The Mile High City is a high-altitude launch pad for adventures. So, it’s hard not to wonder where you’ll explore next—a quick zip up I-70 for a ski day in Summit County, a trek across the state line for a mountain bike adventure in Moab, or globe-trotting to hike the hut systems in New Zealand. Before you start plotting your weekend getaways and bucket list trips, stay right here in Denver to check out Destination Venture presented by Capital One Venture Card to stoke the wanderlust.
Destination Venture made its debut at the Grandoozy Music Festival in September, followed by its first encoure in Cherry Creek in October. Now, it will make two more stops: at Rink at Belmar on December 15th-16th and at Skyline Park on January 5th-6th. Its star is a giant dome with 360-degree videos of adventures from around the world projected overhead like a sky full of stars. When you can break your gaze from above, dress up in outdoors-inspired props (think: flannel, beards, life jackets, and paddles) for an Instagram-worthy, 180-degree photo booth, take an interactive quiz to discover your travel personality, enjoy complimentary local flavors served from an enormous “cooler” bar, and get in a few carves on a ski simulator. Time it right and you’ll get to hang with Bachelor Ben Higgins, sample bites from local chef and restaurateur Carrie Baird or celebrity chef and Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio, or, thanks to Visa, get on-site advise from athletes such as skier Sarah Hendrickson and ice dancing duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
At the Cherry Creek pop-up in October, David Wise, a two-time gold medalist freeskier, stopped by Destination Venture and gave us a little insight into how jetting around the world has impacted his life. Wise says he’d put travel right near the top of his job responsibilities. And it’s one part of his career, the Reno-based athlete says he won’t miss out on passing down to his two kids. “Traveling for skiing was one of the best parts of my education as a young person,” Wise says. “People with young kids get overwhelmed by the idea of travel so they don’t. The more you travel, the easier it is. If you just bring them along, they’ll get used to it.” Whether Wise is “commuting” to compete in South Korea or camping close to home, the philosophy is the same … just go.
The freedom to “just go” is easier when making everyday purchases on the Capital One Venture Card, whether that means putting fuel in the tank for a roadtrip or covering airfare for your family’s first big trip overseas. With unlimited double miles on every purchase along with 50,000 bonus miles ($500 toward travel) once you spend $3,000 in the first three months of account opening, there’s no reason to delay marking the big trips and weekend getaways on the calendar.
Don’t miss the last two chances to catch the can’t-miss Destination Venture in Denver: Rink at Belmar (December 15-16) and Skyline Park (January 5-6). Bring the family for a couple laps around the ice-skating rink before you duck into the Destination Venture Dome to explore. And, don’t leave Destination Venture without stopping at the swag table. You’ll get hooked up with freebies for whether your next travel itinerary sends you to the snow or sea.