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Copper Mountain Ski Resort

Garden of the Gods

Sloan's Lake Park

Boasting incredible ski resorts, numerous national parks, craft beer, and a great music scene, this state is one you don't want to miss.

BRECKENRIDGE

Things to Do

Ski and après ski: The mountain has everything from easy going greens to all terrain blacks. If snow isn't your thing, there's plenty of restaurants at the bottom of the hill where you can soak in the sun and booze.

Visit downtown: The city is adorable, especially in the winter. They pride themselves on not having chain restaurants (except one Starbucks which apparently did not go over well), but have tons of cute shops, whiskey tastings, and places to eat. 

Don't forget the surrounding towns: In the winter, Dillon has ice castles plus snow tubing and in the summer the reservoir can be used for water activities. Views at Sapphire Point also can't be beat. Don't forget Keystone and Arapahoe Basin for more 'local' ski resorts!

Go hiking: If visiting in the summer, get outside! There's 14ers (mountains with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet) for those looking for a massive challenge, as well as hikes of all lengths and difficulties within miles of town. Use the app 'All Trails' for more information. 

Places to Eat

Blue River Bistro: A little pricey, so come after 9 p.m. for BOGO (buy one get one) free appetizers and drinks.

BoLD: Great brunch spot with a patio. Tons of gluten free options! 

Crepes a la Carte: You'll be able to spot this place from the long line on the road, but the wait is worth it.

Giampietro: Don't be fooled by the plastic table cloths, the Italian food here can't be matched. For desert, don't forget an espresso martini.

Flip Side: Fantastic burgers and fries - almost everything is gluten free with dedicated fryers. 

Modis: A perfect après ski, grab the Butcher's Block and Zucchini Wrapped Brie.

Mary's Mountains Cookies: Though all of the cookies are top notch, the Cookie Sandwiches, Salted Caramel, and S'more's melt in your mouth. Get them warm.

North SideThis pizza is probably some of the best you'll find. The Burn, Boneyard, Horseshoe, and Monte Crisco are tried and true. Don't forget to start off with Thai Chili wings.

Soupz On: Looking for a hearty soup or sandwich to warm your soul after a long day on the slopes? Look no further.

Places to Drink

Brooklyn's: This is a great place to start your night. They usually have a live DJ and plenty of pool tables. 

Cecelia's: A martini bar and nightclub wrapped into one. This is where you'll want to end your night.

Gold Pan Saloon: Part wine bar (grab a froze with a topper on tap), and part rowdy bar after dark. 

Eric's Downstairs: Play arcade games to start off your night right. 

Napper Tandys: Ladies drink free on Friday's from 9 to 11 p.m. What more could you ask for?

Places to Stay

The Bivvi: This hostel has bunk-bed and single style rooms, and for only 50 dollars a night it's great for small groups or short stays. It's homey, has great views, and even a free self-serve breakfast. 

Transportation

CME: Breck is totally doable by walking or public transport. If you want to save money on a rental car, Colorado Mountain Express can be booked to take you too and from Denver's Airport.

Public Buses: There's public buses all around town that take you to and from the mountain with your ski equipment.

Uber: Breckenridge does have Uber, as well as Uber Ski to fit your equipment in an appropriately sized car.

General Tips

i70 stops: If you hit traffic on the way up, take a stop in some of the towns on i70. Idaho Springs has a Beaujo's for great pizza, and an awesome homemade soap shop. Georgetown also has a train through the mountains.

COLORADO SPRINGS

Things to Do

Garden of the Gods: Spend some time walking and driving around this awesome park. You might even catch rock climbers scaling the steep, red rocks. 

Pikes Peak: The only 14er accessible by train! Hike, or take the easy way up.

Manitou Incline: Over 2,000 feet of elevation in 1 mile, this isn't for the weak kneed. You'll get in a killer workout and some stellar views of the surrounding areas. 

Terror-dactyl: A Cave of the Winds attraction, experience a free fall and swing into Williams Canyon. 

Places to Eat

Coquette's: A mother/daughter owned gluten-free bistro & bakery with an eclectic variety of food for any diet or craving. 

Josh & John's Ice Cream: Handmade ice cream that's slow churned. Tons of speciality flavors from Almond Joy to Rocky Mountain Road. 

La Baguette: A traditional French bakery with a seasonal menu - the best French onion soup outside of France! 

Ola Juice Bar: A gluten-free, raw, plant based menu with smoothies and bowls - great for an afternoon treat while strolling around downtown.

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co.: Some of the best craft beer Colorado Springs has to offer, along with an amazing menu. Known for their Smoked Gouda & Ale soup.

Pizzeria Rustica: Neapolitan wood fired pizza, made with many ingredients sourced locally or from Italy! Get the Fonduta, the Cinque Formaggi, and a Budino.

The BroadmooreSuper classy, beautiful outside areas for eating. Make sure to get a reservation if you're scheduling around a holiday.

Rasta PastaGreat pasta and fun vibe. They even offer the option to spiralize veggies instead of traditional pasta. 

BOULDER

Things to Do

Big Events: Boulder always has something going on. Look out for Boulder Beer Fest, International Festival, Farmer's Markets, and the Bolder Boulder. 

Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse: From 3-5 PM you can experience a typical tea time with tons of pastries and small bites. Make sure you have reservations - if not you can always come in at other times for food and drinks.

Boulder Reservoir: Great for a beach day, kayaking, sailboating, or paddle boarding. Admission is 7 dollars. 

Celestial Seasonings Tour: A 45 minute tour where you can see the manufacturing facility of this well known tea! At the end of the tour, their tea is on sale for super low prices. 

Pearl Street: This hip downtown area has tons of shops, street performers, and amazing food.  

Explore the Flat Irons: Hang out around the base or keep hiking for breathtaking views of the city and mountains. 

Hang out at Boulder Creek: For anyone, from families to drinking college students, Boulder Creek is all around fun. Don't forget your inner tube!

Places to Eat

CentroThey've got salsa flights and strong margaritas.

Frasca Food and Wine: A splurgeworthy experience, but award wining Italian nonetheless. 

The Buff: A great brunch spot. Get there early on the weekends to beat the hungover college kids.

T'ACOSpicy, fresh tacos.

Pizzeria Locale: Started by a Colorado University professor, this upscale pizza place is a great date spot.

Cosmo's Pizza: Out drinking? Stop by for a late-night slice. 

Places to Drink

Biergarten: German pilsners, long wooden tables, pretzels, live music, and karaoke nights. 

The Walrus: If you're looking to get wild...

Sundown Saloon (The Downer): Twinkle lights on the ceiling, grungy basement feel, and pool tables.

Half Fast: Don't miss out on getting a giant pitcher of booze. 

Avery Brewing Co: Scenic outdoor area and dog friendly patio. Also, great place to grab some bar bites. 

Places to Stay

St Julian Hotel & Spa: Definitely a luxury option, but a terrific location and beautiful hotel. 

Airbnb is probably your best bet for affordable options. If you want to be in walking distance to everything, stay near the Pearl Street area. 

Transportation 

Uber and Lyft are available in this area. 

If you want to get to and from Boulder and Denver, the Flat Iron Flyer runs frequently. For under 5 USD, you can get a one way ticket! It takes about an hour to get there. 

Capital Building, Denver

Denver, Colorado

Places to Drink

The Hatchover: The diviest of dive bars with karaoke - definitely show up after 11 PM. 

Special thanks to Cori Goede for the recommendations.

Yoga on the Rocks , Red Rocks Amphitheater

 

Civic Center Park

Isabelle Glacier

Gray's and Torrey's Trailhead

Hike to Mt. Elbert

DENVER

Things to Do

Botanical Gardens: Each season presents different fauna, but the best time to go is in the winter for the Blossom of Lights where the gardens are holiday themed or in the spring when everything is blooming. 

Check out a Sporting Event: Again, as Carolina Panthers fans, we think the Broncos are bad, but who doesn't love a football? The Rockies Stadium has an awesome rooftop and boasts the only baseball stadium to have an in-house brewery.

Cruise around on B-Bikes: You can buy 24 hour passes and cruise around the city on bikes. Check out the Cherry Creek path which follows the creek and has a variety of street art and hang out at Confluence Park. 

Day trip to Golden: A twenty minute drive away, go on a mountain drive to Lookout Mountain. Then, head into Golden to experience their quaint downtown and check out the Coors Brewery. Little tip, you get three 10 ounce beers at the end of the tour.

Dairy Block, Stapleton Marketplace, and The Source are all awesome spaces to hang out, eat, drink, and browse shops. 

First Fridays: In the Sante Fe art district on the first Friday of every month (year around) you can wander through open art galleries and pick up some yummy food. Many galleries have free wine and beer!

Hang out in a park: Denver has over 200 parks - so grab some friends, some booze (just no glass), snacks, and games. Washington Park, Sloan's Lake, Cheeseman, and City Park are our favorites!

Hiking: Colorado is known for being absolutely beautiful. Check out our hiking sections below for a variety of places to explore.

Hit up a dispensary: Even if you don't partake, it's super interesting to check out.

Larimer Square: Throughout the year this street has various dining events and an insane Chalk Art Festival, but on any given night you'll want to wander around, eat, and look up the beautiful lights.

RiNo Street Art: Short for River North, this area of Denver is filled with breweries and street art that's redone every year. Wander around and explore! 

White Water Rafting: Such a thrill and a fun group experience. Clear Creek Rafting is top notch.

Visit Red Rocks: Arguably one of the best concert venues in the world. Catch a concert, comedy show, or even go for a workout. Open all day - just make sure you go in the morning if there's a concert scheduled for that night.

Places to Eat

Brunch/Breakfast

Bacon House Social: Get the millionaire bacon. 

Crepes n' Crepes: Multiple locations to choose from, and endless combinations for sweet and savory crepes! 

Denver Biscuit Company: Huge cinnamon rolls, massive biscuits, full stomachs all around. Get the Franklin.

GRIND kitchen + watering hole: Huge portions. Definitely get a breakfast burrito. 

Historians: Go rooftop or inside, but either way the service is always phenomenal. The Spanish Hangover works wonders, and bottomless mimosas or bloodies are cheap.

Old MajorAn awesome patio in the summer and great vibe overall. The Royal Rooster Chicken Sandwich is a local favorite. 

Tamayo: Mexican with a twist. Get bottomless brunch for only 30 bucks. This means you can switch between margaritas or different flavored mimosas, and try every single small-plate on the menu until you can't. 

Syrup: Modern spin on a pancake house. 

Snooze: One of the most popular brunch locations in Denver. They have everything from healthy omelettes to thick french toast. Get there early!

Sam’s No 3: Diner style breakfast food. Featured on the Food Network so you know it’s good - they normally have a line wrapped around the block, so get there early!

Lunch

Civic Center Park Food Trucks: In the warmer months, check out this park Tuesday through Thursday for an awesome rotation of food trucks.

Cherry Cricket: Award winning burgers and a humongous selection of beers. 

Ignite: While the burgers are top notch, don't miss out on the Crispy Brussel Sprouts and Korean Chicken Bowl.

Denver Central Market: This cute place is perfect to work, go for a date, or grab a quick bite to eat. They have ice cream, sea food, a bar and more.

Denver Milk Market: If you’re indecisive, this is a great place to start. This food hall has tons of options for sit down restaurants and a great place to wander. 

Honor Society: Amazingly fresh “fast” food. A perfect lunch spot if you’re working downtown. 

Illegal Pete's: Colorado's version of Chipotle. Zingy with a quirky atmosphere, they have great happy hours for margaritas. 

Mod Market: The healthiest fast food you'll find. Check it out in the airport too!
 

Olive and Finch: The perfect place to pick up a quick, healthy sandwich or salad. 

Range: The wood-fired pizzas are delicious. Or, for a lighter meal get the Warm Brussel Sprout Salad. 

Dinner

Avanti: A collective eatery and bar, it was hard to decide which section to put this awesome establishment in. With beautiful views of the Denver skyline and a variety of places to eat, it works for everyone. 

Beatrice and Woodsley: Absolutely beautiful inside, and terrific service. An upscale restaurant with plenty of mouthwatering options.

Brider: If you're looking for something healthy but fast, this place is for you. The chicken and flank steak are both phenomenal. 

Butcher’s Bistro: With an in house butcher, it’s guaranteed you’ll get a fresh selection of meat. We’ve never had a bad meal here. 

Cho77: Upscale Vietnamese street food. Honestly, everything from their duck legs to bowls are amazing. 

Gaetano's: Previously housed by mobsters, this authentic Italian place will take you back in time. They also have a fire Bloody Mary bar at brunch!

Ian's Pizza: Insane speciality pizzas. Get the Mac n' Cheese one. 

Little Man Ice Cream: Ice cream counts as dinner, right? The line may be long but it moves fast. Flavors rotate, this place is popular for a reason!

Machete: The spiciest margarita’s and great Mexican food. A little pricey, but never disappoints.

Senor Bear: Latin inspired shareable plates and fantastic drinks.

Stueben's: Ever popular since Food Network visited, their herb roasted chicken, mac and cheese, and pot roast are perfect comfort foods.

Pinches TacosDefinitely get the cast-iron skillet filled with queso at this a la carte taco joint. Top off your meal with a heavy-handed   margarita. 

Postino: Stop by on a Monday or Tuesday to get a bottle of wine and bruschetta board for only 20 dollars. It will be busy, so stop by Recess next door will you wait. 

Sarto’s: Upscale Italian and great for a great night. Their bottomless mimosa selection and flatbread for brunch are phenomenal. 

 

Sushi Den: They fly their fish in fresh daily to make sure you’re getting the absolutely best selections. If the wait is too long, check out Izakaya next store - it’s owned by the same people. Don’t miss out on sake flights either!

Sputnik: A wide variety of handmade pastas and speciality cocktails to choose from. 

Post Brewing Co: Some of the best fried chicken you can find west of the Mississippi. They also have their own speciality beers they brew in house. 

 

Uncle: Dressed up, gourmet Ramen.

Options for diet restrictions

City O' City: The best vegetarian wings you'll ever find. Seriously. Lots of gluten free options, too.

Corner Beet: Smoothie bowls, juices, and oodles of veggie options. 

Just Be Kitchen: A 100% grain, gluten, and refined sugar menu. Their menu changes every season and is so delicious! 

Root Down: One of Denver's favorites, with options to go gluten free or vegan.

 

Sweet Action Ice Cream: Tons of rotating vegan ice cream options! Head to their website to see what flavors they have today.
 

Vital Roots: Almost completely vegan, with grab and go options. Great for breakfast and lunch!

Places to Drink

Breweries

River North: The locals call it RiNo, but head north of downtown for a variety of breweries and street art. Stem Ciders, First Draught, Epic, Ratio, 10 Barrel and more are all recommended. 

Denver Beer Co: Fall favorites are the Graham Cracker Porter and Pumpkin Beer.

Bars

The Denver bar scene is pretty relaxed. There's only a few clubs, and it's totally acceptable not to get very dressed up when you go out. 

Peaks Lounge: Go here for the views of the city and mountains from the 27th floor.

LoDo - Typically more rowdy and filled with 20 somethings. Especially busy after Rockies games and on weekends. 

1UP: Arcade games galore and mystery drinks. 

Front Porch: Check their online calendar to see if your name lands on a night, and you'll drink for free! Wednesdays are also flip night to test your luck. 

Gaslamp: You have to try a red bull slushy. 

Herbs: Live music and cheap tall boys. 

Mile High: A bar to end your night at that only sells hard spirits. Liquor lovers rejoice.

Retro Room: Drink for free on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 p.m., no cover, and you absolutely have to try the pickle shots. 

Tap Fourteen: A perfect downtown Denver rooftop bar. In the summer they'll have corn hole and it's a great place, day or night. Don't forget to stop on your way up to Hayters, the downstairs bar, for beer bong and a dance floor. 

The Refinery: Check out their famous flower shot.

View House: An awesome place to day drink! They've got an upstairs as well as turf outside with rotating games. 

Highlands/LoHi- More low key with a variety of places to choose from: speakeasies, dive bars,  and even the fancier side. 

Forest Room Five: This eclectic bar is like a fairy tale with cool  outside seating.

Recess: Super trendy outdoor environment. Also, great food. 

Occidental: A little more on the divey side, but cheap drinks, a patio, and arcade games. 

Williams and Graham: Modeled after a speakeasy, you'll be super impressed as they open the secret entrance. 

Broadway- A strip of pubs, dives, and bars with a more chill vibe but still tons of fun and can get rowdy later on. 

Canopy: Super posh and well decorated - a fun place to hang out. 

Don's Club Tavern: Their tagline is "Denver's best dive bar" and we'd have to agree. Don't forget to checkout their quirky vending machine. 

Irish Rover: Your typical Irish bar with a rooftop.

Punch Bowl: Filled with arcade games and a bowling alley, and the best place to get a giant, you guessed it, punch bowl. You’ll need multiple people. 

RiNo- Mostly breweries, but also a ton of bars with food trucks outside. A little less mainstream than the LoDo area. 

Finn's Manor: Delicious punches rotating in the inside bar, and always filled with food trucks outside.

Lustre Pearl: A casual place to hang out or whirl a hula hoop. One weekends they've got big screens up for games. 

Matchbox: Great beer/shot specials. 

Meadowlark: A super intimate space where you can dance in the dark - if you're into that. Sometimes a cover for DJs that are playing, and it's a crapshoot if they're great or not. 

Yeah Baby: Super quirky bar with tons of different themed rooms. Wednesdays are Rock, Paper, Scissors night, and depending on your hair cut or color (check here) you could drink for $1. 

Coffee Shops

American Cultures Taproom: If you've never tried kombucha, this is the perfect place to start. You can get flights, have it to go, or hang out for a while. 

Amethyst: They make all of their 'milks' in house: cashew, almond, you name it. 

Crema: Great coffee. Period. 

Teatulia Tea Bar: The tea lattes are to die for. Great baked goodies too. 

Happy Hour

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina: Dollar tacos and four dollar margaritas on Taco Tuesday. 

Brother's Bar: Every day boasts a different deal whether it be wings, pitchers, or burgers, but everyday from 3-7 get half off drinks. 

Historian's: We already mentioned their food, but happy hour might beat that. Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 7 PM - dollar tacos, 3 dollar wells, four dollar glasses of wine, and more. 

Linger: A great rooftop vibe, with 5 dollar specialty cocktails and 4 dollar craft beers. 4 - 6:30. 

Ocean Prime: From 3:30 to 6, enjoy dollar oysters, 10 dollar sushi, and 10 dollar specialty cocktails...you don't want to miss these!

Ophelia's: More relaxed than their weekend vibes, come in Monday through Friday, 4-6, where everything is under 7 bucks. 

Places to Stay

The Warwick Hotel has a rooftop pool if you're looking for a place to hang out on hot summer days in the city.

Other hotels that are centrally located in the downtown area with reasonably walking or Uber/Lyft distances include the Curtis, the Magnolia, Sheraton Denver, Hyatt Place, and the Four Seasons

The Hyatt Regency has the terrific Peaks Lounge bar where you can soak in all the views. 

Airbnb, is, as always, a good option. Look for locations in the LoDo, Highlands, RiNo, or LoHi area to stay in the middle of the action!

Transportation

As mentioned in the Boulder section, if you want to get between Boulder and Denver, the Flat Iron Flyer runs frequently. For under 5 USD, you can get a one way ticket! It takes about an hour to get there. 

Uber and Lyft are available. 

For 9 USD for 24 hours, you can get unlimited access to the cities bikes. You'll see stands scattered around.

To get from the airport, Denver has the RTD A-Line. It takes you straight from the terminals to Union Station for 9 USD in about 45 minutes. 

Denver does have other RTD lines, but they're more for commuting than tourism. However, you can get cheap day passes if it works for you and check out their train and bus routes here!

Pack Four hike

Red Rocks at night

Royal Arch Trail

Loveland Pass

Sunflowers by DIA

Pack Four hike

Kite Lake

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Pence Park , Evergreen

Friday night fireworks after a Rockies game

Rocky Mountain National Park

 

Stauton State Park

FAVORITE HIKES

St. Mary's Glacier: Easy. Takes you up to a lake. You can also ski up top year around!

Isabelle Glacier: Easy. Insane lake with jarring mountains.

Fourth of July Trail: Moderate. Beautiful spring wildflowers and water features.

Chief Mountain: Moderate. 360 degree views.

Devil's Head Lookout: Moderate. Takes you up an old fire fighters watch tower.

Carpenter Peak: Moderate. Tons of different terrain and beautiful mountain views.

Shrine Ridge Trail: Moderate. Takes you along a rideline for great views. 

Royal Arch Trail: Moderate. You get to go through an awesome arch formation.

Mohawk Lake Trail: Moderate. Features four beautiful lakes. 

Grey's and Torrey's Peaks: Difficult. Two 14ers you can tackle in one day. 

Sky Pond: Difficult. In RMNP, surrounds you with dangerous looking mountains.

Snikatu: Difficult. A windy 13er with views of Breck and Keystone.

Pack Four: Difficult. Four 14ers to conquer in one day. Extremely hard but absoultely beautiful!

We recommend using the app All Trails  to find hikes based on difficulty, distance, are dog friendly, and that are near you!

Rocky Mountain National Park: Only a couple of hours from Denver, this National Park has numerous trails of all difficulties to explore. Estes Park, the small town outside of RMNP is a great place to stay, eat, and shop.

Great Sand Dunes National Park: This park looks like something you would see on Mars. Make sure you hike all the way up the crest of the dunes and see into the miles of sand at the base of the mountains. Bring a snowboard or sand board or rent one before driving into the park! 

Mesa Verde: You can take a walking tour of these ancient Puebloan dwellings that are built into the cliffs. 

Black Canyon of the Gunnison: Huge black walls that plummet into a gorge. Awe-inspiring place to stargaze. 

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