What to see/do in Denver?

posted 2 years ago in Denver
Post # 2
9334 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I visited Denver in June.

some places to eat/snack:
voodoo donuts
Denver biscuit company
vesta dipping grill
little man ice cream
buckhorn exchange

some things to do:
red rocks
drive up mount evans (north America’s highest auto road, although maybe not in December)
chautaugua park

Post # 4
10114 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Estes Park is beautiful and features The Stanley Hotel which is what inspired The Shining (also the setting for parts of Dumb and Dumber). It’s beautiful.

Post # 5
48 posts
  • Wedding: November 2016 - Spitfire Acres

The Botanic Gardens have a great Christmas light display! Boulder is close by and a ton of fun.

Post # 6
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I live about an hour away from Denver and spend most of my weekends there. 

Pizzeria Locale off on Broadway has great pizza if you’re into that. The Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature and Science have some pretty neat exhibits sometimes. DMNS usually has pretty good IMAX shows that are fun to check out. The Denver Zoo has an awesome lights display all through December. My suggestion is to go about an hour or two before closing. You’ll have a better chance of finding a good parking spot and it won’t be as crowded. 

Brainard Lake Recreation Area about an hour away from Boulder is absolutely gorgeous. If you’re into hiking, they have a great selection of trails and the scenery is amazing. My husband and I took our engagement photos there. Even if you’re not into hiking, you’ll still see some gorgeous scenery just walking or driving around. Pearl Street Mall in Boulder is always fun to walk around. They have some cute little shops around there. 

Estes Park (which someone mentioned) is a lot of fun to walk around. Make sure you go during the week. Weekends get pretty crowded and parking can be a major issue. They have a taffy shop where they make their own salt water taffy if you have a sweet tooth. The Stanley Hotel offers tours, but you may have to contact them ahead of time for reservations. 

If you have time, stop by the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver. The architecture is gorgeous and they offer tours Wednesdays through Saturdays at 3pm. You can also request a custom tour, which have different themes (ghost, romance, presidential, etc.) 

You mentioned wanting to check out a ski resort. I’d highly recommend Winter Park Ski Resort. Its about an hour and a half away from Denver, but there’s a shuttle that goes from Denver International Airport to Winter Park that you can take to avoid the ski traffic. The resort is beautiful, and the town of Winter Park is fun to walk around. They have a lot of little shops and cafes to check out. They also have a train that runs from Denver Union Station directly to the ski resort, but I’m not sure if they’ll be operating in December yet. They usually start running in January. Your best bet is probably the shuttle. 

Have a great trip!!

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