One of the most eye-opening side trips in New Orleans is the plantation tours. On this trip, we get a first-hand look at US history and the events that lead up to the Civil War with a tour of the Whitney and Oak Alley Plantations. The Whitney plantation shows the perspective of the people who worked as a the slaves, and Oak Alley shows the perspective of the plantation owners. It is a story of wealth, grandeur, and tragedy. It's a tour we won't forget and we hope you visit during your trip to New Orleans.
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Welcome to Denver Colorado! Denver is ranked the 10th largest downtown in America and is one of the most walk-able. It has a unique mix of urban life and outdoor adventure at its doorstep. On this trip, we visit Colorado's mile high city of Denver and head twelve miles east to the small town of Golden.
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1. Golden Downtown
We start our tour in Golden, which lies at the base of the Rocky Mountains and was founded in 1859. It is famous for being the home of the Coors Brewery, which is the world's third largest brewing company.
2. Coors Brewery
The Coors Brewery was started by German immigrant Adolph Coors and is located in the city of Golden. The beer is ubiquitous around Colorado and a visit to the brewery is a top rated attraction. There are daily tours where you can get a taste of the popular beers such as Coors Light and Blue Moon. Be sure to get there early because lines can be long (3 hours on the Saturday during Memorial Day weekend). If you don't get into the Brewery, the downtown has plenty of pubs serving a pint of the different brews. The Brewery also has bus services through the downtown.
3. Denver Art Museum
Next we visit Denver, which boasts 300 days of sunshine per year. On this rainy day, we head indoors to the Denver Art Museum, which is an iconic building in the Denver skyline designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. We view the "Western Film" and contemporary "Mi Tierra" exhibits which were unique and thought provoking.
4. Street Art
Next, we venture to the streets of Denver to view the city's street art murals where we see art of Robin Williams, Prince and David Bowie.
5. Colorado State Capitol
Next we visit the Colorado State Capitol building which is a prominent landmark in the Denver skyline with it's gold dome. There are tours Monday through Friday of the neoclassical building that sits approximately one mile above sea level at 5,280 feet.
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Colorado is an adventure and nature enthusiast's dream. The state is filled with high altitudes and a variety of outdoor adventures ranging from mountains, rivers, to waterfalls. On this trip, we head an hour south of Colorado Springs to check out some of the most thrilling outdoor adventures Colorado has to offer.
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1. White Water Rafting
Since it was my birthday, I decided to cross off a major bucket list item: white water rafting. Colorado is the perfect place to try white water rafting because it no shortage rafting challenges from novice to expert. We went with Echo Canyon River Expeditions tours, which had beginner level rapids on the Arkansas River, a scenic river that cuts through canyons and cliffs.
We chose the "Big Horn Sheep" half day rafting tour, which combines white water splashes with the calm of a lazy river. It has a combination of class 2 and class 3 rapids, perfect for a first time white water rafting adventure for the whole family. For comparison, level 6 is the most advanced rafting which basically means Niagara Falls rapids.
Filming Gear: GoPro Hero5 Black
2. Royal Gorge
Be sure to leave your vertigo at home before visiting the Royal Gorge, which is one of the largest canyons in the US. The Arkansas River, which we just went river rafting on, winds right through the gorge. Atop the gorge is one of the highest suspension bridges in the world, which costs $26 to walk across, or you can also take the aerial gondolas for panoramic views.
3. Seven Falls Waterfall
It is no wonder that Seven Falls Waterfall ranks as one of the top attractions in Colorado Springs area - it is truly majestic. As the name suggests, it features a seven tiered waterfall which you can hike of climb a vertigo-inducing staircase to the top. Once at the top, there are a variety of nature hikes where you can experience the beautiful Colorado flora and fauna. The cliffs surrounding the waterfalls were reminiscent of a mini Zion National Park - steep, rocky, and unreal.
Best of all, this was all accomplished in 24 hours.
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