Don’t believe us? Settle in for a breakdown of all the awesomeness Denver has to offer, spread out across its many neighborhoods. Each has its own unique feel and flavor, but no matter what you’re looking to get out of this vacation, we guarantee that Denver has something for just about everyone.
If you want to drink, eat, or shop ’til you drop:
With its Victorian architecture and turn-of-the-century charm, Lodo (Lower Downtown), Larimer, and Riverfront are packed with creative techie types. It’s the perfect spot to bar-hop or just sit in a cafe and blog your way through the weekend.
Or, if it’s your turn to find a book for the book club back home, spend a few hours in the Tattered Cover. It’s one of the largest independent bookstores in the world, and is loved by locals and visitors alike.
If you’ve got a craving for sports and/or nachos:
If you’re feeling a little crunchy:
If you LOVE antiquing:
If you need a little jazz in your life (and who doesn’t?):
Speaking of history and culture – one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, Five Points, has a rich jazz history, and was frequented by jazz legends like Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Though the neighborhood’s soul has quieted a bit since its jazzy peak during the 1920s through the 1950s, Five Points still plays host to its annual Five Points Jazz Festival each May, and draws a crowd of thousands from all over to celebrate Juneteenth.
If you want to learn all about the Wild West:
Fun fact: Golden is the birthplace of the Jolly Rancher.
More of a suburb than a section of Denver, Golden, Colorado lies at the foot of the Rockies and is one of the most historical sites in the state, as it was the territorial capital until 1867. But if you’re looking for something to do, Golden offers a little taste of everything, playing host to six museums, the Coors Brewery, and all the outdoorsy activities you could hope for (think kayaking, hiking, and biking).
Or you could just lie in a field and immerse yourself in all this natural beauty:
For all its fun and games, Denver is clearly not kidding around. Bring your kids, your friends, your parents, or that stranger you sat next to on the plane (no judgement), and take advantage of all that this city has to offer.
But first, leave us a comment to share all about your favorite Denver ‘hood!