Jessica LaRusso is 5280‘s managing editor. LaRusso also oversees daily copy flow and deadline coordination and maintains the house style guide. She writes for the Dwell section of 5280.com and all segments of the magazine, including service packages. LaRusso grew up in northern Indiana and earned a degree in anthropology at the University of Notre Dame—along with completing the school’s Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy—before trading the Midwest for the mountains in 2010. LaRusso joined the 5280 staff full time in 2012 and lives in Denver.
Travelers are flocking to the West for what its wide-open spaces lack: light pollution. From savvy rural towns that have gone dark to attract such tourists to protected places where visitors can watch the constellations as the country’s original inhabitants did, we break down where—and how—to best enjoy the night sky in the Centennial State.
Denver’s Artifact Uprising partnered with Colorado photographers to create a 10-print pack to raise funds for Community Foundation Boulder County. Here, the stories behind some of the images, available this week only.
Prime people watching, cheap drinks, a no-fuss ambiance—no matter what you’re looking for in an unpretentious watering hole, these favorite spots in the Mile High City and beyond are sure to quench your thirst.
From a piece of the Green Monster to a Cubs on-deck circle you can actually stand on, the National Ballpark Museum in LoDo contains a charming, approachable collection of memorabilia that will make you fall in love with America’s pastime all over again.
With 1,367 acres of the most striking—and most accessible—scenery in the state, Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is understandably a magnet for summer tourists. But Coloradans can still enjoy the park, even in peak season, by following this guide.