Last week, Meagan and I made our first trip to Denver, Colorado. We absolutely loved it and already can’t wait to go back. From the incredibly beauty of the snow-covered Red Rocks Amphitheater to the incredibly stroll-able downtown Boulder, this part of Colorado is hard to beat. It’s no wonder so many Millennials and Gen Z-ers have decided to call Colorado home.
Although it was a quick trip for us this time, we wanted to share several must-do’s for your next (or first) trip to Denver. Even if you don’t get a foot of snow like we did, you’ll have a great time!
Must Do’s in the Denver Area
Check out the “Graffiti” in the RiNo District
Question: Is it graffiti if businesses and apartment buildings encourage it?
Regardless of that philosophical question, take a walk through the River North (RiNo) district and snap away. At each and every corner and alley, you’ll find Instagram worthy content. Or, if that’s not your thing, just take in some of the coolest street art I’ve seen in any major city.
Grab a Beer from one of >230 Breweries (!) in Denver
We checked out the RiNo Brewery: 14’er. Wondering why it’s called 14’er? A fourteener is a mountain peak with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet —> you can find plenty of these in Colorado!
We got a GREAT deal on Groupon that allowed for 4 flights of the most popular beer flavors, 4 pint glasses and 4 crowlers (growlers in a can, see below) for about $80.
It was well worth the money and we would highly recommend this deal for anyone looking to check out the local flavors the brew scene has to offer.
Take a Day Trip to Boulder
Unfortunately due to the foot of snow, we were limited in what we could do in Boulder. However, we absolutely loved the city!
Boulder has a funky and inviting small town college vibe where we were able to pack in a day of eating, drinking and shopping. We think the mini blizzard, freezing temperatures and sloshy conditions made for a truly fun experience.
We spent most of the day walking through Pearl Street Mall. Lucky for us most bars had “snow day specials” where you can score delicious $4 local craft beers all day long!
We ended our trip with a drive through campus and stopped for a photo op outside the CU football stadium.
Visit Red Rocks Amphitheater
(Bonus points if you catch a concert here!)
Red Rocks was a major highlight of our trip. Despite the snowstorm and a 2-wheel-drive car that definitely wasn’t the best for the climate, we made it to the beautiful amphitheater, nestled between unbelievably red rocks.
A small warning: If you aren’t in good shape or if you’re not looking to do over 500 steps, Red Rocks may not be for you. But for the brave and those in shape, there was nothing more impressive than this combination of music venue and nature.
What Denver-area Favorites Did We Miss?
Let us know on Twitter at @mittentomunich or in the comments below!
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