuallu 10-20% off depends on what you need.
     
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    No. Just no. Mt. Rushmore is shit and in the middle of nowhere. It's especially meaningless for non-Americans

    So I saw you wanted to do National Parks! Here's my favorites: Yellowstone, Glacier, and Zion.

    I'd say Glacier is the prettiest, Yellowstone the most outdoorsy. Zion is just over all sick.

    Issue is, Glacier is in Montana and Yellowstone is quite a bit north. However, there's 2 options you have. Go Pacific Northwest or Southwest. I'll be honest, I don't know California well so I didn't add any places to stop there really. Montana, Washington I know pretty well

    Here's some of the better scenery for PNW:
    Here
    Part 2

    Other direction, you'd go to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Horseshoe bend is nice.
     
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    Just a bit of legal advice on the weed. Even if you're in a state where it's legal, it's considered illegal on federal grounds like national and state parks.

    If you want to get high and explore nature in a park, either buy a weed vape pen (you can get a cheap one that comes with a single cartridge filled with thc oil for like $30) and toke discreetly or get high before you go into the park. Regardless, be careful when crossing state lines and entering federal property if you want to do weed. Last thing you need is a personal exploration of Americas other favorite pastime. Most importantly though, have fun.

    P.S. Weed (especially when vaped in oil form) goes great with other drugs, even legal ones. I've personally developed a taste for weed and nicotine, which makes the high more intense but light and pleasant.
     
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