Girls Weekend in Boulder | Boulder, Colorado

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Boulder, Colorado is a bustling city with a small-town feel. Known as one of America’s trendiest cities, it’s home to excellent shopping and dining that make it the perfect destination for a girls getaway. Grab some friends and enjoy a few days taking in the excitement of downtown Boulder and the beauty of the Flatirons that surround the city. 

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Hotel Boulderado

Hotel Boulderado’s impressive brick exterior and elegantly decorated interior are reminiscent of both Italian Renaissance and Spanish Revival styles. It was opened in 1909 as an upscale hotel when Boulder was first becoming a busy city. Hotel Boulderado has been such an important part of Boulder’s history that it was named a City of Boulder landmark and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its location next to the famous Pearl Street Mall makes it the ideal place to stay for a weekend away with friends. With the Downtown Excursion Package, enjoy luxurious accommodations, valet parking, and a $25 downtown Boulder gift card.

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Pearl Street Mall

In the heart of trendy downtown Boulder, you’ll find the Pearl Street Mall. This outdoor mall spans four blocks and is full of street performers, restaurants, boutique shops, and fresh flowers. Pearl Street has been the center of Boulder since the 1800s, and many of its buildings have been restore to preserve the area’s history. Spend an afternoon browsing unique shops like Two Sole Sisters, a boutique founded by two sisters that specializes in shoes, bags, and accessories. Enjoy happy hour at one of Pearl Street’s many distinctive restaurants. We like Next Door Boulder, which offers $3-5 snacks and $5 specialty cocktails.

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Centro Mexican Kitchen serves Boulder’s best Mexican food, using ingredients from all over the world to keep their menu fresh and exotic. Go for brunch and try the Carnitas Benny, their version of eggs benedict made with smoked cheddar, green chile biscuits topped with poached eggs, pork, and roasted jalapeno hollandaise sauce. Top off your meal with a Bloody Maria, made with house-infused spicy pepper tequila, homemade bloody mary mix, and chile-lime salt.

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Celestial Seasonings Tour

Celestial Seasonings is famous for their herbal teas, including the iconic Sleepytime blend. They serve about 1.6 billion cups of tea a year, using more than 100 ingredients from over 35 countries. Visit their Boulder headquarters to take a free Tea Tour. In 45 minutes, you’ll learn how tea is made, walk through their factory, and sample teas. Afterwards, stop by the Tea Shop to purchase teas and souvenirs and have a snack at the Celestial Café, which serves breakfast and lunch on weekdays.

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Wonderland Lake

A trip to Boulder isn’t complete without exploring at least some of its 45,000 acres of open space. Take a camera and a picnic lunch to Wonderland Lake, only a few miles from downtown Boulder. You can walk the Wonderland Lake Loop Trail, an easy 1.5-mile route around the lake with views of beautiful fall foliage and the Flatirons.

Fall Foliage | Park City, Utah

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Utah is one of the best states to experience the beauty of autumn. When the leaves change to hues of red, orange, and yellow, the already-impressive scenery becomes even more stunning. Visit Park City in late September for a fall escape with the perfect mixture of adventure and leisure.

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Park City Lodging, Inc. | Fall Colors Tour

Park City Lodging, Inc. lets you design your own getaway with the Fall Colors Tour Package. Choose your preferred lodging from four different locations in Park City that offer beautifully designed condos and homes ranging from one to six bedrooms. Once you’ve selected a place to stay, decide what adventure awaits you. The Local Mountain Bike Tour takes you through the area’s best nature trails, while the Historic Bike Tour is a slightly easier ride through Park City’s historical sites. Both tours are three hours long and accessible to riders of all ability.

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Fletcher’s

Fletcher’s restaurant and lounge serves classic dishes with delicious twists. From 7:00 pm on, visit their Library Lounge for small bites and craft cocktails. Their incredible menu makes it hard to choose just one dish, so we recommend sharing a few with some drinks. Start off with the Bacon Jam with Cheddar Chive Biscuits and the Lobster Tacos, served with mango salsa, pickled red onion, and cilantro cream. For dessert, be sure to try Fletcher’s beignets, made with peanut butter and jelly and stuffed with nutella and crème anglaise.

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Utah Olympic Park

Utah Olympic Park, built for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, now functions as both a training center for Olympic athletes and an adventure center for the public. Choose from fun activities like alpine slides, ziplining, and multiple adventure courses. Their most exciting feature is the Summer Comet Bobsled. Slide down the actual bobsled track used in the 2002 games and experience speeds of 60+ miles per hour with g-forces.

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High West Distillery

Founded by a biochemist in 2009, High West Distillery was the first legal distillery opened in Utah since 1870. Visit the Saloon to try a few of their whiskeys, like the Yippee Ki-Yay, with notes of cinnamon spice, blackberries, and caramel. For an elegant dining experience, check out High West’s newest venue The Nelson Cottage. On Saturday nights, they host prix-fixe dinners with specialties hand-picked by the chef and whiskey pairings to accompany each course.

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Take a Scenic Drive

There are many scenic drives near Park City, but our favorite is Guardsman Pass. From Park City, take Prospect Street and head south into the mountains, where the road turns into Guardsman Pass Road. You’ll take in views of wildflowers and richly colored fall foliage. The drive reaches an elevation of 9,700 feet, which makes for incredible views at multiple scenic turnouts along the way. You’ll eventually reach a fork in the road, where you can choose to head towards Brighton and Salt Lake Valley and see Big Cottonwood Canyon, or towards Midway and Heber Valley through the gorgeous Wasatch Mountain State Park.

Early Autumn Adventures | Boise, Idaho

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Natural beauty meets urban culture in the great state of Idaho. Stay at a stylish boutique hotel in downtown Boise and experience the city’s gourmet cuisine and art scene, then head east to Sun Valley to create your own exciting adventure of golf, ice-skating, hiking, and more.

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Hotel 43

Hotel 43 was named to reflect Boise’s location on the 43rd parallel and Idaho’s status as the 43rd state. The boutique hotel has stylish and inviting rooms in the midst of exciting downtown Boise. Hotel 43 provides all their guests with complimentary Arts Passports that include free admission to the Boise Art Museum and discounts on performances. It’s home to two delicious eateries – Metro Café offers coffee and breakfast to start off your day, and Chandlers Steakhouse features steaks and seafood, cocktails, and live jazz. Book the Dine & Unwind package and stay overnight in a luxurious room with views of downtown Boise, plus receive a $75 gift card to Chandlers. 

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Boise Art Museum

Visit the Boise Art Museum to see inspiring exhibitions in all mediums. Burchfield Botanicals is a look at Charles Burchfield, an early 20th-century artist that produced over 450 sketches of wildflowers and nature as a teenager. See both his early sketches and masterworks through September 18th, 2016. View event calendar.

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Indulge Boise Food Tours

Experience the history and cuisine of Boise on an Indulge Boise Food Tour. Residents and visitors alike will enjoy the Historic Downtown Boise Food & Cultural Tour. It’s a 3-hour, 1.5-mile walking tour with 6 or more tastings from the best eateries in downtown Boise. Along the way, your tour guide will tell you about the history and attractions of the area. Waffles, donuts, gourmet olive oils, Asian fusion cuisine, and gelato are just some of the foods you’ll get to try. 

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Capital City Public Market

Every Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm you can find the Capital City Public Market on 8th Street in downtown Boise. The market has a long list of independent vendors displaying art, clothing, and jewelry, and more. It’s a great place to try locally made food and beverages. Look for Sugar Whipped, a bakery that makes every dessert you can think of, and stop by Potter Wines to try their signature Jalapeno Wine, a unique blend of spicy and sweet that is great for cooking or drinking.

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Sun Valley

Take a day trip to Sun Valley, located a few hours west of Boise. It’s a premier destination for adventure in any season. Visit in late summer and choose from dozens of outdoor activities. Play a round of golf surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery at the Trail Creek Golf Course, or go ice-skating at the Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink. The area also has almost 400 miles of trails that are perfect for hikers and runners.

Best of Glacier National Park | Montana

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With some of the country’s most amazing lakes, mountains, and glaciers, Montana is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Relax at the cozy Grouse Mountain Lodge and explore Glacier National Park. Since becoming America’s 10th national park in 1910, Glacier has been delighting visitors with its many lakes, mountains, glaciers, and meadows. Here are a few must-see areas of the park and the best activities in each one.

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Grouse Mountain Lodge

Stay at Grouse Mountain Lodge for a luxurious Montana getaway. It’s located in Whitefish, Montana, just west of Glacier National Park and minutes from Downtown Whitefish and Flathead Lake. In addition to comfortable rooms, suites, and lofts, Grouse Mountain Lodge has a day spa, fitness center, a fire pit, and multiple outdoor hot tubs. Situated near five incredible courses, the lodge is a golfer’s paradise. Book the Fall Golf Package to enjoy 18 holes of golf for two with a golf cart at the course of your choice as well as a $25 meal credit for on-site restaurant Logan’s.

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Going-to-the-Sun Road

The 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road is a scenic drive that winds east to west through many of Glacier National Park’s most well known features. We recommend driving the entire road, which takes about two hours. You’ll pass by stunning sights including glaciers, valleys, waterfalls, and wildlife at every turn. The paved road is perfect for biking as well. Rent a bike and choose a stretch of the road to take on.

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Go Boating on Lake McDonald

Spend some time out on the beautiful blue water of Glacier National Park’s largest lake. The area around Lake McDonald used to be filled with huge glaciers and has since become a truly beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. Visit the Glacier Park Boat Company, which has been in operation since 1938. You can rent your own rowboat or motorboat, or sign up for one of their hour-long scenic cruises. You’ll be taken across the lake on board the historic DeSmet, Glacier Park Boat Company’s flagship vessel which was built in 1930.

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Picnic at Logan Pass

Drive up to Logan Pass, the highest elevation in the park that you can get to by car. At Logan Pass, huge mountains tower over expansive fields of wildflowers. This popular spot is one of the best places in the park to see wildlife, so keep an eye out for mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and even grizzly bears. Logan Pass is the perfect place to stop for lunch, so be sure to pack a picnic to enjoy while you take in the stunning views around you.

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Hike Through Many Glacier

Many Glacier is another of the park’s most iconic areas, well known for the active glaciers you can see among the mountains and lakes. Many Glacier has some of the park’s best hiking trails. For a short jaunt, try the Apikuni Falls trail, a 1.7-mile round-trip hike that leads to a birds-eye lookout over a waterfall. We also like the Iceberg Lake hike, a longer option at 9.7 miles round-trip. The trail passes by incredible mountain views and waterfalls, eventually arriving at Iceberg Lake, an alpine lake named for the icebergs that float in it.