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    Best Of 2015: Bar Patio

    Best Of 2015: Place to Shoot Pool

    Phantom Canyon closed down earlier this year for main-floor restaurant updates and renovations. But it needed no help with its second-floor offerings. The rooftop patio opened in the summer of 2013 with a spectacular view of the Peak, high tables with cool fire pits, and full food and drink service in the open air. The 10-table pool hall also boasts great views of the mountains and city sports-bar atmosphere, with TVs often turned to the game du jour and specials Sunday through Wednesday — including free pool with any food purchase on Mondays. — Carrie Simison

    Best Of 2015: Tourist Destination

    The oldest formations in Garden of the Gods, such as Kissing Camels, started as sand dunes some 300 million years ago. It's a magical place. So we're beyond fortunate that the Perkins family gave 480 acres of the park to the city in 1909 — with the stipulation that it always remain free to enter and open to the public. Since then, the city has expanded the park to more than 1,300 acres. In addition to the famous rocks, the Garden is also home to a nonprofit-owned visitor and nature center, which recently was expanded and remodeled. It now features state-of-the-art exhibit halls where you can explore the area's geology, flora and fauna; learn about early explorers; and even look at photos of the Garden from each of the past 365 days. — J. Adrian Stanley

 

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