Colorado

Anheuser-Busch (Ft Collins, CO)

Fort Collins, CO

Lattitude/Longitude
40.617715, -105.002032

The Anheuser-Busch Fort Collins brewery Tour and Clydesdale Hamlet is a favorite destination on Colorado's Front Range. Your tour guide will take you to our Brew Hall viewing area overlooking the brewing control room. You'll see the spectacular packaging lines in action and walk through the lager cellar, where the beer undergoes natural fermentation.

Guests visit the Budweiser Clydesdales in their beautiful Rocky Mountain home. At tour's end, relax and enjoy complimentary tastings of our fine beers. The Gift Shop offers an extensive selection of fun, distinctive logoed merchandise.

Celestial Seasonings

Boulder, CO

Lattitude/Longitude
40.059051, -105.218287

Practically designed for a tourist surge, Celestial Seasonings welcomes visitors with open arms. While waiting for the tour, you can try any and all of their flavors of tea, which at current count number over 75. They've very thoughtfully placed an iced tea machine in the lobby also, so you can taste the delights of turning their product into an iced tea.

The original artwork that the company commissions for the boxes lines the walls in their rotating art gallery and the tour begins with a walk through the offices. Stacks of Celestial boxes litter employees' shelves and the atmosphere is light and jovial. The tour itself requires a hairnet, which definitely knocks this up a notch on the coolness factor. You see the process from the tea's arrival in the factory to sorting, mixing, bagging and packaging.

The most famous stop on the tour is the mint room. The room is huge with high ceilings and has a gigantic garage door that opens and shuts in front of it. They keep this room closed, because the aroma of the peppermint and spearmint are so strong that they would get into the other teas. Entering this room, my eyes began to water and I started coughing. I soon made a speedy exit determining that I was not strong enough to survive the mint room for more than 5 seconds. (They actually have t-shirts that say, "I survived the mint room.")

The tour exits into the gift shop (of course) and they have all of the products they make adorning every available space. People are happily tossing boxes of teas and factory seconds in their baskets. But then again if you're a tea drinker like myself, the selection is not only incredible, but also impossible to pass up.

Celestial Seasonings caters to the tourist making the tour and the purchasing of tea as easy as possible. I wouldn't be surprised if they researched how to make the tour efficient and welcoming. Definitely an interesting stop, because there aren't many tea companies that give tours, especially ones this large.

Centennial Tours

Denver, CO

Lattitude/Longitude
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Join us on a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the most successful craft distilleries in Denver.

Coors Brewing Company

Golden, CO

Lattitude/Longitude
39.75578, -105.218449

The brewery tour experience reveals the unique Coors process of making beer from malting and brewing to packaging.

Complimentary beer samples and soft drinks are served after the tours. Beer samples are limited in quantity and available only to those 21 years and older with proper ID. Visitors under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult. Visit the Coors and Company Gift Shop.

A 35- to 40-minute walking tour offered continuously throughout the day including stops in the sampling area and the Coors & Co. gift shop. Plan to spend 90 minutes for the entire visit.

Tour availability is limited, especially during the summer months. Tours are provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

Great Divide Brewing Company

Denver, CO

Lattitude/Longitude
39.753587, -104.988389

In 1994, Colorado's craft beer scene scarcely existed, but Brian Dunn recognized Denver's potential to be a great beer city. Combining his business background with his passion for beer, which was developed through his international travels and his experience as a homebrewer, he decided to start a brewery. He set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers that would eventually carry Great Divide Brewing Company to its status as one of America's most decorated microbreweries and would help transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers.

Brian Dunn's goal was to create adventurous beers that reflect the Colorado lifestyle. He wanted to capture Denver's urban energy and Colorado's awe-inspiring mountains. From great session beers like DPA to massively hoppy, big beers like Hercules, Great Divide has become synonymous with progressive, balanced, assertive hand-crafted ales.

The excellence of our beer is the result of our unwavering commitment to both experimentation and quality. A beer like Old Ruffian would never be imagined without the former, nor would it be drinkable without the latter. We are also firmly dedicated to our community, whose support has been essential to our success, and the environment, which we depend upon for ingredients and which we have a duty to protect. In short, we'd like to think of Great Divide as an example of everything that makes Denver, and Colorado, so great.

Great Divide brews some of the globe's most balanced yet assertive and flavorful beers. These beers have landed an impressive amount of acclaim: Great Divide beers have earned 13 Great American Beer Festival medals and 4 World Beer Cup awards. Great Divide was also ranked 14th in Ratebeer.com's 2008 "The Best Brewers in the World" and was ranked 7th in Beer Advocate's 2008 "All-Time Top Breweries on Planet Earth."

But why take their word for it? Crack open a bottle and decide for yourself.

Hammond's Candies

Denver, CO

Lattitude/Longitude
39.800288, -104.978307

When you're suddenly overcome by a craving for sweets -- you know, that sudden unstoppable need for sugar -- Hammond's Candies satisfies. Before you sink your sweet tooth into a gooey strawberry caramel or break off a piece of the company's famous ribbon candy, though, you might want to take a free tour of the factory. After all, the buildup is half the fun. During the thirty-minute tour, you'll see how the edible ribbons are hand-pulled and crimped to produce the wavy candy for which Hammond's is so well known. You'll drool at the vat of butter into which nuts and sugar are stirred for toffee production. And you'll feel like a kid awaiting Christmas as you watch the candy makers form long ropes of confection into lollipops and candy canes. Although you'll get samples along the way, you can't fully indulge until after the tour, which ends with a trip to the gift shop, where your patience will be amply rewarded.

INVESCO Field at Mile High

Denver, CO

Lattitude/Longitude
39.74001, -104.992259

The Broncos' new home is located in the vicinity of Mile High Stadium, just west of Interstate-25. The cost of the new stadium will be incurred by Broncos Owner and Chief Executive Officer Pat Bowlen and the taxpayers of the six-county area through a penny-per-$10 sales tax on retail goods.

The site upon which Mile High Stadium currently stands will feature grass, trees and landscaped parking lots. The new facility will be highlighted by an emphasis on state-of-the-art technology, while maintaining the traditional aspects of Mile High Stadium that have given the Broncos a decided home field advantage over the years. Those features include the close proximity of the seats to the field, as well as steel treads and risers that can be used to create the same deafening roar that helped define Mile High Stadium.

Michael Ricker Pewter Designs by Ricker

Loveland, CO

Lattitude/Longitude
40.463311, -105.085215

Michael Ricker Pewter introduced its first line of pewter collectibles in 1968. Each successive year since they began, Michael Ricker Pewter has produced an ever-increasing number of pewter castings. Each year over 250 tons of Old English Pewter ingots are melted down to cast Michael's limited-edition sculptures and other works-of-art. Today, the Casting Studio employs over 100 people. Over 250,000 individual pewter collectibles are made annually by the Casting Studio. Hours of hand work and personal attention by highly skilled and trained crafts people are given to each casting which adds a personal dimension of character to each individual pewter sculpture and figurine produced by Michael Ricker.

In January of 1991 the dream of Michael Ricker was no longer a dream but a reality. The construction of the new museum, gallery and casting studio is now complete. Along with the completion of the new facility came a unique addition to the collectability of Michael Anthony Ricker's artwork.

After Michael's passing in January of 2006, his sister and brother formed the new company Designs by Ricker. DESIGNS BY RICKER is carrying on the legacy established by Michael Anthony Ricker through his company "Michael Ricker Pewter." Michael's brother, Gary, and sister, Mary Jo, are continuing to keep his world alive by producing, exhibiting and selling through the last remaining gallery many of the approximate 4,000 sculptures he created during his lifetime. In addition they are casting the numerous unexecuted designs and ideas he left behind utilizing sculptors he trained to use his sculpting methodologies.

New Belgium Brewing Company

Fort Collins, CO

Lattitude/Longitude
40.592944, -105.069485

Our Story.

We'll set the scene.

1989. Belgium. Boy on bike. (OK, make that a young man of 32).

As our aspiring young homebrewer rides his mountain bike with "fat tires" through European villages famous for beer, New Belgium Brewing Company was but a glimmer in his eye. Or basement. For Jeff Lebesch would return to Fort Collins with a handful of ingredients and an imagination full of recipes.

And then there was beer.

Jeff's first two basement-brewed creations? A brown dubbel with earthy undertones named Abbey and a remarkably well-balanced amber he named Fat Tire. To say the rest was history would be to overlook his wife's involvement. Kim Jordan was New Belgium's first bottler, sales rep, distributor, marketer and financial planner.

And now, she's our CEO.

Electrical engineer meets social worker; ideals flourish

The other side of the New Belgium story isn't as romantic as bicycling through Europe, but it gives testament to our dedication and hard work. And it goes like this: Jeff, an electrical engineer by day and tinkerer by nature, builds a homebrewing kit in his basement out of repurposed dairy equipment. His Belgian inspired brews garnered enough praise from friends and neighbors that Jeff and Kim take their basement brewery commercial in 1991.

Kim, social worker by day and mother to two always, began the marketing process by knocking on their neighbor's door. Anne Fitch was that neighbor and her watercolors are the artwork we continue to use on our labels today. With labeled bottles and local encouragement, the first Belgian-style beers brewed in the United States were officially for sale.
What else continues today? The ideals that Kim and Jeff built New Belgium Brewing Company on, from their basement operation to our first brewery in a railroad depot to our current sustainable home on 50 acres.

Pepsi Center

Denver, CO

Lattitude/Longitude
39.747312, -105.007979

Ever wonder how long it takes to convert the arena floor from hockey to basketball? Interested in seeing the Club Level and our luxury suites? Want to go behind the scenes to see where national artists and entertainers prepare for their event? If so, please come tour the beautiful Pepsi Center! This multi-use building is one of the most innovative constructed buildings in the United States.

Phoenix Gold Mine

Idaho Springs, CO

Lattitude/Longitude
39.743982, -105.573755

The Phoenix mine is operated by the oldest continuous gold mining family in Colorado; owned and operated by Al and Dave Mosch. It is a working gold mine where miners actually do the work.

After your gold mine tour, try some Gold Panning -- take home a little bit of Colorado Gold for yourself.

Panning is included in the cost of the tour and you may keep any gold that you find in the stream while panning.

Want to make a day of it pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it by the stream above the mine.

Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

Denver, CO

Lattitude/Longitude
39.712238, -104.998291

This whiskey glowed amber from the start. When volunteer firefighter Jess Graber responded to a neighbor's barn fire down the road, he never imagined any good could come of it. But the barn he made effort to save belonged to George Stranahan, long-time liquor connoisseur. When the fire settled, the two discovered a shared passion for the Colorado outdoors and a good pour of fine whiskey. And so Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey was born. They developed a recipe for the smoothest, most flavorful whiskey in the world using the purity of their mountain surroundings to their advantage. Well, to your advantage. They say from each thing bad comes something good. For Jess, George, and fine whiskey drinkers alike, it's amazing just how good it can be.

The Taffy Shop

Estes Park, CO

Lattitude/Longitude
40.376345, -105.524496

This store was opened in 1935, and has produced Salt Water Taffy in the store ever since. It looks like the freeze ray hit in the 50's as everything is original, and all of the equipment is in excellent operating condition. Walk in during candy making and see the taffy puller stretching taffy, watch the Model K Kiss wrapper cut, shape and wrap the taffy in shiny cellophane just 12" behind the glass wall, almost close enough to touch! The actual cooking operation is a guarded secret, so the public is not allowed into the cooking kitchen, but special tours may be arranged by calling ahead for a personalized tour with the owner as time permits. This is a special place and family tradition for millions of visitors over the last 80 years who come in these doors every time they visit this popular little mountain town.

US Mint (Denver, CO)

Denver, CO

Lattitude/Longitude
39.7447060, -105.0035130

The United States Mint offers tours in its Philadelphia and Denver locations. At both facilities, the tours are free. Touring the United States Mint is a fascinating experience for those of all ages and one that will be remembered for a lifetime. Tours cover both the present state of coin manufacturing as well as the history of the Mint. Learn about the craftsmanship required at all stages of the minting process, from the original designs and sculptures to the actual striking of the coins. Click on the photo from either city for details on hours and addresses. Click on the photo from either city for details on how to tour that Mint facility.

Both of the Mint locations welcome school and youth groups (grades kindergarten through 12), and organized military and veteran groups and are wheelchair accessible. At the Philadelphia Mint facility, a wheelchair is also available for individuals who need assistance and office personnel can provide private tours to handicapped or older individuals who request assistance.