Secrets Spots of Denver Travel Guide

This Mile High City is a hub for trendsetting hipsters and artistic creatives alike. Step onto Broadway street or River North Art District for miles of glorious thrift shops, murals, tattoo parlors, and artisanal markets. From tragically tasty vegan donuts to drinking fair-trade beans in a record shop to exploring the Rocky Mountains, we’ve got your Denver Travel Guide covered. And if you want to join the Denver Fashion revolution, we’ve got that covered too.

Hot Spots

S Broadway: Walk across the rainbow boardwalk on South Broadway to access miles of fair-trade coffeeshops, live music venues, record stores, tasteful vegan food, and our favorite- retro vintage + thrift stores.

River North Art District (RiNo) - known for its many colorful murals, art galleries, concert venues, coffee shops, and bars. Make sure to check out the Denver central market if you go here. It’s a great place to get some tasty vegan treats, coffee, or a beer and meet the locals.

Restaurants & Cafes

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Mutiny Information Cafe:  The aroma of locally roasted coffee beans and used books awaits as you walk into Mutiny Cafe. It’s not only a cafe, but also a record store, bookshop, and arcade. This secondhand bookshop takes classic comics to local art with a vintage spin on it. The cbd-infused kombucha on tap and vegan baked goods make it a perfect getaway spot to find new music, grab a coffee, or get lost in reading.

 

Get lost in records + reading at Mutiny Information Cafe.

Step back in time with these retro pinball machines.

Step back in time with these retro pinball machines.

Sip a hand-shaken cocktail at the bar while you wait for your fresh cilantro lime tacos.

Sip a hand-shaken cocktail at the bar while you wait for your fresh cilantro lime tacos.

City, O’ City: Walk-in this foodie hotspot and see platters of delicious vegan hot wings being served by bearded hipsters with skinny tattooed arms. This is probably our absolute favorite restaurant in Denver. The gothic century modern bar mixed with the dazzling chandeliers make it quite the atmosphere. Turn your head any corner and you will see dope local artwork on every wall, ready for purchase. You can even make your own art in the bathroom, if you bring a sharpie. The food is so amazing, that there’s no way you can go wrong. It might be wise to make a reservation though because it’s always bumping here.

Why just one? Grab a box of donuts to go before heading out from Beet Box Bakery.

Why just one? Grab a box of donuts to go before heading out from Beet Box Bakery.

Beet Box Bakery & Cafe: Located in the heart of Denver, Beet Box Bakery & Cafe is the perfect spot for Sunday brunch or simply writing, coffee, and a wide selection of vegan baked goods. The grilled avacado panini dripped tomato pesto and melted in your mouth. Our favorites donuts included the coconut joy and vanilla almond glazed.


Vintage Clothing

Buffalo Exchange: A Platos Closet spin on vintage clothing, Buffalo Exchange is the perfect combination of  retro + affordable clothing. You could easily spend hours in this store finding one of a kind vintage pieces, from denim jumpsuits to classic Levi jeans.

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Boss Vintage: You can’t get much groovier than Boss vintage. With vintage clothing from the most iconic eras, you’ll find whatever piece you’re looking for. This might be the easiest place to find Clueless inspired outfit. Be prepared to bring a little extra cash though, because it is a little pricier.

The hardest part about shopping vintage is having too many options!

The hardest part about shopping vintage is having too many options!

Lovely Vintage: Hand-picked clothing becomes a unique and ethical shopping experience at Lovely Vintage. Not only will you find the cutest western vibes pieces, but you can leave knowing that every item is locally sourced, and well-made.

 

Goodwill: Although the experienced thrift shopper knows that Goodwills are sometimes hit-or-miss, the Goodwill on S Broadway is certainly not to be missed. All the rejected vintage pieces from the other stores on the street go straight here, and you’ll be sure to find some levis or rockin band tees after digging a little.


Sightseeing

Enjoy this picturesque drive through on the way up to Red Rocks amphitheater.

Enjoy this picturesque drive through on the way up to Red Rocks amphitheater.

Red Rocks: No explanation is needed as to why going to see one of the world's coolest outdoor amphitheaters is a must. Feel the crisp mountain air and unforgettable views, no concert ticket necessary (but for a cooler experience, get concert tickets). It’s also a park so make sure you walk the trails to get the full red rocks experience.

You could literally sit for hours taking in this incredible view.

You could literally sit for hours taking in this incredible view.

The gorgeous mountain views alone make Red Rocks National Park worth it. You can easily get lost in beauty and wonder when in Red Rocks. Be careful when walking the trails and taking pictures though, climbing on the rocks is not allowed off trail or you might get kicked out!

The gorgeous mountain views alone make Red Rocks National Park worth it. You can easily get lost in beauty and wonder when in Red Rocks. Be careful when walking the trails and taking pictures though, climbing on the rocks is not allowed off trail or you might get kicked out!

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The Rocky Mountains: If you don’t go anywhere else, go here. The crisp mountain air and breathtaking views will make your trip totally worth it. Bring a camera and don’t forget to stop at a dispensary on the way to get that full rocky mountain high experience ;)

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Pikes Peak: The tallest summit of the southern front range of the snow capped Rocky Mountains will have you feeling higher than ever. The best part is, it’s an easy hike- you can actually drive right up. You can get off at various pull offs to stop to take in the memorable views. Take a couple pictures, journal, or have a local Denver beer with some friends or fellow travelers for the full Pikes Peak experience.


Indian Hot Springs, Idaho Springs:

 

Mineral pool combination + tropical plants makes for the perfect relaxation day.

Mineral pool combination + tropical plants makes for the perfect relaxation day.

Step into the geo thermal cave springs for the deepest relaxation. When you’re done, hop into the hot mineral pool surrounded by tropical plants and palm trees. The onsite spas and jacuzzis are a third option, and if you get too relaxed, you can always stay the night and enjoy it again in the morning.


What to Listen To

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Indie lovers everywhere! Need some good tunes to listen to in the rocky mountain state? We got you covered. Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, & the Dead are just some of our favorites. If you can’t tell, we’re obsessed with John Denver. Check out this playlist we made for you to get the full Denver experience. 

Find the “Spirit” of John Denver at Red Rocks Amphitheater. With a guitar on his back and eagle on his arm, you’ll truly feel that Colorado Rocky Mountain High.

 

Places To Stay

Don’t have a friend in Denver to stay with? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We found several of the cutest, affordable airbnbs for you to stay in. And if you use the link below, you could get up to $55 off your first booking. Click HERE to sign up!

Plant Suite with Views: This sick spot is only $50 a night and comes with your own private roof top. The flowered tapestry and warm living room ambience give off a perfect serenity that will leave you feeling at peace every night. The two cute cats are a bonus for cuddling and great conversation.

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The BnB for Minimalists: Affordable, cute, and luxurious, this minimalistic tiny home has it all. In the heart of Capitol Hill and only a mile away from downtown, you’ll be in the perfect spot to get your to-do list done. When finished, you can soak in the luxurious bathtub with a glass of wine that this tiny home has to offer.

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Trendy in RiNo BnB: Live like a local and enjoy stunning city views on a rooftop deck in Denver’s local RiNo district. Step outside and enjoy the view of your own personal rhino mural in the backyard.

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Juniper Mountain House: Located in North Central Evergreen, get the full Colorado experience in the Juniper Mountain House. Smell the pine trees as you walk outside into the plush green forest. There’s also a hot tub on the deck where you’re surrounded by nature and get to see wildlife, if you get lucky.

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What to Wear

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