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Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

About Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado, the state’s capital and most populated city, dates back to the Old West. The broader Denver metropolitan area has just shy of 3 million people. Larimer Square – one of the city’s oldest blocks – features landmark 19th-century buildings. Popular museums include the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Children’s Museum, Denver Art Museum, and the mansion of famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown. Denver is also the primary jumping-off point for ski resorts in the nearby Rocky Mountains (check out some of Colorado’s top mountain towns).

Denver sits in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains. It is just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Denver’s downtown district is immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River, where gold was first found in 1858. The discovery of gold brought in thousands of people.

Denver is nicknamed the Mile High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile (5280 feet) above sea level, making it the highest major city in the U.S. You can fly into Denver International Airport, stay the night in the Westin DIA Hotel, take the train into Union Station in downtown Denver, and then continue to explore from there. You don’t want to miss out on catching a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field or a Denver Broncos game (at what I will forever call Mile High Stadium).

Nearby Towns

  • Boulder, CO
  • Castle Rock, CO
  • Loveland, CO
  • Fort Collins, CO (1 hour 15 minutes)
  • Colorado Springs, CO (1 hour 15 minutes)

Places to See, Eat, and Stay in Denver, Colorado (articles from the blog)

Molly Brown House Museum

History and Inspiration at the Molly Brown House Museum

The Molly Brown House Museum offers histories of Denver (+ Colorado), the “unsinkable” Titanic, and an inspirational local and national ...
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Lotus Flower

A Guide to Yoga Around Denver

Move your body & find your Self with a yogi’s guide to the Mile High City. A regular yoga practice ...
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Best Historic Colorado Hotels

7 Best Historic Colorado Hotels (and more!)

Travel back in time for your next Colorado vacation. Whether you live in the Centennial State or are coming from ...
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Showshoeing Trails Near Denver

The Best Snowshoeing Trails Near Denver

Top 6 Snowshoeing Trails Close to Denver Winter is a spectacular time to visit Colorado’s wilderness. With a little bit ...
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River North Neighborhood

Denver’s River North Neighborhood Gets National Attention

Last week, Lonely Planet highlighted the top 10 hot 'hoods' in the US.  And, while it's certainly not surprising to ...
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Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House

Happy Hour at Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House in Five Points

After spending more than an hour debating the best happy hours in Denver – with criteria ranging from location, cheap ...
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4x4 in Dinosaur

Four-Wheeling Across Colorado’s Best Landscapes

The adrenaline of brisk mountain air whirling past my ears, whipping my long hair behind me, as I hang out ...
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Cool Off at Centennial Center Park’s Splash Pad

Sticky with a concoction of sunscreen, sweat, and pet fur, we naturally gravitated toward visiting the splash pad at Centennial ...
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Colorado Dispersed Camping

Best Colorado Dispersed Camping Sites

Dispersed camping – also known as primitive camping – can be defined as car camping outside of a designated campground ...
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Tocabe Art

Try Melt-in-your-Mouth Fry Bread at Tocabe

Oh Tocabe’s fry bread! It is light, fluffy, and so incredibly delicious. A friend suggested we go to dinner at ...
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Red Rocks Amphitheater Concert Calendar 2017

Red Rocks Amphitheater's 2017 concert lineup has a little bit of everything sprinkled in.  From hip-hop to folk music to ...
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Civic Center EATS

Return of the Food Trucks: Denver Civic Center EATS

Civic Center EATS returns this week – and I can’t wait to enjoy lunch outside in downtown Denver’s Civic Center ...
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Best Beginner Bouldering Areas Near Denver

Best Beginner Bouldering Areas Near Denver

Bouldering can be an amazing way to mentally and physically challenge yourself. I would best describe it as climbing at ...
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Shanahans Steakhouse

Don’t Miss Out On Shanahan’s Steakhouse in the Denver Tech Center

I recently had an eye-opening experience that now makes me associate the Denver Tech Center with taste bud tantalization thanks ...
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Habit Doughnuts

Donuts & Choo-choos Downtown

One of ZB’s favorite words right now is “choo-choo.” We play “choo-choo” more than anything else with her Brio set ...
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Trout Steak Revival

Trout Steak Revival at the Gothic Theatre

The college kid who maneuvered into a seat next to us was a fanatic for Trout Steak Revival. He was ...
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Sushi Hai

Sushi Hai in Denver’s Highland Neighborhood

Nestled on West 32nd Street in the Denver’s ever-growing hip and happening Highland neighborhood sits Sushi Hai, a Japanese sushi ...
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The Butterfly Pavilion: Colorado’s Insect Zoo

Years ago, Josh and I went on a date to the Butterfly Pavilion. We took what seemed like a million ...
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Pacific Ocean Marketplace: Denver’s Best Asian Supermarket

Many of the neighborhoods surrounding Denver’s West Federal Boulevard are known for having a wonderful selection of ethnic markets and ...
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Big Choice Brewing

Big Choice Brewing in Broomfield

You can find a picture of the Volkswagen car that inspired their recently released “Type 3 IPA” hanging behind the ...
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70 Degrees in February: Unseasonal Colorado Winter Days

It doesn’t require much more than a seventy-degree day in February to convince me to take the day off work ...
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Mile High Stadium

Mile High Stadium Salute

Anyone who spends time in Denver – heck, in all of Colorado – knows the Denver Broncos and Mile High ...
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Westin Hotel DIA Main Desk

The Westin Denver International Airport Hotel

The newly constructed Westin Denver International Airport Hotel only makes traveling between Denver and other locations across the world that ...
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Sharptail Ridge Open Space

Sharptail Ridge Open Space (What is Open Space Anyway?)

Fresh Colorado air and blue skies. Not a car in the parking lot. No one in sight.  Perfect! The Sharptail ...
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Brunch it up at duo Restaurant in LoHi

I understand the Denver brunch craze. And I certainly contribute to it. I am not ashamed. Brunch is definitely thebest ...
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Denver Zoo Lights Peacock

Denver Zoo Lights Illuminates the Imagination

One of our favorite events to do this time of year is take in the brilliant seasonal lights at the ...
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Date Night at The Source – RiNo’s Artisan Market

There was never a time in my life where I went out on a “date.” In high school and college, ...
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Delicious Mocha

Welcome to Stella’s Coffee Haus on Denver’s South Pearl Street

I love the aroma of coffee. If I have a vice, the sweet, sweet nectar of the coffee bean most ...
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Samadhi's Goddess Mural

Practice Trikonasana at Samadhi Yoga Golden Triangle

When I entered Samadhi’s Golden Triangle yoga studio for the first time, I was impressed with Samadhi's ability to recreate the welcoming ...
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View the Golden Dome @ Kindness Yoga Capitol Hill

Kindness Yoga Capitol Hill is a breath of fresh air in the middle of downtown Denver. The small studio is ...
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Denver's Union Station

Union Station Connects Denver to the World

Union Station is the primary railway station and transportation hub in Denver, Colorado. It is located at Wynkoop Street and 17th ...
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Settle into Savasana at Samadhi Yoga in Uptown

Yoga studios are sprinkled throughout the Denver metro area, but one of my favorites is Samadhi Center for Yoga in ...
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Red Rocks Amphitheatre Ignites Under the Denver Sky

Ryan Adams and Kurt Vile rocked Red Rocks Amphitheatre last week. Ryan Adams mixed it up between new and old ...
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The Denver Flea: An Afternoon at the Market in City Park

Earlier this week, some friends were talking about going to the Denver Flea. I hadn’t heard about it before, but ...
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Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox Offers Refreshing Reverbs

Ophelia's Electric Soapbox knocked our socks off last week! The centenarian grit of the exterior, interior fine finishes, sounds from the ...
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On the High Road of Denver’s High Line Canal Trail

I took to the trail – the High Line Canal Trail – to escape the hustle and bustle of Denver ...
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Underground Music Showcase: South Broadway

It is almost time for the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) – one of Colorado’s best annual music festivals and one ...
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Denver Bicycle Cafe “Mixtes” It Up

Am I here for the coffee? Maybe a quick tune up on my 10-speed De Rosa? Nope...I'm here for the ...
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Coors Field: Home of Your Colorado Rockies!

Take me out to the ball Coors Field. Take me out to the crowd.  Buy me some peanuts and ...
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88 Drive-in Theatre

The 88 Drive-in Theatre is celebrating its 40th season in Colorado! How could you possibly pass up a chance to ...
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Dancing at Denver’s Mercury Cafe

The Mercury Cafe is a Denver classic. They serve locally-sourced vegetables, fruits, grains, meat, fish and bar selections, augmented with fair ...
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