Denver, CO, April 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Going off the beaten-path creates the most authentic connections and memories when traveling. Looking at an old favorite with new eyes can bring out the best in an often-visited location. Or, perhaps for the most well-traveled visitor to Colorado, time giving back to a non-profit or supporting the environment creates a new appreciation for the outdoors. The Colorado Field Guide brings fresh exploratory ideas to visitors this summer with new look-and-feel planning tools and more inspiration from all corners of the state.  

New Reasons to Visit the Well Known. Visitors have a new lens to look at Denver, Boulder, Aspen, and Telluride with the Colorado Field Guide’s “Top Chef” itinerary. Rich in homegrown ingredients, nationally recognized chefs and a thriving maker culture, it's no wonder Bravo set its latest season of "Top Chef" in breathtaking (and delicious) destinations in Colorado. Visitors can experience Season 15's highlights on this flavor-packed tour of the celebrated culinary scenes in four of the towns featured as locations in the show. Follow Top Chef Season 15 IN Colorado: Inspired By Food & Wine Magazine

Places You Haven’t Heard Of. The Colorado Field Guide is the best place to dig for new destinations and regional road trips. Never heard of Sterling, Colorado? It just so happens to be home to Parts and Labor, the only brewery east of the 1-25 corridor. Peaceful Plains: Explore Sterling & Logan County itinerary.

First-Timer’s Guide to... Get the ultimate bucket list on a destination as a first-timer. The Colorado Field Guide includes the best dining, where to stay, plus events visitors won’t want to miss. Fruita is well-known for as one of Colorado’s leading mountain biking destinations, but the Field Guide offers a broader insight of activities to check out, including local parks and public lands worth hiking, plus the important scoop on where to get the best tacos in town. A Fruita Experience.

Learn About Regional Voluntourism Opportunities. The Colorado Field Guide has partnered with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado to connect visitors with ways to care for the state’s natural resources. A downloadable app features a calendar of volunteering events taking place in local towns and regions, such as river clean-ups and trail building, as well as task lists and inspiration for giving back. Visitors can collect points to earn badges via the app.

Travel Like a Local with Insider’s Tips. It’s the locals who are in the know, and the Colorado Field Guide has tapped its sources to get the low-down so visitors get to bag a unique view or exciting activity. A must-see road trip in Southwest Colorado takes visitors via the canyon-clinging stretch of spectacular roadway called “The Million Dollar Highway”. The insider tip recommends lunch in the trees at Soaring Treetop Adventures, where visitors can enjoy a four-course gourmet lunch on a suspended platform overlooking the beautiful Animas River. Adventure & History: Million Dollar Highway 

New Ways to Road Trip. A novel way to look at Colorado’s mountain towns is through the lens of creative arts and culture. Colorado's new Creative Corridor runs through a handful of the state's Certified Creative Districts, including Carbondale, the North Fork Valley, Crested Butte, Ridgway and Salida — not to mention stunning landscapes, restaurants serving locally sourced menus and the spirit of the arts around every corner. Colorado Creative Corridor.

Search for the Hidden Gems. Nestled in western Colorado’s North Fork Valley, Hotchkiss, Crawford, and Paonia offer access to some of the state’s greatest natural treasures and activities. Cozy up on a porch swing at The Stone House Inn for some primo stargazing, or take a drive up to the Needle Rock trailhead—where artificial light is nonexistent—another incredible stargazing locale. North Fork Valley Tour.

Sarah-Jane Johnson
Colorado Tourism Office
Phone: (310) 854-2408
E-Mail: sarahjane.johnson@colorado.com