5 Reasons to Visit Denver this Summer

There are multiple reasons to visit Denver, Colorado. The five reasons to visit Denver this summer include outdoor activities, music, breweries, cafes, and free things to do.

People from all around the globe have made Denver a bucket list destination. Continue reading to find out what there is to do.

The Incline
Garden of the Gods

Outdoors

With 300 days of sunshine Denver Colorado has a variety of activities to do outdoors. In the city there are mutliple parks such as: Cheesman park, Washington park, Governors park, Confluence park. I would recommend getting outside the city for more. Rocky Mountain National Park is about an hour and twenty-five minutes away from the city of Denver. A national park yearly pass costs $80. Head down to Colorado Springs and explore the Garden of the Gods, or climb The Incline in Manitou Springs at sunrise. If you have time, take a little longer road trip more south to the Great Sand Dunes. What about any of the ski resorts like Breckenridge, Vail, Aspen that turn into great outdoors spots during the summer. There is the Cherry Creek that runs through Denver which is great for running or a casual stroll.

Red Rocks Amphitheater

Music

Denver is known for it’s music scene. The critically acclaimed Red Rocks Amphitheater is a internationally well known music venue. If the artist is well known chances are they have played at Red Rocks. Also, there are multiple concert venues in the city such as: The Ogden, The Fillmore, Cervantes’, The Summit, Black Box. Come to any of the festivals over the summer. Some festivals happening this summer include Arise Music Festival in Loveland August 2nd-4th. The Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival takes place June 14th-16th in Palisade, Colorado. Buy a weekend pass for the Spread The Word Music Festival taking place on May 17th at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom & Other Side, Saturday May 18th at Denver Coliseum, and Sunday May 19th at Levitt Pavilion Denver.

Coors Brewery

Breweries

Colorado is the epicenter for craft beer. According to Denver Business Journal in 2017 Colorado is in second place for most breweries throughout a state with 348. There are multiple breweries (Anheuser-Busch brewery in Fort Collins, Avery Brewing in Boulder, The Great Divide Brewing Co. in LoDo, New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins) that offer free tours throughout the week check there website to find out the times. A brewery I take guest at the Ember Hostel is Lowdown Brewery located two blocks away. Ever drink a Coors beer? Visit the Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado and take the tour.

Cafes

Lastly, being a coffee nut I love to explore the multiple cafes throughout the city. I would recommend checking out Union Station, aka the living room of Denver. Grab a nitro cold brew at Pigtrain coffee and find a seat in Union Station. City-O-City is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant with a cafe attached to it. Down the alleyway behind Ember Hostel a new cafe called Anecdote opened up which has very flavorful coffee and a great creative space. Anecdote also host creative meetups. One of my favorite donuts is the vegan pumpkin donut with chocolate glaze at Pablo’s on Penn. Whether you like the word moist or not, it is the perfect word to describe the donuts there. Pablo’s on Penn also allows free refills on coffee. Drip Cafe located on Lincoln is a great space to spend a couple hours working. They have an upstairs area with couches great for reading a book.

Capitol Building

Free Things

Trying to save a couple bucks? Denver has many free things to do. The first Saturday of every month the Denver Art Museum is free admission. The Denver Botanical Gardens is free admission on the first Tuesday of every month except in may. On Monday-Friday the Captiol Building has tours happening from 10-3 every hour. Love money? The US Mint of Denver offers six tours a day, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m Monday-Thursday.

From weekend getaway to long-term stay Denver, Colorado has a plethora of reasons to visit this summer. The outdoor activities to keep you active. The music scene to party. The breweries to taste test different craft beers. The variety of cafes. Lastly, the free things to do throughout the city. With Denver having such a huge airport it is more likely to find cheap flights roundtrip. See you soon!

Robbie Knecht

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