With its proximity to the Rockies and 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s no wonder so many people are flocking to Denver. Whether you’re coming on assignment or maybe looking to stay a little longer, there is plenty to do and see! Take it from someone who just moved to the area – I’ve already compiled a list of things I want to try in the Mile High City.
Get a season pass: When you’re living near great skiing and snowboarding, it seems worth it to get a season pass. Even if you don’t hit the slopes every weekend or can’t make it up for a full day, there are tons of options to fit your schedule. The multi-mountain season pass ends up paying for itself after just a few visits.
Join a community garden: There are plenty of neighborhoods that offer a place to grow your own food and that comes with a community of fellow gardeners. With fruit and vegetables for seasonally fresh meals, you can save time and money at the grocery store. You can browse all the neighborhood gardens to find one nearby.
Summit a 14er: Colorado offers 14er hikes, meaning over 50 peaks with 14,000+ ft elevation. You can choose your trail based on length and difficulty and explore Colorado’s natural beauty. Once you get used to the elevation, take in the breathtaking panoramic views and give yourself a pat on the back.
Browse a flea market: With seasonal pop-ups that appear all over town, the Denver Flea combines great vendors with food, drinks, and music. You can find unique handmade items for your home or a gift. Even if you don’t end up buying anything, it’s always a fun weekend outing!
Try a collective eatery: There are plenty of amazing bars and restaurants in Denver, but Avanti Food and Beverage, has something for everyone. Built out of a modified shipping container, this food hall houses two bars, a lounge, dining area and rooftop deck to enjoy their diverse menus. Per their website, finally answering the age-old question, “Where should we go eat?”
See some art: Every First Friday (and some Second Saturdays) of the month offer Art Nights at seven different art district locations. Art galleries and studios open their doors to the public and include food trucks and drinks.
Drink the beer trail: Denver is well known for its local craft beer scene. There are plenty of festivals to sample brews and tours to see the behind-the-scenes process at work. You can also download a copy of the Denver Beer Trail for brewpubs, breweries, and taprooms all across the metro area.
Experience a concert: Just 30 minutes outside of downtown, Red Rocks Amphitheatre offers hiking trails and an impressive concert line up. You can enjoy views of the stars and Denver’s skyline along with live music from your favorite band.
Eat dessert: Voodoo Doughnut is a Portland, OR original that popped up in Denver a few years ago. They’re best known for their weird combinations like the Bacon Maple Bar and PB&J donut. You can get a dozen from the funky shop 24/7 or just order them straight from Amazon Fresh.
Catch a ball game: Going to a Rockies game at Coors Field isn’t all about the baseball. You can get game day seats in the “Rockpile” for just $4-8 and also enjoy a cold beer and mountain views beyond the stadium.
Walk downtown: 16th Street Mall offers shopping, dining, and theaters with a pedestrian path over three bridges. When you’re done walking around, take Millennium Bridge near Union Station for a stroll through the park.