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Exploring Downtown Denver, Colorado

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Denver is a hot spot and currently one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. I had been to Colorado countless times and flown in to Denver's International airport, only to bypass this mile-high capitol city and head west to the mountains. This trip, I decided to stay downtown at the newly opened Renaissance Denver Downtown, explore and see what all of the talk was about. I wasn't disappointed: Denver has it going on.
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1600 Champa St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
To get a sense of the serious city pride around here, stop by the I Heart Denver Store downtown, a gift shop run on a consignment model for locally produced crafts and souvenirs. Items range from Adam Sikorski’s Coloradical...
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918 17th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Colorado is big on beer: I had experienced this before, but recently absorbed more of this brew culture during my weekend visit to downtown Denver. The new Renaissance Downtown Denver Hotel is housed in the Colorado National Bank building, a...
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200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA
Before you go through the West entrance of Colorado State Capitol Building for their free historical tours, the 15th step bears the inscription "One Mile Above Sea Level." Don't be fooled, it isn't the actual one-mile marker. After two inaccurate...
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918 17th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
The theme of my most recent trip to Denver, Colorado, was bacon. I couldn't escape it in America's mile-high city, and I didn't want to. When I checked in to the Renaissance Denver Downtown, I was greeted with a small jar of candied habanero bacon...
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2021 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211, USA
Denver's Lower Highlands neighborhood has seen some major development in the past five years. A mix of century-old cottages and modern designs, LoHi—as the locals call it—is sandwiched between downtown and the Rocky Mountains. It's one of the...
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1855 S Pearl St #40, Denver, CO 80210, USA
Colorado is known for being one of the most active states in all of America, and that proves true even in the downtown areas of its Capitol city, Denver. Just a few minute walk from downtown and my stay at the Renaissance Denver Downtown, I headed...
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2620 16th St, Denver, CO 80211, USA
It's easy to find Little Man Ice Cream: Just check around for the 28-foot-tall milk can. This iconic landmark is not just about head-turning looks, it’s about serving the freshest ice cream. Located across the river...
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3475 S University Blvd, Englewood, CO 80113, USA
Owned by a mother-daughter team, Lulu's Furniture & Decor stocks a wide array of furniture, housewares, accessories, and art. The Lower Highlands shop will inspire just about any decorative taste. Each item in the store is carefully and...
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LoDo, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Union Station, a once-dingy train hub, has been transformed into a source of civic pride and a gathering place for the Denver community. During my 2-day stay in downtown Denver, I strolled through the doors and immediately looked up: the soaring...
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1512 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
With several Colorado locations, this local-to-Colorado shop definitely gives you the feeling of being in the Wild West. Filled with one-of-a-kind furs, hats, gloves and other accessories, there are also options for faux fur. Overland Sheepskin Co...
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1560 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Denver's Kitchen Bistro describes itself as a community bistro: Its goal is to gather people and to create community through food. Through partnerships with like-minded farmers and ranchers, the Kitchen sources its food carefully and mindfully,...
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Kings Creek Station, Red Centre Way, Watarrka National Park NT 0872, Australia
My idea of a good time is getting lost in the woods all so I can spend a few days finding my way home, but I can't deny the allure of glamping – especially when it comes packaged up in the form of the Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge, the...