Denver, Colorado is typically an afterthought to many that travel to Colorado. It’s a city you pass through to get to your final destination in the mountains for skiing or hiking.
I had traveled through Denver on many occasions but never really considered stopping in the city itself. That is, until I booked a trip through Pack Up and Go (you can read more about my review of Pack Up and Go here!)
Here are my suggestions of what to do in Denver for a weekend getaway!
Unfortunately, when we were in Denver, it was raining every day so we were not able to get out and about very much. Luckily, there were brief moments of sunshine to enjoy a little bit of the great outdoors.
Must Do Things in Denver
- Union Station
- Many cool shops and the first place to greet you if you take the train from the airport.
- Molly Brown House Museum
- Learn some of the history of the city and one of it’s prominent figures.
- If you enjoy sports:
- Coors Field (home of the Colorado Rockies professional baseball team)
- Empower Field at Mile High (home of the Denver Broncos professional football team)
- Pepsi Center (home of the Colorado Avalanche professional hockey team)
- The Woodhouse Day Spa
- Located in a remodeled house, the spa is incredibly relaxing. Bonus: add on CBD oil with your massage to make it a true Colorado experience.
- REI Headquarters
- Explore Platte Street shops
- Enjoy Commons Park
- Day trip to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Where to Eat in Denver
- Inside the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver, we ate here multiple times during our stay – it was that amazing.
- The house made bread is to-die-for!
- Denver Biscuit Company
- The Franklin and The Lola are my favorites!
- Little Man Ice Cream
- Outside Linger and always has a line. Well worth it! My favorite flavor was the Mexican chocolate.
- Old mortuary turned restaurant. Pretty lively these days (haha, get it?!) with beautiful views of Downtown.
- Snooze an A.M. Eatery
Getting to and around Denver
Denver International Airport is the closest airport.
Getting around is probably one of the easiest experiences I’ve ever had. The train leaves right from the airport and drops you off in the heart of Downtown and is so simple to use. It takes about 40 minutes to get from the airport to Downtown and costs $10.50 each way.
In and around downtown, we used Uber or just walked. They have plenty of bike rentals as well.
What to Pack
I’ve traveled to Denver in April, May, and December. Each time, I’m glad I had a jacket. My suggestion would be to pack the essentials and bring an umbrella and jacket or coat (depending on what time of year you visit).
Where to Stay
Through Pack Up and Go, they booked our accommodations at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver. It was beautiful, clean, and quiet. Also, it’s located right in the heart of Downtown so the perfect location.
Unfortunately, travel is currently limited and discouraged in some areas. However, don’t let that stop you from planning a trip for the (hopefully) near future!