Under the Dome with Capital One Venture Card

colorado state flagFor reasons I can’t quite fathom, lots of people think that vacations require traveling great distances, often on a plane, and often overseas. Yes, there’s a whole world to explore, but if you live in Colorado then there are a ton of great adventure, activity, relaxation and other venues ready to enjoy within just a few hours drive.

My family and I have definitely spent lots of time at Colorado destinations like Glenwood Springs, Manitou Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, even Colorado Springs. Living in Boulder, of course, there’s not much point in heading there for a mini-vacation, but we completely understand Denver folk traveling our way on a beautiful autumn afternoon!

I recently had the pleasure of partnering with Capital One, who also understands that travel can be extravagant or local, but all equally as rewarding. In fact, Capital One’s Venture Card is designed for all travelers, from those who span the globe to those that find a day trip or weekend jaunt more their speed.

To learn more about the Venture Card and talk about great destinations in Colorado, I was invited to join their team at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center at their Destination Venture pop-up dome:

capltal one destination venture dome

Capital One hosted Destination Venture right here at home in Denver, and it is definitely something that you should check out. They’ll be back in town December 15th-16th at the Rink at Belmar and January 5th and 6th at Skyline Park. There are awesome activities like, like 360-degree projection system on the interior that’s quite slick and I could probably have stood there and watched their various videos for a while. Except the dome is full of fun other activities too, including a ski simulator and an amusing 120-degree photo setup. Here’s mine:

The outside area featured some weirdly oversized Adirondack-style chairs that made even a big guy like me feel a bit small:

huge adirondack chair, destination dome

They also had a food truck – in the shape of a huge cooler! – and lots of snacks around from companies like Denver-based Oogies and SmashMallow. Purely as a public service, I tried ‘em all and found them great, particularly the Oogies Spicy Nacho Cheddar popcorn. Dangerously good, actually!

Capital One also had partnered with a local charity Heart & Hand and had one of their giving trees on site:

heart & hands giving tree

The Heart & Hand Center provides nurturing, long-term support for third through twelfth grade youth in Northeast Denver through daily after school and summer programming. It’s good stuff for a pretty impoverished area of Denver, and I appreciate that Capital One partnered with them to raise some much needed funds.

But back to the Destination Venture dome! I opted not to try the skiing simulator because I’m one of the 1%: I live in Colorado and actually don’t enjoy skiing. Go figure. Otherwise, a fun place to check out some of the adventure options we have in our beautiful state and, yes, learn just a bit about the Venture Card too.

Curious about the Venture Card? The card features lots of travel benefits, including 2 miles per dollar spent, 10 miles per dollar at thousands of hotels when you book at hotels.com/venture, up to $100 towards Global Entry or TSA Precheck and a very flexible mileage redemption program without all those dumb blackout dates and ridiculous limitations. Nice deal, for sure.

Make sure you check out Capital One’s next trip to Denver at Rink at Belmar! Get all the details at DestinationVenture.com

Disclosure: Capital One sponsored my participation in the Destination Venture campaign as a Capital One Partner.

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