Free-Range Tourism

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If you are looking for an open space vacation where you have room to roam, look no further than this northeast Colorado road trip. Free-range tourism is all about exploring the wide-open spaces doing safe activities.

Sustainability Activity
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Family Resource Center offers a variety of ongoing programs for parents, guardians, youth and children that aim to foster the development of successful, happy, healthy family units.

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Activity
Eugene Carara Collection at Historic Logan County Courthouse
Paintings of early life by local artist Eugene Carara and framed original linen blueprints by architect John J. Huddart adorn the Courthouse walls.
Lunch
Simkins Parlour
Now serving: Premium Hard Ice Cream, Delicious High Plains Spice Company Coffees, Gourmet Soups, and Fresh Salads with an array of toppings to choose…
Activity
Bradford Rhea Tree Sculptures Tour
This “Colorado Treasure” has its share of very talented local artists. Sterling is known as the City of Living Trees for its collection of…
Dinner
Parts and Labor Brewing Company

Parts & Labor Brewing Company is in the business of beer - and not just any beer. We build great beer.

Activity
Go on a Walking Tour

Stroll the downtown area to see more than a dozen historic buildings and imagine Sterling's early majesty as Queen City on the Plains.

Lodging
The Crest Motel

Off I-76 in Downtown Sterling, Colorado, The Crest Motel offers guest modern, boutique rooms with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and…

Day
2
Activity
Riverview Golf Course
Our natural grass driving range, outstanding practice areas and professional instruction will help you hone your skills to the next level.
Lunch
Hootenannies
Local Bar and Grill, offering a number of unique burgers, large selection of draft beer, wide range of food including pastas, salads, steaks, and…
Activity
Overland Trail Museum

Honors the historic migration of gold seekers and early pioneers looking to make their fortunes. Behind the main museum building, several other…

Dinner
The Grill at River City
Coated with our signature rub and fire-grilled, our signature steaks have a flavor all their own. No steak sauce required. In fact, it's prohibited!
Activity
North Sterling Boat Charter and Rental

We have boats and floats to rent! Rent a pontoon, paddleboat, kayak, canoe or fishing boat. 

Lodging
Best Western Sundowner

Conveniently located just off Interstate 76 in Colorado at Exit 125 between Ogallala and Denver, the Best Western Sundowner offers award-winning…

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3
Breakfast
Brew Grit Coffee
From our delicious coffee and smoothies to our sandwiches and notorious cinnamon rolls, everything on our menu is both fresh and delicious. Whatever…
Activity
Birding on Tamarack Ranch

While you won't see many tamarack trees here, this large state wildlife area is the best spot in northeastern Colorado to search for a full suite of northeastern birding specialties.

Lunch
Baja Tacos

Serving locally loved tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, burritos and more - not to mention their signature spice recipe - for 20-plus years. 

Activity
Hike the South Shoreline Trail

North Sterling State Park includes a reservoir with almost 3,000 acres of surface area and six miles of hiking trails along the shoreline. See sprawling prairie for miles at the Balanced Rock Look Out.

Dinner
The Hot Spot Smokehouse

Small town bar and grill where you can enjoy a cold beer, good food, and great people. Barbecue, pool, liquor, ping pong and live entertainment.<…

Activity
North Sterling Boat Charter and Rental

We have boats and floats to rent! Rent a pontoon, paddleboat, kayak, canoe or fishing boat. 

Lodging
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sterling
Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sterling, One of the Best Sterling, Colorado Hotels. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sterling is located…