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Going somewhere in Colorado?

Tamie Meck

Planning a drive across Colorado? Traveling for business? Traveling for pleasure? If you’re planning on traveling anywhere in the state, with the family or by yourself, and you plan to eat at a restaurant, sleep in a hotel or motel, or visit the local attractions, you may consider picking up a copy of a newly released publication, “Colorado’s Best: The Essential Guide to Favorite Places,” by Bruce Caughey and Doug Whitehead.

Caughey is a fourth generation Coloradan, and the author of “The Colorado Guide, Fourth Edition (Fulcrum, 1998).” His writings have appeared in the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, National Geographic Traveler magazine and Frontier in-flight magazine.

Whitehead travels as a reporter and produces “Colorado Getaways” for Denver’s News 4, KCNC-TV.

“Colorado’s Best” covers the state pretty thoroughly, and includes recommendations for dining, the arts, bicycling, hiking, amusement, skiing, climbing, festivities and events, four-wheel drive trips, golf, ghost towns, mining tours, stuff for the kids and more. There’s even suggestion for romantic get-aways and Native American events and landmarks.

And while Glenwood Springs received mention for its hiking, biking and in-line skating , including “Best Canyon Passageway” — Glenwood Canyon, and “Best Wholesome Breakfast and Lunch” — Daily Bread Cafe, it doesn’t get a mention for soaking and swimming or for its annual Strawberry Days festivities, the longest running in the state.

However, the authors do acknowledge openly that the book is “full of bias and opinions,” and that it “doesn’t promise to be everything to everyone.” So, putting the ego aside, there’s so much to see and do all across Colorado.

The book is broken into the front range, northwest, north-central, eastern plains, south-central and southwest regions, and includes cultural and historical, outdoor activities and events, and where to eat, drink and stay categories.

Narrowing the selection down to fit in this book couldn’t have been a simple task. Yet the authors managed to gather a thorough and diverse collection of things to do and places to go, including several hidden gems. “Colorado’s Best” offers a sampling from dozens of towns, cities and points of interest in the state, including “Best Evidence of Dinosaurs” — Picket Wire Canyonlands, “Best Monument to a Sports Hero” — the Jack Dempsey Museum in Manassa, “Best Oddball Attraction” — Genoa Tower and Museum, and “Best Ghost Town” — Ashcroft.

“Colorado’s Best” (Fulcrum Publishing) retails for $16.95 paperback, is 240 pages and contains 80 black and white photographs. Look for it at local bookstores.

Also new to bookstores is “Hiking Colorado’s Geology,” by Ralph Lee Hopkins and Lindy Birkel Hopkins of Santa Fe, N.M. Literature on the book states that in the 50 hikes covered, hikers “will see first-hand evidence of the most dramatic geologic events that created — and continue to shape — the terrain of this beautiful state.” The authors share their passion for the natural world and their experience as guides and lecturers.

“Hiking Colorado’s Geology” (The Mountaineers Books, Seattle, Wash.) contains 256 pages, an eight-page color photo insert, 80 black and white photos, seven illustrations and 14 maps, and retails for $16.95.

The “ZAGATSURVEY Millennium” is a rating of Colorado’s top restaurants, as well as restaurants in Salt Lake City and other major ski areas throughout Colorado and Utah, based on a survey of about 2,000 people. According to the book, participants dine out an average of 3.1 times per week, so the survey is based on nearly 320,000 meals per year.

Of surveyors, 57 percent are women, 43 percent are men.

Because the state’s population is located in the Denver area, it’s no surprise that most of the top rated restaurants are located in that area. The only restaurant to make the survey in Glenwood Springs is Florindo’s, while 11 restaurants in Aspen are rated, with no mention of restaurants in Carbondale or Basalt.

To participate in future surveys or to receive a copy of the booklet ($9.95), call (800) 333-3241, e-mail to zagat@zagatsurvey.com, visit zagat.com or write ZAGATSURVEY, 4 Columbus Circle, New York, N.Y. 10019.