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Fifty latest reasons Colorado is the best state in the country

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Colorado is having a tough time. The ramifications of widespread wildfires and the Aurora theater shooting are still coming into focus, and many questions won't be answered for months. But we're not going anywhere. In Westword's annual attempt to chronicle on paper -- to count the ways, if you will -- how we love our home state, it was as tough as ever to narrow the list down to the greatest, strangest and highest reasons we're proud to live here. If you live here, too, count this as a written fist-bump. If you don't, maybe this list will tempt you to move here.

Click through for a complete look at the fifty reasons Colorado reigns supreme, and continue below to see why it's held that spot for years.

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• "Despite a tragic summer, Colorado is still the real sunshine state"
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• "50 reasons Colorado is the best state in America"

50. Mountain Standard Time is really the way to go.

49. The first snowfall of the year. Depending on whether your Subaru is packed in, any snowfall of the year.

48. Ours are some of the best public skate parks in the world. If you don't believe us, ask Lil Wayne.

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47. I'll have the double chocolate peanut butter porter. On Nitro.

46. The Clyfford Still Museum lives up to its legacy.

45. Frozen Dead Guy Days: We have a festival dedicated to a dead body found packed in dry ice in a Tuff Shed.

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44. Chipotle is our Starbucks, so you can find a giant, cylindrical piece of Denver, wrapped up in foil, wherever you may travel.

43. Deer turn into elk at 10,000 feet. (Just testing you).

42. People fish for carp in the Platte, right in downtown.

41. Our new film incentives law welcomes casts and crews with autograph books wide open. We're ready for our close-up, Steven Spielberg.

Click through for more we love about Colorado.


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tommyharvey19811
tommyharvey19811

I'm moving there after January 1st, 2014!!!! LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA to sell in store! The best thing that has happened to the UNITED STATES. Why is ALCOHOL legalized all over the country,(something that kills people everyday,Health Wise, and Drunk Drivers)and weed isn't? It's all about money. Colorado is fixing to be a richer state than it already is!!!

Miri Ladenburger
Miri Ladenburger

Casa Bonita #2 reason? that place has only provided several cases of the hershey squirts to Colorado.

lgg53053
lgg53053

Sorry...Arizona has the best Mexican food in the nation...because there are more Mexicans living there than there are Americans, at this point! 

Deidra Jones
Deidra Jones

Colorado IS a great place to live...... as long as your white and a republican

Deidra Jones
Deidra Jones

Colorado IS a great place to live...... as long as your white and a republican

Katie Rotvold
Katie Rotvold

I can give you 50 legit reasons why Colorado is not the best....

Tylr Tre
Tylr Tre

Whoa Stan. Too much bro.

Pedro Martinez DePacas
Pedro Martinez DePacas

This proves westword is just Fox news in disguise. Best Mexican food ? Ha! That's like saying columbine high was the safest school in 1999!

James Russell
James Russell

I've lived in NY,NH,PA,TX,VT,IL....I always end up back where I grew up, the big CO! I'm never leaving again. YES ON 64! ;)

TopHat
TopHat

The best strip club with the hottest real girls in America -  The Glendale Ballet, aka Shotgun Willie's !!!

Star Stepping
Star Stepping

westword stop it . dont need any more californicators here

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

#1 - We have Westword to keep us abreast of all the Top # Lists ...

 

... and celebrity twitter tweets.

Bill
Bill

Everyone knows that deer turn into elk when they reach 5+ years of age.  It has nothing to do with elevation.  Do you think we're stupid?

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @TopHat A heartfelt nomination, TopHat. Thanks for the post.

Lucy
Lucy

You little bitch. Go back to California, no one needs you.

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