I am currently in Denver taking care of some business stuff as well as visiting my boyfriend. Before living in LA, I lived in Boulder, Colorado for four years and then moved down to Denver for a year to work in event planning. If you have never been, I will give you ten reasons why you should come visit Colorful Colorado. Today, I am featuring the Denver/Boulder area.
But first, enjoy a couple of photos of the City of Denver:
1. Denver Botanical Gardens: The gardens span over 24 acres and present a wide range of gardens and collections that illustrate “an ever-widening diversity of plans from all corners of the world.” I visited the gardens this past fall where there was an exhibit featuring Chihuly. Chihuly is an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. His works are mostly considered unique to the field of blown glass.
2. Coors Field: It is a modern stadium that features an old-fashioned feel. Coors Field is one of the National League’s first new parks built exclusively for baseball since 1962. The stadium offers a variety of food and is located central to Downtown surrounded by many trendy restaurants.
3. Sports Authority Field at Mile High: It is an American Football stadium in Denver, Colorado home to the Broncos (woo Broncos!) The stadium has sold out every one of its games since 2001. If you love football and love the sense of community, and well of course the Broncos (or your preferred team playing the Broncos), be sure to check out the stadium. I have been to a couple Bronco games and had some of the best times. I have also attended the stadium when University of Colorado Boulder (my school) plays their rival school Colorado State University also known as the Rocky Mountain Showdown. Both games are worth attending!
4. Washington Park: Wash Park is a neighborhood and public urban park in Denver, Colorado. It is a blend of historic and contemporary styles of architecture. Its historic buildings, lakes, tennis courts, lawns, large flower gardens and rec centers provide for various experiences to its visitors. The park was first developed in 1899. Apart from activities like jogging, walking or biking, the park serves as a center for social activities and encourage community involvement. It was designated as one of the “Great Public Spaces in America” in 2012.
5. Lower Highlands: LoHi, is the eastern section of popular Highland area. It is home to many young single, urban professionals and growing families, who enjoy the quiet streets and proximity to neighborhood galleries, coffee shops and some of the city’s best eateries. This beautiful new area is home to new modern architecture, which sit along side historic Victorian homes and brownstones. The Highlands pedestrian bridge connects to Riverfront Park and then to Downtown Denver.
6. LoDo District: LoDo is what residents refer to Lower Downtown Historic District. In 1858, General William Larimer started a small settlement which eventually grew with the Gold Rush into a busy city of 35,000 people. Residents and visitors continue to flock to LoDo looking for its riches, including fine dining restaurants and posh boutiques. (I used to live in LoDo myself, I had a great time being so close to really good restaurants and great bars)
7. Red Rocks Amphitheater: Red Rocks is a rock structure near Morrison, Colorado, 10 miles west of Denver, where concerts are given in the open-air amphitheater.
8. Union Station: Step into Denver’s new living room. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Whether you come in to grab a bite, pick up a bouquet or enjoy a beverage, you will enjoy the breathing space that buzzes through the space. Union Station is open 24/7/365, there’s always something to do while you are here.
9. Cheeseman Park: This is a must go! Cheeseman park is a jewel of city park. In the winter, you can cross country ski and in the spring, summer and fall you can walk, jog, picnic, play frisbee, sunbathe-all while viewing the beautiful Rockies.
10. Boulder, CO
I saved the very best for last. I LOVE Boulder. It was my hometown for four years and I wouldn’t have traded my experience for anything in the world. Boulder is the place for the extremely physically fit, drawing those who love the outdoors to its 30,000 acres of unspoiled land, 200 miles of trails and city-center paths and rivers. It is the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.The city of Boulder frequently acquires ranking in health, well-being, quality of life, education and art. There is over 150 things to do in Boulder, but the one thing I can recommend to you is to go there and enjoy every minute of it. There is nothing like it.
Stay tuned to hear about the “Best 10” ski resorts in Colorado (summer and winter)!