3 Perfect Days in Denver
Regardless of if you are looking for stunning natural beauty, an amazing food and craft beer scene, or a bustling arts community, Denver has something for every traveler. Although you could easily spend weeks in this charming city and not run out of things to do and see, a well-planned three-day itinerary will give you a taste of Rocky Mountain living. Here is how to spend three perfect days in The Mile High City:
DAY ONE: After arriving at Denver International Airport, the new light rail system can take you directly to Lower Downtown for a small fee in just over 30 minutes. Hotels to check out for your stay include the boutique Crawford Hotel located in the newly renovated Denver Union Station and the historic Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. If you prefer to make the trendy Cherry Creek area your home base, the Hyatt Place/Denver Cherry Creek is a great choice.
After settling into your room, it is time to hit the streets. Starting your adventure in the downtown area is an ideal way to become acclimated to the city. The pedestrian-friendly 16th Street Mall is a fun place to people watch and get some shopping done. Stop for lunch at the Rialto Cafe to refuel and then head on over to the Denver Art Museum to check out one of the nation’s most exclusive collections of art. Everyone in your travel party will be able to find something to eat for dinner at the hopping Denver Milk Market. End your day checking out the hotspots in Larimer Square such as The Crimson Room or Corridor 44.
DAY TWO: Today it is time to get out and enjoy the magnificent beauty of Denver. After picking up breakfast at LoDo’s Little Owl Coffee, head on over to City Park. This 330-acre urban oasis boasts sweeping views of the city skyline nestled against the Rocky Mountains. This park is also conveniently located just steps from the Denver Natural History Museum. Grab a quick lunch at one of Denver’s many taco stands. After you have refueled, it is time to hit the rapidly expanding Colorado craft beer scene. Breweries to consider visiting include Wynkoop Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing, and TRVE Brewing Company. Not only will you be able to sample some of the country’s best craft brews, but you will also get the chance to connect with locals.
Tonight’s dinner takes you to the famous Buckhorn Exchange restaurant. Established in 1893, this gem is a true Denver institution and is now a National Historic Landmark. Located just five minutes from downtown Denver, the Buckhorn Exchange dishes up a variety of steaks, buffalo, and other game meats.
DAY THREE: Today we are going to head to the Cherry Creek art and shopping district. Encompassing 16 blocks, this area boasts over 20 art galleries and a variety of shopping and dining options. A large indoor mall anchors the upscale district. If you are feeling the need to get some exercise, a 22-mile trail winds through the Cherry Creek area, connecting the district with the downtown area. Elway’s is the perfect place for brunch while in Cherry Creek. Owned and operated by the beloved Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, this iconic joint offers up a variety of mouth-watering dishes with a Colorado flair.
If you are visiting Denver during baseball season, catching a Colorado Rockies game is the ideal way to end your trip. Coors Field is a gorgeous ballpark located in LoDo, putting it within steps of some of the city’s best restaurants and bars. After the game is over, walk next door to the Denver ChopHouse & Brewery for a nightcap in the bar. Offering amazing views of the Rocky Mountains, a visit to this ballpark will be the cherry on top of your Denver trip.