Denver is popularly called as the ‘Mile High City’, for the simple reason that it stands it is exactly a mile above sea level. It is perhaps the only city, whose Mayor owns some of the state’s most popular microbreweries, from his times long before he got into politics. Denver, is not just a city, it is a complete package, with its own weird American culinary delights and some good opportunities to relax before you set out to explore the territory. When in Denver, never go by the name of the dish, there would always be more to it than that. In Denver, you can enjoy the charms of Wild Old West with a cosmopolitan feel that leaves you enchanted with its effortlessness and asking for more. Denver is also home to some nationally recognized museums, as well as a somewhat significant musical prominence. Denver is mostly an outdoor oriented city, with some great adventure sports offerings, as well as awesome microbreweries with their special annual festivals to keep you cheered up all through the year.
When in Denver, you simply should not miss Mount Evans, which can be reached be driving down the highest mountain road in the United States, to get panoramic views of the mountains and valleys around, however, take note that this is a seasonal highway and is closed in winters. Explore the Ice Age at the Museum of Nature & Science, south east of the City Park. One must also catch a live performance at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Visit one of the largest botanical gardens of the United States, at the Denver Botanical Gardens. Take a tour or catch a live match at the Coors Field, and then click some pictures at the Colorado State Capitol.
The safest neighborhoods to stay in are the Greenwood Village, Centennial, Lone Tree, Englewood and Highlands Ranch. These neighborhoods are safe and close to good restaurants, bars, clubs and other tourist attractions. Shuttles can easily be taken to locations that might be a little far off. The downtown in Denver is geographically quite small, and it is preferable to stay close to downtown rather than staying in downtown. Downtown Golden is a quite, quaint option for staying. Staying in Estes Park and Colorado Springs is also a good option.
Denver sees the maximum number of tourists in two seasons – the winters, when most visitors stop here en route to the ski resorts of the region, and in summer, when it makes the perfect laidback escape from the other steamier parts of the country. Weather-wise summer makes the makes best time to visit the city of Denver, winter sees heavy snowfalls. However, one can find better deals on hotels and flights at other times of the year too.
Denver’s wineries and distilleries are seriously underrated, like the Infinite Monkey TheoremLeopold Bros, Stanahan’s, etc which goes beyond the red ales and IPAs and the stand fare of alcohol, and serves something ecstatically unconventional.
Every first Friday of the month give visitors an opportunity to dive into the thriving art scenario of Denver with art walks, food trucks, art exhibits, and plenty of awesome booze to binge on. So, if you happen to be in Denver on the first Friday of the month, or can plan your trip accordingly, this one would be a must do.
The 16th Street Mall and the Casa Bonita are highly overrated despite their rise to fame in the past few years. Also, Denver is not a cowboy town any more, it may have had a history of being one, but is not one anymore.
If you are a part of the growing league of pot tourism tourists, then double check on the regulations of the state before indulging into it. You can’t carry marijuana with you outside Colorado, you can only purchase 1/4th of an ounce at one time and it absolutely cannot be smoked in public.