Dushanbe Teahouse in Boulder, Colorado, a gift from Dushanbe, Tajikstan, which is one of Boulder's sister cities. Intricate carvings and handpaintings adorn every square inch, and they serve many teas and lots of food.
The Red Castle or Westminster Castle is a beautiful example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture dating from the mid-1800s. Home of a university and even chickens, this building stands today as the location of KPOF studios, the longest-running, continuous licensed radio station in Colorado.
Huge Mile High Flea Market in Denver, Colorado. Lots of new and used merchandise, from clothes to furniture to fresh produce. Family- and kid-friendly, open every weekend year-round with lots of free parking.
A well-done ski and snowboard museum at Vail's Transporation Center, part of Vail Village. Excellent displays of snowsport history, this free family and kid-friendly museum is worth a stop and a few dollars in the donation box.
A beautiful winter activity: the Ice Castles in Dillon, Colorado, about 65 miles from Denver. Check out my photos of the manufactured icicle walls embedded with LED lights, a frozen fountain and many tunnels. Slide down an ice slide with me, too!
Here are some pictures from historic Georgetown, Colorado, an Old West town dating from 1859. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, it hosts one end of the Georgetown Loop Historic Steam Train. Every October, they celebrate John Denver and the movie The Christmas Gift.
A leisurely stroll down Central Avenue in Nebraska City, Nebraska. A charming small town with lots of preserved Old West buildings and fun second-hand shopping. Only an hour from Lincoln or Omaha by car, this area lies on the Missouri River and had a rich history of American settlement.
A visit to The Archway, an Old West history museum, welcome center and gift shop. Visitors can tour the museum which spans Interstate 80 near Kearney, Nebraska. The large campus is a great place for a break from your travels.