I’m keeping my Denver Series going strong! I started the series off by sharing my favorite places to eat, then not long after that, I shared the best places to stay whenever you’re visiting! And now it’s time to chat all about the best things to do when you’re visiting Denver. This should actually say Colorado series because there is obviously A LOT to do outside of just Denver itself since we have the Rocky Mountains nearby, but I made sure to give you a little bit of both. And I also tried to give you an estimate of how far some of the places are from Denver!

In this post, I tried to figure out all the things I like to do the most here in Denver, while thinking of what I like to do when I travel! I’m not huge into hiking or museums, but I still tried to add in a couple of those for people who are! Hope this helps you plan your own trip when you’re traveling to this wonderful state!

Food & Drink

Don’t Miss a Workout

Stop in for a workout at one of the awesome gyms in town

Get Outdoors

  • Rent a bike on a b-cycle and ride around town to explore all the neighborhoods
  • Go hike Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs (~1 – 1 1/2 hour from Downtown Denver) and get a HUGE Sunday brunch at the Broadmoor Hotel
  • Boat, float or swim Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins (~1 – 1 1/2 hour from Downtown Denver)
  • Go workout, hike, check out the amazing views, see a show or watch a movie at Red Rocks (30 minutes from Downtown Denver)
  • Go hiking at Hanging Lake (~2 1/2 hours from Downtown Denver) in Glenwood Springs then soak in the Hot Springs
  • Test your lung capacity and fitness abilities at the Incline in Manitou Springs (~1 – 1 1/2 hour from Downtown Denver)
  • Walk the easy hike up St. Mary’s Glacier (~1 hour from Downtown Denver) and finish your hike with a dip in the lake (which is freezing cold) or you can always ice climb up the glacier and ski down. This hike is super dog-friendly, too! I took Jackson once and he crushed it!
  • Rent paddle boards and SUP on Evergreen Lake or Bear Creek Lake Park
  • Snowboard or Ski at any of the ski mountains
    • Loveland – only about an hour from Downtown Denver
    • Arapahoe Basin – pretty close and is known for having amazing bloody mary’s
    • Keystone – big resort with a beautiful village area and they offer night skiing
    • Winter Park – I know nothing about WP
    • Breckenridge – adorable downtown area with lots of shops and they have new peaks which makes it a lot bigger than it used to be
    • Copper – I used to snowboard here all.the.time growing up, but I don’t have much to say about it because I haven’t been there in years.
    • Vail – It’s far but it’s gigantic with awesome back bowls and a fun village with cool bars
    • Aspen – Aspen is pretty damn stunning. And far. I’ve never snowboarded there, but I went to the Food & Wine Classic and loved hanging out in town throughout the weekend
  • You know what’s better than skiing or snowboarding? Tubing. Go tubing at many of the ski mountains.
  • Get super outdoorsy and go white water rafting down the Colorado River
  • Hike a 14er. I did it once and hated it with all my being, but Colorado people love doing that ish. And there are a ton of mountains to choose from. I know none of them.

Explore Denver Neighborhoods 

  •  Baker District
  • Cherry Creek North
    • Lots of shopping from small boutiques to well known chains
    • Check out some of the amazing restaurants such as Departure, True Food, Cherry Cricket, and a ton of others. Just walk around and you’ll run into something
  • Art District of Santa Fe
    • Stop by mmm…Coffee for paleo treats
    • Check out the many art galleries that line the blocks of Santa Fe
    • Spend the evenings in the summer at their First Friday events with lots of food trucks and art
  • RiNo
    • Stop by The Source
    • Drop in at one of the many breweries
    • Go to Finn’s Manor to try out multiple food trucks and grab a drink from their 16 rotating taps and over 400 spirits
  • LoHi
    • Get ice cream at the delicious Little Man Ice Cream
    • Eat or drink on the rooftop of Linger – get the coconut gin fizz
    • Go to Avanti for multiple restaurants, bars and one of the best views of Downtown – get an arepa at Quiero Arepas
  • Uptown
    • Get a fancy gluten free dessert at DBar
    • Check out the super weird long and skinny Thin Man bar
  • Golden Triangle

Go hang out at a cool park

  • Washington Park
  • City Park
  • Riverfront Park
  • Congress Park
  • Sloan’s Lake Park
  • Cheesman Park

Shop ’til You Drop

My favorite women’s boutiques

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  1. Laura S says:

    Juli! My husband and I are in Denver this weekend for a hockey game and we planned our entire meal schedule based on your recommendations! I want to thank you so so so much for all you do! You made this trip one to look forward to rather than stress over being able to eat on the road with allergies. Also both Just Be Kitchen and Root Down were major hits so we did them twice!

    1. juli says:

      yayyyyy!! so glad i could help, laura!

  2. Becca says:

    Hi Juli! My husband and I are coming to Denver next week for a wedding and I’m planning our meals around these Denver Series posts. Thanks so much for sharing! Also, we are planning to drop in at Broadway one morning. Just wondering if we should reserve a spot or just show up early?

    1. juli says:

      you can just show up!! definitely get there early to sign a waiver obviously. late people are the worst. hope you have a great workout at Broadway!

  3. Chelsea says:

    Hi Juli!

    My fiancé and I are flying into Denver and then driving to Vail for our Honeymoon this October – this list is SO helpful for our days in and out of the airport! Do you have any “musts” in Vail?

    1. juli says:

      oh man, i have no clue honestly. i don’t go to vail much and if i do, it’s to snowboard and/or sit in a bar somewhere waiting for friends. sorry i’m not more help!

  4. Courtney says:

    I was just out to eat at a restaurant and totally thought of you with your obsession with both things Jalapeno/Blood Orange as well as craft cocktails! If you haven’t been to Lena in Denver, you should go! They a cocktail called the JImeney Crickets that has both Tequila, Jalapeno, & Blood Orange!

    1. juli says:

      had it. LOVE it!

  5. Casey says:

    First of all, love your Instagram and blog. I’m 32, single and active and looking to move to Denver. Since you’re similar in age and interests, could you do another Denver post on neighborhoods and what each brings to the table? Selfishly, what neighborhoods are good for young professionals who need to find a man!!?? Oh! And good areas for a dog, bc if I’m leaving nyc, it’s time to get a dog!

    Thanks for all of your fabulous content!

    1. juli says:

      lol that’s a pretty small population who needs that type of post so i don’t plan to share that here. i love lohi, rino, uptown, and wash park the most for single life! all are in walking distance to great places and parks. look those ones up!