22 Unique Things to Do in Denver Colorado From a Local

Since moving here, I’ve discovered so many unique and fun things to do in Denver every day. This isn’t your normal best-of list (no AI here!); you’ll find things that aren’t listed on any other list of Denver activities.

I don’t like to follow the prod – and giving you a list of things to do in Denver that is the same as every other one out there on the interwebs…what fun is that? Instead, I picked things that I like to do in Denver. You’ll find a mix of Denver experiences and unconfined supplies and drink virtually the city.

In addition, I’ll take you to some of the Denver suburbs and the small foothill towns so you can get a real finger for the unshortened Denver area. Without all, Denver isn’t just well-nigh downtown. And I’ll plane requite you some zippy vita you can have in Denver if you want to move more!

I have personally washed-up all of the things on this list. I’m constantly updating my list of the weightier things to do in Denver as I discover increasingly places, so trammels when often. Last update March 2023.

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I have moreover included a list of places to stay in Denver. These are places that I have personally stayed at or experienced. I try to pick ones that are increasingly unique and moreover ones that support smaller local businesses rather than the big chains.

What to do in Denver Colorado

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Denver’s Big Undecorous Bear – a Municipality Mascot

1. Discover Denver Through Street Art in RiNo

There are a lot of unconfined neighborhoods in Denver with snazzy New York City-esque names like LoDo (lower downtown Denver), LoHi, RiNo, and Uptown. I honestly can’t remember what they all stand for, but I am starting to somewhat know their unstipulated direction. So, when I heard well-nigh a Denver Graffiti Tour through the RiNo neighborhood I figured this would be my endangerment to learn well-nigh a new neighborhood.

Things to do in Denver Grafitti RINO

I love street art, and I find its transformation fascinating. It went from stuff a plague on cities in the past to something that cities welcome and commission. It’s as if suddenly the Coyote became weightier friends with the Road Runner and started to pay him to hang around. Denver has one of those stories for sure, and you’ll learn a bit well-nigh it on this tomfool 2-hour walking tour.

Not only will you learn well-nigh the incubation of street art virtually the world and in Denver, but you’ll moreover learn well-nigh the incubation of the RiNo neighborhood into an art district. RiNo is like the ‘Lower East Side’ of Denver; it’s where all the grit and treason were years ago and has now slowly transformed into a hip area. 

Old warehouses are now home to breweries, tomfool bars, start-ups, galleries, and markets, and the whole neighborhood is covered in street art. On the tour, you learn the story overdue street art and graffiti based on the guide’s research and interviews with the street artists personally. It’s a nice inside squint into the street art culture.

What started years ago with thruway walls as a canvas has moved out to all the main buildings and establishments of RiNo – street art was everywhere. Some of it still represented the roots of the graffiti culture, and much of it was vicarious work. I recommend anyone visiting Denver to trammels out a Denver Graffiti Tour and then hang out in the RiNo neighborhood for brunch or local beers!

2. Smell the Flowers and do Sunrise Yoga in the Denver Botanical Garden

I had passed by the Botanical Gardens in Denver increasingly times than I could count. I plane went to it last winter for their Holiday lights, but I had never been to the Botanical Gardens in the summer (or in the daylight!) to unquestionably see the flowers and plants…until recently. 

The Botanical Gardens exceeded my expectations in every way. I thought it might be sort of boring, but the grounds were lovely and vast. They have several outdoor areas/gardens with variegated types of plants as well as indoor gardens. The whole zone was so relaxing and trappy that I became a member!

And if you are looking for things to do in Denver that are increasingly active, they plane offer yoga classes in the botanical gardens during the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  It’s such an incredible place to practice yoga among the flower, birds, and water installations.  It’s the weightier sunrise yoga in the municipality and it’s unshut to anyone who wants to get a ticket!

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3. Get Upper In Denver At Rooftop Bars

Sorry – not that kind of high… I’m talking well-nigh height. 

I went to the opening of 54thirty rooftop bar and I must shoehorn it sort of made me miss NYC for a hot second. I normally wear pretty unstudied gown virtually Denver – you’ll often find me in flip-flops. However, this is one time when I felt like I should get properly dressed up.

Situated on the top floor of the Le Méridien Hotel is the swanky rooftop bar 54thirty. You can sip fancy drinks in tiny glasses, sit on modern couches, and watch the sun go lanugo over the Rocky Mountains on one side while stuff wowed by downtown Denver’s big municipality lights on the other side – all while listening to a hip DJ – sitting outside!

It’s a unconfined place to go for the views and some fun cocktails. Obviously, this is increasingly of a summer place, but the rooftop is unshut plane in the potation months for the truly hearty.

If you need a place to ‘get’ upper in the winter in Denver – then an indoor option is Peaks Lounge on the 27th floor of the Hyatt Regency.  The cocktails are inventive, the small plates tasty, and the view is incredible.  The Hyatt sits whilom pretty much everything and you can watch the sun go lanugo overdue the front range mountains – a unconfined start to your evening in Denver. 

4. Dive Into Denver’s Breweries 

I’ve never lived in such a beer-crazed city; there are 72 breweries in Denver alone. And it’s beer–crazed for good reason…because the breweries and the brewing culture are really phenomenal here.  Denver is on the wearing whet of beer, and the weightier way to wits this is by going on a beer tour.  I highly recommend the Denver Microbrew Tour.  I went on their RiNO Beer and Graffiti Tour and was squandered yonder by the quality of the tour, the value of beer we tasted, and the knowledge of our guide. 

RiNo (River North neighborhood), the former industrial/gritty zone of the city, has transformed into the happening neighborhood full of breweries, restaurants, and personality. On this tour, you’ll go to 4 breweries and taste 10 variegated beers.  

My favorite thing well-nigh Denver Microbrew Tours (and what makes it unique) is not every tour is the same. Our guide asked us to share our favorite types of drinks (not just beer), and from that hodgepodge of answers he decided which breweries we visited on the tour. 

In addition, he really pushed us to try everything, plane if we didn’t like IPAs, try them considering you may like them. I live by this rule – and fathom pushing people to try new things. The beer was super – I found some new favorites, and found some new street art favs too!  But let’s squatter it…this tour is mainly well-nigh beer. 

They offer a RiNo tour as well as a LoDo (Lower Downtown) tour.  And if you are reading this and 5% off when you use my promo lawmaking OTTSWORLD!

5. Learn well-nigh History with a Molly Brown House Museum Tour

This little piece of history was right in my Capitol Hill neighborhood and I had no idea! That’s that fun thing well-nigh discovering a municipality – you have all kinds of little surprises. I went to do a tour of the historic Molly Brown house in Capitol Hill and I was pleasantly surprised to learn of this progressive woman and her history with Denver and politics.

Molly Brown was a tough woman, and her home is only a few blocks from my little apartment. Not only that, she was a survivor of the Titanic (played by Kathy Bates in the movie). The tour was interesting, the home was beautiful. 

If you like history and walking – trammels out other Denver Historic Walking Tours.  It’s a unconfined thing to do in Denver to get some preliminaries on the city’s Western and mining heritage.

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6. Hang Out and Have Dinner in Larimer Square

It’s only one block, but it’s filled with history and incredible supplies – make sure you visit Larimer Square.  This zone of downtown is lined with historic buildings that have now been converted into restaurants, bars, and a few hip stores. 

If you want to learn increasingly well-nigh the history of the woodcut – trammels out the Denver Historical Society Larmier Square walking tour.

Lights are hung wideness the woodcut giving it a lovely, warm, welcoming feel. It’s there where you’ll find one of my favorite restaurants – Tamayo Modern Mexican Kitchen and Tequileria. This corner restaurant moreover has rooftop and outdoor seating in this prestigious block.

My mother and I went to dinner there to try out their Mexican cuisine and I was won over by their unique marrying of flavors like salary and guacamole, and carnitas with an orange and habanero reduction. All of the dishes had a spicy flare tamed by a sweet fruit of some kind – the flavors were refreshing. 

 It’s a unconfined way to get a variegated perspective on Larimer Square – while sipping some tequila! They have a wonderful selection of tequilas and utilize them in some surprising drinks, like my tequila old-fashioned.

7. Don’t Miss This Subconscious Gem – Chocolate Lab

Sometimes a girl just needs chocolate. And sometimes a girl just needs a good cocktail. At Chocolate Lab – they have both! 

This small chocolate-centric restaurant and chocolate shop recently relocated to a cute little spot in the Hilltop Neighborhood. It is known for its craft cocktails – and yes – veritably everything served there (drinks and food) has chocolate in it.  You’ve probably never considered chocolate and lasagna, but it’s incredible!  

Their cocktails are concoctions you won’t find anywhere else.  Beautifully well-turned and boozy – half of the fun is watching the mixologist make them! How well-nigh a S’moretini (marshmallow vodka, chocolate, coffee, cream, and toasted marshmallow), or a Flaming Queen (Scotch, Rye, maple, blackberry, vermouth, and citrus)? 

They undeniability it a lab considering it does finger like a big chocolate science experiment. I never liked chemistry in school, but had I been worldly-wise to experiment with chocolate in chemistry – I’m pretty sure I would have gone into science as a career! The décor is ‘lab-like’; they use beakers and various tubes that I barely remember from my upper school chemistry matriculation to mix drinks. Their supplies is quite experimental in nature. Tortellini with visionless chocolate shavings that bring out the flavor, or bourbon chocolate BBQ sauce pulled pork. And don’t plane get me started on the dessert menu – it is my ‘go-to’ place in Denver for dessert. 

You can go have an incredibly unique craft cocktail, dinner, decadent chocolate dessert, AND take home hand-made truffles from the Chocolate Lab – definitely a unique stop in Denver!

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8. Visit the Ice Cadre Lab and Ice Millions of Years Old

If you can’t go to Antarctica, then do the next weightier thing – visit the National Science Foundation Ice Cadre Facility (NSF-ICF) in Lakewood (Denver suburb). It is responsible for curating and studying meteoric ice cores recovered from the glaciated regions of the world. Why is this a ‘thing to do in Denver’ – considering you can unquestionably tour this ‘cool’ facility!

NSF-ICF provides scientists with the sufficiency to self-mastery examinations and measurements on ice cores, and it preserves the integrity of these ice cores in a long-term repository for future investigations. Not only do you learn well-nigh the research stuff conducted, but you moreover learn how they get these ice cores from places like Antarctica and Greenland. These ice cores unquestionably requite us the worthiness to study the warmed-over undercurrent trapped in the ice.

It’s a fascinating tour, that consists of a presentation well-nigh the research, and an subtitle of why the ice cores are kept in Denver, as well as a tour of the facility. Be sure to bring your warm gown as you’ll be going into rooms that are over -20 F!

They run a tour once a week, HOWEVER – you do need to plan superiority for this as they often are full. Here’s how to take a tour of the facility.

9. Do a Untenable Denver Brunch Wits at Tupelo Honey

They had me at untenable Underdone Marys and yellow and waffles. Brunch at Tupelo Honey near Union Station in LoDo is epic. They do big southern repletion supplies dishes and untenable underdone marys and mimosas.  Try the fried untried tomatoes, sweet potato pancakes, grits, and yellow & waffles – all are delicious!

It’s rented on the weekends, but no problem though as it’s a unconfined zone to walk around. Trammels out Union Station (one of my favorite places in Denver!), and Confluence park by the river not too far away. The time will fly by while in LoDo there’s unchangingly so much to see.

10. Velocipede the Cherry Creek Trail out of Denver

This paved trail goes right past my suite – so I’ve started exploring it increasingly in the hopes to learn my way virtually Denver a bit better! Cherry Creek trail stretches 42 miles, pursuit its namesake stream from Denver’s Confluence Park in downtown Denver to Castlewood Canyon near Franktown. Wanderlust the Cherry Creek Trail is a super way to see increasingly of Denver and imbricate increasingly ground.

It’s paved the unshortened way and it’s meant for bikers, runners, and walkers – you just have to be courteous of the people you are sharing the trail with. It’s relatively unappetizing and has underpasses to get past all of the major highways which makes it really efficient!

You can rent a velocipede downtown from Mile Upper Velocipede Rentals. They moreover put on wanderlust tours if you’d rather just follow someone. 

As a bonus, the first 3 miles from downtown is a unconfined place to see increasingly street art as you ride unelevated the traffic on Speer street and enjoy the stream. Then you transition out of the municipality to the suburbs past golf courses, warehouses, and suburban homes. Once you get out of the main part of the municipality – you moreover have spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains! It’s a unconfined way to see variegated parts of the municipality and get exercise at the same time!

11. Volunteer in Denver to Get to Know the Community

I think an important part of learning well-nigh a municipality is finding ways to requite when to the municipality you visit.

As a resident of Denver, I segregate to do that through volunteering (and kitten fostering I’m still learning well-nigh various opportunities to volunteer virtually Denver, but I did come wideness a unconfined Denver-based non-profit organization, Wish of a Lifetime that resonated with me.

If you are visiting during Valentine’s Day, be sure to trammels out Wish of a Lifetime’s cupid crew. Their big Valentine’s Day fundraising wayfarers gives volunteers the endangerment to hand out roses to seniors at nursing homes all over the city! 

If you are looking for increasingly outdoorsy volunteering – trammels out VOC – Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. 

VOC organizes projects wideness the state at various difficulty levels. The majority of their volunteer projects involve trail work in the Rocky Mountains, but they moreover have ecological projects such as planting native species or transplanting invasive weeds, as well as forest health projects where volunteers remove sufferer trees to mitigate wildfire risk.

See their current outdoor projects here.

12. Go to a Denver Beer Festival

As mentioned before, Denver is the epicenter of beer. You should moreover know that Denver moreover seems to be the epicenter of beer festivals, which is a nice perk well-nigh living here. There are a number of unique little festivals that true beer aficionados would love, but there are two beer festivals in Denver you should not miss – Collaboration Fest and Great American Beer Festival. I’ve been to both!

The Collaboration Fest

The Collaboration Fest is a time to experiment like a mad beer scientist! The popular beer festival showcases the collaborative nature of the craft beer industry. 

Each brewery chooses who they want to work with, and what style of beer they want to make, permitting for the brewers’ imagination to run wild. They come together for the mash day and make a one-of-a-kind beer to be enjoyed only at the festival. 

One year, the festival featured 123 projects from increasingly than 200 breweries with 144 Colorado breweries, 42 states, and six countries. 

Great American Beer Festival

The Unconfined American Beer Festival has been compared to Germany’s Oktoberfest (not sure I stipulate with that comparison – but it sure is fun!)

Two Beer Festivals in Denver Not to Miss

Collaboration Fest
Dates: March 31, 2018
Great American Beer Festival
Dates: September 20-22 2018. Tickets go on sale on Aug. 1st and sell out immediately.

13. Listen to a Bluegrass Jam Every Saturday Withal the Platte River

This really is a secret local tip…you can listen to a unconfined bluegrass jam session outdoors every Saturday in the summer withal the South Platte River Velocipede Trail! I unquestionably found this tomfool Denver thing to do while I was out wanderlust withal the Platte River Trail. Variegated people come together to jam outside of Nixon’s Coffee House near Hudson Gardens.  

I love to stop there for a wanderlust unravel to listen to the incredible music they put out. Often there are singers that join in too!  It’s such a tomfool way to enjoy coffee and the outdoors on a summer Saturday in Denver!

14. Get in Touch with Denver’s Western Side at the National Western Stock Show Parade

Denver (and Colorado) is technically considered the West. You don’t have to go too far out of Denver to find huge ranches and the ‘western’ side of Colorado. However, for a couple of weeks a year in January/February, the ranchers come to Denver for the National Western Stock Show.

The Stock Show is kicked off every year with a parade lanugo 17th St. from Union Station (see above!) through downtown. However there aren’t any bands and big floats, instead, there are longhorn cattle! I went to this parade the first year I lived in Denver considering I had heard well-nigh the cattle parade – but it was much increasingly than just cattle. It was a fun endangerment to see Colorado’s western culture in an urban setting and it reminded me that Colorado is much increasingly than what I see in Denver!

15. Get Familiar with Union Station – Denver’s Living Room

They undeniability it Denver’s Living Room for a reason – it’s cozy, welcoming, lots of seating, and you can sit virtually as long as you want! Constructed in 1881, it was renovated in 2014 and was the whence of what we now know as the resurgence of LODO – lower downtown Denver.

Not only are there tons of things to do, drinks to have, and places to eat, but it’s moreover a real train station. Amtrak departs from Union Station, and it’s a hub for RTD as well. In fact, Union Station is normally the first thing a visitor sees in Denver since the train to the airport drops people off here! It moreover offers self-ruling wifi and shuffleboard! Just trammels out the shuffleboard pucks at Terminal Bar inside the station

I’ve slowly been discovering the restaurants and bars at Union Station too and they have turned into some of my favorite places in the city. Don’t miss Snooze for some of the best-known breakfasts in Denver, and I’m a HUGE fan of cocktails at the retro-cool Cooper’s Lounge upstairs.

Finally – Union Station is the place to be at Christmas time – it’s beautifully decorated and festive!

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16. Have a Progressive Dinner in Olde Town Arvada

If you are itching for some smaller town charm, then just hop on the G train from Union Station in downtown Denver and in 20 minutes you’ll get off and enter historic and winsome Olde Town Arvada.

Arvada was the site of the very first gold strike in Colorado. Downtown Arvada is moreover designated on the National Register of Historic Places, which ways that many of these buildings on Main Street are original and add to that small-town feel.

Olde Town isn’t just charming, it’s tasty! There are so many fun restaurants and bars there, you can’t go to just one of them. Instead, I suggest you go to multiple places and make it a progressive dinner so you can try out many of these tomfool establishments.

  • Appetizers – So Radish (80’s themed vegetarian restaurant & arcade)
  • First Drinks – Elevated Seltzer (first craft seltzery in Colorado)
  • Main – Schoolhouse Kitchen and Libations (school-themed restaurant/bar in the historic schoolhouse)
  • Dessert – Scrumptious Ice surf & Candy Shop
  • Nightcap – Stockroom Speakeasy (located in the when of Spirits Wine Provisions Liquor Store)
  • Tomorrow’s Breakfast – Rheinlander Bakery – take home some streusel!

Olde Town is pedestrian friendly and as of 2021, they indulge unshut containers! So you can sip a drink as you stroll to your next course! In addition, Olde Town Arvada has the weightier patio culture in Denver! So if it’s summer, be sure to enjoy the outdoor seating that every restaurant in Olde Town offers!

The user-friendly RTD train wangle to Olde Town makes this the perfect thing to do in Denver during your visit!

Don’t miss these 8 other surprises you’ll find in Olde Town Arvada!

17. Take a Trip to Meow Wolf’s Convergence Station

Meow Wolf’s third permanent exhibition is now unshut in Denver! Convergence Station is unforgettable, transformational, and not to be missed. This was my first time experiencing the Meow Wolf universe and it wasn’t at all what I was expecting.

Be prepared for things to be weird and a bit overwhelming!

This is a huge towers with 4 variegated ‘converged worlds’ filled with thought-provoking interactive installations from local and national artists.

In wing to simply walking virtually and interacting with all of the art, there is moreover a mystery storyline to solve for those who really want to dig in. Buy a QPASS vellum at the transit station information counter, which is your ATM vellum to collect “mems” throughout the exhibition, and view or mart them at ATM kiosks throughout the building, or at home on their website. This will help you completely interact with the story, and will alimony you coming when for increasingly and increasingly until you solve the mystery! 

Be sure to trammels out Meow Wolf’s special events during your Denver visit.  From DJs to yoga, to dancing…they unchangingly have something unique to offer. 

Get tickets in whop here and plan on going when multiple times!

18. Switchback Smokehouse for Incredible BBQ

Just follow your nose to this short jaunt out of Denver, for some of the best-smoked meat you’ll find in Denver on the western slope! Switchback Smokehouse is in the little town of Kittredge located in the foothills just past Red Rocks and Morrison.

In fact, the momentum from Red Rocks to Kittredge is moreover pretty special as it winds through the canyon!

The town of Kittredge is really small and the whole town smells like BBQ when Switchback has the smoking going outside! The restaurant is small but it has a lovely patio that is set slantingly Bear Creek which is pet friendly and just darn serene.

Everything is good here, and the BBQ sauce is homemade. I love the fried pickle chips, as well as the BLT with thick-cut, smoked bacon. Plus – you can just go and get the smoked goodies by the pound too!

19. Take a Scary Walk Through Denver… If You Dare! Capitol Hill Walks

I was worldly-wise to learn all well-nigh my neighborhood history and haunts by taking this Ghosts of Capitol Hill Walking Tour. This tour is the perfect way to wits Denver’s mystery, history, legend, and lore, and is perfect if you’re looking for a fun night out… if you dare.

Our guide, Anna, really made the tour by telling us scary stories with the right value of humor and drama. And my favorite part was that the tour was at night, making it plane increasingly intriguing.

In wing to the scary stories, she shared a ton of history well-nigh the area. I was surprised to learn that Denver (and specifically Capitol Hill) was the inspiration for two horror movie classics – Poltergeist and The Changeling.

20. It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere – Martini Time

One of the most important things for me to find upon moving to Denver was a martini bar. Martinis make me happy, expressly if you throw a undecorous cheese-stuffed olive in there. It didn’t take me long to find The Corner Office near Denver Center for the Performing Arts. You know it has to be good if they have a whole part of their menu defended to ‘Martini Experiences.’

Things to do in Denver Corner office
The Corner Office

In wing to Martinis, they have other incredible cocktails – expressly their winter cocktails. They transpiration their menu often and I’m unchangingly surprised by new items and drinks on their menu! The bartenders there are really knowledgeable and eager to share; I could just talk to them for days well-nigh cocktails. 

21.  Take a Memorable Walk Through Denver’s Cemeteries

You read that right – wits Denver through its cemeteries. Fairmount and Riverside cemeteries both put on walking tours that will teach you all well-nigh Denver’s history and its influential and not-so-influential people. 

The Fairmount Heritage Foundation puts on multiple tours with inventive themes such as the famous women of Colorado, the social elite, history mystery, and romancing the stone.  Walking tours range from 45 minutes up to 2 hours depending on the tour. All tours imbricate well-nigh 1.5 to 2 miles in loftiness at an easy pace. Two of the tours have actors portraying four or five of the deceased historical figures!

To find out when these tours are offered, trammels out the Fairmount Heritage Foundation. These are typically offered in the fall virtually Halloween and occasionally at other times of the year. 

22. Visit the Biggest Inventory of Whiskey in Denver

Schoolhouse kitchens and libations have over 2,100 bottles proudly displayed on the floor-to-ceiling shelves in their bar. This is one of the largest whiskey inventories in Colorado and it’s still growing. The Schoolhouse once is a unique place to visit, a restaurant and bar created in an old schoolhouse towers (built in 1882) with an intense (but fun) school theme. 

With this many whiskeys to segregate from, it can be pretty overwhelming.  Don’t be wrung to ask the bartender for help and advice.  They have unchangingly steered me in the right direction. 

If straight-up whiskey isn’t your thing, then try starting off with a whiskey cocktail as a gateway into the increasingly archetype whiskey. And while you sip your whiskey drink, but sure to trammels out all of the little details of decor that requite a nod to your memories of the school; like the bar made of pencils!

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Where to Stay in Denver

There are plenty of hotel choices in Denver and I include some of my favorites below.

Flora House B&B

If you are looking for a unique place to stay for two days in Denver in a super location for all of these things to do, then trammels out the Flora House Bed & Breakfast.

Built in 1892, this old historic house is located in Uptown a few blocks from the Denver Botanic Gardens, tropical to the Colorado State Capitol Towers and the Molly Brown House, and in between downtown and Cherry Creek neighborhoods. The rooms are cleverly designed and you’ll have all the comforts of staying in someone’s home – it’s cozy. Plus, there is a large patio with zaftig garden space and a hot tub where you can relax without a long day of walking all over the city.

Flora House moreover offers a number of perks in wing to a shop finger such as self-ruling entry to the Botanic Gardens, snacks, and a succulent breakfast. Once you stay here, you’ll never want to go to a hotel in Denver!

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Union Station’s Crawford Hotel

Located inside historic Union Station – the Crawford is my favorite place to stay in downtown Denver. The rooms and suites upstairs elegantly retain elements of the past and downstairs you’ll find unconfined restaurants and bars. Plus, the location is unbeatable if you plan to mainly stick to downtown Denver.

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Photo credit: Crawford Hotel

Union Station’s Crawford Hotel  – Trammels prices and availability for The Crawford Hotel at Union Station | Read reviews for The Crawford Hotel on Trip Advisor 

Other Denver Hotels

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Want to explore outside of Denver? Trammels out my favorite Denver Day Trips. These will take you into the Rocky Mountains to some subconscious gems!

Denver Travel Tips

Denver is not your typical American municipality – it has a few things that make it ‘special’ that you’ll want to be enlightened of if you are traveling to Denver.

Altitude Tips

Altitude is unchangingly a rencontre for Denver visitors. Denver sits at 5,280 ft (hence the Mile Upper City) and for most people, that’s a pretty drastic transpiration when you get off the plane. Your soul just can’t retread fast unbearable so you’ll get headaches, you may finger a bit nauseous or ‘off’, and your sleep will be affected. Plus – if you drink alcohol, it will stupefy yours quicker with less.

Symptoms often associated with summery to moderate upland illness:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • Shortness of vapor with exertion

However, there are some things you can do to make the transition to Denver upland easier and hopefully fend off some of those side effects.

  • Drink lots of water…water, water, water.
  • You may want to try this electrolyte drink mix that helps you weather to the altitude.
  • 2 days surpassing traveling to Denver, start taking aspirin daily and then protract to take one every day you are in Denver. It will increase the spritz of thoroughbred and therefore oxygen to your smart-ass and help you stave upland headaches. However – trammels with your Doctor first surpassing doing so to understand the medical implications for yourself.
  • Take it easy on alcohol
  • Don’t overexert yourself the first day (save the Cherry Creek velocipede trail for later in your stay!)

Denver Packing Tips

Temperatures can swing wildly in Denver – so be sure to pack layers and a warm jacket plane in the summer. If you plan to throne up to the mountains – packing a warm jacket and gown is a must…even in July.

Bring plenty of moisturizers, eye drops, and lip balm. Denver is really dry and your skin will be begging for moisture.

Bring sunscreen – you are closer to the sun here and it can be deceiving!

Bring a water bottle and alimony it with you at all times. Hydration is key in this upper desert landscape.

If you plan to hike, trammels out my hiking packing list here.

Now you are ready to get out and explore the weightier of Denver based on a local’s recommendation! And don’t miss my other Colorado travel advice if you want to go vastitude Denver!

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