Denver is a perfect destination for a girl’s weekend (you’ll want to stay longer – there’s so much to do). With it’s stunning Rocky Mountain backdrop, 300 days of sunshine, and a booming urban scene, this thriving metropolis is one of the country’s fastest-growing cities for good reasons.
If you’re arriving at DIA and want to go car-less, take the A train to downtown Denver.
For $10 and a 37-minute ride, you’ll arrive in the heart of downtown Denver, Union Station, which is within walking distance to Denver’s hottest hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops. This is a train station you will actually want to hang out in – a historic landmark in the heart of Denver. If you want to base yourself here for the weekend, check into The Crawford or The Kimpton Born. Or see our full list of cool & unique Denver hotels here.
For dinner right in Union Station, enjoy elevated comfort food at Mercantile, a farm to table concept with open kitchen and craft cocktails. After dinner, stroll the neighborhood and get a nightcap at The Cruise Room, Denver’s stylish and oldest bar.
Start your day off right with a proper breakfast at Denver hot spots, Snooze or for southern comfort Tupelo Honey to fuel up for the day.
If you want to live like a local, getting on a bike is the best way to see more of the City – if your hotel doesn’t provide a complimentary cycle, check one out from the city’s easy bike-share program.
One of Denver’s most popular paths begins right downtown at Platte River Trail in Confluence Park. You can pedal through the Cherry Creek Shopping district and then decide if you want to return bikes and shop till you drop or pedal further to some scenic spots along the trail.
In the afternoon, head to RINO, Denver’s hippest neighborhood for browsing shops and art galleries.
Stop in to the Source or Central Market for a coffee or glass of wine in one of these hip food markets. Enjoy craft cocktails at Death & Co and dinner at one of RINO’s hot restaurants like Work and Class for Southern and Latin American cuisine or Hop Alley for both traditional and modern Chinese food in a hip setting. If you’re looking for nightlife, be entertained at RINO’s newest music venue, The Mission Ballroom or laugh until you cry at Comedy Works downtown or set up your own party complete with Karaoke at VoiceBox Karaoke.
For more ideas, check out our list of top places to EAT + DRINK + SHOP in Denver.
Grab a coffee and some picnic supplies at The Market and head out of town. P.s. You’ll want to bring an extra layer as the weather can change quickly and dramatically in mountain elevations.
Denver is the gateway to the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, and no trip to Denver is complete without venturing out, so rent a car for a day to explore. One of the most extraordinary venues in the world is less than 20 miles west of Downtown Denver. You won’t want to miss Red Rocks amphitheater, where you can join yoga on the rocks (book early), catch a legendary show or just hike the trails and soak up the stunning views.
If you want to venture further, explore the old mining town of Idaho Springs a quaint, walkable town that’s a throwback to the gold rush days, soak at Indian Hot Spring or drive the scenic Mt Evans byway which climbs more than 7,000 feet to an altitude of over 14,000 feet for amazing views (road to top open in summer only).
Back in Denver, enjoy your last night on the town with a rooftop drink at The Art Hotel and dinner on historic Larimer Square, Denver’s most iconic street. Try Osteria Marco for Italian or Tag for inspired fusion – where Hawaii meets Colorado.
For a nightcap, look for the glossy red door and enter The Crimson Room, for craft cocktails and you might even catch a jazz show.
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