3-DAY Denver, Colorado ITINERARY
Denver, the capital of Colorado, is an American metropolis dating to the Old West era. Larimer Square, the city's oldest block, features landmark 19th-century buildings. Museums include the Denver Art Museum, an ultramodern complex known for its collection of indigenous works, and the mansion of famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown. Denver is also a jumping-off point for ski resorts in the nearby Rocky Mountains, per Google.
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Must do, must see, must try:
The 3-Day Denver Itinerary
Best time to visit is April through May or September through October. The seasons have comfortable temperatures, fewer tourists and lower accommodation prices than the summer high season.
The neighborhoods and sections (like downtown) are walk-able, but you'll want to Lyft to the outskirts. You can get anywhere in the Mile High City by rail or bus; don't rent a car.
Language is English
Currency: US Dollar
Ideal city if you want to reconnect with nature, or relax on a walk. This is the place to visit if you want to get outside while seeing a fun bucket list location. Ideal for a weekend getaway with anyone.
Denver aka the Mile High City attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year due to its memorizing scenic views. Besides the Denver Broncos, Denver offers home brewed craft beer, a lively art community and breathtaking open-air amphitheatre.
Land and take the A-Line train into town
Check-in to the hotel and drop off the bags
10 AM - Stroll, shop and see historical buildings at Larimer Square
11 AM - Mini-Brewery Tour
First Stop - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery ($$, Brewery) – get lunch here too!
Get a seat on the patio for great people watching and a view of the famous 16th Street Mall
Second Stop - Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery ($, Brewery)
If you’re up for more, follow the Denver Beer Trail → you’ve completed the first 3, yay! Can you visit all 22 in a day?
3 PM - Check out the Tattered Cover Book Store and stroll around LoDo ('Lower Downtown'), don't miss the Union Station
Play a few rounds at The 1up – LoDo ($, Arcade Bar)
6 PM - Early dinner and drinks at Avanti Food & Beverage ($$, Foot Court & Bar)
Or Buckhorn Exchange ($$$, Steakhouse) – opened by a pal of Buffalo Bill
Dessert at Little Man Ice Cream ($, Ice Cream)
7:30 AM Breakfast at Snooze A.M. Eatery ($$, Breakfast & Brunch), try the Gluten-Free Sweet Potato pancakes because they will change your life
Stop at Denver Central Market to pick up lunch bites before you hike
9 AM - Hike at Chief Mountain Trail; round-trip hike is 2.8 miles
Be rewarded with a 360-degree view of the Rockies, foothills and valleys
Did you see these animals while hiking? Animal list
If you want a full-day challenge, then Timberline Falls is calling your name
2 PM - One more stop at Botanic Gardens and Cheesman Park
Clean up and rest
6 PM - Dinner at Root Down ($$, American)
8 PM - Concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater
Cocktails at Williams & Graham ($$, Speakeasy)
10 AM - Breakfast bites from Voodoo Doughnut ($, Bakery)
11 AM - Stroll through the street art of RiNo ('River North Art District')
Visit art galleries, like RULE Gallery or Blue Silo Studies - many to choose from
Grab a drink from Denver Beer Company
Listen to a band at Beach Club
Noon Lunch at The Source ($$, Food Court)
Check-out for an afternoon flight.
Head home. Goodbye Denver.
Travel a GO-Go
Use the Google map on the left to get a lay of the land and see all the fun spots that you'll visit. Download the free PDF by clicking the icon below to have this itinerary at your finger-tips.
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Denver is a a home away from home. The people are friendly, nature greets you with open arms, and then you take a deep breath and realize it's all okay. So maybe Denver is a therapist. I ventured to Denver when I was in need of a good un-plugging from life. Went away with my SO for the weekend and it was the perfect amount of time in a laid back city to relax, take a stroll and drink a beer.
Colorado was on my bucket list for skiing and all that, but Denver popped up because the flight prices were ideal and why not. With the amphitheatre, breweries, walking trail, it's basically an adult playground, so what are you waiting for?
Enjoy Denver. Cuddle up and plan to relax and not have to rush around. Make some friends as you stroll through the town and who knows where you'll end up. That's what happened to me because everyone is very, very nice. It's kind-of dis-alarming how friendly they are. But it's also nice. If you want to go for hiking, complete the Your Trip and I'll make an itinerary around the best trails for you - and it will give me a reason to go back and check out Denver again.