Summertime in Mile High

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Advisor - Katherine Ferguson
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Katherine Ferguson

  • Denver

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • City Travel

  • Sighseeing

  • Outdoors

  • Entertainment

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Curator’s statement

Denver in the summer offers the ultimate vacation experience, blending a vibrant city atmosphere with boundless outdoor adventures. From live music concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre to brewery hopping along the renowned Denver Beer Trail, there's no shortage of entertainment options. As someone who cherishes the city's dynamic energy and the chance to immerse themselves in nature, visiting Denver in the summer allows for a perfect balance between indulging in urban delights and exploring the breathtaking beauty of the nearby mountains. With endless sunny days and a plethora of outdoor activities, it's a destination that holds personal significance and continues to create cherished memories.

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Things to do in Mile High

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Explore the Parks

Denver has some of the best parks. On a sunny day, you’ll find them packed with people playing volleyball, roller blading or grilling out with their friends. Some favorites: City Park (has the best sunset spot up by the Museum of Natural Science,) Washington Park (“Wash Park” if you’re a local, great for biking and roller blading) and Cheeseman Park (also beautiful sunset view.) Sloans Lake also has a magical sunset view on the west side of town.

Bike down the Cherry Creek path

The path runs through the city and down south for miles. Enjoy a cruise along the river and end your trail either at Breckenridge Brewery on the south end or the flagship REI on the north end. REI is a must for anyone looking to snag a deal on gear. Even if you’re not looking to buy, check out the rock wall and outdoor park along the river by REI.

Go listen to some live music

Denver has some magical concert venues, Red Rocks being the most famous. Check a show outside at Red Rocks, at the Ogden Theatre for a more intimate show, or at Larimer Lounge to feel like a local.


If you need a sports fix, go cheer on Denver’s hockey team, basketball team, football team or baseball team. Rockies baseball games in the summer at $5 to sit in the rock pile and one of the most popular Tuesday night social activities.

During the summer, stop by the Botanical Gardens for some of the most beautiful, vibrant blooms of the season. Wander through the winding paths and taking in all the smells and colors of the popular gardens.

Drink beer

With Denver being at such a high altitude, craft beer is extremely popular. There is a brewery just about on every corner. Here are a few of my favorites: Cohesion Brewing – this is for you Czech-style beer lovers. Cohesion has a beautifully unique interior with some of the best Czech lagers in the state. Our Mutual Friend (OMF) – My personal favorite as I’m a hoppy IPA gal. Their beers are some of the best in Denver, unique and funky with something for everyone. I recommend any Hazy IPA they have on tap. Odell’s – you’ve probably seen them in the store and they have two breweries here in Denver. They are constantly creating new beer and their can art is a massive draw. Both breweries have trivia and outdoor seating for a great night out. Not a beer drinker? Try out The Family Jones for some whiskey and gin. This distillery is beautifully designed and host to some of the smoothest whiskey in Colorado.

Day Trips

Boulder: Explore the college town of Boulder, CO just 30 minutes up the road from Denver. Go hike the flatirons in Chautauqua State Park (I recommend the Royal Arch trail) and fuel up at T|aco on tacos and margaritas.

Estes Park: Drive up to Estes Park for the day (or stay a few nights) to venture around Rocky Mountain National Park. If you’re a hiker, you MUST do the sky pond hike. In town, stock up on rocky mountain fudge and get your staple Estes Park sweatshirt in many of the tourist shops in town. Keep your eyes peeled for elk and moose — they like to wander into the town square.

Places to eat & drink in Mile High

Terminal bar Denver from outside

Terminal bar (for cocktails): Located in Denver's Union Station, Terminal Bar offers a lively atmosphere and an extensive selection of craft beers on tap, making it the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a drink while soaking in the historic train station's architectural charm.

Honey Elixir Bar (for cocktails and mocktails): A hidden gem in Denver's RiNo neighborhood, Honey Elixir Bar specializes in handcrafted herbal elixirs and botanical cocktails, providing a unique and enchanting drinking experience rooted in natural ingredients and botanical wisdom.

American Bonded (for cocktails): A trendy and stylish whiskey bar, American Bonded boasts an impressive selection of bourbons and whiskeys, along with a menu of creative cocktails, making it a must-visit for whiskey enthusiasts and cocktail connoisseurs.

Legacy Pie Co. (for dessert and savory pies): Known for their mouthwatering pies made from scratch with high-quality ingredients, Legacy Pie Co is a go-to destination for delectable sweet and savory pies that showcase traditional flavors and innovative twists. A must for any sweet tooth!

Safta (for dinner): With a focus on modern Israeli cuisine, Safta delights diners with its vibrant and flavorful dishes, crafted with locally-sourced ingredients. The inviting atmosphere and warm hospitality make it a standout dining experience.

City o City (for a breakfast spot or dinner): A beloved vegetarian and vegan eatery, City o City offers a diverse menu featuring inventive plant-based dishes, along with a vibrant coffeehouse ambiance and a bustling late-night scene in Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Indulge in vegan comfort food!

Denver Central Market: A food hall showcasing a variety of artisanal vendors, Denver Central Market is a food lover's paradise. From freshly baked bread to gourmet sandwiches, pastries, and more, it's a one-stop destination for a diverse culinary experience. There's something for everyone! Pop by a brewery after as you're in the most popular neighborhood for beer.

Uncle: A popular spot for Asian-inspired comfort food, Uncle serves up delectable bowls of ramen, creative small plates, and a range of flavorful dishes that reflect their commitment to quality and innovation. Do not miss this!

Mister Oso: Best queso and guac in Denver! Combining Latin American flavors with modern culinary techniques, Mister Oso offers a menu that celebrates the vibrant and diverse cuisine of the region, providing a memorable dining experience in a stylish setting. Their brunch is delicious and unique. Also don't miss their daily frozen drinks. Ask for a swirl if you can't choose just one!

Linger (brunch or dinner): Housed in a converted mortuary with a rooftop patio boasting panoramic views of downtown Denver, Linger offers globally-inspired street food and craft cocktails, creating a unique and unforgettable dining experience. Try this for an upscale experience then stop by Little Man Ice Cream on your way out.

Honey Hill: The best coffee shop in Denver! A charming neighborhood café and bakery, Honey Hill delights visitors with its delightful assortment of freshly baked goods, including pastries, cakes and cookies, as well as a menu of savory breakfast and lunch options. Grab a cinnamon roll and matcha latte with lavender syrup.

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