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(Last Updated On: May 6, 2021)

Denver is the capital city of the state of Colorado, and it’s an absolutely wonderful travel destination! With a bustling food scene, every major professional sport, and the Rocky Mountains right next door, there’s something for every traveler in Denver.

If you like to spend your time outdoors, then Denver is your dream destination. You can get all the hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding you can handle. Most within a very reasonable driving distance from the city!

If you’re more the city type who enjoys a night out on the town, Denver has you covered there as well! Between music venues ranging from full-blown arenas to intimate shows, incredible nightlife, a blossoming culinary scene, and stage shows – there’s always something for a night out in Denver.

And if you’re more the hipster or artsy type, Denver is quite well-known there as well! The city has an amazing selection of small craft breweries, two different art districts (Santa Fe and River North), an award-winning art museum, and of course, the booming marijuana industry.

It really is a city for everyone. This Denver travel guide will help you get the most out of your stay in this fabulous city.

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Denver is one of those cities that has a plethora of experiences you can enjoy no matter what time of year you visit.

Nestled in the valley of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Denver’s climate is classified as “semi-arid.” Which means warm and toasty summers with relatively mild winters. Snow is relatively common in winter, but warm temperatures and near daily sunshine make it melt quickly. The climate in Denver is also quite dry, with little annual rainfall.

Denver in spring: springtime in Denver, CO sees gorgeous, comfortable weather. The average temperatures warm up from around 34°F to a significantly warmer 81°F. Many of the city’s outdoor attractions (of which there are a TON!) begin to really blossom from mid-to-late spring.

Denver in summer: the summer days in the Mile High City are beautiful and sunny! And while the city enjoys relatively low humidity, the summer months do receive 70% of the annual rainfall (which still isn’t much). Visiting Denver in the summer ensures a buzzing tourism industry to enjoy.

Denver in fall: Denver and the surrounding areas are absolutely breathtaking in fall as the foliage changes. Temperatures fall to a pleasant 65°F during the day – perfect for exploring around the city without breaking a sweat while you’re at it. And if you visit in October, be sure to catch a spooky Denver ghost tour in the lead up to Halloween.

Denver in winter: winter is typically the least popular time to visit Denver as the ski resorts / mountain towns pick up in winter tourism. Denver surprisingly enjoys relatively mild winters, but when the snow does stick you can enjoy activities like ice skating, sledding and more.

But when is the best time to visit Denver for you?

DENVER TRANSPORTATION

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GETTING TO DENVER BY CAR

Depending on where you live, it is possible you could make the drive to Denver. The city has an extensive interstate system, with interstates I-25, I-70, and I-76 all crisscrossing through the city. Making it easy to get to Denver from any other part of the country by car.

Possible. But not necessarily easy.

Colorado is situated in the not-so-densely populated Rocky Mountain region, which means the chances of a long drive from your home is high. Although it would certainly be a gorgeous drive. But not everyone is cut out (*raises hand*) for super long car rides.

There’s also no doubt that having a car to get around while visiting Denver certainly has its benefits. But, unless you live in a neighboring state, it’s likely it will make the most sense to fly, and possibly rent a car on the ground in Denver.

FLYING TO DENVER

For most visitors, a trip to Denver involves a flight (or two if you have to connect), arriving into Denver International Airport – airport code DEN. Denver’s airport is pretty modern, and easy to navigate. It’s important to note, however, it’s not really conveniently located to the city. In fact, it’s about a 30 minute drive outside of the city.

Luckily Denver now has a direct train route that connects DIA to Union Station downtown. The trains run about every 30 minutes, and takes about 40 minutes, with stops, to arrive at Union Station.

TRANSPORTATION IN DENVER

Denver is yet a relatively small city, especially when compared to behemoths like NYC or Chicago. Many find the city’s public transportation offerings to be lacking, but at the end of the day, there are plenty of transportation options to safely get you from one attraction to the next.

By car: driving is definitely the easiest way to get around the Denver area. Especially if you include any activities that aren’t located in the city center (which you absolutely should). If you’re flying in to Denver, it may make sense to rent a car. DIA has all the major car rental companies available.

Public transportation: Denver’s public transportation system mainly consists of local buses and the light rail (an above ground train). The light rail is more commonly used by tourists as it connects DIA to downtown, and from downtown to the suburbs.

Ride share: like most cities these days, Denver has a bustling ride share economy, and Uber and Lyft are abundant. There are also a wide array of scooter rental companies available.

Walking: to be completely honest, Denver is not the most walkable of cities. Sure, you can cover ground on some shorter distances downtown. But with the metro area being so spread out, you’ll likely need to supplement with another mode of transportation at some point during your trip.

BEST AREA TO STAY IN DENVER

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It’s really hard to say what the best area to stay in Denver is for a person without knowing what their itinerary includes. That said, I think it’s safe to say that most people will find solid benefits to staying as centrally located in the city as possible. The downtown core has a lot of the city’s best – the best venues, bars, restaurants, activities and more.

Staying centrally located means focusing on lodging options in Denver’s Downtown, Lower Downtown (LoDo), Capitol Hill, the Highlands, River North (RiNo), Uptown and Five Points neighborhoods. Staying in any of these neighborhoods ensures you will be near the action the city has to offer, while also being close to major highways for any plans outside of Denver during your trip.

AIRBNB OPTIONS IN DENVER

Like many cities across the country (and really, the world), Airbnb has a strong presence in Denver. And that’s a good thing! While there are certainly pros and cons to Airbnb vs. Hotels, consumers only benefit when we have more options.

Airbnb properties in Denver run the gamut from older, historic homes in Capitol Hill, to city apartments downtown, to hip industrial lofts in RiNo (River North) and everything in between. So I definitely suggest taking a peek at Airbnb when planning your Denver trip! You can often get more space and a better location for less money vs traditional hotels.

And to make it easy for you, below are some of my FAVORITE Airbnb rentals available in Denver:
– Bring a crowd for this Highlands townhome that sleeps 8 and has a rooftop deck with incredible views of the city (!!)
– Or enjoy the historic charm of this brick row house
– Be smack in the middle of Downtown Denver at this luxury 2-bedroom Union Station apartment
– Discover the Old West at this historic Highlands carriage house known as the “Hen House”
– Walk anywhere you need to go from this art-filled condo in Capitol Hill
– Check out this industrial 2-story River North loft with a private courtyard and lots of exposed brick

HOTELS IN DENVER

Now, don’t get me wrong, hotels have a lot of pros to them as well! You don’t have to clean up after yourself, larger amenities like onsite spas or restaurants, or maybe you’re a frequent traveler and you have lounge access perks. I have spent years of my life in hotels (no joke), and they certainly have a place still also!

And that said, Denver is lucky to have some incredible hotel options. Everything from small, boutique accommodations to the most luxurious hotels. Some of my favorites in the city are:
Le Meridien Denver Downtown: home to Denver’s tallest open air rooftop bar
Hotel Teatro: Denver’s original boutique hotel
The Westin Denver Downtown: a reliable Marriott located smack in the middle of the 16th street mall (and they have a rooftop pool!)
Magnolia Hotel Denver: a historic hotel (built in 1910) re imagined for the modern world
The Curtis Denver: a unique boutique hotel feel with the backing of a national brand
The Crawford Hotel: pretty much brand spankin’ new and located in Denver’s historic Union Station
The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa: Denver’s most luxurious (and historic) hotel
Four Seasons Hotel: an upscale downtown hotel in a landmark Denver high-rise

WHERE TO EAT IN DENVER

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WHERE TO HAVE BREAKFAST IN DENVER

Sam’s No 3: this is Denver’s most beloved diner. Really – it’s hard to find a time when there isn’t a wait to get in at Sam’s. But that’s what is to be expected when you have amazing food, reasonable prices, and the best staff around.

Snooze: Snooze is incredibly popular and almost always has a wait to get in. But that usually says something, right? Their menu boasts creatively delicious sweet and savory breakfast items alike. And they have two downtown locations, one conveniently in Denver’s Union Station.

Sassafrass American Eatery: this breakfast and lunch southern soul food spot is well-known for making food from scratch. They pride themselves on using locally sourced ingredients to create their delicious masterpieces. They’re Denver born and bred, with a few locations.

Voodoo Doughnuts: OK – doughnuts from here are more like dessert than breakfast, but when in Rome, right?? Denver was lucky enough to be the first city outside of Portland to be graced by Voodoo. And now you can stop by and get their incredible delights (my fave is the bacon maple long john…swoon) any time.

WHERE TO HAVE BRUNCH IN DENVER

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Brunch is a big deal in Denver. Maybe we’re too lazy to get up earlier for breakfast? Or maybe we’re too hungover from the night before? Whatever the cause, Denverites tend to skip over early breakfast to opt for brunch instead…especially on the weekends!

And while there are tons of amazing options to choose from, I used my own criteria based on years of independent field research to narrow down my favorites. The spots in Denver where you can get the best bottomless mimosas, plus amazing food, plus a manageable wait time. What more could you want?

The Lobby: the Lobby feels like a cool, neighborhood hangout spot. And that’s really because it is. Their food is delicious, and unique while the ambiance is relaxed, and welcoming. You simply can’t go wrong having brunch (bottomless mimosas or not) at the Lobby!

WHERE TO HAVE A QUICK/CASUAL LUNCH IN DENVER

Torchy’s Tacos: Torchy’s has a lot of really creative tacos – so I guess in that regard it’s definitely not your “authentic” taco joint. But their food is incredibly tasty and their drinks are delicious as well. The trailer park, baja shrimp, and hillbilly queso are personal favorites. A must stop in Denver!

Illegal Pete’s: true Denverites know that in the Chipotle vs. Illegal Pete’s debate, Pete’s wins every time. It’s also a quick-service Mexican spot, but with a more unique spin and additional ingredients to choose from. The baja fish burrito is to die for – they fry the fish fresh to order!

Park Burger: this local burger joint focuses on delicious made-to-order burgers, shakes, fries and amazing beer on tap. They focus on high-quality ingredients and only utilize never frozen meat. If you visit, you can’t go wrong with a Royale burger and truffle-parmesan fries!

Ian’s Pizza: one of the best pizza-by-the-slice spots in the city! Especially if you like a unique and ever-changing menu. This is the place where you can get ravioli, a turkey dinner and mac-and-cheese on a slice of pizza.

WHERE TO HAVE MEXICAN FOOD IN DENVER

Otra Vez: ever since Otra Vez opened on the 16th street mall, people have been packing it in droves. Their patio is a perfect place for a margarita on a warm afternoon. They have all your favorite Mexican cantina fare: street tacos, enchiladas, house plates, and more.

Los Chingones: located in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood, Los Chingones has everything and more you could want (and more). Incredible food? Yup! Incredible drinks? Absolutely! Add to that an amazing rooftop with killer views of the city and you’re golden.

Mexico City: this is about as authentic as you can get for Mexican food in downtown Denver. It’s a no-fuss joint where you feel more like a member of the extended family than a customer. And the food is incredible! Their specialty fried tacos are must try.

Machete Tequila + Tacos: as the name would imply, this vibrant local joint focuses on amazing tacos and an extensive tequila list. And they do it well! Their tacos are flavorful and delicious, with plenty of variety for everyone. And if you’re a tequila fan you will be impressed by their selection. Be sure to get a tequila flight!

WHERE TO HAVE STEAK IN DENVER

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Shanahan’s: not cheap by any means, but it is SO worth it for a special occasion dinner. Shanahan’s is true steakhouse style, where most entrees are solely your meat choice, and then you add on family-style side dishes. I’m a ribeye girl myself, so that’s what I always order and it’s perfect every time.

The Buckhorn Exchange: this is Denver’s most historically significant steakhouse. The Buckhorn been around since the 1890s! Here you can get all your traditional steakhouse fare, with the addition of exotic meats you can’t get anywhere else.

STK Denver: this is a steakhouse that feels like it belongs in a Vegas casino. STK has a very hip and modern atmosphere, typically with a DJ bumping jams. However, don’t let all that distract you from the food. It’s absolutely delicious, and they prepare it perfectly.

Bastien’s Restaurant: one of Denver’s best kept secrets known for its thick-cut (thicc?) steaks. They’ve been operating in Denver since 1937 and have proven the test of time. You can have your steak as-is, or adorn it with a variety of delicious steak styles – the sugar steak is the house specialty! 

WHERE TO HAVE ITALIAN FOOD IN DENVER

Odyssey Italian Restaurant: this homey restaurant focuses on Sicilian cuisine from family recipes. But the classic Italian dishes are also well represented for those who simply want awesome spaghetti and red sauce. Add in rotating live music and an outdoor patio, and this is one Denver italian joint you must try!

Osteria Marco: this casual Italian restaurant is located in Denver’s famous Larimer Square. In their cozy basement ambiance you can enjoy incredible handmade pizzas, the best Italian cured meats and cheeses, and hearty Italian plates.

Gaetano’s: this old-school Italian restaurant was actually founded by a mob family back in the day. They play up this colorful history today while serving delicious pastas, chicken parmigiana, risotto and more. They’ve received many “best of” type recognitions throughout the city, so it’s a must-stop for Italian food lovers.

WHERE TO HAVE SUSHI IN DENVER

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You might think Denver is a no-go when it comes to sushi being a land-locked state and all. And, you would be wrong! It’s the 21st century after all – the freshest fish can be flown in overnight from anywhere in world. Thanks to that, Denver enjoys many incredible sushi restaurants. Everything is covered from fine dining sushi, intermediate, beginner, and even many all you can eat sushi options!

Sushi Den: this spot has been operating in Denver since 1984, and is often considered as one of the most highly-regarded sushi restaurants in the city. Everything is made from scratch with the freshest fish in Denver – the fish served at Sushi Den is hand selected and flown in daily from Tokyo Japan. 

Hapa Sushi: this spot caters more to the beginner/intermediate sushi crowd, and their concept includes a focus on Japanese and Hawaiian fusion. They merry the two cultures’ methods and flavors to create something new and unique!

Sushi-Rama: noshing at Sushi-Rama is both a meal and an experience – colorful plates of sushi are placed on a conveyor belt and roll on by your table. You can choose and take what you wish and eat to your heart’s content. Just remember – your final bill is calculated based on the color coded plates.

WHERE TO HAVE DESSERT IN DENVER

Little Man Ice Cream: Seriously the best ice cream I’ve ever had in my life. There’s always a line whenever I’ve gone. Generally I count my blessings if the line doesn’t wrap around the block. Little Man has the BEST flavors as well. A crowd favorite is the salted oreo.

D Bar: owned by Food Network celebrity pastry chef Keegan Gerhard, it’s no wonder D Bar has become synonymous with having the best desserts in Denver. Stop in for some nutella beignets and a boozy milkshake.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: now an international confectionary, RMCF got their humble beginnings right here in Colorado. With locations throughout the city, it’s an easy stop to get your sweet tooth taken care of.

WHERE TO DRINK IN DENVER

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DENVER'S BEST ROOFTOP BARS

Denver is known for having 300+ days of annual sunshine. And Denverites love to take advantage of that sunshine by getting outdoors in nature. But they also really love to take advantage of that sunshine by drinking on some of the city’s many amazing rooftop bars! So if the weather is nice, be sure and check out one of Denver’s best rooftop bars

Le Meridien: hotel bars are typically pretty so-so, but not 54Thirty – the rooftop bar of the Le Merdien in downtown Denver! In fact, this rooftop bar holds the top spot for being Denver’s highest open-air rooftop. You don’t have to be a guest to enjoy the views, so be sure and stop by for a drink (or a bite!).

Linger: this one-of-a-kind establishment is housed in a former mortuary building! You may even be sat at a cadaver table turned bar table. But up on the rooftop is where it’s really at – where you can enjoy some drinks with friends while taking in views of the downtown Denver skyline.

BEST DENVER SPEAKEASIES

Prohibition may have rocked our history in the 1920s and 1930s, but thankfully that ended and we can all drink in peace again. But sometimes it’s fun to relive a slice of history while imbibing. And that’s where the best speakeasies in Denver come into play!

Williams & Graham: this is a prohibition era speakeasy, hidden behind the facade of a bookstore. The inside of Williams & Graham is small and incredibly intimate. And their drink menu focuses on the timeless classics, as well as their own inventions.

Green Russell: located in Denver’s historic Larimer Square, the Green Russell is a popular place for a cocktail. And rather than entering through a facade, you find the entrance past a legitimate pie shop.

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BEST DENVER SPORTS BARS

Stoney’s Bar and Grill: the interior may be ski-resort inspired, but this local hangout is well-known for sports, sports, sports! They cover basically everything – from football, soccer, basketball, X Games and more. Which makes it the perfect place to catch a game with friends.

Sports Column: located in Denver’s LoDo neighborhood makes this a go-to spot for pre/post Rockies games – the stadium is mere blocks away! You can also expect to catch all other varieties of live sports both downstairs and on their rooftop. And if you’re an Iowa Hawkeyes fan, Sports Column is the official watch party bar.

British Bulldog: if you fancy yourself a soccer fan you must make a stop at the British Bulldog. This is Denver’s premier soccer bar – they even open early for the weekend overseas matches! It’s also a meeting point for the party bus that takes fans to the stadium for all the Colorado Rapids home games.

DENVER BARCADES

1Up: a bar / arcade where you can play video game classics like pac man, skeeball, pinball, paper boy, and more. They have two convenient locations near downtown (one in LoDo and another in Capitol Hill). 1Up is a place to relive your childhood fun with an adult beverage in your hand. Be sure to get some shots of Mad Dog 2020 while you’re there!

Punchbowl Social: this is what you get when you mix one part amusement complex with one part Southern-American gastropub. The punchbowl is set in the retail core of Broadway and is a great place to meet friends for some cocktails and friendly competition.

Dave and Buster’s: D&B is a corporate behemoth that many have likely heard of. So while it’s not local or unique to the Denver area, it is still a great place for some grub and games. Especially if you have kids in tow!

BEST DENVER WINE BARS

Barcelona Wine Bar: this Spanish restaurant has a fantastic assortment of tapas, paella and more delectable bites. As well as an extensive selection of wines from both Spain and South America. In fact, with 40 wines served by the glass and over 400 by the bottle – this spot has one of the largest Spanish wine programs in the US!

Cru Food & Wine Bar: located in Larimer Square, this relaxed wine bar is a Napa-style chain – but don’t let that scare you away! The selection here is massive, and the staff are incredibly knowledgeable. It’s a great place to grab dinner, some wine, and enjoy the twinkling lights over Larimer Square.

Infinite Monkey Theorem: while maybe not technically a wine bar per se, this urban winery is located in the industrial chic RiNo neighborhood of Denver. And while there is no vineyard they ARE making wine here! You can visit the taproom anytime, or schedule a tour + tasting to see how it all goes down.

AWESOME DENVER BREWERIES

Great Divide Brewing Co: regarded as one of the pioneers of the bustling Denver brewery scene, Great Divide is an intimate spot beloved by locals. They’ve been providing beer to Denverites since 1994, but they’re also a great local partner with a passion for sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Denver Beer Co: from humble garage home brew roots to an official small-batch brewery operation! DBC gets their inspiration from the Germany beer gardens in Bavaria. Come in for a trusty standard, or try their rotating monthly concoctions and seasonal selections.

Wynkoop Brewing Company: this is Colorado’s very first brewpub, and they’ve been brewing handcrafted beers in Denver for nearly three decades. Their brewery is located in the basement of their downtown location while the upper floors are home to Denver’s largest pool hall!

THINGS TO DO IN DENVER

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DENVER PROFESSIONAL SPORTS

Denver Broncos: this is Denver’s professional football team and they play at Empower Field at Mile High. The field is conveniently located adjacent to downtown, making it easy to catch a game on your trip!

Colorado Rockies: the Rockies are Denver’s professional baseball team and they play at Coors Field. This stadium is also conveniently located in Denver’s Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood. Enjoy the game, an adult beverage, and the incredible mountain views beyond the outfield!

Denver Nuggets: playing at the Pepsi Center (now Ball Arena…but I resist change) in downtown Denver, the Denver Nuggets are the local professional basketball team. It’s hit and miss whether they’re doing well season to season, but we love and support them anyway! They’ve been a Denver staple since 1967 when they played as the Denver Larks.

Colorado Avalanche: gracing the ice at the Pepsi Center is Denver’s professional hockey team, the Colorado Avalanche (aka the Avs). This team migrated south from Canada in the mid 1990s, and have won nine division titles since then. Their biggest rivals in the league are the Detroit Red Wings, but they give hell to whomever they play.

Colorado Rapids: although not quite as popular, Denver does have a professional soccer team – the Colorado Rapids! It’s the only stadium without a convenient downtown location, but for true soccer fans, it’s worth the jaunt. And if you decide to catch a match, take the fan bus from the British Bulldog and arrive early for the Centennial 38 tailgate.

Colorado Mammoth: rounding out the Denver professional sports is our local professional lacrosse team. They also play at the Pepsi Center downtown, and the games are FUN. Tickets are typically easier to come by, and less expensive, so its a great option for sports lovers!

Coors Field - Home of the Colorado Rockies

LIVE MUSIC IN DENVER

Red Rocks Amphitheatre: open since 1941, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a placed well-revered by fans and performers alike. If you’re a music fan, you’ve likely heard of it – many will argue (myself included) that Red Rocks is the best outdoor amphitheatre in the country. They always have a jam packed performance schedule, making it easy to catch a show while visiting Denver.

Pepsi Center/Ball Arena: if a huge name a la Taylor Swift is coming to Denver for a performance – it’s a 95% chance the show will be at the Pepsi Center. It’s the city’s biggest multi-purpose arena and it’s located conveniently right in downtown. You can catch a variety of Denver professional sports here, many of the biggest musical tours, and other special events.

The Fillmore Auditorium: this concert venue has been around since 1907 in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Smaller than the Pepsi Center, this venue hosts an eclectic mix of musical genres as well as well-known and less-well-known artists. This is a great option for those looking for a less-commercial and more intimate feeling vibe.

OUTDOOR RECREATION IN DENVER

Hiking: people who live in Colorado are known for being relatively healthy and into outdoor recreation. And it’s no wonder that the hiking near Denver is incredible, considering we have the Rocky Mountains in our backyard. There are plenty of options close to the city, so there’s really no excuse to miss out on the area’s best outdoor activity!

Denver Parks: the city of Denver may be a small metropolis, but you’re never too far from open green space. The city has over 5,000 total acres of parks and parkways. And Denverites love to take advantage! The city’s beautiful park spaces are great for exercise, group sports, BBQs and more. Near the city – Cheeseman Park, City Park and Washington Park are great bets.

Denver Walking Tours: a fantastic (and typically inexpensive) way to learn about a new city is to take a walking tour. You can leave the headache and logistics up to your guide – all you have to do is show up and participate. There are plenty of awesome Denver walking tours to choose from, and it’s a great way to get outside!

TAKE A DAY TRIP FROM DENVER

Golden, CO: located a 20-to-30 minute drive from Denver is the quaint mountain town of Golden. It’s the closest mountain town to the city – but it feels like a completely different world. There are tons of things to do in Golden, but they’re especially well-known for beer. Coors began and still operates their HQ facility right here. Making Golden the top producer of beer by volume in the world!

Boulder, CO: about a 30-t0-40 minute drive further west into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains lies the college town of Boulder. The University of Colorado campus is here, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. And while there are many things to do in Boulder, you can’t miss the Pearl Street Mall or catching a hike at Chautauqua Park.

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DENVER - DENVER FAQS

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what is denver time zone?

Mountain Time (GMT-6)

what is denver area code?

Most Denver phone numbers will begin with area code 303 or 720. Neighboring area codes you may also encounter include 970 and 719.

who is denver named after / why is denver named denver?

General William H. Larimer (the founder of Denver in 1858) named the city he founded after James W. Denver, the governor of Kansas Territory. General Larimer did this in hopes of gaining political favor with the governor. But what he did not know at the time was that Denver had already resigned.

why is denver called the mile high city / what is denver elevation?

Denver is famously nicknamed the “Mile High City” because the official elevation is 5,280 feet above sea level. Or, one mile high.

how safe is denver?

Overall, Denver is a fairly safe city. But, it is still a city at the end of the day. So while the most likely crime to befall tourists is petty theft (always keep an eye on your belongings in any city), it doesn’t hurt to be aware and prepared.

When exploring downtown, be sure to always keep your belongings safe and secure. The downtown area also has a homelessness problem, and you may encounter tents or encampments along the way. Generally speaking, these people are out to do you no harm. However, if you are ever uncomfortable, simply adjusting your route to avoid these areas will bring you peace of mind.

what is denver known for?

Denver is an amazing city that has experienced many booms in recent years. Booms in tourism, booms in various business sectors, and a huge increase in the number of people relocating here. That means a lot of new people coming to Denver who may be wondering, but what exactly is Denver known for?

1. Denver is famously known as the “Mile High City” because it sits at 5,280 feet in elevation
2. Even in winter, Denver gets over 300 days of sunshine per year
3. Colorado was one of the first states in the country to legalize recreational marijuana
4. Denver is one of only a few US cities that has seven professional sports teams covering all major sports (football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, and lacrosse) and professional rodeo
5. The city of Denver is NEAR the mountains, but it is not IN the mountains

what are the worst things about denver?

While I may absolutely love the city where I live, no place is 100% perfect, am I right? And in the spirit of transparency, these are some of the worst things about Denver:

1. Denver’s population increased faster than the infrastructure could handle, and it has made the every day traffic pretty miserable (rush hour lasts a good 3 hours in Denver)
2. The cost of living is expensive whether you rent or buy, and is prohibitive for a lot of people
3. Homelessness is a problem without enough social services to handle it; especially downtown, it is not uncommon to come across small tent cities
4. The air quality is impacted by two big factors: first, the air is thin due to the city’s elevation and second, the air is polluted due to the quick growth and expansion of the population
5. Weather in Denver (and the state of Colorado as a whole) is known for changing drastically at the drop of a dime, going from a blizzard one day to sunny and 70 degrees the next

why is denver traffic so bad?

Many visitors may ask themselves, “can Denver traffic really be THAT bad?” And I’m here to tell you – yes. Unequivocally yes. In fact, in 2018, Colorado was ranked 8th worst state for drivers.

Like many things, there isn’t a single reason for the traffic problem in Denver. There are multiple competing issues adding to the larger issue, including (but certainly not limited to):
– Denver’s population has increased at a faster rate than the city’s infrastructure was prepared to handle
– 24% of roads in Colorado are deemed to be in poor condition (higher than the national average of 22%)
– Highway construction to expand/fix infrastructure is in process, but creates further short-term problems due to lane closures, etc.
– Like many places, drivers in Colorado seem to enjoy putting themselves in the fast lane and then NOT going fast
– And finally, transplants from places like California or Texas move to Colorado with little experience driving in rain or snow, and it shows

who is the most famous person from denver?

This one may surprise you because, no, it is not John Denver (he wasn’t even from here, just a fan).

Nope, the most famous person from Denver is none other than…Tim Allen aka “Tim the Tool Man Taylor” from Home Improvement, a very popular 90s sitcom. Tim Allen was born in Denver, and lived here until his family moved to Michigan when he was 13 years old.

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  1. Agness of a Tuk Tuk November 15, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Hey, Kara. Denver seems like a great place to visit and I wonder why I haven’t added it to my bucket list yet. Such a detailed and practical travel guide. When would be the best time of the year to explore it?

    1. Kara November 15, 2017 at 6:54 am

      That totally depends on your interests! If you like skiing/boarding/tubing, then I would definitely say a winter visit would be in order. We have some of the best ski resorts in the US, and our mountain towns are fun to explore. Outside of that, I would say anywhere from April to July is a great time to visit. It’s warm, but not too hot during that window. And you can take advantage of a wide array of activities like hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, etc. Plus all the patios / rooftops are open, which is one of my favorite times of year 🙂

  2. Sophia November 16, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Awesome post! I’ve always wanted to go to Denver. Looks beautiful! Thanks for posting x

    1. Kara November 16, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Thank you for reading! You should definitely come visit Denver 🙂

  3. Marie November 16, 2017 at 10:24 am

    This is a really informative guide! Denver is definitely on the list of my places-to-visit. Would love to enjoy the sights with y own eyes!

    1. Kara November 16, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Great, glad to hear it! Definitely worth a visit 🙂

  4. nikhila November 19, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Awesome article! Seems like a worthy visit. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Kara November 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  5. Fit Foodprints December 7, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Very lovely post! Makes me want to go to Denver to get something to eat 🙂

    1. Kara December 7, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Well then mission accomplished 🙂 Thanks!