Last weekend I took a break from hiking the North Carolina mountains and flew out to Denver, CO to visit some friends. I’ve been to Colorado before but never experienced Denver so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Everyone is always telling me how much they love the city (it has really grown in popularity the past couple years) so I had to see for myself! And now I get to share with YOU how much I loved Denver 🙂
Listed below are some highlights of places we visited and things we did over the weekend.
Did you really expect me to visit Colorado and NOT hike the Rocky Mountains?! You know me better than that 😉 The drive to the park was suppose to be just less than 2 hours from the city but took us nearly 3 due to peak season traffic and the line to get in. It cost $25 per car for day use and luckily we were able to find parking in the Park & Ride lot! From there we caught the free shuttle which took us right to the trailhead we needed (blog post coming next week about the hike we did!). It was an all day adventure- 10 miles up in the mountains, zero cell reception, meeting super cool fellow hikers on the trail, climbing up waterfalls, visiting 3 lakes, and so on. It was my first experience in the Rockies and it was well worth the drive. I have a feeling I’ll be back very soon to explore even more 😉
If you plan on visiting be prepared to get up and drive early or reserve your campsite well in advance for it is a popular and busy National Park 🙂
Two words: bottomless mimosas! This is what you come here for…and it is only $10! They literally walk around with a pitcher and keep your glasses full. If you aren’t into mimosas they also have an option for bottomless Bloody Mary’s! Although their brunch menu isn’t very large, the items that they do have are giant portions and delicious. One of my friends and I got the breakfast burrito and the chicken fingers with fries and split both plates because we couldn’t decide!
This place is also worth mentioning because of the overall vibe and it’s convenient location in downtown. I was impressed walking in, but then all of a sudden we’re climbing two flights of stairs and end up on the rooftop patio…color me more impressed! There was an outdoor fireplace, two giant televisions to watch the football games, as well as heaters we could sit next to incase we were chilly. It was as if they’d thought of everything.
Rooftop bars are all the hype in major cities and for good reason! How else are you suppose to get an epic city view?! Well okay, there are other ways but this is one of the easiest and most fun. Avanti has a great view of the overall city and a wide variety of seating options up on the patio which creates a great environment to hangout. We were lucky enough to snag a comfortable outdoor couch with a table and be served. There isn’t much shade on the open patio but that is where the view is so bring a sun hat or sunscreen if you visit mid day like we did. I’m pretty sure this is where my face got so tan from my trip!
If you don’t like the sun there is a covered part on the rooftop where you can also catch a sports game but still get the rooftop vibe. We didn’t eat here but their menu looks elaborate… if you visit let me know how the food is!
4. Scooter Around
Fun fact- my favorite thing to do in major cities is scooter around. If your feet get tired of walking long distances but you’re bored of Uber then hop on a scooter and experience Denver differently. You can stop whenever you want to sightsee or drop in different bars and shops along the way. We were going 4 miles so scootering definitely saved our feet and time! We rode Lyft the whole time and those baby’s are fast 😀
For those of you- like some of my family who I know are reading this blog- who don’t know what these scooters are I’ll tell you. Here’s the scoop- they are battery operated scooters that are open for public use in most major cities! You can find them laying around the city in random spots. Once you find a scooter you download the app if you don’t already have it, scan the barcode, and it activates the scooter for your use. Your payment is hooked through the app. Usually there’s a $1 activation fee each time you scooter then a small fee like $0.30 a minute you use it. Once you’re done you just kick the kickstand down on the scooter and end your ride in the app! Easy peasy!
I don’t care how old you are… you’re never to old to have fun in an arcade! The walls are lined with video game machines to play as well as Giant Jenga out on the patio. There are two locations, one in Colfax and one in Lodo. Needless to say, we had a blast here! Go and check them out next time you’re in the area and challenge your friends to some games!
I’ll be honest when we booked our trip we had no idea the festival was even in Denver that weekend. But since it happened to be, we decided to attend… because why not?!
It was held in the Colorado Convention center and the ticket included our entry, a small glass to taste test with, unlimited taste testing of 4000+ varieties, and a free group photo! For fun I had joined the photo attendee in printing and passing out photos while my friends waited in line. If you saw a crazy girl in a red maxi dress handing out your photo telling you you’re beautiful- yep, that was me!
If you’re interested in attending in 2020 check out their website and save the dates in your calendar- September 24-26!
As always, drink responsibly! When you purchase your ticket they also have an option to buy a designated driver which I think is amazing. Otherwise use Uber or Lyft to get home safely!
Overall, my long weekend in Denver was a blast and I couldn’t have imagined it to be any better! I got a taste of both the city and the country in Colorado and I can’t wait to go back again so I can do another hike in the Rockie’s and try out some new spots in the city 🙂
Have you been to Denver? What is your favorite spot in the city?