Seven Falls

Seven Falls is the only waterfall in Colorado listed on National Geographic’s list of International Waterfalls. The Colorado travel website encourages visitors to “visit Seven Falls, where authentic Colorado awaits.” But what about Seven Falls makes it an authentic heritage site of Colorado? Is it the natural beauty of the water and rocks, or is … Continue reading Seven Falls


Skiing: A Culture or Industry

Skiing is one of the biggest draws to present day Colorado. Thousands of people come from around to the world to ski at places like Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge. Yet this was not always the case. The Works Progress Administration guide to Colorado, published in 1940 does not mention Vail, Aspen or Breckenridge, nor does it … Continue reading Skiing: A Culture or Industry

Heritage Tourism Defined

"The National Trust for Historic Preservation defines heritage tourism as traveling to experience the places, artifacts, and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. It includes visitation to cultural, historic, and natural resources. Research and planning for Heritage Tourism would include identifying local or regional points of interest, developing … Continue reading Heritage Tourism Defined

Peterson Air and Space Museum

One of my favorite historic sites I have yet to visit in Colorado was the Peterson Air and Space museum located on Peterson Air Force base right outside of Colorado Springs. This site has it all. A lot of history, artifacts, and extremely knowledgeable volunteers. Since it is located on an Air Force Base visitors … Continue reading Peterson Air and Space Museum

Site Analysis Peterson Air and Space Museum

Heritage Tourism is a multifaceted term that covers a variety of historical sites and museums. The National Trust for Historic Preservation defines it as “ traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present.”1  Central to the idea of heritage tourism, then, is the … Continue reading Site Analysis Peterson Air and Space Museum

North Carolina Transportation Museum

This past Friday I was fortunate enough to take a field trip to the NC Transportation Museum with my Heritage Tourism class.  The NC Transportation Museum is located in Spencer, NC right off of Interstate 85. Dedicated to all types of transportation, but specializing in trains, the museum houses old locomotives, train cars, old automobiles … Continue reading North Carolina Transportation Museum

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods is an example of what John Sears would call a sacred space. Garden of the Gods got its name from two surveyors on their way from Denver to what would become Colorado City. They were some of the first to record their siting of the rock formations. One is reported to have said … Continue reading Garden of the Gods

Estes Park

  Estes Park is one of the cutest towns in all of Colorado and is a great example of how tourism can develop an area. Estes Park survives from tourism. Folks come from all over the world to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park and on their way they pass through Estes Park. The tourism … Continue reading Estes Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

  John Sears analyzes how Americans developed an image of their own land, creating a distinctly American culture through tourism during the nineteenth century. In Sacred Spaces American Tourist Attractions in the Nineteenth Century, he examines how writers, artists, publishers, and business men shaped a national culture through their promotions of places like Niagara Falls, Mammoth … Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park

Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain

Pikes Peak is America’s mountain. Pikes Peak could be considered an American heritage tourism site, but is is definitively a Colorado heritage site. Standing on the top of the peak where Katherine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” gives you a feeling of national pride at the beauty of your country. Standing at the top one … Continue reading Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain