I moved to Colorado just about 9 months ago, and since I arrived in this state in January, I’ve spent very little of that time in the city of Denver itself. Colorado is a beautiful state with endless opportunities to have a good time — I just find that most of those opportunities involve the great outdoors! In nature! In the mountains! Not in Denver!
Denver has a handful of attractions, I suppose… I’ve been to a few Rockies games at Coors Field, strolled along the 16th Street Mall in LoDo, wandered through City Park, saw a concert at the Ogden Theater, and of course, indulged in some renowned craft beer at a few breweries/bars. A few days ago I visited My Brother’s Bar — as any true Kerouac fan would do while in Denver — and sampled some ice cream at Little Man Ice Cream, both in the Highlands. And yep, all of these activities were quite enjoyable.
There is a youthful, fresh, semi-edgy vibe to parts of Denver that I really enjoy, but since relocating to Colorado I haven’t found anything in the city that is just soooo Denver. Does anyone else feel this way? Or have any suggestions? I’ve asked around — to both “natives” and “transplants” — and haven’t really come up with any attractions in the city that are uniquely Denver. (Yes, Red Rocks is close by and is definitely worth seeing, but I’m talking in Denver.)
ANYWAY, when Amy came to visit, I wanted to take her to a place in Denver that she would like and where we could enjoy being outside — and we settled on the Denver Botanic Gardens! Amy loves arboretums, and so do I, and we spent a few hours meandering through the grounds. The Botanic Gardens was buzzing with couples and families and old folks, and I HIGHLY recommend spending a morning or afternoon here. In a city with (in my eyes) somewhat limited options for outdoor fun, we had a lot of fun strolling through the gardens.
Have you ever been to Denver Botanic Gardens? Are there another city’s botanic gardens that you would recommend?