Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday Travel Guide: Denver- Where to Play


If you were to ask my best friend Melissa what to do in Denver, her first response would probably be a Broncos game. 

If you're like me, you either a) don't care for the Broncos (sorry, girl), b) don't care for football, or c) don't have the time to invest in seeing a game or scheduling your trip around one. We didn't have a lot of time and frankly, we just wanted to lounge around and chill. Since it was my mom's birthday trip, we knew we wanted to a) wander the shops, b) eat some great food, c) relax and wander on foot.



If you like to shop (or just window shop), there are plenty of places to do so in downtown Denver. The Denver Pavilions is right downtown and hosts a ton of shops, things to do, and places to eat. The 16th Street Mall felt less to me like a mall than a cute casual stroll. It was outdoors and very wide so it was nice for a leisurely walk with plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes along the way.




We happened past the Larimer Square shops our first night in Denver but everything closed very early so we went back the next afternoon. If small boutiques are more your thing then this would be the place to go. The shops had plenty of unique, upscale items. We really enjoyed wandering through them and got some of the most adorable items at the dog boutique (Roger is so spoiled).


One afternoon, my mom and I walked down to the Colorado State Capital. It was about a mile walk and the weather was perfect so it was a nice weekend stroll. There were some interesting pieces to see along the way like the Big Blue Bear at the Colorado Convention Center (so cute). There were also some old Denver Cow Parade cows randomly along the way. We actually saw a few on our trip and we really love Cow Parade.







Corey and I really enjoy street art and even though he wasn't on the trip, I couldn't resist getting a peek at some of what Denver had to offer. One of the streets by the Denver Performing Arts Complex had some really amazing street art including a couple really gorgeous pieces by David Choe. If you're in the area it's definitely worth seeing! If we'd had more time, I would have liked to see a show or something in Denver but we didn't have the time. Also, make sure to stop by Sculpture Park on the other side of the complex to see the dancing... people? Aliens? Whatever those things are.







I would love to fly back into Denver and rent a car to explore the surrounding areas. Corey and I want to see The Stanley at Estes Park (The Shining), and I would love to see Vail and Aspen when they're in their snowy glory. The flight was insanely cheap from Vegas since Denver is a Frontier Airlines hub; it was only $40 per person!
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