Essentials of Denver
Discover the best places for everything in Denver.MEET NEW PEOPLE
Denver is a very bar-happy place. Most neighborhoods have at least one favorite bar. Find your 'hood's watering hole and spend a little time there. If bars aren't your thing, Denver also is blessed with a staggering number of parks. Bring the kids, the pooch or both.
TAKE A DATE
LoDo, an area of downtown, is jammed with dance clubs. If you like dancing, your best bet is heading to LoDo and just walking around. You'll find plenty of places to get your groove on.
ENTERTAIN THE KIDS
Denver Zoo or Denver Nature and Science Museum. The zoo is described above. Fortunately, it’s flanked by City Park, one of Denver’s grand parks, and it’s a walk or quick drive from the Denver Nature and Science Museum, a massive edutainment complex. Dinosaurs galore, gemstones, the human body, space, the environment, and so on; it’s all displayed, explained, touch-screened and interactive. It’s fun, too.
SHOP AT A FUNKY LOCAL BUSINESS
Wax Trax Records
638 E. 13th
It’s not the best record store in Denver, that honor probably goes to a place called Twist and Shout, 2508 E. Colfax Ave. But it sits within one of the funkiest areas of Denver, and it attracts plenty of funksters. Flip through the records and CDs, listen to music, and most importantly, people-watch.
Outdoor Essentials: Best Places to...
ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
There are so many. One of the best -- and nearest to Denver -- outdoor attractions is Red Rocks Park, an 868-acre park filled with 300-foot sandstone formations. The views of Denver and the Great Plains are staggering, and the trails, which meander around the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, are enchanting.
Denver has several off-leash dog parks, and all are free and worthwhile. But Earth Dog Denver may be the coolest of them all. It does cost $5 per dog, but the off-leash park has miniature mountains with tunnels for the dogs as well as a Fido swimming pool.
TAKE IN VIEWS OF THE CITY
Red Rocks Park
18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO
One of the best things about taking in the city view from Red Rocks is you can wallow in the lights if it’s night, or the citified landscape backed by a horizon of empty prairie during the day. The park itself is threaded, freckled and studded with enormous red rocks; those undulating spines of rock, isolated boulders, bunched together towers seem other-planetary. Altogether it makes for a stirring afternoon or evening.