We flew in to Denver International Airport and the first we noticed was how flat the area is. You can see for miles in all directions and off in the distance the Rocky Mountains. From the airport we took the A line commuter train to downtown Denver Union Station.
From Denver Union Station we walked to Snooze an A.M. Eatery located at 2262 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205. It’s a bit of a walk from the station but being New Yorkers we are use to walking quite a bit. Here are directions to Snooze from Google Maps
After filling up with breakfast, coffee, and a cocktail we headed out to our hotel but this time catching an Uber. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Denver which was a little too far for us to walk with all our gear and full stomachs. There’s plenty to see in the area. When we finished unpacking and relaxing a bit we headed out towards the 16th street mall. Walked up a bit and made our way towards Dairy Block which is on Wazee Street in LODO. As the sun was setting this place started getting busy. It’s full of eateries, bars, and games. Check out our Denver Vlogs Playlist to see what it’s all about.
Our plan for the second day was to drive to Red Rocks and go for a hike. It’s about a 30 minute drive from Denver and one of the top attractions around Denver. The Trading Post Trail is the hike we planned on. It’s very short about 1.5 mile loop around the park. It’s an easy walk in the park and you get to see the red rock formations all around the park and Amphitheatre. The day we went there was a concert, so by the time we finished our hike in the early afternoon. The park had closed off most of the entrances unless you were a ticket holder. Now because we parked at the top lot we had to walk up a lot of stairs to get to our car. A little tip is to park at a lower lot if you know there’s an event that day. One of the coolest things though was when the bands were warming up hearing the acoustics bouncing off the rocks near the Amphitheatre!
After our hike we headed back to our hotel to change and then took an Uber to Denver’s RiNo Art District, we got dropped off near Blake street and 27th first to checkout a place called Spring Market. It turned out to be closed and we thought we were in the middle of no where. So we walked north on Blake street and started seeing more shops and people, art started to appear here and there and next thing we knew we were walking down an alley way full of murals and in the distance a big group of people. We followed and found our way to improper city, an indoor/outdoor beer garden with food trucks, games and more! How cool to stumble upon places like this.
A few bites of food and we were off again in search of RiNo! Heading north again on Blake and finally crossing the tracks we found ourselves in what looked like a kind of run down neighborhood. Not much was around, quiet, one person going to the bathroom in the corner of some buildings. A solo scooter rider passed by and that was it. We turned back this time walking down Brighton Blvd. We found The Source and Zeppelin Station big open buildings with lots of little shops and places to eat. When we first got over the tracks we must of turned the wrong way because Zeppelin Station was right there to our left and we went right.
After shopping a bit and exploring these cool buildings we got another Uber to Little Man Ice Cream, the line was around the corner of the street but moving pretty fast. An express line for those who knew what they wanted. Made it to the front sampled some flavors and got two cups of some really tasty ice cream! It was cold out and there were still lines I can only imagine how long they are in the warmer months.
It was a full day with nature, hiking, exploring, eating, and drinking around Denver.
We heard about some amazing scenic hiking around Dream lake and Bear lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. What we didn’t realize was it wasn’t the season. The drive from Denver was about 2 hours and will take you north west through Estes Park. The change in weather was pretty drastic. Once we got closer to the mountains we could see they were snow capped and cloudy at the top. We stopped to take some pictures at Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead before continuing to drive up to Bear Lake. At Bear lake it was snowing the snow was heavy and wet, not too cold but shorts weren’t ideal. A ranger told us the hike around he lake was about a mile. We made our way to the main trail head where there was a nice open area to see the snow covered lake. The amount of snow on the ground was about a foot packed with some areas of the trail visible.
I heard thunder and was debating if we should go hiking or not. We waited to see what others would do. It looked like there were people on the other side of the lake so we started our hike. More thunder, we continued. Then a flash of lightning and that was enough for us we turned around and got out of the elements as fast as we could. When we got back to the entrance we weren’t alone it seemed everyone was making their way out of the trails. Some on snowboards, others with hiking sticks, and snow shoes. Then us in light jackets and shorts lol.
So April is a bit too early to go hiking, the weather can change quickly. We hear Sept or early Oct is the best time to go. We will go back it was just too beautiful to leave like that.
We drove to Boulder after visiting RMNP, spent a couple of hours on Pearl Street checking out the shops.
On our last day in Denver we went back to Zeppelin station to shop a little more, walked around near the convention center to find the big blue bear. Then took the train back to the airport.