Looking for things to do in Denver? The “Mile High City” went from Gold Rush to Industrial/Trucker City, to Tech Flagship all while still keeping that Granola charm we love. So much has changed If you want to ensure that your 24 hours are worth every minute here is a day in the life as told by traveler, Billy Canu.
Early Bird – Red Rocks (RedRocksonline.com)
One of my favorite things to do in any city I’m visiting is to work out with the locals. I usually will run around the city using an app like “MapMyRun” to relieve the stress of not knowing the area. Having grown up in Denver I head 20 minutes away to Red Rocks Amphitheater. Early Morning Joggers, Yogis, and the likes come to check out these natural sand formations that were made into one of the most beautiful music venues in the world.
Sleep In/Breakfast – Union Station (http://unionstationindenver.com)
Union Station, still an active train station when I was growing up this once low key spot is now a go to for visitors. Stay at the Crawford Hotel (http://www.thecrawfordhotel.com) for a comfortable, walkable, stay. From breakfast at Mercentile, to a quick cup of coffee at locally roasted Pig Train Coffee (PigTrain.com), you can also go to the Denver Original Snooze (I recommend Green Chili everything).
Lunch – Larimer Square and Downtown (Platte River)
Discovered in 1858, Larimer Square, a historic neighborhood at the city center of Downtown Denver. Head to Market Street, The Market Cafe at Larimer Square was the go to destination on a winter day to get a sandwich and a hot coco. Cross the Platte River
Afternoon Tour – Coors Field, Denver Microbrew Tour.
Coors Field is home to the Colorado Rockies, the Stadium is central and is one of the rare stadiums to offer a all access tour during the on and off season of the facilities (http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/col/ballpark/tours/). Denver Microbrew Tour (DenverMicrobrewtour.com) is a quick 1 mile trek from downtown to the RiNo (River North Art District) begins at Ratio Beerworks and tours the growing district, home to art, coffee, and microbreweries big and small.
Dinner – Linger/Highlands
Ready to eat? Linger (LingerDenver.com) once part of the mortuary Olinger (drop the O and Lingers name was born) became the 2nd home to chef Justin Cucci. The menu is flexible from Pork Buns to Burgers and will be a welcomed eating experience to any visitor.