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- Loveland PassRoute 6recommended Loveland PassBefore the Eisenhower Tunnel was completed, Loveland Pass was one of the only ways over the Continental Divide. Today oversized trucks or those carrying hazardous material still have to take the long ... read moreway over the Divide. To access the Passfrom route 70 west, you take the last exit before the tunnel and wind up a series of treacherous switchbacks with no guard rail. At times you will be driving along a sheer drop of 1000 feet or more. The payoff is that the pass is breathtakingly gorgeous. Sitting at an altitude of nearly 12,000 feet, you can look down on the valleys below. In the summer time you go hiking above treeline and take in the bizarre flora and fauna of the alpine zone. If you head up before June or July, there will likely still be massive drifts along the side of the road--some as deep as 30 feet. Another benefit to Loveland Pass is that you can get to the resorts of A-Basin and Keystone much fast than driving all the way to Breckenridge.Rich Carriero
Locals actually ski from the top of the pass down to A Basin and get rides back up to the top.
- LoDoStout Street, Denver, Coloradorecommended LoDoIf you're going out in Denver, you're going to LoDo (lower downtown). A cute pedestrian area, it's super easy to get around with the free hop on/hop off 16th street trolley so spend the day exploring ... read moreboutiques, trendy cafes and people watching (there are def some characters stuck in hippieland).Recommended for:Trendsters
- Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs2148 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205-2017, United Statesrecommended Biker Jim's Gourmet DogsDenver's answer to Hot Doug's (Chicago), they have some seriously crazy wieners here for a fraction of the price you'd pay anywhere else. Aside from the fab meats options (elk, bat, reindeer, etc), ... read moreyou get to pick an ethnic variety of toppings (international was my favorite, who can go wrong with wasabi?). The duck was a little underwhelming, but the elk/cheddar...yum. And don't miss the fried mac and cheese bites doused in cumin, definitely cravable.Recommended for:
- Copper Mountain Ski ResortCopper Mountain, CO 80443recommended Copper Mountain Ski ResortMy favorite Summit County ski resort. Resolution Bowl is nothing short of awesome. The Resolution lift is fast and you can ski back there all day. The semi-backcountry bit on top is good too, but high ... read morewinds can be a frustration. Enjoy!D'Maris Coffman
Another alternative to Breckenridge.
- Ski Train555 Seventeenth Street, Denver, CO 80202-3938
- Denver Art Museum100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO 80204-2713recommended Denver Art MuseumAlthough DAM has a wide ranging collection, one of the best reasons to come here is the Native American art. Showcasing pieces from every tribe/nation of the US and Canada, it is considered one of the ... read moremost complete collections in the country. And as soon as you walk into the wing that holds it, you'll know why--over 18,000 objects spanning 2,000 years. Located downtown, the two buildings that make up DAM are impossible to miss--one looks like a cement fortress worthy of Rapunzel, the other like an abstract sculpture with an enormous broom and dust pan in front of it.
- Renegade Brewing Company925 West 9th Avenuerecommended Renegade Brewing CompanyDenver is all about beer, especially craft beers. Renegade is a small brewery with a laid back beer hall in the Santa Fe district that offers a wide variety of brews--from blondes to stouts, from $1 ... read more'tasting' chalices (perfect for creating custom 'flights') and $4 pints to $11 growlers. Last time I was there they had at least a dozen different beers on tap. A great place to kick back....
- Cruise Room1600 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202, United Statesrecommended Cruise RoomA hopping martini bar, the Cruise Room is a Denver classic and one of the oldest bars in town. Opened in the early '30s, it's all about art deco with chrome, curves, and low lighting. An old school ... read morejuke box (free!) plays tunes throughout the night. Come early if you want a booth or late if you want a crowd. Though located within the Oxford Hotel, it's about as far from a hotel bar than you can get (no piano, lounge singers, or lonely hearts here).
- Root Down1600 West 33rd Avenue, Denver, COrecommended Root DownAn amazing eatery in the LoHi neighborhood, Root Down serves up small plates of gorgeous and tasty food that is local and organic. Reservations are tough to get last minute but the bar area is always ... read moreavailable for walk-ins. If you can get a seat in the restaurant area, ask for one facing downtown (or if it's warm enough, on the deck)--the views will make you linger.
- Hotel Monaco Denver (A Kimpton Hotel)1717 Champa St., Denver, CO 80202recommended Hotel Monaco Denver (A Kimpton Hotel)The Monaco charmed me the moment I stepped into its foyer. The entrance is dramatic without being pretentious; the highlight is a Venetian-style mural on the ceiling, with cozy chairs and inviting ... read morewriting tables below. The guest rooms are no less stylish with a mix of prints and styles that work together exquisitely. It’s also located within two historic building so the ceilings are incredibly high, only adding to its charm. Beyond the look, the rooms are very comfortable, and include luxurious amenities and details like your own goldfish upon request (in case you’re missing your pet). The Monaco also is home to one of the best Italian restaurants in town—Panzano—which has a mouth-watering menu, and hosts a mean happy hour to boot. To top it off, the hotel is in a great downtown location, a block from 16th Street Mall, and within easy walking distance to many of Denver’s best attractions. What can I say? Without a doubt, the Monaco is tops in my book.