With so many unique and incredible experiences to be had in Denver, we thought we would make your life a little easier and hand pick our perfect itinerary for a four-night stay in the city. With everything from fine cuisine to city chic, here is a little taster of a blissful stay awaiting you.
For an exciting start to your trip, throw yourself straight in to one of the liveliest parts of the city –Downtown Denver and Lower Downtown (LoDo). Somewhere worthy of a whole day exploring, in this vibrant area you will come across dozens of cafes, bars, shops and cultural delights. We recommend you set yourself up for a day on your feet with Denver-style breakfast at Snooze in historic Union Station; here, they truly believe this is the most important meal of the day and serve it with an adventurous Americana twist (think peanut butter and jelly pancakes, and “Salmon of All Benedicts”). After you’ve had your fill, walk off breakfast around downtown Denver, where you can enjoy perusing the shops in sophisticated Larimer Square; one of the city’s most chic fashion districts, where boutiques, restaurants and bars are housed in Victorian brick buildings. You’ll find all sorts of interesting architecture, such as Union Station and the Oxford Hotel, which are beautiful buildings that have been lovingly restored over the years. And for the more modern art lover, don’t miss a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver or the Denver Art Museum.
Take a Private City Tour
After spending time in Downtown Denver, your curiosity will probably have been piqued to venture further in the city; so on your second day, ditch the map and let us organise a private tour. With expert knowledge on the secret spots, inner workings and history of the city, your guide will shed a new light on Denver. Putting you in good stead for the rest of your stay, you’ll be taken to The Mile High City’s original streets and neighbourhoods, where you’ll hear stories of the Gold Rush and railroading days, see grand architecture and learn more about the city’s rather captivating history.Read more
One of the best ways to spend an afternoon here is taking in the city sights from a new perspective. With its 13th step exactly one mile above sea level, the Colorado State Capitol offers some magnificent views over the Mile High City. The building itself has proudly graced Denver’s skyline since 1895, when it was adorned with its luxurious gold-topped dome as a commemoration of the 1859 Gold Rush. Weekly tours allow you to discover all parts of the building, including the House and Senate Chambers.
Plan a Visit to Red Rocks
Just a 20-minute drive west of Denver, you will find the iconic Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, an incredible open-air concert venue carved from giant, reddish-pink rocks – some of Mother Nature’s finest handiwork. Catching a live show here is an experience that is truly unique to this corner of the world. Imagine an evening spent surrounded by towering red rocks, as you sit under the stars listening to music that resounds across landscape. In the daytime, this is a free park where you can walk down on to the stage and test the natural acoustics for yourself, visit the Performers’ Hall of Fame, or hike the trails that meander amidst the massive boulders. Hint: For daytime hikes and exploring, plan to visit in the morning, as concert set-ups begin at midday.
Find Inspiration or Relax in style
Feed your creative side with a stop at the Denver Art Museum which is known for its American Indian and Western art collections or explore the Clyfford Still Museum housing the works of the Abstract Expressionist who was a contemporary of Mark Rothko. The Museum of Contemporary Art offers an ever-changing array of contemporary exhibitions and the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative is a treasure chest filled with Colorado art, as well as furniture, pottery and decorative pieces from around the world.
Why not top off your day trip by visiting one of Denver’s historic gems where you can relax and unwind. The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa and the Oxford Hotel bring back the elegance of the early days in Denver and feature two of the city’s most revered spas. The Brown Palace boasts its own Artesian well and also serves tea in the afternoon, just in case you are looking for a little taste of home. The hotel has housed many a president and celebrity, including the Beatles in 1964 when they appeared at Red Rocks too.
Enjoy a few hours of indulgence, before you head out for dinner to explore some of Denver’s local chefs’ talents. Or, visit one of the upscale cocktail bars before dinner, like Cooper Lounge in Union Station overlooking the Grand Hall of this recently renovated transportation hub, hotel and hot dining spot or Green Russell, the speakeasy bar on Larimer Square with plenty of hand-mixed cocktails.
Indulge in Gourmet Denver
It may not offer the traditional images of rolling vineyards and open fields, but there is a flourish of wine and beer producers in Denver. The famous Denver Beer Trail has been a popular attraction for many years, and will allow you to see just how delicious and varied the beer scene in this city really is. Just as you’d expect from somewhere that has been a trail-blazer in the craft beer world. Most of the breweries are in the walkable downtown area and, don’t worry, most of them have food trucks parked outside to provide food along with the beer tasting.
If wine is more your thing, then this city has also broken from tradition on that front. Grapes are grown right here in Colorado, and speciality urban wineries are on the up; so whatever tipple takes your fancy, we recommend you enjoy an altogether different drinking experience.
You’ll probably need some food after a fairly liquid lunch, so make sure you take an evening to enjoy the chef’s creations at restaurants throughout the city. There are plenty of unique menus with a Rocky Mountain flair on Larimer Square, inside Union Station or in one of Denver’s neighbourhoods. Check out Fruition, one of our favourite eateries in the city. While Denver has a big foodie scene and lots of delicious restaurants, this is a gourmet triumph amongst them all, as Fruition’s chef has his own farm and is an artist in the kitchen. Think perfectly pink duck with buttery risotto and the chef’s own home-grown rocket, or pork with sweet potato blini, pear butter and Waldorf salad.
Get Some Retail Therapy
Before you say any goodbyes to the city, make sure you indulge in some retail therapy at one of Denver’s unique shopping areas. From Antique Row, where you will find a treasure trove of luxury and historic items, to the 16th Street pedestrian mall and Larimer Square, or the upscale shopping at Cherry Creek. From Macy’s and Nordstrom to Tiffany’s and boutique shops and art galleries, there is something for everyone and you are sure to find a treasure to take home. In fact, if you want a bit of the West in your wardrobe, stop at the authentic, family-owned Rockmount Ranch Wear in downtown Denver, where the first snap-button cowboy shirt was invented long ago and movie stars and music icons shop today. Then, you are ready to head to the next destination on your Rocky Mountain vacation.