Denver

The Mile-High City

Things To Do

As fun and exciting this city was, there are other cities within an hour drive near Denver that offer just as much liveliness. Be sure to check out Breckenridge, Boulder, and Colorado City. Click here for more ideas!

Botanic Gardens

“Spanning more than 24 acres, Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street presents a wide range of gardens and collections that illustrate an ever-widening diversity of plants from all corners of the world. Distinctive gardens define and celebrate our Western identity and a unique high altitude climate and geography. We are passionate about connecting people to plants through botanical beauty, education, art, events, conservation and sustainable living.”

Mount Evans

“The Mount Evans Scenic Byway, just 60 miles west of Denver, is the highest paved road in North America. A day trip to the top is a journey that snakes and climbs through nearly 9,000 feet of elevation gain, from the high plains of Denver through five climate zones to the 14,264-foot summit of Mount Evans, one of 54 peaks in Colorado that soar to 14,000 feet and above – the famous ‘fourteeners.'”

Union Station

“The renovation of Denver’s historic Union Station served as the catalyst for a fully-revitalized neighborhood and urban transit hub. Boasting award-winning chef-driven restaurants, local retail shops, and the luxurious Crawford Hotel, Denver Union Station is an iconic gathering place for locals and visitors alike.”

Larimer Square

This is one of the first areas of Denver.

“The buildings along Larimer Square are now home to an inspired mix of independent shops, chef-driven restaurants, lively bars, and wellness and beauty services.”

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

“Part of Denver’s Theatres & Arenas Division, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a naturally formed, world-famous outdoor venue just fifteen miles west of Denver. Red Rocks is recognized for its star-studded concert roster, natural acoustics and ambience, as well as its awe-inspiring hiking and biking trails. The Visitor Center features interactive educational displays, a short film on its geologic and musical…”

Restaurants To Try

I, personally, have not been to any of these restaurants. I typically stuck with McDonald’s or Chinese takeout, but these were the most talked about while I was here. Enjoy!

Tables

“Tables’ owners, chefs Amy and Dustin Barrett, transformed this Park Hill spot from bland storefront to cozy, eclectic restaurant. Attention to all the wicked little details—mismatched, salvaged tables, charming picket fence enclosing the patio, discrete signage, the screen door at the entry…” [Read More]

Root Down

“Root Down’s fresh-from-the-earth menu and funky, mid-century details have earned it a cult following. Not just a restaurant, Root Down is a neighborhood nexus and sensory rabble-rouser… served with a spoonful of nostalgia. Think: seasonal flavor, bright-AF cocktails, gas station architecture, and offbeat ebay finds. Word! Eclectic is an understatement.” [Read More]

Snooze Eatery

“Yes, we’re all about delicious. But we know that a better breakfast starts with better ingredients. So we’re serving up a twist on breakfast by starting with responsibly sourced ingredients and bringing them together in unexpected ways.” [Read More]

Morning Story

“Great food, freshly prepared is our passion. If you’re looking for breakfast places in Denver or Arvada, you’ve come to the right place. Modern twists on classic breakfast dishes with the best ingredients means you’re ready to start your story off right.” [Read More]

Ambli Mexico – Cherry Creek

An upscale Mexican fusion with outstanding food. [Read More]

Nightlife

This is a list of the clubs/bars that I have visited or have heard about the most during my trip. Have fun and drink responsibly!

Grizzly Rose

“Get your cowpoke on at Denver’s favorite saloon and honky-tonk where there’s live music six nights a week. Some of country-western’s rising and already popular stars appear in concert at The Grizz as well. There’s no question that this is THE place for boot-scootin’ and boogying. There are a 2,500-square-foot floating hardwood dance floor…”

SoCo Nightlife District

“Club Vinyl. The Church Nightclub. Bar Standard. Milk. These are all venues on Broadway or Lincoln south of Colfax. Each has its own vibe and perhaps a particular genre of music. Both Club Vinyl and The Church are open to ages 18 and older. The others are for 21 and up. Milk, a self-proclaimed underground club, is a nightlife ode to the…”

Retrograde

“Located in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood, Retrograde lies behind a freezer door at the back of an ice cream shop. It’s one of Denver’s best bets in the traditional speakeasy genre. To start, it’s warm and welcoming and without the annoying pretentious vibe of some others. To be sure, the best way to enjoy Retrograde is by indulging in the spirit and spirits of the…”

Corridor 44

“While many nighttime venues cater to the young and the restless, Corridor 44 taps into singles and couples looking for a quieter, more elegant (or romantic) experience. This is not about how much one can drink but the quality of the beverage and of the experience itself.”

Lodo’s Bar and Grill

“Lodo’s is where Denver plays. Always original. Always fun!”

Denver is a very beautiful city with an equally beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains off in the distance. With snowboarding, tubing, late nights with great friends, and little THC, this trip will be hard to beat. I have every intention to make a trip back to Colorado. 😉

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