Travel to Denver, Colorado – Episode 419

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Hear about travel to Denver, Colorado as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lance Longwell from about his hometown, the “Mile High City”. Denver is the capital of the state of Colorado and sits where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains.

Lance’s family has been in Colorado and more specifically in Denver for over 5 generations. His great-grandfather was the first utility commissioner of Colorado. My (Chris) great-grandfather also moved to Colorado in the 1880s.

“Denver has a lot to offer. It is just a little bit north of dead center in the state of Colorado and butts right up against the Rocky Mountains so that anywhere within in the city you go you have these beautiful vistas of the peaks towering over this gorgeous city. Denver is truly a gem in the Mountain West. There are a number of native American sites and monuments just to the east of Denver, easily explored. And then of course, just to the west the beautiful mountains and all that has to offer in terms of outdoor activities.”

“Denver as a city is very small. It is only about 600,000 people, but the greater Denver metro area is about 3.5 million people made up of 12 different counties and over 50 different municipalities so there is a lot to explore there. It is not a very compact city to explore. You need to allow time to explore. Denver itself is workable in 3-4 days depending on your interests and there are a number of wonderful side trips from the city.”

“In my opinion the highlights are the cultural and the outdoor activities that the city has to offer. There are a number of world class museums including the Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Nature and Science. Denver also has a lot of outdoor activities: Confluence Park, Washington Square Park rival anything that any other city would have and are definitely worth spending time and exploring.”

“Denver is a very outdoorsy oriented city. Colorado always ranks highest on the list for fittest state in America. There are a number of great parks. Washington Square Park is a wonderful urban city park just a little bit south and east of downtown Denver and around the park has grown into a trendy neighborhood. The park itself has a wonderful lake, it’s great to walk around and from the east side its a very photogenic spot where you can take photos back towards the west with the skyline of the city and the mountains in the background. You will see a lot of photos of the park in magazines and books.”

Lance gives us some tips for some of his favorite festivals, neighborhoods and restaurants in the city as well as side trips from Denver.

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Show Notes

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Visit Denver
Denver Art Museum
Clyfford Still Museum
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Dinosaur National Monument
History Colorado Center
Ghost Towns of Colorado
Phoenix Gold Mine
Washington Park, Denver
Red Rocks Park
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Great American Beer Festival
Oskar Blues Brewery
Golden City Brewery
Golden Brewery Coors Tour
City of Golden
Olde Town Arvada
Highland, Denver
16th Street Mall
LoDo, Denver
Colorado State Capitol
Dr. Colorado
Coors Field
Pawnee National Grassland
Boulder, Colorado
Downtown Boulder
Colorado Springs
U.S. Air Force Academy
Garden of the Gods
Denver Mountain Parks
Snooze Eatery
Brown Palace Hotel
Osteria Marco
A Taste of Colorado
National Western Stock Show
Mutton Busting


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

2 Responses to “Travel to Denver, Colorado – Episode 419”



Great place to travel on 4.20 😉



A few clarifications.

Washington Park
there is no ‘Square’ in the name
Nice views of the mountains, but not the skyline. If you want views of downtown skyline and mountains, that is City Park. (Where the Museum of Nature and Science is located.)

Tattered Cover
Great Indie book store, but no longer in Cherry Creek. (that location moved to Colfax)

Red Rocks
Great place ot listen to live music, but if you are short.. wear boots or something w/ heels, as sometimes hard to see.. and don’t go if can not handle marajuana smoke.

Great tons of great Mexican food… check La Popular near downtown for authentic
Also large Ethiopian community, so East Colfax has excellent lots of excellent Ethiopian Food.

True Denver Experiences.
Jog the 2.5 miles around Wash Park.
Rent b-cycles and go for ride on Cherry Creek Trail
Wander Colfax (around York/Josephine is good area)

Closer Great Day Trips
Mt. Evans Road
Golden Gate State Park

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