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Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove celebrates history by showing visitors what life was like in the Smokies in the 1800s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the area attracts millions of visitors annually who look to learn, unwind and enjoy scenic beauty.

The 6,800-acre valley offers scenic hiking and horseback trails, as well as places to bike and drive. Take a hike and see Abrams Falls, a waterfall that drops 20 feet into Abrams Creek or trek Gregory Bald, one of the area’s most popular trails. Cades Cove also offers anglers great trout fishing opportunities.

For many, the best way to see the historic area is traveling the Cades Cove Loop Road, which lines the bottom of the forested mountains and measures 11 miles. This one-way road tours pioneer farms, trails and fields. Driving hours vary, so others can bike or hike the road, so check the schedule when planning your trip.

Among the natural sites sit historic buildings where early pioneers lived, worshiped and worked. Here is a quick guide to historic sites along the loop road:

Cades Cove Tipton Place

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Homes in Cades Cove

Oliver Cabin: Built in the early 1820s, this cabin is held together by notches in the wood and its own weight. There are no nails or pegs, and it was in the Oliver family for more than 100 years before it joined the park.

Elijah Oliver Place: Named for son Elijah, this cabin features a smokehouse, corn crib, springhouse and barn. He also added a “strangers room” to his front porch for travelers and those in need of shelter.

Gregg-Cable House: Home to Becky Cable, a local woman who ran a boarding house and raised gardens, cattle, and food for herself and family.

Carter Shields Cabin: Civil War veteran George Washington “Carter” Shields lived in this cabin from 1910 to 1921. Visitors enjoy the blooming dogwoods in the spring.

Tipton Place: Home to Revolutionary War veteran and his family, this two-story home features a smokehouse, woodshed, corn crib, blacksmith shop, cantilever barn and bee apiary.

Henry Whitehead Place: This home is the only square-sawed log home in Cades Cove and the Smoky Mountains, and it represents the transition from early cabins to modern frame homes.

Cades Cove Methodist Church

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Historic Churches

Cades Cove Methodist Church: In 1920, carpenter and pastor John D. McCampbell built the two-front door church, which creates a harmonious and sense of peace for those who enter.

Cades Cove Missionary Baptist Church: After the Civil War and many struggles to keep the congregation going, Missionary Baptists were able to build their own place of worship (c. 1894). Due to growth and need, a new church was constructed in 1915.

Cades Cove Cable Mill

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Working Mills

The Cable Mill Historic Area and Visitors Center shows the importance of mills and offers souvenirs, including postcards, books and local products. The Sorghum Mill celebrates this sweet syrup, which is a Southern favorite on cornbread. Another popular attraction is the John P. Cable Mill, which served as one of the few sources of power in the area during the 1800s.

Other Sites

History buffs will also enjoy seeing how things work at the Cable Mill Cantilever Barn, various corn cribs, smokehouses and a blacksmith shop, all located in the area.

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Taking a road trip provides unforgettable memories and allows you to see sites and places never thought possible. They bring people together to explore, bond and, of course, take amazing pictures. However, it’s important to stay safe, especially when traveling long distances. We’ve gathered some gadgets that will keep you safe, entertained and connected while in the car:

Best Road Trip Gadgets 2015

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Safety Kit

Safety is perhaps the most important aspect of a road trip. To keep you and your car in good shape, an emergency roadside assistance kit is essential. Include items such as jumper cables, a first-aid kit, LED flare lights, a flashlight, a small took kit and pocket knife, but also check that your car has a tire jack and spare tire. Make sure the spare tire has plenty of air as well. Many retailers sell all-in-one safety kits, and prices average $30 to $40.

Mobile Wireless Internet

Not having an Internet connection can seem frustrating and a little scary. To keep connected, purchase a portable Wi-Fi router. This device provides Internet hot spots wherever you are, and many connect to multiple devices. They prove especially handy when in remote destinations in states such as Colorado, Idaho, Tennessee and Utah. Many cellphone and tech companies offer these products, and prices range from under $100 to $800, depending on features and needs.

Bluetooth and Satellite Phone

Driving laws differ from state to state, and driving while using your cellphone is a hazard to everyone on the road. In fact, in some states, such as California, it is illegal to talk and text while driving. A bluetooth headset keeps your hands free in case you have to take a call, and some states do allow them. However, to stay safe and avoid a ticket, it’s best to stay off the phone.

A satellite phone – or satphone – is good to have if traveling to places with spotty cell service. These phones connect to orbiting satellites instead of cell towers, giving you voice, messaging and some Internet access. Satphones provide extra communication and safety, ensuring you stay connected at all times. They range in price, but if you road-trip often, they serve as a good investment. Lowest price models sell for around $60, while average higher-ends sell for $1,500.

Best Road Trip Gadgets 2015

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Water Purifier

When road-tripping, camping or hiking, a portable water purifier is a must. The SteriPEN – priced about $50 – is designed to fit into commercial water bottles and allows users to safely drink from a tap or stream. LifeStraw also fits inside water bottles and allows you to drink straight from a stream or lake. Both gadgets use ultra violet light (UV light) to purify the water and remove bacteria and other contaminates.

Power Inverter

This gadget provides travelers with power outlets needed for most household appliances and equipment. A power inverter uses your car battery to power electrics such as lights and device chargers. Just plug it into the lighter socket or connect it directly to the battery to access electricity when needed. These range in price depending on wattage, but the average price for 500W costs under $50.

Portable Entertainment

Kids can become antsy during long trips, so bring the tablet or portable DVD player. A tablet headrest mount costs less than $20, and kids will enjoy playing apps, reading or streaming shows. For under $200, dual-screen portable DVD players will allow riders to watch their favorite movie or show without relying on an Internet connection. Siblings also appreciate this gadget because, as many parents know, they seldom agree on what to watch.

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Located along the Pacific Coast, Sonoma County, CA, features more than 400 wineries and proximity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. A world-renown reputation for award-winning wines, beautiful scenery and tons of attractions, Sonoma is an ideal destination for a quick day trip or a week-long adventure. If visiting the area, here are some tips for the sites to see and things to do:

Day Trip Sonoma County Vineyard

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Tour a Winery

Hundreds of area wineries offer tours and tastings, so you can enjoy all the region’s flavors. From family-owned to large commercial houses, the area offers vineyards, wine bars and much more for a day trip. Yelp reviewers praise Ravenswood Winery, Sebastiani Vineyards, Roche Winery and Westwood Winery, to name a few. Find a full list of wineries in Sonoma County.

Try a New Restaurant

Foodies can make a day trip out of trying the area’s best restaurants. From coffee shops for a quick snack to full meals, Sonoma features many top-rated restaurants. Among the best include The Girl & the Fig, El Dorado Kitchen and Sunflower Caffe, which all offer distinct dishes and treats for any time of day.

Due to the burgeoning wine culture, it’s no surprise the area is also home to dozens of farms and farmers markets. For more than 30 years, the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market has served visitors fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and local products. The market is open on Friday mornings, and on Tuesday nights, check out the Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers’ Market located in the Sonoma Plaza.

Sonoma Plaza CA

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Spend the Say Shopping

Small boutiques to large retailers offer shoppers the chance to find a perfect souvenir of gift. The Sonoma Plaza houses dozens of stores of all sizes, while Cornerstone Sonoma features independently owned shops and galleries. In nearby Petaluma, visit Petaluma Village Premium Outlets, which offers up to 65 percent off designer and name brands. The Barlow – located in Sebastopol – offers shops, galleries and retail shops on a 12.5-acre industrial park.

Sonoma Lake Sonoma CA

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Play Outside

Hiking, canoeing, sky diving and fishing: You will find it all in Sonoma. The county offers more than 50 state and regional parks packed full of outdoor recreation. Stillwater Cove Regional Park, in nearby Jenner, features picnic areas and water activities with views of the Pacific Ocean. The plaza – the shopping, dining and entertainment center – also has a park with fountains, ponds and benches. Kids will love playing on the playground, and shoppers can bring a picnic lunch and break from a busy day.

Hear Live Music or Visit the Theaters

Whether you love theater or a loud concert, more than a dozen venues off live music and performances. Santa Rosa’s Wells Fargo Center for the Arts hosts year-round events including music, theater, dance, comedy and family-friendly shows. For a summer show, visit the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, full of lawn seating as well as 1,400-seat Weill Hall. More than 20 troupes and theaters host plays, dance performances, musical, operas and much more.

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Sun Valley, one of the top ski destinations in the U.S., also has a thriving arts and culture scene. Full of galleries, museums, live performances, film and classes, the city’s arts scene rivals those from bigger cities, such as Manhattan and Los Angeles. When ready to retreat indoors, check out this guide for creative inspiration:

Museum Sun Valley ID

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The Gallery Walk

Hosted by the Sun Valley Gallery Association, nearly a dozen gallery walks take place each year. Many member galleries open their doors to the public to see new exhibits, and oftentimes, guests meet the artists. The event is free and includes fine art galleries showcasing all mediums and styles. Read more for a full list of participants.

Tour a Museum

Two museums display Idaho history and tell Sun Valley’s story. Located in the Forest Service Park, the Sun Valley Museum of History features two exhibition spaces and a collections center. From historic buildings to individual spotlights, visitors will learn about the area’s first inhabitants to celebrities and athletes.

The Ore Wagon Museum – open in the summer – houses a collection of ore wagons that once traveled through central Idaho’s mountains delivering items to mining camps. The annual Wagon Days, held in September, also celebrates history as the wagons make their way down the streets delighting audiences.

Sun Valley Center of the Arts

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The Center of It All

In most hot art scenes, there’s a place at its core, and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts is just that. From concerts and lectures to films and plays, the center hosts year-round events for all ages and interests. For nearly 50 years, the center has hosted the Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival, an outdoor event celebrating all that is local art. You won’t find commercial agents at this event. Browse handcrafted pieces, meet artists, listen to live music and eat lots of good food.

Celebrate Film

Immerse yourself in a story at one of the area’s film festivals. One of the most popular events is the Sun Valley Film Festival, which shows more than 60 films over five days. USA Today named the event one of the Top 10 Greatest Places for a Fabulous Film Festival. The Family of Women Film Festival brings awareness to the United Nations Population Fund, a global agency working to help women and girls in more than 150 countries.

Other places to catch a flick include Magic Lantern Cinemas, the city’s first state-of-the-art movie theater, and the Sun Valley Opera House, which shows new Hollywood releases as well.

Take a Class

For a fun activity, learn to dance, act, write, paint and more by taking a class. The Community Library offers frequent events as well as gold mine stores and a regional history museum. Couples will enjoy learning new moves at DancZenSV, while upcoming and established writers can take residency or attend conferences. Theater buffs should check out classes at nexStage Theatre and The Sun Spot Valley theater company.

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The seaside city of Santa Monica, CA, attracts thousands of visitors year round. Serving as both an urban center and a coastal getaway, Santa Monica’s attractions keep both vacationers and locals busy and entertained. The city measures 8.3 square miles, and is highly walkable and bikeable, giving people up-close and green ways to explore. Read about some popular attractions in the area and things to do:

Santa Monica Pier Attractions

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Play at Santa Monica Pier

Free events, rides, ocean views and people watching rank among the favorite things to do at this historic landmark. With more than 100 years of history, this San Diego staple features a carousel, Playland Arcade, amusement rides at Pacific Park and even a trapeze school. Head under the carousel building to learn about sea life and more at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. The pier is usually pretty packed due to its popularity, and don’t forget to stop by the shops and restaurants as well.

Take a Ride

Located on the Santa Monica Pier, the Looff Hippodrome once housed the last carousel designed by Charles I. D. Looff in the early 1920s. It now features a Philadelphia Toboggan Company design that has been in the hippodrome since the 1950s. Hand-painted horses and more than 1,000 lights will delight children and take adults back to a simpler time. The hippodrome is a must for any visitor, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Downtown Santa Monica

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Tour the Downtown District

Downtown buzzes with activities and attractions year round. Third Street Promenade is a popular shopping district where guests roam dozens of retailers, and street performers congregate to entertain crowds. Area events include the Santa Monica Film Festival, ICE (an outdoor ice skating rink), a weekly farmers market, and walking tours. Cinema on the Street is a favorite outdoor movie series in the summer.

Palisades Park Santa Monica

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors

If you like to explore natural areas, then check out Palisades Park, where you can sit on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean or take a stroll. The park showcases more than 26 acres of land, as well as a totem pole, camera obscura, artwork, picnic areas and a rose garden. This spot attracts couples looking for a little quiet time, too.

Locals and travelers love climbing the Santa Monica Stairs, which have three separate staircases, for exercise or just fun. Leaving from San Vincente down into the Santa Monica Canyon, the views are photo-worthy, and the workout challenges even the most fit. Fitness fans can also join the Santa Monica Rugby Club with both men’s and women’s championship-winning teams.

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Spending time on the beach isn’t complete without shelling, and Sanibel Island has a world-renown reputation for shells. The island has a unique east-west location that allows it to catch lots of sea treasures from the Gulf of Mexico. Five beaches welcome guests of all ages to hunt for their favorites while spending time with loved ones or taking a peaceful break. Here are our tips for shelling:

Sanibel Island Shelling

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Safety First

Protective sunscreen and gear is essential to skin safety, so make sure you apply and reapply while outside. Other protective gear that will help keep you cool and safe include hats, sunglasses, and flip-flops or water shoes.

Start Early

You’ll find the most shells during low tide, especially early in the morning. Some suggest beginning before dawn to avoid the tide washing shells away and some friendly shelling competition.

Materials and Care

For a day full of shelling, you’ll need buckets, nets and scoops, which you can find at many nearby shops. Remember it is illegal to keep live shells, starfish and sand dollars, so if you accidentally catch one, gently return it to the water. Once you’re home, you’ll want to clean the shells with a 50/50 beach-water solution, and remove any unwanted material with a toothbrush or toothpick. To make shells shine, simply apply a little mineral or baby oil.

Sand dollars require a little different treatment. First, make sure it is not alive – if its tentacles move when gently touched, place it back in the water. If you find one that is no longer living, soak it in fresh water, changing it out regularly until it comes out clean, then soak in the 50/50 solution for no longer than 10 minutes. Once rinsed, let it dry in the sun for the perfect white coloring.

Shelling Trips

If you’re interesting in a professional experience, book a shelling tour with one of the area’s charters. Around a dozen fishing charters host half-day private shelling excursions that take you to the remote places only locals know. The tours provide groups hours of fun exploring, but check with your charter for specific details. Happy shelling!

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Dining out tops many must-lists, and San Diego’s beachfront restaurants welcome foodies to try delicious dishes paired with incredible views. With a mix of both hole-in-the-wall gems and urban or fine-dining, the city offers a diverse food scene. Find our picks for the best of seaside dining in San Diego:

Ocean Dining San Diego

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Brockton Villa

Brockton Villa is an old beach cottage turned fine dining restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more than 20 years, the restaurant has celebrated coastal dining and views of the popular La Jolla Cove. For lunch, try the crab cakes or a signature salad, including chipotle lime shrimp and spicy Asian chicken. A local dinner favorite is Brockton Villa cioppino, a seafood and potato dish with chili crème fraiche.


Enjoy local freshness at Chandler’s, which sources all ingredients from SoCal producers. This coastal restaurant is known for a laid-back vibe and Pacific Ocean views. The bar and lounge offers live music on the weekends, and the menu blends international flavors with American favorites. Options range from portobello mushroom gyros (lunch) to Alaskan king salmon and crab crusted swordfish (dinner).


Located on the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla, Cusp features panoramic ocean views, craft cocktails and a pool-side bar. Whether enjoying a drink or meal, this hiatus bar is popular among locals and travelers. Menus offer Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and dinner options include bolognese pappardelle, pan seared sea bass and sweet basil dumplings. Cusp is open for all three meals and hosts special daily events.

Ocean Dining San Diego

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Island Prime

Island Prime, a top-rated steakhouse, overlooks San Diego’s skyline and Coronado, a nearby resort city. The award-winning spot is open for dinner, and special chef creations range from char-grilled akaushi ribeye to macadamia crusted seabass. Pair the meal with a glass of wine from an extensive list, or try a new classic cocktail. Attached to Island Prime is C Level, which opens for lunch and hosts regular happy hours.

Jake’s – Del Mar

Floor to ceiling windows show Del Mar – a seaside village in San Diego area – at Jake’s Del Mar. This popular spot has earned a slew of awards for food, views, ambiance, and much more by TripAdvisor and Open Table. The bar bistro is open seven days a week, and Jake’s serves lunch and Sunday brunch as well. Menu options include seafood and steaks, such as mixed seafood pot, shrimp linguini, steak and wedge, and the chef’s burger.

Marine Room

The Marine Room has provided amazing ocean views for more than 70 years. This San Diego staple sits so close to the water that the tides reach the windows, creating unforgettable outdoor displays. The Marine Room has won multiple awards from AAA Four Diamond, Open Table and Wine Spectator. Open for all meals and holidays, the menu includes skuna bay salmon and cervena elk loin. Guests can also participate in lobster night and cooking class events.

Ocean Terrace

Known for its roof-top dining, the Ocean Terrace at George’s at the Cove ranks as one of the area’s most popular restaurants. Diners love the views and atmosphere, and the California modern menu ranges from their famous fish tacos to pasta, sandwiches and more. Pick your favorite for lunch or dinner, and choose between quiet fine dining or spend time with friends at the bar.

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While visiting Gulf coast destination Panama City Beach, sampling fresh seafood is a must. However, have you tried the local wines? The Panama City Beach Winery has made a name for itself in producing some of the world’s best fruit wines using only Florida-grown produce.

In its 15-plus years in operation, the award-winning winery consistently impresses visitors, and online reviewers praise the selection and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Some claim their sweet, fruity wines and Cool Freeze mixers are some of the best ever tasted. Not only do these serve as a delicious beach beverage, but they also showcase some of the freshest flavors you’ll find on the coast.

Panama City Beach Winery

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Panama City Beach Winery Wines

These wines are 100 percent Florida, which means they are made in Panama City Beach from local produce. This family-owned and -operated winery is the only tropical winery in Bay County and offers daily tastings during all hours of operations.

With more than 30 selections, Panama City Beach Winery has a bottle for most – if not all – wine connoisseurs. The banana wine takes you to the African bush to explore the tradition of the banana beers they have been making and drinking for years, and it pairs well with fish and pork. For a more dry wine, try the blackberry or blueberry, which make a great table wine with its semblance of cabernet sauvignon or merlot. Mamma Guave blends pears, strawberries and pineapple, while honey celebrates the sweetness only honey can make. There’s even tomato wine-hot sun, which features a little spice to pair with a Mexican dish or a plate of oysters.

Try the Cool Freezes

These Cool Freeze mixes go great with any of the wines and are also available online with a wine purchase. The freezes offer a unique drinking experience perfect for a day at the beach or cooling down after a round of golf. The Cool Freezes are made to pair with specific wines, but you can mix and match their flavors, which are Black Gold, Blueberry Blue, Cat 5 and Cherry Red.

Any combination of Cool Freezes and wines make a great gift or souvenir. To complete the bottle, check out the themed bottle holders, which range from bears to flamingos and grape clusters. The site also suggests custom winery recipes, including taste of Tuscany finger sandwiches and exotic meatballs, which help create the perfect meal idea or snack.

Nearby Attractions

When visiting the winery, there are plenty of couple and family-friendly attractions to see as well. Spend a day at the Emerald Falls Recreation Center with go-karts and mini golf, or make a short drive north to see Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium and Race City PBC, known for go-kart racing and the fastest coaster in the area.

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Just south of Palm Springs, CA, and one of the Palm Desert’s most popular destinations for its clubs, golf courses, and the historic downtown village, Old Town La Quinta is among the best places to explore when visiting the area.

Embodying the spirit of old California through architecture and outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment in a town-square setting, Old Town will inspire you as you witness the people, tastes and sounds that make this place so unique. Here’s a quick guide to the area’s culture and events:

La Quinta, Palm Springs, CA

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Where to Eat

If you love a good wine tasting, head to LaRue Wine Bar on Main Street. Praised by online reviewers, this hot spot features a long list of local and international wines, as well an extensive beer menu, which pairs well with their lunch and dinner menus.

For a rich cup of coffee, there’s no better place than Old Town Coffee Company. The cafe uses all organic coffee, and many visitors claim it’s the best in the area. Guests can sit indoors and outside while enjoying light fare and pastries.

Have a sweet tooth? No problem. Stop by Nitroinfusions, a local ice cream shop that uses all organic ingredients and freezes it using liquid nitrogen, which eliminates ice crystals and air. Flavors vary, but popular option include strawberry cheesecake, salted caramel, chocolate espresso and mint chip.

Other top restaurants in Old Town are Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill, Solano’s Bistro and The Grill on Main.

Shop in Old Town

Showcasing diverse collections throughout many storefronts, expect a top boutique shopping experience. Jewelry lovers should browse As Time Goes By Boutique, a renowned repair shop and showroom for sterling silver and gold pieces by award-winning designers.

Find upscale handmade clothing at Divas of the Desert, which caters to locals and visitors with their American products for all ages. Le Chateau Boutique specializes in designs with a European flare for the trendy type or that fancy night out.

GALERIe doubles as a gallery and clothing store, making it a must-stop for those who love art mixed with fashion.

Eat Fresh and Buy Local

Eat locally grown produce and shop at Old Town’s Certified Farmers’ Market. Open in the spring, admission is free, and the market features certified organic produce from area farmers and growers. Shoppers will also find fresh meats, nuts, sauces, gifts and much more. If you’re looking for gifts to bring home, this is a great place to find items that reflect the history and culture of the Palm Desert.

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Located 90 minutes from the Denver International Airport, Keystone, CO, gives outdoor enthusiasts year-round recreation and activities for the entire family. From kids’ zones to classes for seniors, the area features fun for all ages. When planning your trip to Keystone, make time to try these activities:

Winter Fun Keystone CO

Explore Kidtopia

Keystone’s Kidtopia is a seasonal festival made just for kids, but the whole family can have fun too! From dancing to tubing, families will have lots of free daily events to pick from seven days a week. Try a scavenger hunt or Bigfoot adventure to see the area, or take a break for cookie time. In the evenings, don’t miss pizza and a movie and the Kidtopia fireworks show on Saturdays, which is a great way to end the day. Other events include the Kidtopia Snow Fort – the largest in the world – and Riperoo’s Village Parade, complete with a horse-drawn sleigh for small visitors to ride.

Snow and Ice Fun

Three mountains – one of which is the largest in Summit County – provide more than 3,000 acres of terrain to ski, snow tube, ride and more. Cross-country skiing at the top-rated Nordic Center provides access to 35 miles of trails, or you can ski with a ranger on Fridays. A 50-plus Ski with Us program offers this age group complimentary guided tours on Thursdays, allowing them to meet new people and visit with locals. For more snowy fun, try a gondola ride, snowbiking or snowmobile tour, snowshoeing or sleigh rides.

Families will also want to day or night ice skate at the 7,200-square-foot Dercum Square rink. Keystone Lake also offers ice skating and hockey, and has the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor rink in the U.S.

Golf in the Rocky Mountains

Tee off at one of two area 18-hole courses in Keystone. The par-72 Keystone Ranch course is a Robert Trent Jones design that includes views of longpole pines, meadows and a lake. Hurdzan-Fry designed the par-71 River Course at Keystone, which features a 194-foot elevation change with Lake Dillon and mountain views. During golf seasons, families can join SNAG (Starting New At Golf) to learn the basics and become more comfortable golfing.

Family Fun Keystone CO

Hiking and Biking

Grab the mountain bike and head to the bike park, where 55 trails await riders. Beginners and intermediates should hop on roller coaster rides over bridges and berms, while experts can take a chairlift to reach incredible heights, and ride downhill through rock gardens and rock drops. For a more chill experience, Mountain Top Adventures and Adventure Post Tubing offer hiking options for all ages.

Find What You Need

Keystone has dozens of shops to browse for travel needs and gifts. From chocolate to gear, visitors will find specialty shops and big-name brands. For souvenirs, stop by Rockin’ R Ranch, an old trading post-style shop. Christy Sports and Keystone Sports specialize in clothing, gear and accessories. Kids can shop at Kidz Cabin and Shirt Off My Back for their perfect gift or item to take home.

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