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Denver Travel Guide

November 21, 2017

Colton and I love Colorado. We have dreamed of living in Denver since before we got married almost ten years ago, but other than the airport, neither of us have spent any time there. When Andrew McMahon announced his Dear Jack benefit concert would be in Denver, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to explore and experience what Denver has to offer. Although we had less than 72 hours, we made the most of our time and can’t wait to visit again. Denver, we love you.

Where to stay

Like Dallas, Denver is divided up into many different neighborhoods. Their city website contains neighborhood guides to help you decide which area is best for your stay. We chose East Colfax because we liked the charm of the local bars, music venues, restaurants, and more. You will find everything you need within walking distance. We walked to restaurants, coffee shops, record stores, and the Ogden Theatre where the concert was. The Ramada Denver Downtown is a great budget choice in the center of East Colfax just 30 minutes from the airport.

Getting around

Use public transportation to get from place or place or rent a car. There are plenty of car rental companies to choose from around and outside of the Denver International Airport. However, there is a new app called Turo that we used while we were in Denver. Think of it like Airbnb for your car. We rented an adorable little yellow car at the airport for $40 a day, but there are choices available for even cheaper. Driving around the city was pretty easy and everything is relatively close together.

What to do

Walk East Colfax

Take a stroll down this long street and stop in to a variety of local bars, shops, and more. Check out Twist and Shout, a giant record store, and the Tattered Cover Book Store. Step in to various boutiques and pick yourself up something fun.

Catch a show at one of the iconic theaters

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness was the primary reason we visited Denver, so I was ecstatic to check out the Ogden Theater. It reminded me a bit of The Granada in Dallas because of the seating and wonderful acoustics. There are a couple other iconic theaters in the area, Bluebird and Fillmore, so check out the show schedules before you go.

Tour the neighborhoods

Colton and I visited many of Denver’s neighborhoods. One of my favorite spots to walk around on foot was the Highlands area. South Broadway also has a fun of fun shops, and plenty of Instagram worthy walls to take photos in front of.

Denver Zoo

I know zoos and captive animals are controversial, but if you enjoy zoos, the Denver one is small enough to see everything in a couple of hours. They have a ton of animals, including the polar bear, my favorite. It’s kid-friendly and couple friendly too. You can even drink beer and wine while you walk around.

Union Station

There are plenty of restaurants and shops at Union Station. Union Station is 100 years old, and an important part of the city. Check out the historic station and grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants.

Eat

Three Little Pigs at Morning Collective

My favorite thing to do in a new city is to eat. Denver has a plethora of places to choose from that will make your taste buds happy. Whatever you are in the mood for, you will find somewhere in the city.

Where to eat

Irish Snug

This cute little pub has a menu full of Irish favorites. If burgers are your thing, order the Ellis Island Burger. It’s topped with a fried egg and Irish Rasher (bacon). However, I highly suggest you order the beef tips with Guinness mushroom sauce if you want something delicious and Irish

Lola

If you are a Texan looking for coastal Mexican food, check out Lola in the Highland area. Colton and I split a couple of different tapas style dishes here. Be sure to order the table side guacamole for fresh, made-to-order guacamole made at your table.

Public School 303

We haven’t had the chance to check out the PS 214 in Dallas, but if it is anything like the PS 303 in Denver, we are huge fans. Located in the heart of Union Station, this restaurant has everything you could want for brunch. We stopped in for a couple of drinks and had to try the Brussels sprouts. They were some of the best Brussels I have had.

Goomba’s Pizza Grinder

Colton and I stumbled in to Goomba’s Pizza Grinder because I was craving pizza before the concert. This family owned and operated restaurant has only been open for a few weeks and already has a great thing going. Their pizza and calzones are made fresh and served piping hot. Then, they have a variety of Greek desserts to choose from. If you find yourself on Colfax, stop in and grab a slice (or whole pizza!). We love supporting small businesses with great products, and Goomba’s is no exception.

Greek baklava for dessert

Morning Collective

Even though our hotel had a free breakfast buffet, I wanted to check out a great breakfast/brunch spot while we were there. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has read this blog for a while. I love brunch. They feature a menu that rotates seasonally, so you are able to enjoy the freshest ingredients. The three little pigs bowl is the perfect option for your bacon-loving friend (or yourself). If you are more of a classic breakfast fan, try the Collective Breakfast. Be sure to check out their French toast offerings. The stuffed tres leches will ruin all other basic French toast for you.

Little Man Ice Cream

You can’t visit Denver without stopping by Little Man Ice Cream. The 28-foot cream can building is just the first indication of the creativity of their ice cream. All of the homemade flavors rotate daily, but if you have the opportunity to try the salted Oreo, do it.

 

Do yourself a favor and book a trip to Denver as soon as you can. You won’t regret spending time in this fun city.

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Have you been to Denver? What’s your favorite thing to do? Leave me a comment below. 

17 Comments

  • Reply Renee November 22, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I adore Colordo but haven’t spent much time in Denver! You definitely made me want to explore!

  • Reply Kate November 22, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I have never been to Denver but I’ve always wanted to go. Now you’re giving me some serious wanderlust. I think I am going to have to plan a trip for next year. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Reply Alice Boswell November 22, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    The foods look yummy. Renting a car seems less hassle in this city than use public transportation.

  • Reply Andrea November 22, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I never even knew there was so much to do in Denver – awesome! (and on a side note, your profile pic reminds me a bit of Taylor Swift 😀 )

  • Reply Jenny November 22, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    I haven’t been to Denver in so long but my hubby and I are dying to move there! Such a great guide.

  • Reply Jazz November 22, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Denver is definitely on my travel list. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jack bransson November 22, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    I have to say, the food looks delicious and the place is pretty. I haven’t been in this place yet and i hope i can visit it oneday 🙂

  • Reply Debbie Savage November 23, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Hi Jessica! I have been to Denver once in my life and it was a very long time ago. I love the different recommendations you made for me when I visit Denver in the future! xo

  • Reply Jordyn November 23, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I miss denver I used to live there for five years!

  • Reply Adriana Lopez November 23, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Denver is no doubt in my bucket list hopefully 2018 will be a better year to be able to travel more.

  • Reply Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com November 23, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    This is a great guide! I will keep the recommendations in mind if I go to Denver.

  • Reply Glenda November 23, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    I’ve never been to Denver before but would like to some day. The food looks so delicious.

  • Reply Eloise November 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    well that food looked amazing! I went to Denver long ago for my National Fast-pitch softball tournament, so unfortunately my team didn’t have time to go site seeing. I do remember how beautiful the mountains were though! My good friend just moved out there with her husband for his work, I’ll have to mention this post to her ; )

  • Reply jill conyers November 25, 2017 at 3:36 am

    My husband and I love Denver. We’ve often talked of living there.

  • Reply Thena November 26, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Wow, Denver sounds like a great place! I’ve never been but have a list of places to see now if I do go!

  • Reply janella panchamsingh November 26, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Yes I am all about the food! I love visiting places and trying the food.

  • Reply Dawnita December 9, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Wow, I am also a foodie and your photos just made me want to fly to Denver and try all of those.

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