Denver Metro Area Vacations

Take care when visiting Denver: it didn't get its nickname (The Mile High City) for no reason. It may just be our imagination, but the sky feels lower here. The largest city in Colorado, and a cultural capital of the Rockies, Denver has all the amenities of a major metropolitan area, with the charm of a western frontier town. See a show at the ... Read more
world-class performing arts complex, explore the 16th Street Mall, spend a sunny summer day in one of the many beautiful parks, or hit the great outdoors for a hike or bike ride. As one of the most active cities in the country, there's almost always something going on -- there is at least one food, beer, or wine-centric festival in the city every single month. If you need to relax, head to any bar and try one of Colorado's world-renowned microbrews (Bristol Brewing Co. and O'dells are local favorites).

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Denver Metro Area things to do and experiences

  • Coors Field
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    Sports, Baseball Stadium
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  • Denver Botanic Gardens
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    Outdoors, Garden
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  • 16th Street Mall
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  • Denver Zoo
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Denver Metro Area


You may think of Denver as more of a winter destination, what with the plethora of ski resorts that surround it, but the city is actually pretty great at any time of year. Temperatures start to climb above 60F ... Read more
(16C) in April and stay warm through late October, which provides the perfect climate for getting outdoors under the blue skies for a hike or a picnic. Fall plays host to a number of popular annual festivals, many of which include imbibing (beer, wine, etc.), but do bring layers, both to put on when the weather gets chilly and to take off when the beer sweats kick in.

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London, UK

Grew up here. Have a soft spot for it. Wonderful lifestyle, great outdoor activities! You really can't beat Denver as the gateway to the west and the Rocky Mountains!

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Local from Denver, Colorado

I've lived in Denver for 6 years now and it is home to me. There are so many outdoor activities like biking, walking, and if you want to make a quick drive, hiking in the wonderful mountains. Downtown has a lot of great restaurants and nightlife spots.

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Portland, Oregon, USA

At a glance this is an awesome city that I hope I can return to and explore some more... All I got to a chance to do was touch it skies

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What a beautiful and surrounding place. If you are in the area stop by and take in the area of the flowers and the building and food

Menlo Park, California, USA

Fun, young city in colorodo, the culture is very young and urban and the city has a very "college town" feel. People are friendly but nothing particularly unique. Probably worth a visit if your in the state for skiing or snowboarding.

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Local from Denver, Colorado, USA

Denver is a wonderful place to live, work, and play. No matter the season, there is ALWAYS something to see or do. Spring there is hiking. camping, and basketball. Summer there is hiking, camping, whitewater rafting and baseball. Fall there is hiking, camping, leaf peeping and football. Winter there is snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling and hockey. Year round there are many awesome museums to explore.

If you are not accustomed to the altitude then take it easy and drink plenty of water until you get acclimated to the altitude. Denver was called the Mile High City long before cannabis became legal.

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Local from Denver, Colorado, USA

The bright blue skies, beautiful mountains in the distance and plethora of activities make this a popular destination for professionals. The food establishments are great and the beer is second to none. Don't go expecting downtown life like a Chicago or New York, but the neighborhoods and communities offer tons of things to do. Public transit is something that could improve, but driving only takes minutes to most places.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

When I think of Denver the following comes to mind:
* The great outdoors: Rocky Mountains within sight, snow sports, trails, lush forests and quaint towns.
* Denver Broncos: I really want to see a football game here.
* Traffic: It's as bad as Los Angeles in the city center/downtown areas.
* Cool, chill, eclectic, adventurous community

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Berkeley, California, USA

Often overlooked, my small hometown has much to offer. An eclectic mix of young artists, outdoor enthusiasts, and laid-back liberals makes for an open, friendly environment.

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Longmont, Colorado, USA

Denver straddles the geographic boundary between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. It was born of the Colorado mining boom during the 1850's and has become the largest city in the Mountain Time Zone. Denver is famous for its view of the mountains and is called the "Mile High City," a name shared by its football stadium. The heart of Denver is LoDo, a small grid of streets surrounding the 16th Street Mall. The area around the state capital is where you'll find the art museums and the Denver Mint.

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