HuffPo idiot: Colorado is fifth most overrated travel destination, Denver is "weirdly bland"

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At Westword, we're all about hometown/home-state pride -- hence, posts such as "50 reasons we're glad we live in Denver and not the United States" and "Happy Colorado Day: Here are 50 reasons you should be glad you live here."

So you can imagine our befuddlement over a Huffington Post article calling Colorado the fifth most overrated travel destination on the planet, in an item that went out of its way to diss the Mile High City and plenty of others.

The piece in question, "10 Terribly Overrated Destinations (And Where To Travel Instead)," was penned by David Landsel, a contributing editor for Airfarewatchdog.com -- a site that's more about cheap flights than prose. In his introduction, however, Landsel says he's been writing about travel for fifteen years, and he clearly relishes ripping places he claims he'd be happy never to see again.

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David Landsel's Twitter portrait.
His take on Colorado? Well, he calls Denver a "weirdly bland, Midwestern snore, with an air quality problem" -- a line that suggests he was last here in the 1980s. And aside from its ski slopes, Vail, in his view, is "suburbia in the middle of nowhere, a collection of strip malls by the side of the highway" -- and besides, the Vail Valley "is so high up in the mountains, some people are alarmed to find themselves nearly unable to breathe, let alone ski."

Pause to let the stupidity of these observations sink in.

Okay -- ready to read on? Because there's plenty more doltishness ahead.

According to Landsel, Colorado Springs is "uptight and boring;" Pueblo, Grand Junction and "too many other places to mention" are "drab and vaguely off-putting;" and Aspen and Telluride, which he lumps together under the "nicer ski towns" banner, are "buried so far in the mountains that getting there during ski season -- or any season -- costs time and money too many people don't have."

Pretty much the only good thing he has to say is that Colorado legalized marijuana last year -- so the next time you're in Denver, "you'll have something to do."

And where does he suggest people go instead? Utah, which "does as well or better" than Colorado "without the kerfuffle, the crowds or the cost," even if the beer in Colorado is "more advanced."

Thanks for tossing us one more bone, Dave.

At least Colorado's in good company. Landsel also disses international locales such as Buenos Aires, Berlin, Costa Rica, Vancouver and the entire Caribbean, plus the stateside stops Asheville, North Carolina, Chicago, San Francisco and his number one pick, Austin, which he shrugs off as a "legend in its own mind."

No shock Landsel's Twitter feed is dominated by upset Austinites. But also on hand are a couple of Colorado defenders, including one who correctly points out the irony of Landsel ripping the city for its air quality when he lives part time in (cough, cough) Los Angeles. Here's the exchange:

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Our response? We offer fifty of them, courtesy of Jef Otte's 2011 opus "50 reasons why Colorado is the best state in America." Read it below in its entirety, and then decide if Landsel deserves to be on a list of most overrated travel writers.

"50 reasons why Colorado is the best state in America"
By Jef Otte

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Other states, you cannot touch this shit.
Basically all of these United States are pretty crappy -- or at least that's what Gawker would have you believe with its 50 Worst States in America series this week, in which Colorado took 41st (worst) -- not a bad ranking, provided you give two sailing shits what some liberal America-hating rag like Gawker thinks. Which we don't.

And so, while we have before taken it upon ourselves to provide 50 reasons Denver is awesome, it falls upon us today to defend our entire state -- nay, this great nation (mostly our state, though) -- from some coastal city's sneering elitism. Colorado, eat your heart out.

Continue for more of the 50 reasons why Colorado is the best state in America.

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126 comments
jpitts68
jpitts68

Hilarious! 

And.. validates Colorado/Denver as real destinations, strong enough to take a hit..

DougHubka
DougHubka

There may be a positive note to this; If his mindless babbling actually convinces some people not to move here. We would all be better off.

rdysage
rdysage

I'm taking up a collection so I can move to Phoenix or Vegas, I'm tired of living here in Siberia...I mean Colorado, even Albuquerque would be an improvement as far as weather goes.

brentportal
brentportal

David said that Detroit is better to visit than Chicago. There really is nothing more to say about him....

Cindie Marren
Cindie Marren

Colorado is a beautiful place to live, but it's very spread out which can be a turn off for a vacationer. The author is an idiot, but he has a point: it takes a long time to drive to and from all of our amazing destinations.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

I live in Colorado and prefer Palo Alto. Not the politics (they're just as bad here) but the atmosphere is better there.

Naed Fjordman
Naed Fjordman

Maybe he's attempting to discourage impressionable folks from moving here in droves, aka doing us all a huge favor. Or maybe he's just close-minded.

Shaun Floyd
Shaun Floyd

Just one less Californian we have to worry about wanting to move here and turn our state into another California.

Johnny Genova
Johnny Genova

Funny thing, why do so many of you California pricks end up coming here?

Laurie Kramer
Laurie Kramer

Are you sure he wasn't referring to Denver, IA?

hornsheldhigh
hornsheldhigh

I LOVE COLORADO!

However, if you all would take off your blinders and look at some of his points you might and should probably agree, a little.

Vail, can be and is a joke a lot of the times. Aspen and Telluride are both great places but out of the way for your average traveler. Which is really a plus, for us locals.

Pretentious over priced bars that try to reflect a big city club feel, and fail. Or day time sports bars turned night clubs when the sun goes down, very Kansas.

Colorado Springs IS up tight and boring and Pueblo and GJ, really, they don't really scream fun or exciting or even beautiful.

Shitty people from other states bringing their shitty attitudes and creating a new "asshole, i'm the most important person alive" city right here in Colorado.

These cities don't make this state great anyway, it's the beauty that is COLORADO that makes this our home choice.

Colorado is a great place to live and I would never go elsewhere, well maybe, but if we ignore the "facts" just to defend our turf it won't be this awesome forever.


This all being said... he's an ass!

ColoRADooooo...



Stephanie Fast
Stephanie Fast

Dude should lay off the spray tanner. I can't trust an opinion coming from someone that is that orange.

Josh Barrack
Josh Barrack

Wow, for once I agree with HuffPo. Colorado sucks so badly that I can't even explain it to outsiders.

Ceara Keller
Ceara Keller

Born in Ok, lived in TX, AR, and Denver. Denver>than any place ive ever been to.

Mark Hawkins
Mark Hawkins

I live in the LA area, and trust me, Colorado is God's country, and Denver has transformed into one of the best cities in the world. Music scene, culinary options, the outdoor ambiance... C'mon one guy writes a blog and article and your are given him the Westboro Baptist Church treatment. Why glorify his pen? Sure, you can't hide Federal Blvd on Cinco de Mayo, but is there something else you aren't telling us, Westword?

Rachael Marie Moyte
Rachael Marie Moyte

That dude is a dickhole. I'm one of the people who left Los Angeles because it was such a shit city, and I grew up there. Denver > LA, all day. Fuck that guy.

Courtney Donaldson
Courtney Donaldson

seriously? Coming from the pavement capital of the US? Bland? I hope this is satyrical! If it *is* then it's funny, otherwise this guys a d'bag and needs glasses and a sense of life!

Aaron Harmon
Aaron Harmon

Fuck him. He should stick with Hollyweird, where he can get blown by trannies all day.

Joel Bader
Joel Bader

If you want to read some real idiotic comments, try reading the opinion comments in the Des Moines Register by those who think that Iowa is like--or worse yet--IS heaven!!!! Come on!!! Get real!!!!!

Chase Squires
Chase Squires

Haters gonna hate, he's enjoying the attention, and I'm going for a run.

Joe Richardson
Joe Richardson

Just a moron....he criticizes our air quality yet he lives in L.A.?

Unreal
Unreal

This guy is the ultimate in lame. There are plenty of cool things about NYC and L.A., but one gets the sense he is the type who was attracted by their douchier sides. If it wasn't for NYC's media-frontrunner status and Hollywood, people like that would probably all live in a place like Dallas, driving leased BMW's and renting brand-new condos in the formerly 'hip' part of town. He's the worst kind of douche; no wonder he doesn't like Austin, Denver, Chicago, or San Francisco.

l_dawson
l_dawson

I guess Denver would be "weirdly bland, Midwestern snore, with an air quality problem" to someone who lives in LA. LA -  a city full of "fake, pretentious a-holes" with a MUCH bigger air quality problem than Denver. As for the traffic problems that many commenters here have made, LA traffic is a LOT worse that Denver traffic.  

Craig_Houston
Craig_Houston

Just an FYI: We should not put stock into a dude who's Twitter portrait looks like he's fresh off a week-long tanning-bed binge and who uses phrases like "vaguely off-putting" to describe why he dislikes something.

bondadprevalece
bondadprevalece

The only complaint I have about Denver is that there is a serious lack of diversity in most places and a growing gentrification problem. He should have gone after Boulder, going after Denver exposes him as a noob.

Mickey Lee
Mickey Lee

Then they should have to take driving lessons to be as great as the natives then.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Oh, Puh-leeze! NOLA's streets are more crowded than Denver's, even on the best of days.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Yet, his alternative is Utah...UTAH!!!....far more culturally homogeneous and even heavier reliance upon its natural wonders for tourist dollars. Can we say...."DaFuq?"

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

He may have a point on the crowds and cost in the high country, though I doubt he's actually stepped foot in Park City. What a dolt.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Yup. Just a few paragraphs into his rant set off the douchebag alarm.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Well over half of Denver metro residents originate from elsewhere in the country. Thought for food.

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

Indeed. Just look at some of the "alternatives" he offers: Prague, Rio, Detroit, and Houston. What do these places have in common? DOUCHEBAG magnets!!!

Bob Prange
Bob Prange

About the level of thoughtfulness one has come to expect from the Huffington-Puffington Post who ALWAYS opines on every subject with from their distorted point of view.

Wes Baker
Wes Baker

I love Colorado and all but lets be honest it is kind of Vanilla, I moved here from Birmingham Alabama and they have better night life, and just sayin' Utah is prettier. But for good beer, sports, and quirky festivals i.e. frozen dead guy days you cant beat Colorado

Akiva Steinmetz-Silber
Akiva Steinmetz-Silber

I'm way happier in NYC, but Boulder isn't necessarily representative of all of Colorado. It's a nice place, but I'm glad I left.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@hornsheldhigh A very interesting post, hornsheldhigh. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@David Kotzebue    Joseph Smith's .....

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@David Kotzebue Ouch! Thanks for the post, David.

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