The Best Way To Spend 48 Hours in Denver
Short trip, long trip, not enough PTO? If you're contemplating where to travel next and you haven't visited the Mile HIGH City before, you should. No matter the season there's a slew of things you can do, some that won't even cost ya any money. Go hiking, camp out, visit a brewery, eat delicious food, burn, eat, burn some more, eat again, etc etc. You get the point right?
Since options our endless, we'll break it down for ya to 48 hours of non-stop awesomeness in Denver, Colorado.
1.) Arrival Info
Denver International Airport: Not all airports allow Uber drivers to pick up passengers, but thankfully this Airport's cool with it! Call an Uber to pick you up from arrivals. The airport is located 25-30 min away from Downtown Denver.
Estimated Uber Charge: $35-40
Estimated Cab Charge: $65-75
Going somewhere else soon? A List of airports that let you call Uber to pick you up from arrivals.
$$$ | The Art Hotel - USA Today named it #5 Best New Hotel in 2015. Modern, clean, and conveniently located. Walk around the swanky hotel to check out the art installations. Free Wifi, $200+ / per night
$$ | Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center - Located downtown right by all the action on 16th street. Take the elevator to the bar on the 27th floor for an awesome view of the city. Free Wifi, $150+ / per night
$$ | Airbnb, Downtown Penthouse Apartment - Clean, penthouse apartment walking distance to Union Station, bars and restaurants. Free Wifi, $110 / per night
3.) Eat - A Nice Dinner
$$ , Asian Fusion | Hop Alley *our #1 pick*
Try: Duck Rolls, Rice Cakes, Bone Marrow Fried Rice, Steamed Eggplant
$$, Modern American | The Populist
Try: Salt & Vinegar Popcorn, Croquettes, 'Bacon & Egg'
$$, Modern American | Work & Class
Try: Beer-Braised Short Ribs, Roasted Lamb, Butterscotch Pudding
4.) Retreat - Get Outdoorsy
Red Rocks is most well known for awesome open-air concerts, but during the day, it's a popular place to go hike, bike, and workout.
Hikers: The Trading Post Trail is 1.4 miles long, wear comfortable shoes.
Yogis: Purchase a session to Yoga On The Rocks before it sells out.
Music Lovers: Artists perform at Red Rocks almost 7 days a week. Check out the upcoming concert schedule to see what's up next.
5.) Eat - Coffee & Lunch
The Caprese sandwich at Crema may or may not have changed our lives forever...
Try: Coconut Milk Latte, Breakfast Burrito, Cocktail Menu
Crema *our #1 pick*
Try: Caprese Sandwich, Sweet Potato Waffle, Oatmeal Latte
Try: Kale Smoothie, 'The Duke' Pulled Pork Sandwich
Try: Avocado Toast, Dukkah Eggs, Hot Chocolate
6.) Beat The Heat - Breweries & Craft Beer
There are over 200 breweries in Denver -- beer-drinker or not, there's a brew for everyone in the Mile High City.
Ratio Beerworks | Try: Dear You, French Saison
Cerebral Brewing | Try: Dark Galaxie, Oatmeal Milk Stout
Great Divide | Try: Yeti, Imperial Stout
Little Machine Beer | Try: Razz Against The Machine, Tart Raspberry Ale
7.) Something Sweet - Dessert
Sweet Action Ice Cream | Try: The Salted Butterscotch
Little Man Ice Cream | Try: A Scoop of the Salted Oreo on a Waffle Cone
Ice Cream Riot | Try: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cheddar Goldfish
Habit Doughnut Dispensary | Try: The Blazed and Glazed Brioche
Voodoo Doughnut | Try: The Old Dirty Bastard
Nuggs Ice Cream | Try: The Butterfinger Ice Cream On Taco Tuesday
8.) Drink & Eat - The Must Do
Finn's Manor | Cocktail Bar and Modern Food Bazaar
A unique cocktail bar and food eatery with both indoor and outdoor areas to hang. Get grub from one of the diverse food trucks, sip on craft beer/cocktails, and try a boozy popsicle.
Eat: Beef Brisket + Mac & Cheese from Owlbear Barbecue = the best BBQ we've ever had (and I'm not even a mac and cheese person)
Drink: Cocktails at Finn's Grotto
10.) Treat (yo self)
Base Coat Nail Salon | Non-Toxic Nail Salon
Why You Should Come Here: Base Coat isn't just a nail salon, it's a place where you'll end up hanging out all day. There's a pop-up shop type feel where local beauty products, swimsuits, shoes, and cute clothes are on display. The waiting area is seriously more like #livingroomgoals. PLUS you get a complimentary drink while you treat yo self to a nice mani pedi.
What Makes Base Coat Even More Awesome: They care. The non-toxic nail salon only uses all organic, vegan, plant based products and essential oils that are locally sourced resulting in a much cleaner and healthier relaxing spa experience than you'll get anywhere else.
What Bums Us Out: We don't have a location that we can frequent regularly (yet) in Washington D.C. !!
11.) Eat - Brunch
Linger | Rooftop , Modern American
Why: Ridiculously awesome vibes on the rooftop during brunch! ...And boys, females flock to Linger in case you were wondering #MenverProblems
Try: Fried Chicken Bun, Mongolian BBQ Duck Bun, Wagyu Sliders
12.) Neat - Local Shops and Areas To Wander
16th Street Mall | A touristy, open-air shopping center downtown. Lot's of shops and restaurants, but mostly big name brands you've been to before.
Larimer Square | A block of local restaurants, bars, and stores. Lot's of outdoor seating, bright string lights at night, and free events on occasion.
River North Art District (RiNo) | Our personal favorite part of the city. Lot's of murals and hipster-esk restaurants, bars, and shops everywhere.
13.) Dope Sheet - Greenery
Dank | The companies philosophy? "Safe and friendly access to naturally grown supply of dank nuggs and flowers"
Native Roots | Super helpful staff and dope packaging
Starbuds | Sign up for alerts and they'll text you daily specials
The Giving Tree of Denver | Home to Denver's largest edible selection
14.) Make Your Trip Complete!
The Source | Modern Food Market
13 vendors, a bar, and a brewery all under one roof. Walk around The Source and you'll find a coffee shop, florist, cheese shop, butchery, bakery, liquor store, art gallery, restaurants, and of course, a brewery. I mean seriously what more could you possibly be looking for? It's allllllll here.
Bar / Food Court
Drinks / Snacks
Rooftop Happy Hour
Breakfast (all day) / Brunch
Wake & Bake
Organic Fast Casual / Lunch