I know, I know. Please don’t hold my posting schedule against me! This summer has been pretty busy so far. We are most of the way through and I already went on vacation to Denver (as you’ll see), started a second job, planned two more vacations (you’ll find out soon!), and managed to squeeze some relaxation in between. But let’s get right down to it: this is my guide to doing Denver in a weekend.
I first have to say that Denver is the perfect escape from NYC. The people, the air, the nature, the weather. Need I say more? Though it’s easily do-able in a weekend, you could spend longer if you wanted to get more time hiking, outdoors or exploring all of the amazing breweries the city has to offer. Here is a list of some of the must do things while you are there.
Day Trip to Boulder
Despite being a college town, Boulder has tons to offer especially when students aren’t around in the Summer. Stop by Pearl street for some boutique shopping (including some very authentic finds) and then make your way over to Chautauqua Park for some amazing mountain views and hiking! Taking the bus from downtown Denver is easy, and only $9 round trip!
Shoutout to Fresh Thymes for being the BEST gluten-free, vegan, paleo restaurant I have ever eaten at. Their vegan mac n’ cheese is a must-try (it’s made with cashew cream) and their menu offers a full range of different foods you would never expect.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Since we chose not to rent a car this trip, we booked a tour with Aspire tours to take us up into Rocky Mountain National Park! The drive is just flat out beautiful. They take you as high up as 12,000 feet elevation. Make sure to bring your camera! Even the area just outside of the park and mountains is amazing, and if you need your nature fix this is the place to do.
The tour price included the fee for park admission, lunch and waters all day, and transportation. For $100 I would say that makes it a pretty good deal. Our tour guide was funny and knowledgable, so we tipped him well!
Colorado Rockies Game
You know you are not in New York when you can get baseball tickets for $11 a game. The Colorado Rockies stadium is right in the middle of LoDo Denver (the center of Denver life) and really is a must-see even if you don’t watch any baseball! We booked tickets for the “rooftop” general admission and it basically is a large bar area with great views of the city and much cheaper drinks than you’ll find at Yankee Stadium.
So many people were there during the week with friends or work happy hours, and it felt more like a really cool bar then a game focused solely on baseball.
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Though we were not able to catch a show at Red Rocks, we attended one of their yoga sessions Saturday morning and it was just amazing. The morning light views from this park are outstanding, and though we spent more time taking pictures than doing actual yoga I would 100% go back if I had the chance. I think the photo just speaks for itself.
I just wanted to touch base about the food we ate in Denver also. Though there are so many craft breweries and distilleries to choose from, their gluten-free scene is on point. The friend I traveled with is gluten-free and dairy-free and when we can find great places to satisfy both of our cravings we feel super successful!
I already mentioned Fresh Thymes in Boulder above, and this place honestly could have been the only thing we did that day and I would have been happy.
Just Be Kitchen was another gem we stumbled upon just a really short walk from the neighborhood of LoDo with great brunch and lunch options. Their coffee cake is to-die-for and a must try!
Overall, Denver is an amazing city and I already can’t wait to go back. Maybe one day I can convince my boyfriend to up his New York residence for the wild wild West?? (Chances are not likely, but a girl can dream).