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How to Plan a Cannabis-Inspired Vacation to Colorado

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Wherever you stand on the laws, it’s no question that cannabis tourism is a big draw to Colorado.

And while you won’t find tourism boards here promoting cannabis as a reason to come visit Colorado, many travelers interested in the novelty of legal recreational marijuana come to Colorado to see a “pot shop” for themselves.

If that’s you, and you’re looking for a little Rocky Mountain high, here are 12 things to help you get the most out of your trip.

Visit a 420 Celebration

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A big one is the Denver 420 Fest with vendors, music, and entertainment.

There is also a weekly CannaBingo event at Studio A64 in Colorado Springs, various expos (including a cannabis wedding expo), a women’s grow leadership summit and more.

Sign up for a Tour

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Colorado Cannabis Tours is just one of many companies (and the offerings are always growing) that organizes free (safe) transportation to various pot-related activities. But be warned: These guided tours can get pricey, even if they offer discounts on purchases.

Check out an MJ-Friendly Hangout

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Just because a cannabis tour stops at a restaurant most definitely does not mean you can smoke freely there or anywhere else you want. In fact, bars (and all public places) are not cannabis-friendly. But there are a few places you can visit to openly imbibe, like private clubs and private events. In private membership clubs, like iBake Denver, members of legal age can buy and smoke marijuana on site. Because this is a private club, it does not fall under public consumption laws.

You have to buy a membership to join this club, but it’s super cheap. It’s worth noting, though, that private cannabis clubs are rare. (iBake claims to be the first members-only cannabis club in the Denver Metro area.) It’s best to take your cannabis and enjoy it in the privacy of your own home or one of the few cannabis-friendly hotels in Colorado.

Book an Experience

Some companies, like Cultivating Spirits, aim to offer educated and responsible experiences. Try three-course, three-strain cannabis pairing dinners or book a food, wine, and cannabis tour. Cultivating Spirits uses small-batch, craft cannabis.

You can also book a private cannabis tasting event at your private residence or for a private party.

Relax With a Cannabis Massage

Primal Therapeutics brings cannabis-infused massage therapy to your location in the Denver metro area. The company aims to educate people about plant medicine and holistic health as an alternative medicine. It offers a wide range of massage services, as well as guided meditation and full-body scrubs.

Cannabis spa treatments are a growing trend in Colorado. Find cannabis-inspired body wraps, scrubs, and facials. You can even find cannabis oil treatments at the big name, luxury spas, like at the Hilton Inverness hotel in south Denver.

Shop for Artistic Glassware

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Pipes can be a true work of art. Visit a glassblowing shop to see a demo, or swing by one of the reputable glass shops, like Illuzion Glass Galleries in Denver. Whatever you think you’ve seen before, expect to be surprised. Even if you don’t smoke, galleries like this can provide creative insight into this dimension of Colorado’s culture.

You can find high-end glass shops that feel like museums and art galleries in many cities, from Boulder to Dillon.

Stay in a 420-Friendly Place

Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean you can use it anywhere, not even in your own room. In fact, many hotels explicitly forbid smoking cannabis, including vaporizers, on grounds, and even on balconies. A balcony is considered a public space, like a sidewalk (and you definitely can’t smoke on the street).

It’s hard to find many cannabis-friendly places to stay around the ski resorts, but you can find some in the Denver-metro area and in southern Colorado. The Steam Train Hotel in Southern Colorado is a solid choice, with a dash of history, too.

B&Bs and vacation rental properties are a good place to start. You can even find homes whose owners will help you find the best shops. Some allow you to smoke in your room and anywhere on property and even offer distillery tours.

In Fort Collins, you can vape indoors and smoke outside at the Shangri-La Inn at Gaia’s Farm and Gardens. This old farmhouse also includes access to gardens, a petting zoo, a koi pond, flowers, fruit trees, and mountain views. But beware: Because not every hotel offers this “luxury,” many of the 420-friendly lodgings and private homes have steep rates, especially around mid-April.

Pair Yoga With Cannabis

Both aim to relax you, so fans of the combo say it’s a fitting match: cannabis-infused yoga. These are private yoga classes where participants are welcome to be high or get high during, before, or after class (depending on the structure of the class).

These kinds of classes pop up in cities all across Colorado. Ganjasana is one reputable cannabis-yoga company that also plans retreats, sacred gatherings, birthday parties, and more.

Take a Cannabis Cooking Class

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Learn how to make your own edibles during a cannabis cooking class. You can find these private classes throughout Colorado. Puff, Pass, and Paint is one place to go for a 420-friendly cooking class. During this 2.5-hour class, you’ll learn how to make everything from hard candies to entrees to ice cream, all infused with cannabis.

Study Marijuana

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The Cannabis Training University will help you earn your Masters of Marijuana Certification.

This school’s headquarters are in Denver, although you can study this topic online from wherever you may be. This school aims to teach students about medical marijuana to prepare them for a career in the cannabis field. You will learn from marijuana attorneys, insurance agents, business owners, dispensary managers, and even marijuana accountants, to name a few.

Puff and Paint

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You’ve heard of wine and paint get-togethers. In Colorado, there’s also puff and paint events. They’re just like wine and painting classes, except with marijuana instead of a glass of red.

Kush and Canvases in Denver calls its Sunday events Marijuana and Mimosas. These gatherings are great for people who want to tap into their artsy side. Of course, you don’t need to be an artist, and you don’t have to get high to participate. You can paint whatever you want.

Kush and Canvases also offers more focused classes, like pet portrait painting, for example.

Do Just About Anything

In Colorado, people pair cannabis with just about every activity.

If you enjoy writing, sign up for the Get Lit on Lit gatherings. These 420-friendly writing classes are for people who feel inspired to write when they imbibe.

There are classes about cannabis skin care, pottery classes, pipe-making courses, and even a cannabis-friendly needlepoint gathering.

Discover where to stay, hang out, shop, party, and eat if you're traveling to Colorado for a 420 vacation.

Top 10 Things to Do While High in Denver

Denver is an increasingly popular city to visit, as the Mile High City has seen a record number of travelers in recent years. The capital of Colorado is a regional hub at the base of the Rocky Mountains, with ample opportunity for outdoors activities of all kinds year round, and has a thriving entertainment and arts scene.

Oh yeah – Colorado legalized marijuana, and Denver is now the marijuana tourism capital of the United States. The city has embraced the legal cannabis industry and is very 420 friendly. Though maybe not explicitly welcoming to cannabis users, all of the following activities are some of the best Denver has to offer, and that’s why they’re the Top 10 Things to Do While High in Denver.

10. Spend an Afternoon in Commons Park

Located downtown on a revitalized industrial site, Commons Park is gorgeous in the sun or the snow. The park has fantastic views of downtown skyscrapers and is right off the Platte River. Bring a book or a frisbee in warm weather, or borrow a sled in the winter.

9. Visit SPACE Gallery

Denver is an arts town, and SPACE Gallery is one of the coolest art spots the Mile High City has to offer. Located in the Santa Fe Art District (more on that below), SPACE features abstract artwork from artists working in a fascinating variety of media and textures.

8. Admire Street Art in the Santa Fe District

In Denver, you don’t have to go into a gallery or museum to admire art, and nowhere is that more true than in the Art District on Santa Fe, where the street art is abundant and impressive. Many building owners encourage street artists to make use of their walls as canvases, and some homeowners have gotten in the spirit as well. Even better: there’s several recreational marijuana stores and dispensaries on Santa Fe or right off it, so check out the street art as you’re shop-hopping.

7. See Something Different at 3 Kings Tavern

3 Kings Tavern bills itself as “serving booze, bands, and buddies 365 days a year,” and though the venue does have a solid lineup of shows, it’s the other performances it showcases that are noteworthy. Every week 3 Kings hosts a burlesque show, “Panties at the Bar,” and holds regular comedy nights. They’ve even set up a ring and had pro wrestling in the bar. Check the schedule to see what events are on tap.

6. Watch the Shredders at Denver Skate Park

For everyone who grew up wishing they had a place to skate, with real bowls and ramps and no security guards kicking them out, here is your dream manifest. Denver Skatepark is a free, city-run, public skatepark with over 60,000 feet of skateable terrain. Bring your board, bike, or blades, or just enjoy the skills of the many Coloradans taking advantage of this envious park.

5. Find Public Art Around the City

Have we mentioned that there’s a lot of art to see in Denver? Some of the best is outside, around town, as part of the city’s renowned public arts program. There’s more than 60 sculptures, murals, and statues on the streets, such as the famous Big Blue Bear at the Convention Center (pictured above) and the Big Sweep, a massive broom sweeping garbage into a dustpan. Take a walking tour to see the best – and more likely than not, you’ll run into a few recreational stores on the way.

4. Embrace the Colorado Winter

Winter is high tourism season in Denver, and many travelers end up in the Mile High City then – but oftentimes, on their way to ski resorts like Aspen or Vail. Denver in the winter should not be missed, though, as there’s still a lot to do in the city. Go ice skating at Skyline Park (for free or $2 skate rental!), celebrate the chilly season at Mile High SnowFest, and down a cold one in the cold during the Winter Brew Fest.

3. Dress Up and Bike with Denver Cruiser Rides

Beginning in May, every “Wednesday is for bikes” as packs of revelous bike riders take to the streets. Denver Cruiser Rides organizes these themed bike rides, so riders are encouraged to dress up. Cruiser Rides are quite the event, so check out where the rides leave on their website to join in.

2. Catch a Show at Red Rocks

The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is routinely named one of the best places to catch a concert in the country, and for good reason. The amphitheatre is naturally shaped amongst the landscape, making for great acoustics and a remarkable setting. The venue seats over 9,000 and hosts well-known nationally touring acts. Red Rocks is about 15 miles outside of Denver, but it’s easy to get a ride over.

1. Take a Marijuana Tour

Colorado is really the only state that allows for extensive marijuana tours, with different providers to choose from offering different tour advantages. Take advantage of this while you’re in Denver: visit a cannabis bakery, learn to make your own, see a marijuana grow for yourself, and visit some recreational stores on the way. Check out some of the best cannabis tours Denver has to offer.

Top 10 Things to Do While High in Denver Denver is an increasingly popular city to visit, as the Mile High City has seen a record number of travelers in recent years. The capital of Colorado is a