Photos: Top 21 cities and states that sent the most tourists to Colorado in 2013

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Last week, we noted that VISIT DENVER has just released loads o' stats related to 2013, the most successful tourism season in the city's history; visitor spending topped $4 billion for the first time. And indeed, the organization's list of the ten most popular shopping and entertainment centers for tourists only scratched the data surface.

Example: VISIT DENVER has also compiled lists of the nine cities and twelve states that sent the most tourists to Colorado. Both rosters are below, with the one pertaining to cities accompanied by blurbs that suggest reasons why folks might prefer to hang out in Denver than where they live the rest of the year. Continue to count them down.

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Photos: Denver Cruisers' insane Bubble Wrap, Duct Tape & Cardboard ride

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We all know participants in the regular Denver Cruiser Ride can be a little twisted -- in the best possible way. But after checking out pics from this week's spectacle, dubbed "Bubble Wrap, Duct Tape & Cardboard," the phrase "What the hell?" may occur to you. Although you might substitute something else for that last word.

Scott Lentz was our photog on the scene. Check out a sampling of his most memorable shots below.

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Marijuana legalization wasn't the reason for record ski season, industry rep says
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At the start of the 2013-2014 ski season, marijuana seemed like it might be a bigger story than moguls, what with some snowbirds threatening to stay away from Colorado if they were subjected to legal pot, a ski-area executive pledging to yank lift tickets from public tokers, a Forest Service rep saying pot enforcement at resorts on federal land was a priority and the destruction of a venerable smoke shack after it was featured on Inside Edition.

In the end, though, Colorado experienced a record ski season -- and one industry rep doubts that weed had anything to do with it.

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Photos: Denver area's 19 best free attractions and tours according to VISIT DENVER
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VISIT DENVER has assembled several great things-to-do lists under the heading "Denver's Sensational Summer," including the nineteen best free attractions and tours. The roster includes several new selections since last year (see those choices by clicking here and here) plus fresh rankings and new information about when and where the price is zero. They're scattered around the area (one's even in Colorado Springs) but all worth checking out -- especially considering that the price is right.

Continue to check out all nineteen, featuring photos, VISIT DENVER text and links for each attraction.

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Photos: Denver Cruisers prove anyone can have soul

Photo by Marissa Shevins. Click to see the complete "Denver Cruisers hop on the Soul Train" slide show.
This week, the Denver Cruisers invited anyone and everyone to climb aboard the Soul Train -- and what a ride it was.

Our Marissa Shevins was there to capture the scene. Check out a sampling of her shots below and click to access the complete "Denver Cruisers hop on the Soul Train" slide show.

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Denver Cruisers' Summer Camp photos: Everybody into the pool!
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The latest Denver Cruiser Ride extravaganza required a lot of balls -- Meatballs, that is. The theme was Summer Camp and the both the weather and the mood were perfect for a wet, hot, American night.

Our Marissa Shevins captured the action. Continue to check out a sampling of her shots and click to see the complete "Denver Cruisers head to summer camp" slide show.

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Ten fittest cities according to American Fitness Institute: Is Denver getting flabbier?

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Back in February, we shared a list of America's ten fittest cities as compiled by -- a roster on which Denver finished first. Now, however, the American Fitness Institute has issued rankings of its own, and while Denver finishes high, it's definitely not number one. Is Denver slipping down the fitness scale? Or is this an example of how results can differ from one study to the next? After all, three cities cited by AFI weren't even mentioned by, including the top two.

Count down the former's photo-illustrated top ten below, featuring AFI data and list comparisons -- and click here to see the complete (and massive) American Fitness Institute report.

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Jen Berman, who lost fiance to brain cancer, raises money for Denver Brain Tumor Walk

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Doug Furcht and Jen Berman.
This week's feature, "In Sickness and In Health," tells the story of Jen Berman, who lost her fiance, Doug Furcht, to brain cancer last year. On Saturday, June 7, she and other supporters will participate in the annual Denver Brain Tumor Walk at Sloan's Lake Park, which raises money for brain tumor research and advocacy. Oodles of Noodles, the team Jen organized in honor of Doug, is currently one of the top three teams for fundraising.

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Photos: Twelve best small cities in Colorado according to Cities Journal

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Just in time for summer vacation season, Cities Journal has come up with its picks for the top twelve small cities in Colorado -- and while there are plenty of great spots that didn't make the cut, those that did are generally worthy selections in our opinion.

Look below to count down the photo-illustrated top twelve, featuring excerpts from Cities Journal text -- and click here to visit the original post.

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Denver Cruisers' Seven Deadly Sins photos: Give in to temptation!
Photo by Scott Lentz
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This week's Denver Cruiser Ride found participants embracing the Seven Deadly Sins in a very lively way. For proof, look no further than photos by our Scott Lentz, who was on hand to catch all the greed, gluttony, sloth and lust.

Check out a sampling of the shots below, and click here to view the complete "Denver Cruisers succumb to the Seven Deadly Sins" slide show.

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