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Visiting Denver... Advice?

Wed May 23, 2007 2:07 pm

Heading up to Denver tomorrow and have the day free so I'd like to check the place out a little bit (have a job interview so I could possibly be moving there in the future)... I've never been so I'd like to at least check out a good restaurant micro-brew type place, and drive out to see some of the mountains... Any tips? Any comments from those that live around there?
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RE: Visiting Denver... Advice?

Wed May 23, 2007 2:18 pm

Drive to Dillion and back via the continental divide at loveland. fantastic.
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RE: Visiting Denver... Advice?

Wed May 23, 2007 2:20 pm

I'm assuming you have a rental car? If you do, you can kind of make your way into the mountains via I-70...won't really hit anything meaningful for a while (all the big ski areas, Vail, Breck, etc. are 2+ hours from town), but the drive is kind of cool...although, seeing as you are coming from the East Coast, I wouldnt recommend going too far uobecause of the altitude gain...might be a bit much to handle in one day if you wind your way into the mountains too deeply, but going out to places like Morrison (site of the famous Red Rocks Ampitheater), should be feasible...

Denver itself is a pretty fun place...the main areas downtown are LoDo (the neighborhood around Coors Field), and the 16th Street Mall...LoDo is a big spot for nightlife; lots of bars and trendy places like that, and the 16th Street Mall is just kind of a cool pedestrian-only mall that runs for a mile or so through Denver...there are signs and maps every block to help you get oriented and see whats nearby, as well as a free shuttle bus that runs up and down the mall (the only vehicles allowed on the mall)...its a fun place to walk around...

Im not much of a restaurant goer so I cant help you out too much there Im afraid...

In terms of stuff to do, did you have any other specific things you wanted to see or do while in the area??
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RE: Visiting Denver... Advice?

Wed May 23, 2007 2:23 pm

Find an Old Chicago and drink and eat there. Great place, and its a Denver-based chain, so there's locations everywhere.
I'd go and see the zoo as well. Nice exhibits there.

LoDo is pretty fun too.
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RE: Visiting Denver... Advice?

Wed May 23, 2007 8:07 pm

If money is no object then try the Buckhorn Exchange close to downtown. They hold liquor license #1 for the state and the history in their building is amazing. Lunch isn't as expensive as dinner and they still offer most of the game meats like elk, buffalo, etc.

Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 3):
I'd go and see the zoo as well. Nice exhibits there.

Sure, if you want to catch the Plague from the monkeys.  Wink
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RE: Visiting Denver... Advice?

Wed May 23, 2007 8:09 pm

After arriving at Tegal take the X9 to the Ringbah... wait, wrong city.

{Takes out Berlin tourism chip. Inserts Denver tourism chip...loading}
If you've only got a day, I would not go that deep into the mountains. 2 hours up + 2 hours to look around +2 hours back = you won't see Denver at all. What I would do is drive to Idaho Springs, about 25 miles west of Denver, 50 miles from the airport, and go to beau Jos pizza for lunch. take I-70 all the way up. On the way back, go back into town via US6. To get to US6 from Idaho Springs, back track on I70 for about 5 miles or so, and get off at the US6 exit. I can't remember the exit number, but the exit is a left hand exit... so heads up! The drive from Idaho Springs to Golden (and thus back into Denver) is breathtaking. You'll see some of the smaller (but still very impressive) mountains all around you as you drive down the Clear Creek River Valley back into Golden, and you don't have to drive all the way to Breckenridge and back.

If you like Coors, hit up the Coors brewey tour in Golden. If you don't, skip it. If you want a nice overview of the city, hit up Lookout Mountain in Golden. Since Lookout Mountain is about 2,000 feet higher than downtown, it offers a nice view of the entire Denver metro region. Drive back down Lookout Mountain the way you came, and get back onto US6. Head east on US6 all the way into town. US6 will turn into an expressway just east of Golden and will remain an expressway until just past I25. Drive past I25, US6 will turn into 6th Ave, and turn left on Santa Fe. In this area, there are some small art galleries and small resturaunts, but I usually just drive past them on my way to school. Stop if you see something good; theres a few Mexican places I've wanted to try. Keep driving north on Santa Fe, but turn right onto Colfax (about 2-3 miles north of US6).

Colfax has got a reputation in Denver as being "that street." You know, the street with hookers and pawn shops. But that's more like Colfax in Aurora. Around Downtown its fine. Few pieces of interest are all lined up on Colfax for you: The Denver Mint, City Hall, and the State Capitol Building. You can watch Pennies be minted at the Denver Mint, and the other two have a nice park between them (Civic Center Park), plus the State Capitol Building and City Hall/Courthouse building are nice to look at. Turn right onto Delaware, and then take another left on 14th Street. Park your car 14th Street, one block south of Colfax, and go into the Mint. I think the entrance to the Mint is on Cherokee. City Hall is one block east of the Mint on Bannock, and the State Capitol Building is on the other side of Civic Center Park. Also of interest here is the Denver Art Museum (the pointy building)-on Bannock between 13th and 14th. If you like Modern Art, go for it. If you think Daniel Liebeskind's pointy building looks horrid, skip it.

I hate to do this, but I'm now gonna send you to the other side of Downtown, go west on 14th Street and take a right on Speer (you'll be on 14th for like 5 blocks or so). Speer's kinda the south-western edge of downtown. Northeast side of Speer has all the high rises, and the southwest side of Speer has the Auraria Campus and the Pepsi Center. Take Speer all the way to Chopper Circle/Wewatta Street. Chopper Circle/Wewatta Street will be one of the main entrances to the Pepsi Center, so if you want to look at the Pepsi Center, take a left. If you want to go where I'm going to tell you to go, take a right. You'll be on Wewatta Street for about a block, and you'll take a left onto 15th Ave. Keep going on 15th Ave until you cross the Platte River and take a right onto Platte Street. There's a nice café here, Paris on the Platte. have a coffee, chill, collect your thoughts, let some time pass. When you're ready keep going on Platte St to 20th Ave. Take a right on 20th and look at Coors Field on your left. Take a right on Wazee or Blake. This is Lodo, and if you're looking for microbrews, welcome.
Few places to look for, note: I haven't been to all of them, as I turned 21 right before I left for Berlin. Thus, a lot of these are places that have been recommended to me. I'll mark the microbrews with a "*."
Fados Irish Pub, Denver Chophouse and Brewery*, Sing Sing, Bash Nightclub, Breckenridge Brewery*, The Soiled Dove, Falling Rock Tap House*
Around Larimer Square (same side of Downtown, but about 6 blocks south) you've got:
Pour House Pub, Old Chicagos (seriously dude, save Old C's until you move here...get Beau Jos), Nallen's Irish Pub, Ted's Montana Grill, and Tamayo.

Phew, that was long. Google the places that sound cool.
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RE: Visiting Denver... Advice?

Thu May 24, 2007 2:39 am

Thanks guys... just got in and am heading out now... will post back later what went on

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