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Colo-Road Trippin’ Without a Car

Colo-Road Trippin’ Without a Car
3 days

Low emissions. High equity. Zero worry. Ditch the wheels but not the adventure. Travel through Colorado’s cityscapes and mountains, while supporting local communities and minimizing your carbon footprint. Header Image: VISIT DENVER/Denver International Airport

Sustainability Activity

Volunteer with Groundwork Denver:

Groundwork's mission is to bring about sustained improvement of the physical environment and promote health and well-being through community-based partnerships and action.

Sustainability Activity
Day 1

Eco-Friendly Transportation

Ride a Train:

Ride the A Line RTD train from Denver International Airport toward downtown and get off at the 38th and Blake Street Station — right in the heart of RiNo, one of Denver’s creative hubs. 

Eco-Friendly Transportation
Activity

Explore RiNo

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Explore RiNo’s street art via a Lime electric scooter, which is charged with 100 percent renewable energy and supercharged with 100 percent fun. Scooters are accessible once you download the Lime app on your mobile device.
Lunch

Dine at Comal Heritage Food Incubator

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Comal Heritage Food Incubator is a restaurant that serves up some of the most delicious Mexican, Syrian and Ethiopian food and drinks in the city. One of the best things on the menu? Equity. The Incubator’s mission is to help immigrants and refugees learn about entrepreneurship and professional food services while celebrating their own culinary traditions.
Activity

See Altius Farms

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Check out this urban farm with one of the largest rooftop aeroponic gardens in the country. Altius uses about 10 percent of the land and 10 percent of the water other farms use, yet it delivers 10 times the yield — all within one harvest. They then sell to local restaurants and residents.
Dinner

Feast on Sushi

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Have dinner at Uchi, a Japanese restaurant that places emphasis on sustainably sourced seafood and its close relationships with local Colorado farmers, including its upstairs neighbor, Altius Farms.
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Sip a Craft Beer

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Our Mutual Friend (OMF) Brewery is a local spot that brews craft beers with a sense of place. The brewery has strong ties with local hop and barley growers, which has led the company to offer a wide selection of 100 percent Colorado-grown beers — shrinking its carbon footprint.
Lodging

Stay at The Source Hotel

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A modern-industrial hotel built in the heart of RiNo from mostly recycled, regionally sourced materials, The Source is situated next to a repurposed iron foundry turned market hall with 25 independent food and retail vendors.
Day 2
Breakfast

Grab a Hearty Breakfast

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A 100 percent organic kitchen, Lacuna Juice and Yoga is committed to using local and seasonal produce to serve up delightful plant-based dishes. The concept has also pledged to be plastic-free by using only glass and compostable goods.

Eco-Friendly Transportation

Take the Bustang:

Ride the RTD A Line one stop westbound to Denver's Union Station where you'll catch the Bustang to Estes Park. The route is set to begin right before Memorial Day.

Eco-Friendly Transportation
Activity

Hike the Morning Away

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Go for a hike at Roosevelt National Forest, which surrounds Estes Park and neighbors Rocky Mountain National Park, but is far less crowded.

Insider's Tip

Stay Off The Beaten Path:

Roosevelt National Forest offers spectacular sights of Rocky Mountain National Park! So, soak up all the views and lighten your impact by taking the road less traveled.

Lunch

Enjoy a Spot of Lunch

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Bird & Jim is defining Colorado cuisine with ever-evolving seasonal and ingredient-driven menus. Heavily influenced by an artisan approach to cooking, the restaurant proudly sources from local farms and ranchers in Estes Park, Drake, Longmont, Hygiene and Boulder.
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Paddleboard Under the Blue Sky

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Relax and unwind lakeside by renting paddleboards at Lake Estes. They are 100 percent human-powered with zero emissions.
Dinner

Indulge in Some Comfort Food

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Savor a hearty meal with a planet-conscious twist at the Rock Inn Mountain Tavern. The restaurant offers a woodsy gathering place with live music and serves up Colorado-sourced protein and produce along with sustainably made wines.
Activity

Volunteer at a Telescope

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Why stare at the stars, when you can help operate the telescope at the Estes Park Memorial Observatory? Dive into voluntourism and help support the foundation that runs the dome. It’ll make for a great story when you get back home.

Eco-Friendly Transportation

Make Your Way Back to Denver:

Take the Bustang back to Denver, then take the free mall ride from Union Station to Civic Station. 

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Lodging

Do Overnight at the Queen Ann Inn

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Each room is decorated by a local artist, and no eco-detail is spared. From its recycling and composting program to the sustainable green tea insulation foam used in your mattress, this bed-and-breakfast provides everything for a comfortable, sustainable stay.
Day 3
Breakfast

Brunch at Root Down

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When you eat at Root Down, you very well may be eating something grown in their own backyard — literally. The restaurant’s commitment to sustainability is built right into its foundation, with the building entirely constructed from upcycled and recycled materials and energy sourced by wind technologies powered by Excel.

Eco-Friendly Transportation

Rent a Car:

Ride the waves of the future and rent an electric vehicle through the Turo app!

Eco-Friendly Transportation
Activity

Tour the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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The nation’s primary lab for research and the development of renewable energy is open for viewing. As you walk the halls, you’ll catch engineers and scientists in action and learn about the green-energy technologies of tomorrow. Plug in at the EV charging stations to juice up your ride while you tour.
Lunch

Consume an Ethical Lunch

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Part of the Good Food 100 list, Next Door creates approachable yet sustainable dishes, which are all locally sourced. The restaurant takes its commitment to food even further by donating to its sister nonprofit, Big Green. The goal? Build a healthier future for kids by connecting them to real food through a nationwide network of learning gardens and food literacy programs.
Activity

Check Out a Speakeasy

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Behind a bookshelf is where you’ll find Williams & Graham, a speakeasy known for its craft cocktails, small bites and ambiance. Here, even the desserts are made out of seasonal and local ingredients, so rest easy knowing your sweets are also sustainable.
Dinner

Treat Yourself at Duo

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Duo Restaurant is a concept that strongly believes that it is only as strong as its community. That’s why they invests in more than 90 nonprofit organizations each year — in addition to serving up some of the best contemporary and locally sourced food in the city. The restaurant also is committed to livable wages for its staff and charges a small fee to make compensation more equitable.

Eco-Friendly Transportation

Carpool to Red Rocks:

Take CID Colorado’s shuttle, and you can bring your favorite local brew to tailgate with once you arrive! 

Eco-Friendly Transportation
Activity

Rock Out

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Catch a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the world’s only naturally occurring and acoustically perfect venue. It also supports the City and County of Denver’s 2020 sustainability goals. Red Rocks has started composting and recycling initiatives, in addition to optimizing its energy and water usage as efficient technology becomes available.
Lodging

Lay Your Head Down

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Stay at Kimpton Hotel Born; a LEED Silver-certified property. It’s also conveniently connected to Denver’s Union Station, so you’re able to easily hop back on the RTD rail and get to the airport — or enjoy the area’s 91-point Walk Score.