I have been living in Denver for about a month now and although I am no Denver expert, I have gotten pretty acquainted to the city. I'm not a skier or snowboarder, so I haven’t had the “typical” Denver experience of hitting up the slopes; instead, I’ve spent time trying out restaurants and exploring the different neighborhoods. (In case you’re wondering, my favorite neighborhoods are RiNo & LoHi!)
What I love about this city is that it is overflowing with amazing food— Denver has every cuisine, varying from Italian to Mediterranean to Japanese. Denver takes pride in their various food halls that encourage people to expand their food palettes by trying a little bit of everything and sharing with friends.
Something else I love about Denver is the mountain views— as I’m sure you could imagine, the sunset over the mountains is always beautiful, but I can assure you that the mountains will take your breath away no matter what time of day.
Aside from watching the sunset over the mountains, there are 5 things that you absolutely must do while visiting the Mile High City. Keep reading to find out...
1. EAT YOUR HEART OUT AT ONE OF DENVER’S FOOD HALLS.
Like I mentioned before, Denver has a ton of restaurants ranging in different cuisines from all over the world. Head over to Avanti F&B, Denver Central Market, The Source or Stanley Marketplace to try a little bit if everything. Bring your family or a group of friends— the more, the merrier!
2. TAKE A SELFIE WITH THE MOUNTAINS ON TOP OF LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN OR HIKE A 14ER AND TAKE A SELFIE AT THE TOP.
Since I’ve only been here during the Winter season, I haven’t had a chance to hike a 14er. (A 14er is a peak at 14,000 feet or more— it’s a popular hike to do out here in Denver!) Despite the fact that I haven’t done that, I have driven to the top of Lookout Mountain and of course, taken multiple selfies with the beautiful mountains in the background! But... Lookout Mountain isn’t all just mountain-views, you can also stop by Buffalo Bill’s grave— he’s buried at the top of the mountain.
3. DRINK A BEER AT A LOCAL BREWERY - LIKE GREAT DIVIDE! - OR TAKE A TOUR AT COORS BREWING CO.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Coloradans like to drink. The city is sprawling with craft breweries like Great Divide Brewing Company, in addition to more mainstream beers like Coors & Blue Moon that are manufactured just 1 hour from Denver in Golden, CO and New Belgium Brewing Company, which is just 45 minutes away in Fort Collins, CO. Nothing like relaxing with an ice cold beer brewed to perfection. (Tip: You can take a free tour at any of these places— just be sure to make a reservation because spots can fill up!)
4. SEE A CONCERT (OR PRETEND TO!) AT RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE.
You’d be crazy to visit Denver and not visit the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It is known as a popular music venue with natural acoustics, but it’s so much more than that. Sure, if you can get tickets, attend a concert, but if not, head on over during the daytime to check it out. You’ll most likely find athletes training, people doing yoga or pilates, or several tourists snapping pictures and taking in the views... you may even find tourists putting on their own concert like my sister & I did while visiting (see below for picture! lol)
& last, but certainly not least...
5. SIP ON A LATTE OR A GLASS OF WINE AT UNION STATION.
Denver's Union Station combines the old with the new. It is a historical landmark that is now a hip place to hang out and sip lattes or wine. The station is still in operation— you can hop on an Amtrak train or Denver Light Rail, or if you just want to stay put, head on over to the Terminal Bar to play shuffleboard and throw back a couple drinks with friends. Every time I’ve been to Union Station it’s been bustling with energy. It’s definitely a place you don’t want to miss.
So there are my 5 recommendations for an unforgettable Denver experience. I know I’m a total Denver-newb, but trust me on this one, you won’t be disappointed.
Have you been to Denver? Are you thinking about planning a trip? Comment below to share some of your must-dos for Denver visitors or what you can’t wait to do while you’re here!