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Building a Summer Bucket List

So many people associate Colorado with great winter activities, but for me, it’s all about summer in Colorado: the festivals, beautiful morning hikes, movies outside in the cool evening air, easy dinners compliments of delicious food-truck fare, and so much more. Heck, I believe the term staycation was created entirely to define summer in the Centennial state. You can spend a lifetime here exploring new things.

While you can, it doesn’t always work that way. My family definitely has a list of old faithful summer activities that we never miss. We’ve talked about trying new things and exploring new places, but somehow each September we find ourselves looking back and suddenly remembering all the things we wanted to do over the summer.

Earlier this spring, our Assistant Editor Christina Cook mentioned that she had started her summer bucket list. She was writing down all the things she was dreaming of and all the cool things she heard about so she wouldn’t forget. Well, Accio my pen and paper, I need to start a list!

As we found things to add to the list, our “Best Summer Ever” article started to take shape. We heard about new attractions and hidden gems for kids and families. While we couldn’t fit it all in the magazine, we think it’s a great starting point for your family’s own summer bucket list. We’ve also included some quintessential summer-in-Colorado ideas on a handy chart to hang on the fridge. As your family marks thing off the list, we’d love to see your photos. Share them with us on Instagram using the hashtag #CPSummer.

This month, Dad gets his big day. With Father’s Day just a few weeks away, we gathered 12 great gift ideas for Colorado dads, whatever their interests. We’ve also shared expert ideas for inspiring a reluctant reader to open more books. And as the summer break kicks off, our calendar of events will be your go-to spot for keeping the kids busy all summer long.


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