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3 days of fun + 3 days of business in Denver, Colorado = a fun filled , great week! Just recently returned from Denver and wanted to make it a point to leave a review on trip advisor. I had an APTA Conference and chose to go early for some play days. Our entire trip was awesome! Everything we picked to do went through without any problems. I really do not have any complaints - only praise to everyone we encountered. We truly had a GREAT experience and wish to give kudos and support to all the businesses that made our week a blast!!! We recommend all of the following:The Hyatt Regency on 15th Street,
Mile Hi Rafting (thanks Suezanne) for a 2 hour ATV tour, Pikes Peak Cog Wheel Railway (great views from the summit and along the entire route!), Rocky Mountain Hot Air Ballooning ( thanks for a great morning Ken Tadolini and Virgil. When you really don't know who to go through for your balloon experience and you go with your gut like we did... go with Rocky Mountain Hot Air. These guys have a great heart and a love for ballooning), The Downtown Aquarium in Denver (some of the best 13 bucks you will spend for an aquarium).... for eats The Sports Column (holy huge sandwiches/great O-rings), The Downtown Aquarium Restaurant (cool view of the aquarium while you are dining and if you are fortunate the diver will be in doing a feeding), Rialto Cafe ( Brunch for 9 bucks?! are you kidding me? NOT!), Elways restaurant - AWESOME service, setting, and steaks! (and Crab Fried Rice). The 16th Street Mall is an added bonus with the free bus service up and down the line...... Don't hesitate to take a trip to Denver. The city was fairly decent from what we saw. We felt fairly comfortable when out at night. Loved the airport too!
Visited Denver in April 2007 and wanted to hike in the mountains while there. Found Julie with Get Out Colorado who offers hiking excursions to many different areas. Was picked up at my hotel and taken to Mt. Falcon for a great hike. The scenery was magnificent and Julie was a wonderful guide. After hiking Mt. Falcon she took us to Red Rocks theater and after that we stopped to see dinosaur footprints. Did not have much time in Denver so I want to go back to see more of the city and to do more hiking.
Good luck with the homeless people. They will approach you fearlessly asking for a handout. Walking down the pedestrian mall (which, by the way, lacks in any good shops) is an experience in itself with the homeless population. Also, don't walk through the park on your way to the newly updated Denver Art Museum because you'll be shocked at the number of homeless living there. Scary stuff. I wouldn't go back.
My husband and I enjoyed our trips to Denver and there is so much to see and do. Denver's skyline is interesting against the backdrop of the Rockies. To me, the unique design of the airport with its billowing, white canopies is the first hint that you are travelling to a very special place. Once you exit the plane and enter the airport, there are volunteers, dressed in western gear, smiling and ready to answer questions.
Downtown Denver is an interesting blend of historic and modern with a free trolley to take you from one end of town to the other. I would recommend that you begin with a tour of the state capitol and get your photo standing on the "mile high" step in front of the capitol buidling. Inside the capitol, take the tour and spend some time viewing the magnificent presidential portraits.
Please take time to enjoy "high tea" at the historic Brown Palace Hotel which is not far from the capitol area. The history and design of the hotel is a sight to see but having tea in the main lobby is a real treat. You need reservations so you don't miss out. You are surrounded by elegance and will enjoy sandwiches and desserts along with your tea. Listening to the gentle music of the piano, you are transported to a lost century.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is also a "must see" as it combines science with history and nature. The dinosaur displays are amazing as are the displays dealing with space and space travel. For animal and nature lovers, the galleries are very realistic and beautifully done. Plan to spend one entire day at the museum to truly appreciate what it has to offer.
From Denver, we embarked on day trips to Boulder and Golden. Boulder is an interesting combination of western style and collegiate-the University of Colorado. Golden is the home of Coors Beer and we took sidetrip to Lookout Mountain to see the gravesite of Buffalo Bill. He and his wife's graves are heavily protected due to attempts in the early part of the 20th century to dig them up and return them to Wyoming. Very interesting.
An amazing daytrip is to the Red Rocks area to see the breathtaking Red Rocks Amphitheatre as wll as the dinosaur tracks and artifacts. We walked the dinosaur pathways and were amazed to see the dinosaur bones, etc.
We also took a trip to Georgetown and I highly recommend a visit to this town. It is an old mining and railroad town and for history buffs, it is a must-see. Ride the train over the gourge and hear the history of the train, the bridge over the gourge and the mining industry. In the town itself, there is great shopping and dining western style.
We drove to Estes Park-the town at the mouth of the Rockies and spent time exploring the town before we took a ride into Rocky Mountain National Park. There had been a late-season snow storm and the Rockies were bathed in glistening white snow. The wildlife was abundant as we made the drive through the park. The Elk were gracious in allowing us to take some wonderful close-ups!
The shopping in Denver is excellent as are the dining choices. There is a historic building with a tower that was modeled after a building in Venice.
I would highly recommend the City of Denver and its surrounding areas to anyone.