Denver travel guide

The Mile-High City

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You're Going to Love Denver

Denver is more than just the gateway to the Rocky Mountains and a transit point for skiers and hikers. It’s a welcoming, relaxed, culturally vibrant place to spend time. You’ll fall in love with it in no time.

You can restrict yourself to Downtown Denver (LoDo), and dine on Mexican food at d’Corazon (1530 Blake St), window shop for art and crafts products, and sit on Larimer Square with an artisan croissant and coffee.

If relaxing isn’t on the agenda put on your Broncos NFL jersey and join the crowds at Sports Authority Field at Mile High or dive into the massive range of boutiques at Cherry Creek Shopping Center.

After you’ve seen the city; you can always jump in a rental car and drive to some of the most beautiful spots in the country, like Alberta Falls, the Old Fall River Road, or the Trail Ridge Road.

Whether you love the outdoors or you’re a natural city dweller, Denver has something to love.

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Denver is a superb summer destination, but it also has an appeal in the winter months. When the sun shines, the temperatures average around 86 degrees Fahrenheit, which should be comfortable for most travelers. Summer also brings a range of events to attend like the Taste of Colorado music festival (Sept 2-5) which combines R&B, hip-hop, indie rock, and roots artists. Spring brings beautiful blossoms, particularly at Denver Botanical Gardens, which runs several free days every month. Winter can get bitterly cold, but it has its charm too. There are excellent ski slopes in the nearby Rockies, outdoor ice skating rinks at Skyline Park, and winter events like the Mile High Snowfest. So there’s really no bad time to go.

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Where to Stay in Denver

Denver’s city center is the most popular area for accommodation, and there is a wide range of options available. High-end choices include the Brown Palace Hotel (321 17th St), which regularly hosts politicians and business leaders, and the Four Seasons (1111 14th St). The Warwick Denver (1776 Grant St) is a mid-range family option while budget travelers might try the Melbourne International Hotel & Hostel (607 22nd St) which is right next to the main train station. Woolley’s (16450 E 40th Cir) is a good luxury hotel near the airport, while the Southeast Four Points (6363 E Hampden Ave) offers gorgeous mountain views.

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Shopping Streets

Denver is a great city for shoppers. If you want to stock up on the latest designs from leading fashion brands, the best place to head is Cherry Creek Shopping Center (3000 E 1st Ave). 16th Street Mall is packed with stores like H&M and Gap, while Denver Pavillions (500 16th St) is next door and offers a selection of restaurants and cocktail bars to break up your shopping. For artisan food and fresh produce, Larimer Market (1445 Larimer St) is the place to visit.

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Denver tends to be cheaper than other major US cities like San Francisco or Chicago, but it’s not super-cheap. Expect to pay around $3.20 for 12 eggs, $14 for a good bottle of wine or around $50 for a pair of jeans. Finding supermarkets in town shouldn’t be hard, with chains like Target, Trader Joe’s, and Safeway all represented.

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Where to Eat in Denver

Denver has a thriving dining scene with an emphasis on high-quality meat dishes along with a diverse range of Asian and Mexican eateries. If you are after a succulent steak, head to the Buckhorn Exchange (1000 Osage St) or Guard and Grace (1801 California St). For Mexican, head north of the city center to La Loma (2527 W 26th Ave), and don’t miss the spicy green chili. Great Asian fusion dishes are available at ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro (1555 Blake St) while Rioja is a high-class Spanish restaurant (1431 Larimer St), and Fruition (1313 E 6th Ave) focuses on showing off Colorado’s local produce. Expect a good meal to cost around $60 per head and a filling medium-range meal to cost $20.

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