5. We're doing some cross-pollination with our city newsletters and sharing the best places to visit on a long weekend as part of a regular feature we're calling "Inside Gets Out."
This week, our Inside Denver writer Shay Castle shows us around Denver, Colorado.
Denver may have gained a reputation as the Mile High City for a reason other than its altitude, but there’s more to the city than (lots of) legal weed. It’s a playground for elite athletes, a mecca of craft beer and home to one of the most iconic music venues in the world.
Getting Around: There are *so* many options for traveling sans car. The train from the airport also extends out to several suburbs. A trail system makes the city super accessible by bike; electric scooters are on (almost) every corner. Uber and Lyft are widely available for longer journeys.
Looking down: Grab a scoop at Little Man Ice Cream. (Bonus points if you go down the metal slide!) They have a few to choose from, but the original in the Highlands offers great views of the city and is just a quick (but beautiful) walk from Union Station. If the altitude and dry climate makes you parched, stop next door at Linger, a mortuary turned restaurant and bar, for libations.
Do it for the ‘gram: Stroll up Larimer in the Denver’s River North arts district which you’ll hear everyone refer to as RiNo. There is street art on just about every available surface, and plenty of breweries and restaurants to fuel your walkabout.
For the kiddos: If you’ve got kids in tow, you can knock out two major attractions in one block. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is located right next to the Denver Zoo. More adult-y museums are closer to downtown, with Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, the U.S. Mint, History Colorado Center, The Colorado Photographic Arts Center, and more grouped together.
Rock out: Catch a show if you can at Red Rocks (pictured), which hosts performances nearly year-round. Or go for your daily exercise and climb the 69 rows for a 2.7-mile total round trip. A summertime stroll through tiny Morrison is warranted. Splurge on an elk steak at The Fort, if you can afford it.
Class it up or get wild: Denver is the kind of place you can class it up at high-end eateries like Cafe Marmonte or Colt & Gray, or get an equally good bite of street food at classic carts like Biker Jim’s, which features hot dogs made with reindeer, rattlesnake, boar and more.
For the next few weeks, we will feature some of the top must-see sights of destination cities throughout America. We will resume the production of Throwback Thursday after the Getaway Thursday mini-series. If you have ideas for a piece of Seattle history we can feature, or anything else you'd like to see us cover, hit reply to this email!