Guest Blog post by Clarissa Demmon, Group Travel Specialist
Denver, Colorado is one of my favorite long-weekend destinations. The city is being revitalized with new things popping up each day and has so much to offer!
I recommend walking around the state capitol building and sitting on the step marked at exactly one-mile high. Or touring the U.S. Mint to pick up a bag of shredded money. There is always something to see or do on Sixteenth Street, which is famous for its shopping, restaurants and people watching and offers free bus rides into the evening.
Larimar Square is also great. It houses boutique shopping, quaint cafés and restaurants. In 2017 the Slow Food Nations festival, a movement bringing attention to the need for sustainable and clean foods, was hosted there. Even well-known chef Rick Bayless stopped by!
With the train to and from the airport, Uber/Lyft, free bus routes and bicycle sharing stations everywhere, a car is not needed to move about the city. I usually choose to walk since everything is so close and accessible. One thing to note—take it easy the first 24 hours in Denver to acclimate to the mile-high altitude, as it can sneak up on you quick.
Just a short Uber ride from downtown is Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park. Some of the most famous musicians and comedians have performed here throughout the years, including U2, The Grateful Dead and Mumford and Sons. The stage and seats are set into and surrounded by rocks making it an amazingly beautiful site for acoustics. When there isn’t a live performance, the park offers hiking trails. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks to keep you going since it is at 6200 feet.
On my last trip to Denver, I stayed in the Dairy Block district, which is an area of the city currently being renovated and revitalized. Our hotel, The Maven, was wonderful, trendy and centrally located to popular destinations such as Coors Field, Wynkoop Brewery (one of many breweries offering tours) and Union Station, which has a weekend farmers market and endless restaurants.
So take in the sights and tastes of Denver—it is sure to not disappoint!
Clarissa Demmon is a Group Travel Specialist with Fox World Travel. She’s been with Fox Group Vacations for just over four years where she works on developing groups for our travel consultants and overseeing the operations from start to finish. She also tour manages Fox Group Vacations, which feeds her passion for travel, as well as increases her knowledge of different cultures and geography.