Denver – The Mile High City
Denver is a great city to go for an extended weekend. There are also many great places around Denver to visit if you have the time and transportation means to get there.
In The City:
I found myself enjoying the area of the Denver Highlands the most to hang out in. It is a hip area where a lot of people my age were hanging out. Some of the highlights in that area:
- Gallop Cafe for brunch
- Recess Beer Garden – Enjoy a drink on the lit up patio or play board games. Great happy hour
- If you are a beer enthusiast, be sure to check out the Denver Beer Trail
- Avanti F&B – Modern day food court with beverages and rooftop seating/bar
Another great area to explore in the city is the Arts District on Santa Fe. Explore over 60 galleries in the area (*FREE*) and if you are there later in the evening, pop in to some of the great Dive Bars in the area
- Arts District on Santa Fe offers many colors and murals due to the Hispanic influence
- Monkey Bar offered pool, ping pong, giant Jenga, darts and a popcorn machine. It was an eclectic place that was unique to that area.
Because of the legalization of marijuana – Even if you don’t partake, it is interesting to check out the culture. Stop into Illuzion Glass to see some rad pipes. It felt more like an art gallery than a pipe shop.
Nearby is Sweet Action Ice Cream – made with natural Colorado dairy. Flavors change frequently and are usually odd. Examples: Colorado Plum Swirl, Candy Corn, Honey Nutmeg Sour Red *Vegan Options Available*
Getting around: I was fortunate to have access to my friend’s vehicle the first visit and my own vehicle my second visit. However, Denver does have public transportation as well as Uber and Lyft services to get around. Because Denver isn’t a massive city, I used Uber frequently so that I didn’t have to worry about parking. (Use Promo Code 3058m on Uber to get a free ride or MELISSA442964 on Lyft for a free ride)
Also, check out what Festivals might be going on during your stay. Denver festivals are usually free.
Red Rocks Amphitheater:
If you have access to a vehicle, Drive 10 miles outside of Denver to Red Rocks Amphitheater. It is free to visit during the day, just be sure to check to see if it is a concert day, as the park shuts down after lunch if it is. Check here: http://redrocksonline.com/ Walk down to the theater itself or check out the museum they have.
Things to Do Nearby Denver: If you have access to a vehicle or plan to come back to Denver area again, there are many things nearby that are worth seeing.
- Stanley Hotel that inspired The Shining *Free*. Site Tours and Ghost Tours available for cost.
Moderate Hikes Available
- Garden of the Gods
Highly Trafficked Hikes (photo cred IG: lintmint)
- Coors Brewery: Free Tours with Samples. Click HERE to view tour info