Legal weed, Casa Bonita and other drops in the 2014 bucket list

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As 2013 winds to a close, I can't say I'm sorry to see it go. Not because it was a particularly bad year, though. Just the opposite: 2013 was the first year in a long time that wasn't marked by some kind of personal tragedy. It was a year of minor triumphs and general pleasantness, unmarred by the kind of grief, misery and despair that's all too common in our lives these days. I didn't lose a job or anyone close to me; my worst moments came in the form of a few lost nights of sleep thanks to a toddler and a few days sidelined by a stomach virus. I'd like to think I can get through 2014 the same way, which is why I'm eager to get on with it - and with some of the items on my bucket list. -- Cory Casciato

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Photos: Ten best parks for doing just about anything in Denver and beyond

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Contrary to the impression left by many local and national news broadcasts, not every park on the Front Range was badly damaged by recent flooding. Indeed, some of our favorites either sustained little or limited damage or are already coming back strong. With that in mind, we've dipped into our huge Best of Denver archive to find great destination suggestions in the city and within easy driving range for running, cycling, skateboarding, fishing and more. Look below to see ten photo-illustrated picks from the 2013 edition. Then get out there and enjoy Colorado.

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Photos: Ten best places in Denver to people watch

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There are few places better for people watching than Denver. Given Colorado's magnetic effect on tourists and folks looking for a better place to live than their crappy hometown, not to mention our own highly original locals, there's typically a wide variety of humanity on display, and checking them out is free.

But what are the best spots for this pastime? For that, we consulted our handy Best of Denver archive. Look below to check out best people watching spots from more than a decade's worth of editions. They're worth watching.

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Photos: Best Hair male Denver TV personalities -- the 2013 top ten

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Last week, we shared our list of 2012 Best Hair on male Denver TV personalities (as well as the 2012 Best Hair on female Denver TV stars) in the build-up to Best of Denver 2013.

Now, this year's issue is out -- but while the winner's been announced, we've kept the runners-up quiet, until now.

Look below to see the dudes who made our top ten, and keep counting down until you reach the 2013 champion.

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Photos: Best Hair female Denver TV personalities -- the 2013 top ten

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Earlier this week, we shared our list of 2012 Best Hair on a female Denver TV finalists and the reigning champ in anticipation of a new crop of winners for Best of Denver 2013.

Well, the top picks are out -- but what about the nine finalists who finished just out of the money?

Look below to see those who missed by just a hair, as it were -- and keep counting down until you reach this year's number one.

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Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: Meet this year's Sports & Recreation winners

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The 2013 Best of Denver issue is on stands now, and in its 196 pages you'll find Westword's picks for the best people, places and services in Denver. Along the way, we asked you to nominate and then vote for your favorites online, via paper ballots and through text messages during a poll that lasted from January through March. About halfway, we announced the finalists, and now the winners are out. Continue reading for the 2013 Sports & Recreation Readers' Poll winners: How do they compare to Westword's picks?

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Photos: Best hair on Denver TV personalities, just for men edition -- the reigning top five

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Best of Denver 2013 is only days away -- which means winners from last year don't have much longer to bask in the knowledge that they're at the top of our personal roster. We've already shared our picks for the ten funniest Best of Denver awards from 2012, as well as the Best Hair on a Denver TV personality top ten, female edition. Now, it's the guys' turn. Our Nick Lucchesi picked his five favorites leading up to the champ. See photos and his reasons for loving their locks below.

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Photos: Best hair on Denver TV personalities, female edition -- the reigning top ten

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You may have heard our annual Best of Denver issue comes out next week -- and we're building up to the big unveiling by highlighting winners whose reign is coming to an end. Last week, we shared our picks for the ten funniest Best of Denver posts in 2012. Now, we move on to something much more important: Best Hair on a Denver TV personality. Rather than simply share the top pick, Nick Lucchesi put together lists in both female and male categories. Today, it's ladies first. Count down the ten picks leading to the hair star who's about to pass on her crown.

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Photos: Ten funniest Best of Denver awards from 2012

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As you know, we're currently gearing up for our annual Best of Denver issue, which will hit streets and computer terminals near you next week. How best to get you geared up for our latest opus? By sharing the funniest award-winners from 2012. Who has Denver International Airport penis envy -- and what's Stephen Colbert have to do with it? Who should Peyton Manning have hired as a babysitter? And what's the funniest roller-derby nickname? The answers, and the laughs, are below. Check them out -- and be sure to check back next week for an all-new batch of bests.

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Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: The first round of Sports & Recreation finalists

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For the first time in the thirty-year history of Westword's Best of Denver, we've split the Best of Denver Readers' Poll into two rounds, giving you the chance to look at the leading vote-getters and then vote again for your favorite people and places in metro Denver. And the results of the first round are in! Keep reading to uncover the five finalists that you, the readers, have selected for the Sports & Recreation categories on this year's Readers' Poll. And know this: You still have the chance to change the results. Just get out the vote!

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