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  • BroncosDivision
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    Originally posted by KWHIT97 View Post
    Hello, mods if this is the wrong spot feel free to move.

    I’m in Ohio and for years have wanted to come to Denver for a vacation. Ideally I would like to come in September with the ideal plan being to take in a Broncos game, take in a Rockies game, and take in a concert at Red Rocks. Depending on the schedule I thought it would be cool to also take in a Broncos game in KC while we’re out West, but not important.

    My questions are;

    1. What is the best place to stay downtown? Not looking to spend a fortune but still want nice accommodations.

    2. While in Denver, what are some other “must dos” ?

    3. How far of a drive is Red Rocks from downtown Denver?

    Any insight is much appreciated. Been trying to sell this to my wife for awhile now. Anything you want to add is welcome to. Thanks all!
    Red Rocks is a must but I highly recommend that you check out LoDo (Lower Downtown) also, which I personally consider the heart and soul of downtown Denver. It's completely changed over the last 30 years. In fact, the entire downtown area has seen tremendous growth since the gloomy DURA days back in the 60s and 70s where 30 blocks were razed to make way for new buildings. Few cities in the entire country were hit as hard as Denver and left a sea of surface parking lots for decades with crime spiralling out of control. It's unbelievable the transformation Denver has undergone to become the city it is today.

    Unfortunately, Rockies' new McGregor Square will still be wrapping up work by the time you arrive but it's going to be a fantastic full-block urban environment for everyone once it opens in early 2021. Market Station is another full-block project currently underway that will transform the street experience along the 16th and offer an urban escape within itself – much like Dairy Block.






    Be sure to check out Union Station, the newest neighborhood in downtown Denver. I suggest that you set off on foot at the old and historic Union Station itself, now an urban hub with a hotel (Crawford Hotel), restaurants, bars and more. It's pretty much the poster child of renovation and modernization done right, and has been featured in several magazines. After that, head through the terminal and check out the station canopies on the other side. Like its airport sibling, it features a very unique design. Walk out onto Wewatta St. and everything you see here has been built in 10 years or less. That's right, nothing but dusty, empty lots back then.

    When you've taken in the sights, walk a couple of blocks to get back onto 16th and cross Denver Millennium Bridge to get to Confluence Park. Great little city park right at South Platte River.




    After that, I suggest that you check out LoHi (Lower Highlands). Cross South Platte River and walk onto Platte St, another up- and coming spot in Denver that has changed a lot. Continue onto the bridge and cross I-25 and you're now in LoHi. I personally love this part of downtown. It feels a bit like San Francisco to me because it's hilly. While here, why not get an icecream at the famous Little Man, but save some of that appetite because lunch is nearby!




    (photo taken from the El Five restaurant but my recommendation will offer similar views)


    From Little Man, take Boulder St. and follow it a couple of blocks until you get to the 32nd intersection. You should see Avanti, which I've personally been to and highly recommend. Offers a FANTASTIC view of downtown and great food to go with it. Oh and yeah, some of that Colorado beer!

    That's it for me but I must stress this. As long as you and your wife both have the ability, walk at all times. Bicycling in Denver is certainly another possibility and the city has a ton of great trails. If you're feeling particularly adventurous and want to check out the frontier of downtown Denver, rent a bike and check out RiNo (River North Arts District) but that's another story for another time.

    Have a great trip!

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  • duhyaj
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    Yorkshire fish n chips on pecks just off 36. Best fish n chips I’ve had not including coastal cities

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  • Joshua2585
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    Golden is beautiful. Hike at Lookout Mountain or North Table Mountain.

    Kachina is an awesome mexican/native american fusion spot. Their fry-bread tacos are SO good.

    Union Station area is pretty cool. Worth checking out.

    You've got to hit a concert at Red Rocks. Unique experience.

    There is a free "mall ride" that takes you back and forth on 16th street mall from one side of downtown to the other. I'll warn you though, the homeless and vagabonds can be really overwhelming. So, mentally prepare yourself... they've overrun downtown (especially on the mall).

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  • CanDB
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    ^^^^yes....The Stanley Hotel! Maybe drop in to Boulder, home of Mork and MIndy. Cute college town.

    We stayed downtown (last time I was here) and we found a really nice hotel for a reasonable price. Gotta look it up....though it might be expensive compared to some of the other good options provided here. We liked it because we did not have a car, and it was easy walking downtown, even later at night. Lots of restaurants and shops.

    Last time we visited was in September....perfect for a football game. But watch that afternoon sun, because even in late September, folks were sweating and likely getting some burn! Check your seats, and if in the sun lane, wear lotion, hats and whatever you need. I also saw a ball game on my previous trip (August), and it's a good experience, with some good bars nearby. Got my first baseball at that game.

    We did a city tour, which was fine, but you really should go up as high as you can handle in the beautiful surrounding area, because the mountains are amazing! Pike's Peak is not for me, but some like it! There's a train that goes up apparently, which is the only way I could make it!

    I do like the idea of a concert at The Red Rocks. That would have been so cool! Just having a ride to it was interesting.

    One thing you will really like, is that the people seem very nice. I've been there twice, and both times it felt the same....genuine.
    Last edited by CanDB; 02-11-2020, 09:03 AM.

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  • bfallona
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    Some details and background would help you and us a lot. Rockies & Broncos for sure as you sound like you love sports. Red Rocks (in Sept) I checked would be great if you like rap & hip hop. Do you like to take photos, like nature etc etc. I often over the years have taken tons of road trips and love to do research ahead of time. IF you have transportation Estes is a must see as is Trail Ridge Road , Stanley Hotel ( filmed the Shining (tv version) and Dumb & Dumber there. And Sept you will see Elk, foliage and good weather worth a day trip.

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  • mozzerpete
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    Originally posted by KWHIT97 View Post
    Hello, mods if this is the wrong spot feel free to move.

    I’m in Ohio and for years have wanted to come to Denver for a vacation. Ideally I would like to come in September with the ideal plan being to take in a Broncos game, take in a Rockies game, and take in a concert at Red Rocks. Depending on the schedule I thought it would be cool to also take in a Broncos game in KC while we’re out West, but not important.

    My questions are;

    1. What is the best place to stay downtown? Not looking to spend a fortune but still want nice accommodations.

    2. While in Denver, what are some other “must dos” ?

    3. How far of a drive is Red Rocks from downtown Denver?

    Any insight is much appreciated. Been trying to sell this to my wife for awhile now. Anything you want to add is welcome to. Thanks all!
    1.) Check Groupon for hotel deals.
    I like staying around the 16th Street Mall area but prefer the Cherry Creek area.

    2.) The Corner Beet is my top-2 favorite restaurant in Denver.

    3.) Perhaps a stadium tour would be cool?
    It was a highlight for us.

    Enjoy your time in Denver!

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  • swinginhorseman
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    Originally posted by ArchAngel View Post
    Two words: Casa Bonita. Excellent spanish cuisine and drinks. Great family atmosphere

    Lol excellent spanish cuisine...... Casa Bonita is a nice spot to enjoy watching indoor diving. The food is mediocre. Great for the family and kids......


    Air bnb for a place to stay with decent price. Avoid 5 points area and main colfax strip for places to board. I lived there when i was younger. So maybe i might be a little biased.

    I would check out the moutains. Rent some mountain bikes and hit up some of the trails by breckinridge keystone etc. If you want some good sight seeing colorado springs has garden of the gods, pikes peak. Royal gorge is a nice suspension bridge that you dont see everyday. Lookout mountain is closer to denver. If your religious Mother Cabrina Shrine has a nice hike with view.

    If your into greenary, the dispensaries have a nice selection of fine herbs.Hope that helps enjoy your time in Denver.

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  • ThreeGees
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    Truth. The only good thing to eat at CB is the sopapillas

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  • johntbronco
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    Originally posted by ArchAngel View Post
    Two words: Casa Bonita. Excellent spanish cuisine and drinks. Great family atmosphere
    OMG! Casa Bonita is horrible food!

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  • JW7
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    Originally posted by KWHIT97 View Post
    Hello, mods if this is the wrong spot feel free to move.

    I’m in Ohio and for years have wanted to come to Denver for a vacation. Ideally I would like to come in September with the ideal plan being to take in a Broncos game, take in a Rockies game, and take in a concert at Red Rocks. Depending on the schedule I thought it would be cool to also take in a Broncos game in KC while we’re out West, but not important.

    My questions are;

    1. What is the best place to stay downtown? Not looking to spend a fortune but still want nice accommodations.

    2. While in Denver, what are some other “must dos” ?

    3. How far of a drive is Red Rocks from downtown Denver?

    Any insight is much appreciated. Been trying to sell this to my wife for awhile now. Anything you want to add is welcome to. Thanks all!
    1.) If you're looking to stay downtown, I would suggest the Courtyard Mariott. It is right on 16th and affordable. I wouldn't spend much of your time on 16th though. If you're into breweries, it's less than a 5 minute drive or scooter to get to Rino and the Highlands. These areas have a lot of good restaurants and breweries.

    2.) Really depends in how long you are out here and what kind of transportation you have. A lot can be seen in a 30-45 minute drive. If you like the outdoors, there are a lot of great hiking spots. Boulder has some really cool trails that lead to the base of the Flatirons. If you come during the summer, I would definitely hit up a Rockies game. Really cool ball park and cheap.

    3.) Red Rocks is roughly 25-35 minutes away from downtown Denver depending on traffic.

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  • jazzbodog
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    My family moved to Colorado Springs (1962 - 1976) and I moved to Denver in 1977 (SB12). Traffic was not so bad for a major city then but now it's horrible.

    If you end up going, "patients" is a priority. Be prepared!

    However, I've been back many times and it's still a great town with many fun things to do. Enjoy!
    Last edited by jazzbodog; 01-21-2020, 07:27 AM.

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  • lvbronx
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    Definitely get the jumbo platter to go from Casa Bonita and eat it about 30 minutes before driving over Trail Ridge Road.

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  • Frenchy180
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    I have a soft spot for Machetes tacos y tequila downtown right across the street from Union Station... Might be a good spot before the Rockies game!

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  • KWHIT97
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    Good stuff guys, tons of thanks!

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  • underrated29
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    PS- and if you are going to do a show at red rocks then you must go to the Morrison inn before hand and get one of their famous big ass margaritas on their rooftop bar! Its a must!

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