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Denver The vacation pick by my brother this year :)

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Denver The vacation pick by my brother this year :)

As always my brother picks a city that he knows nothing about and he does not have the time to research. :). Oh well what are big brothers for.

Looking for a great area to stay in July. We wil be with another couple and we are in our 50's. We are looking for a great location and a area that has plenty to do. We like to eat, shop, sightsee and some R&R also. We are planning on 5 days. Is downtown a good location to stay. And if need be we will rent a car. Open to other areas.

Thank you.

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1. Re: Denver The vacation pick by my brother this year :)

The number one reason most people come to Colorado on vacation is for the mountains. Denver is a great city. It is not in the mountains. There are wonderful day trips from Denver to the mountains and other places.


The Mount Evans Scenic Byway and Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road are definitely mountain experiences you will never forget.

If you want to stay in the mountains, look at Breckenridge or for less people and small town charm--Main Street Frisco.



I would encourage you to at least spend a couple of nights in a mountain setting.

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2. Re: Denver The vacation pick by my brother this year :)

Took the words right outta my mouth, fv.

Do you think your five days will be five days/4 nights? Or are you thinking day of arrival, 5 days and then day of departure?

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3. Re: Denver The vacation pick by my brother this year :)

I love Denver, stay downtown, we have world class museums, performing arts center, great dining. You don't need nor really want a car downtown. I agree too to get in some mountain time. Vail, Breckenridge or Frisco depending on activities. Vail being more upscale, great dining. Frisco is a charming small town with a cute little main street and Breckenridge busier with more lodging dining and shopping options than Frisco.

If that sounds good then I'd go Downtown Denver first then rent he car at a rental counter there for the mountain time. It is about 1.5 hours to Frisco and 2 hours to Vail. Know that Frisco and Breck are only about 9 miles apart.

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I would recommend Estes Park. There is plenty to do and see there. It is a very touristy town with a lot of cute stores for shopping. It is also in the mountains so it is very easy to get away. Rocky Mountain National Park is up there for some beautiful hiking. There is also the Stanley Hotel for an easy/interesting activity. They often have different festivals/celebrations downtown which are fun. It is close enough to Denver that you could do downtown Denver for a day or two and then head on up into the mountains.

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5. Re: Denver The vacation pick by my brother this year :)

Downtown Denver is magical on a summer night. Stay on or near the 16th Street Mall. Time the trip to be downtown during a Rockies home game and walk to the ball park. Five or six lovely blocks.

Denver art museum and mint tours are downtown. Rent a car and take gorgeous drives to Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Georgetown (check the Georgetown Loop Railway) -- and a dramatic drive over Loveland Pass off Interstate 70 past Georgetown. Fun!!

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6. Re: Denver The vacation pick by my brother this year :)

When in July? Get a car

A show at Red Rocks? http://www.redrocksonline.com/Calendar.aspx

Great Bluegrass weekend in Lyons


Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne WY are near the end of July - great rodeo and concerts

Look for Concerts at Botanic Gardens - schedule will be out in April timeframe

Stranahan's Rackhouse Pub and Tour - fantastic whisky - http://www.stranahans.com/tours/about/

Dinner at the Fort http://www.thefort.com/

Drive to the Bucksnort - http://thebucksnortsaloon.com/

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7. Re: Denver The vacation pick by my brother this year :)

Downtown we like The Oxford Hotel. It's been awhile, so not sure if they have remodeled all their rooms, but the Victorian deluxe rooms were very nice.

I too would say visit the mountains. Georgetown is only a 50 minute drive for a day trip, Vail and Estes Park 1 1/2 hours. In Estes Park there is usually a 3 night minimum for cabins that time of year but not at a motel.

Keep in mind that a drive back to Denver on a Sunday can be horrible on I-70. It's as bad in summer as ski season. Leave before 10 am or after 6 pm.

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