Known as the Mile-High City promising 300 days of sunshine, Denver, Colorado is filled with a colourful array of activities, dining, and shopping alongside an eyeful of wonders for the entire family to enjoy.
Where to Stay
Located in downtown Denver, The Grand Hyatt Denver offers stylish urban luxury with a relaxed atmosphere. Its lightly coloured rooms and dark furnishings provide a pleasant feel that will make you rest easy after a long day of exploration. Amenities include an indoor heated pool, free wi-fi and pet-friendly stays, and proximity to several Denver attractions. The Denver Pavilions, located on the 16th Street pedestrian mall in the heart of Downtown Denver, features 40 shops, restaurants, a movie theater and a bowling alley. The best part is the location, next to the 16th Street Free MallRide shuttle which runs towards Union Station making several stops along the way. The Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the top-ranked botanical gardens in the US, the Downtown Aquarium, Denver Zoo and Children’s Museum are also nearby.
Where To Play
Colorado Railroad Museum is a must see for the whole family. Where their tagline is ‘lose track of time’ you can do just that as you learn all about their steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses and G-scale garden railway located on their 15-acre railyard. Visit the galleries, library and Roundhouse and of course, take a ride in one of the original and oldest locomotives on the grounds! If you’re visiting in December, be sure to purchase your tickets for the ever-popular The Polar Express ride. If you’re like me, that’s the first Christmas movie I watch year after year to get me into the holiday spirit.
Take a trip up to The Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, highlighting the life and times of legend William F. Cody. The gravesite of Buffalo Bill is in Lookout Mountain Park, part of the Denver Mountain Park System, where he requested to be buried here in 1917 overlooking the Great Plains and The Rockies.
Denver CityPASS is your one-stop shop to some of the top attractions in Denver. Launched on May 1st, 2018, the program allows you and your family to visit any three, four or five attractions out of a list of eight options over a seven consecutive day period.
Your options include:
Children’s Museum of Denver
Denver Art Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
History Colorado Center
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Have a sports fanatic in your crew? If you happen to be in town during football season, catch a game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, home to the Denver Broncos.
Eat Your Heart Out
One of the greatest things I discovered about Denver is the vast variety of culinary options they offer. You can find any food imaginable right in the very core.
For a great breakfast option, located right inside Union Station (another stop along the Free MallRide) Snooze is sure to satisfy everyone’s palate for breakfast or lunch. From their Smashed Avocado Benny to their Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes and OMG French Toast featuring brioche stuffed with mascarpone then griddled and topped with vanilla crème, salted caramel, fresh strawberries and toasted coconut. (Hence, the OMG!)
Open to the public on June 1st, 2018, one of Denver’s newest dining establishments, the Denver Milk Market is located on Wazee St. (jump on the Free MallRide and get off at Wazee stop) includes 16-venue cornerstones, all-local takeaway or dine-in options run by Colorado Chef, Frank Bonanno. An eclectic array of culinary delights, you’ll just have to check it out for yourself.
Built in the 1880’s and located on Larimer Street from 14th to 15th Streets, Larimer Square is Denver’s oldest and most historic block which houses 40 upscale restaurants and shops including Italian, French, Mexican, Asian, seafood, steak and more.
With scenic views at every turn and discoveries along the city streets, Denver offers a combination of reasons to visit, all of which will add to a memorable family vacation.