‘Passport To Adventure’ offers discounts and free gifts to tourists

Toni Lozowick of the Math and Science Center stamps a “Passport To Adventure” available through the Grand Junction Visitors and Convention Bureau.

What tourist destinations offers fresh banana trees, adobe dwellings, exotic spiders and robotic dinosaurs? The Grand Valley of course!

This week the Grand Junction Visitors and Convention Bureau is celebrating National Tourism Week by reminding tourists and residents alike to pick up a “Passport To Adventure” in the Grand Valley.

The full color booklet offers discounted admission to five area attractions including the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, Cross Orchards Farm, Dinosaur Journey, Museum of the West, and the Math and Science Center.

“I think it’s great because it introduces people to things we have here that they may not know about,” said Ginny McGriffin, gift shop volunteer at the Botanical Gardens. McGriffin loves to point out the two banana trees overflowing with fruit within the butterfly house to tourists. “They get so big they just explode,” she said.

Another passport destination, the Art Center, has a permanent display of Native American pottery dated from 1150 to 1300 A.D.

“I think it’s really neat because it shows people all there is to do here,” said Toni Lozowick, tour guide and greeter at the Math and Science Center.

She said tourists may know about the big attractions, such as the Monument, but they might now know about the smaller ones such as the Math and Science Center. “It’s a one-of-a-kind center on the Western Slope,” she added.

Gather stamps at at least three of the five destinations listed in the passport and the VCB will award a prize package worth $10. It includes such goodies as postcards, a disposable camera and coloring books.

“Many communities offer cultural passports because it’s a great way to promote the cultural attractions of a community,” said Barbara Bowman, division manager of the VCB.

Bowman explained that the passport is just another way to improve the overall guest experience for those visiting the Grand Valley.

In addition to passports, the VCB will have cookies and drinks available to all guests Wednesday in honor of National Tourism Week.

“We hope this is just an extra incentive for people to get out to all of our area attractions,” said Bowman.



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