If you’ve been living in Colorado for the past few years, you’ve gotten to witness first-hand the changes that have come about with the state’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana. While the legalization process has definitely been both interesting and fun, as residents, a lot of us really haven’t taken the opportunity to get in on Colorado’s weed tourism that out-of-stater’s specifically choose to travel here for. Although the novelty of being able to legally buy weed at a dispensary has worn off for most Coloradans, some of the organized 420 tourism activities and places to stay that permit pot smoking are definitely worth visiting and checking out.
While being able to step inside a pot shop and pick out specific strains is exciting enough for travelers coming to Colorado from out of state, there are plenty more options when it comes to visitors incorporating the plant into their trip. There are even several company websites, such as Colorado Cannabis Tours, Colorado Pot Guide, and My 420 Tours, where a cannabis concierge will help to completely plan one’s stay by setting up a full itinerary. So, just what can a visitor to (or even resident of) Colorado do when it comes to weed-filled experiences?
Depending on which site you use to book your Colorado-style adventure, you can easily select which city you will be visiting, and view what sorts of activities are available near there. Many 420 tour companies offer visits to commercial marijuana grow operations, glassblowing demos, recreational dispensary visits, cooking classes, and some even arrange transportation to and from the airport, where passenger pot-smoking is 100 percent permitted. A complete map of marijuana-friendly accommodations within Colorado is available online, and includes a mix of commercial hotels and private properties, ranging in price, however all allow consumption on the premises. A few places that stood out to me was the charming Rustic River Cabins in Estes Park, The Adagio in Denver, and the Shangri-la Inn at Gaia’s Farm and Gardens right here in Fort Collins. If you’re planning a trip, be sure to check out the entire list of places to stay, as there are so many unique options and amenities offered at each one. Besides being able to purchase weed and smoke it at the place you are staying, there’s a plethora of guided tours that can be taken. From riding in a luxury limousine and visiting large-scale cultivation operations, to private and more personal excursions, there is truly something out there for every type of pot smoker to take part in. There are even pot parties, cannabis clubs and smoking lounges for those seeking a more social type of experience. If I were booking a trip from out of state, I would for sure be signing up for a class at Puff, Pass, and Paint…because duh! All of the featured cooking classes also sound highly appealing, and you definitely cannot go wrong with a soothing, cannabis infused massage.
If you are booking an upcoming trip here, just remember that although our pot laws may be loose, they still exist, so always follow the rules and remain responsible throughout tours and at your place of stay. Upon researching all that Colorado has to offer when it comes to 420 tourism, it’s giving me the itch to plan my own, in-state adventure, and finally see for myself what gets stoners from out-of-state so excited to be here. Who’s with me?