Only State to Turn Down the Winter Olympics

( – Traveling across America you see so many beautiful states. Those that hold historical value, grand national parks and quaint little towns. Perfect postcard pictures. But what really makes a state somewhere to call home? Take Colorado for example. What really goes on in the day-to-day life of a Coloradan AND why on Earth pass up a chance to host the Winter Olympics?

Colorado became the 38th state in the United States on August 1, 1876. With a land mass width of 380 miles and length of 280 miles, it shares borders with Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. Denver, the largest city in Colorado, is also the state’s capital.

Are you a thrill seeker, and heights are your thing? Colorado’s got it. The Grand Mesa near Grand Junction has the world’s largest flat-top mountain. Maybe you’d rather go to Great Sand Dunes National Monument and climb Star Dune, the tallest sand dune in North America. Nope? I got it: Try the Royal Gorge Bridge, the highest suspension bridge in the world! Looking for more? Check out Pikes Peak Cog Railway, known as the highest railway train in the world run on cog wheels.

Maybe you’re looking for unusual places in Colorado. Why not check out Picketwire Canyon in La Junta? You can literally walk in actual dinosaur tracks. Or check out one of the 1500 ghost towns. Why not boast about being in four states at once? Seriously, there is a place in Colorado’s southwest corner in which three other states’ corners meet.

Enjoying the state so far and considering moving in? If you have your eye on Denver, don’t expect the Winter Olympics to be there anytime soon. Even though the US Olympic Committee’s Olympic Training Center is located in Colorado, when offered the opportunity to host the Winter Olympics in the 1970’s, state voters turned it down. Turns out they weren’t too interested in the cost, pollution or population boom that would hit the city or state.

Now that you’ve heard what Colorado has to offer — great outdoor adventures, people who care about their state livelihood — pick out your perfect home. Just remember, don’t pick those pretty columbine flowers for your gal unless you wanna do time. Never kiss her while she’s asleep. Keep your couch off the front porch in Boulder. Make sure dandelions don’t grow in your yard in Pueblo. Tell your next-door neighbor in Denver it’s illegal for you to loan them your vacuum when theirs go out. And lastly, if you go skiing in Vail, whatever you do, don’t crash into any obstacles because you’d be breaking the law again.

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