Planning to visit Denver or looking for your next adventure? Check out these rad things to do!
My sister moved to Denver a while back and every time I visit she takes me somewhere new. I love discovering new cities, mountains, and restaurants and Denver is full of scenic views and blossoming creativity. Here are a few things to explore while you’re a mile high.
1. Red Rocks Amphitheatre: This is possibly one of the most beloved venues in the United States. Sure you could argue there are bigger venues, more exclusive venues, or more widely know venues, but none of them have the cult-like following that Red Rocks attracts. Legends have traveled from across the world to play music surrounded by stunning natural red rock formations on the outskirts of Denver near the base of the Rocky Mountains. This year was my second time seeing Get The Led Out, a killer Led Zeppelin cover band that truly rocks this stage. My recommendation is pack a small bag with snacks (they don’t have any vegan options inside) and a six pack to tailgate in the parking lot before the show– get there early and enjoy the sunset! Plus, check out the mini museum inside to scope out all the names of your favorite bands on the walls, commemorating those who’ve performed at the stage over the years.
2. Chautauqua Park (Boulder): Wow! What a gorgeous place to hike. This park is situated at the base of the Rockies and hosts tons of trails and rock climbing spots for outdoor adventure fanatics. I was only able to visit the main park area and hike a small turn off as we traveled up into the mountains. It was raining pretty heavily but we still got out of the car to rock hop around for a while. It was the perfect first day of autumn and a refreshing break from Los Angeles life. There were plenty of other committed hikers we saw near the lodge and a beautiful bride and groom were walking down from the trail with their wedding party as we left the dining hall. It’s safe to say this place is a gem for the surrounding community and visitors alike. Thankfully it is now protected by the City of Boulder and there will be no further housing developments in the area.
3. City O City: OMFG late night vegan comfort food at its best. This place is a hip bar and restaurant designed to satisfy all of your foodie desires. I devoured the buffalo seitan mac and cheese burrito (yeah you read that right), my sister savored the cauliflower chicken and waffles, and our dear friend ordered a seriously delicious pumpkin curry. This place has an insane vegan and vegetarian menu, a full espresso bar, a plethora of local beers on tap (as well as others), and a clever list of cocktails such as the Rosie O’ Donnell… what’s not to love? With the rising popularity of veganism and foodieism, you can expect that trendy cities such as Denver will have some of the most creative and cutting-edge dining experiences available. Save an evening to check out this cool locale in downtown Denver.
4. Sloan Lake: A nicely paved walking trail circles a small lake just west of downtown. This nice getaway has a gorgeous view of the city skyscrapers but the feel of a nature sanctuary. A steady stream of walkers and joggers ease their way around the waters’ edge, trekking over several bridges to make a loop passed the small boat dock and back to the picnic bench area. It’s nice to see such a diversity of people out and about enjoying the sunshine, exercising, or just relaxing and taking in the scenery. This would be the perfect place to start your morning with stretch and run or take a leisurely afternoon walk. Part of adventuring and exploring new cities is recognizing the simple things that locals love.
5. Denver Botanic Gardens: Ok so honestly, I haven’t been to this spot yet! I was really excited to write this blog as I just got back from Denver and have really come to love it, so I messaged my sister for some additional advice. She said this is one of her favorite places to go so I thought I would include it as some inspiration for myself as well! This is one of the most highly rated destinations on TripAdvisor. If you go, let me know how you like it!
Thanks for checking out my post about Denver! Have you been to Denver? What’s your favorite place to visit?
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