Travelers looking for a top-notch weekend destination take note: Denver is easier to access and has more things to do than ever before. From a bustling dining scene to renowned art to outdoor activities, locals and visitors alike are realizing that the Mile-High City should be on every vacation bucket list.

Day One

If you’re arriving at the Denver International Airport, the new University of Colorado A rail line costs just $9 and runs 37 minutes from the airport into Lower Downtown. Drop your bags off at the boutique Crawford Hotel in the recently renovated Denver Union Station and return downstairs for a drink. The Plaza Beer Garden boasts communal picnic tables, local craft brews, and pretzels on a patio great for people watching.

Head down the street to peruse the shelves at Denver’s best indie bookstore, the Tattered Cover. If you’ve arrived early enough, check out the rotating exhibitions nearby at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and don’t miss the views from the museum’s rooftop caf. Afterward, walk a few blocks to picturesque Larimer Square, where twinkle lights and Mediterranean fare await at Rioja.

If you want to go out, you have several options nearby: Green Russell (a dimly-lit spot for craft cocktails), Star Bar (one of Denver’s best dive bars) or the Cruise Room (a classy, red-lit lounge located in the Oxford Hotel).

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