Weekends in the West

Make the most of your wild, wild west weekend with a day trip to one of our favorite spots out of the city.

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Denver

Getting ready to explore Denver? Step outside the Mile-High City and into the cozy town of Lone Tree. Make sure not to miss out on any of the action this small town has to offer.

Head over to the Denver area’s largest outdoor amphitheater, Fidlers Green. Located in Lone Tree, be sure to check out their latest events and concerts. This venue houses 7,500 fixed seats with an additional lawn section and has been known to lease out to large promoters such as MCA Concerts, House of Blues and Live Nation.

If you're looking for a place to shop, then Park Meadows Mall is sure to be on your list. Being the largest shopping mall in Denver, it is home to over 185 stores and restaurants. While shopping make sure to enjoy the unique Grand Mountain Lodge architecture and artwork done by Colorado artists.

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The town of Broomfield is situated halfway between Denver and Boulder with some of the best views and access to the Rocky Mountains. This place has everything from shopping and dining, a multi-purpose arena, to the first non-profit insect zoo in the United States.

While visiting Broomfield be sure to stop by Flatiron Crossing, where shopping and dining is just the beginning. Flatiron Crossing might be the next place to get your fashion fix and find a great deal, but to make the most of your trip be sure to explore the events page and find the perfect addition to your shopping expedition.

Looking for a concert or a sporting event to get the crew together? Join over 7,000 others at the 1st Bank Center and be sure to experience great entertainment.

Experience Colorado’s indoor rain forest and watch 1,200 free- flying tropical butterflies at the Butterfly Pavilion. The facility contains five main exhibits to teach visitors about butterflies and other invertebrates.


Phoenix

Make Phoenix your next hot spot and explore Chandler and Tucson too! Chandler is a unique suburb of Phoenix that offers easy access to shopping and dining, outdoor recreation, and world class golf facilities.

Enjoy the family-friendly shopping destination Chandler Fashion Center. Take advantage of more than 180 shops and restaurants in one shopping center. After shopping ‘till you drop and catching a bite to eat, don’t forget about the Harkins Theater or the new outdoor lawn which features a splash pad!

Get outside and try a new activity at KOLI Equestrian Center. The KOLI Equestrian Center offers novice and advanced horseback riders (ages six and up) the chance to hit the trails and take in the beautiful Arizona scenery.

With a total of over seven golf courses and being known as one of the leading cities for golf in Arizona most people would consider Chandler a golfer’s paradise. Hit the links and check out these surrounding golf courses: San Marcos Gold Course, Ocotillo Golf Resort, Bear Creek Golf Complex, Springfield Golf Resort, Sunbird Golf Club, Lone Tree Golf Club, Ironwood Golf club.

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Jump right in to exciting activities and enjoy the views of the surrounding mountain ranges in Tucson, a city in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is one of the top 10 museums in the country and the number one attraction in Tucson. The 98-acre Desert Museum consist of a zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium!

Visit the University of Arizona, a public university in Tucson, Arizona. Check out a football or basketball game and cheer on the Wildcats!

Spend a day in the Old West! Old Tucson is where you will find a day full of Western fun and entertainment. From gunfights, saloon musicals, and living history presentations you will be sure to experience the spirit of the Old west come alive!


Seattle

Seattle Publick Market

 

Seattle has a lot – skip another day exploring The Hill or Pike Place Market and mix it up with these day trip ideas in Redmond!

Marymoor Park has it all from rock climbing, an off-leash dog park, and a Velodrome - no wonder Seattle is known as the bicycle capital of the North West. Take your bike and hit up the Sammamish River Trail or the Velodrome, an arena for track cycling. If you happen to find yourself here in the summer season be on the lookout for the park’s summer concert series.

With Pacific Northwest rising in popularity in the winemaking industry, Washington is now home to over 750 wineries. Most are located in the state’s Southeastern region, which is about four hours outside Seattle. Take part in a wine tour and experience the best wine Washington has to offer in the small town of Woodinville.

Lake Sammammish State Park is host to two lakefront beaches and many trails to explore the area. Wanting to take part in watersports while you are visiting? Be sure to check out rentals. With 510 acres there is not much you can’t do at this park!


Portland

With the Rose City now one of the most popular destinations, be sure to journey outside Portland. Hillsboro-Beaverton has many attractions to make the most of your day.

Roloff Farms has now expanded over 100 acres and has grown into a successful agriculture business, event venue, and major tourist destination during pumpkin season, which is when the farm is open to the public. If you find yourself in the area during pumpkin season make sure to visit Roloff Farms for lots of family-fun activates.

Hillsboro Tuesday Night Marketplace is a weekly summer outdoor market place and street fair in Historic Downtown Hillsboro. It’s not just a farmer’s market but a celebration of live music and entertainment, food, beer, wine and handmade crafts.

Tualatin Hills Nature Park is over 200 acres of park and wildlife preserve. With forests and streams that are habitat to insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, this park is a great place to observe and learn about wildlife. 

Portland

Head east and explore the town of Gresham, which offers a variety of fun activities.

Visit Hood Community College Planetarium and see one of their fascinating shows for just five dollars! Learn about the current night sky with MHCC’s advanced planetarium during a 45 minute live show.

See how much spooky you can handle and get freaked out during a stop at the House of Shadows which is ranked Oregon’s top Haunted House attraction.


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No matter if you consider it The Treasure Sate or The Last Best Place, making the most of your trip to Billings, Montana would not be complete without a visit to Bozeman.

Looking for a relaxing hike to see beautiful Montana? The hike to Palisade Falls is a little over a mile trip that features a scenic waterfall. This trail is a doable trip for all skill levels.

Bridger Bowl Ski Area is a popular local ski area that provides affordable skiing, great terrain and fresh powder every ski season. Snap into those bindings and hit the slopes in this popular local destination.

Bozeman is a great gateway into Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is a must see for anyone during any season. Pack up a car, hit the park and experience wildlife and camping that will not disappoint. As the snow starts falling and the cold sets in set up a snowmobile tour to see inside the park during winter months.

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