Denver - home to beautiful mountain views, Rockies baseball, wonderful museums, day-trips that boast hiking, rock climbing and fishing galore, and most recently: the munchies. We are here to give you the scoop on all things summer that this recently revamped metropolitan has to offer and the fabulous day-trips you can (and should) take! Today’s Denver is not the same as it was 10, even 5 years ago. If you think you know what to do here, we’re here to tell you there’s probably something way better in its place!
Union Station. A trip to Union Station is definitely in order. Now equipped with a sleek bar, several restaurants, and a hotel - it’s a luxurious spot to stay, eat or drink before hitting the town.
MCA Denver. A really awesome, interactive museum in the heart of the city that provides much to do for all ages.
Denver Hot Air Balloon Rides. There’s no better way to get a great view of the Rockies than to hop in a wicker basket and float across the metro area. Leaving at sunrise or sunset, you won’t be disappointed with this wild experience.
Denver Scooter Rentals. With a valid driver's license and an itch to see all that Denver has to offer - these cutie scooters are a fun way to get across town that doesn’t involve Uber or riding the (deathly fast and often packed) streetcar.
The Mayan Theatre. An Art Deco lover’s dream - this gorgeous, intimate theatre screens indie, hard-to-find films and features a full-service bar fit for date night.
Wash Park. Formally Washington Park, “Wash Park” is the Central Park of Colorado - full of beautiful gardens, paths for bikes and runners, and amenities for grilling or disc golf throughout - it’s the perfect way to escape the city for a bit without ever truly leaving.
Eldorado Canyon State Park. Home to rock-climbers, boulderers, and hikers - this area is heavy with active Coloradans. If you’re looking for a place to picnic or take in the scenery - this might not be a great fit, but if you’re looking to take on the true nature of living in Colorado, then look no further than Eldorado Canyon. It’s close enough to Boulder that you could just drive through the canyon to see what it’s all about without committing to the activity.
Chautauqua Park and Trail. A staple for Boulder residents and visitors alike, we love Chautauqua for its iconic views of Boulder and its cooler temps beneath the pines. Like Eldorado Canyon, you’ll also come across many rock climbers and boulderers taking on the many routes on the Flatirons. The grassy land just before you reach the trailheads offers a great space to take a lunch or bring your pup, too.
Red Rocks. Not far from Boulder is this natural amphitheater nestled in a natural grouping of red rocks (shocking, we know). If you’re lucky enough to catch a concert here you won’t soon forget the experience. They also offer movies, yoga, and if you’re a go-getter and feel like rising with the sun to run the stairs here - you certainly won’t be alone.
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Drive just two hours outside of Denver and you’ll be among wolves - literally. You must comply with their dress code and register in advance so they can prep for your tour - but this is a once in a lifetime experience we highly recommend!
The North Pole, Santa’s Workshop. One for the kiddos (okay, adults will love this place too)! The North Pole does exist - and it’s in Colorado Springs. A short drive from Denver, this amusement park doesn’t have wacky cartoon characters or crazy roller coasters - but instead Santa Claus, elves, a quaint village full of sweet gift shops, and winter wonderland themed rides throughout. It’s truly magical, and a great way to tide the kids over, if even for a few hours.
Colorado might just be one of the best places to spend your summer - between hiking the great outdoors (and the exceptional temps at night) to taking on the city - we highly recommend squeezing every bit of life out of the 303! Got a favorite travel tip for Denver? Leave it in the comments!