The mile high city is a mix of urban jungle and the best outdoor activities just steps from the cities stellar skyline. If you are looking for a travel destination in the United States, Denver should be on the top of your list. Great to explore all year long, each season brings with it different activities that will appeal to every traveler.
Sights to See:
There are many sights to be seen in Denver. One of the most popular and deservedly so is the Denver Zoo. The zoo is spread out over 82 acres in Denver’s City Park and houses over 613 species of animals. Popular with tourists are the giraffes, elephants and penguins. The zoo also houses a quite extensive snake, lizard and fish exhibit.
The Denver Botanic Gardens is open all year long and is another must see while visiting. The indoor tropical display is a sight to be seen and contains hundreds of plants and flowers from the tropics. The outdoor gardens feature one of the largest collections of cold weather plants in North America.
Don’t miss out on these other sights: Denver Art Museum, History Colorado Center, Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Byers-Evans House.
Tasty Spots to Eat:
Want to try 6 restaurants in an afternoon? The Taste of Denver Food Tour takes you on a culinary 3-hour journey as you walk the streets of downtown. Stop by the restaurants and taste their best dishes as well as learn the history of the city and the influence of the food over the years. Favorites of the tour include, Wynkoop Brewery, Blue Agave and Zo Ma Ma.
Other restaurants you will want to visit include: Snooze, Hedge Row, Tag and Il Posto.
Get out and explore nature in the Mile High City. Use Amtrak’s Winter Park Express train to get out of the city and on to the mountain. Take a day trip to Winter Park Resort and try your hand at skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing or even ski biking. What is ski biking you may ask? It’s an amazing mix of bike riding but replace the wheels of the bike with ski blades. Speed down the mountain on the ski bike and enjoy the views on the way.
Get out in nature in the middle of the city. Commons Park is a city park within walking distance of Union Station. This expansive park includes a walkway along the South Platte River, grass area for sports and picnic areas. A great way to enjoy a sunny afternoon and a picnic in the heart of the city.
Party the Night Away:
The city is full of LGBT nightlife options with several located on a stretch of Colfax Ave. The popular X Bar and Charlie’s are within walking distance of each other. Ride share services like, Lyft are easy to access in the city and a great way to club hop. For that big dance club feel, make sure to check out Tracks. Their themed parties are amazing and will have you dancing till the wee hours. Compound Basix, Boystown and Wrangler are all worth a visit as well.
Take a Rest:
One of the premier hotels in the city is The Crawford Hotel housed in the historic Union Station. The Crawford effortlessly combines the historic elements of Union Station’s past with the smart luxury guests crave today. Walk out of your room and into the lobby full of restaurants, coffee shop and bar. You can spend an afternoon just exploring what is called “Denver’s Living Room” lobby.
Now what are you waiting for? Book your trip to Denver now and get to enjoying all that the Mile High City has to explore. For more tips on Denver and a video of my adventure visit the VIDEOS section of this website.
#AbOUTtheGlobe is written by J.Son; a Vegas based travel columnist and event producer. Follow him on Instagram @NakedBoyNews or Twitter @GayTravelGuy