When friends and family come to town, we want them to experience the best that Denver has to offer. This is partly because we love Denver, partly because we want to share our knowledge of the city, and it is partly because we want our friends and family to have fun and to come back. We cannot always be entertaining. Nor can we entertain your family and friends. So, we created the Denver Travel Guide.
The Denver Travel Guide is a resource for our family and friends and for you. We hope you find it useful.
Food and Drink Recommendations
- Japanese Food: Sushi Den, Izakaya Den, and OTOTO
- Mexican Food: La Loma and Pochito’s Tortilla Factory
- Italian Food: Bar Dough
- Nice Dinners: Mercantile, ChoLon, Senor Bear, El Five, and Tables
- Food Markets: Stanley Market, Avanti, and Denver Central Market
- Pizza: Kaos Pizzeria
- Ramen: Uncle
- Breakfast: The Universal, Rosenberg’s Bagels
- Hidden Gems: Little Spoons
- Sports Bars: Mead St. Station
- Coffee Shops: Steam
- Breweries: Zuni Street
- Distilleries: Laws Whiskey House and Bear Creek Distillery
Day Trips from Denver
- Golden: Closest to Denver, Golden is a great option if you don’t want to drive too far but still want to feel like you are in the mountains.
- Boulder: Just a short drive up highway 36, Boulder is the perfect option if you want great shopping, high-end food, and a college atmosphere.
- Idaho Springs: West of Denver about about 30 minutes, Idaho Springs is the first town that is actually in the mountains. If you want really get out of the city (further than Golden), but you don’t want to spend an entire day in the car, then Idaho Springs is a great option.
Weekend Trips from Denver
- Breckenridge: Breckenridge is in Summit Count, which is home to numerous world class ski resorts. We recommend Breckenridge to folks who do not want to drive more than two hours from Denver, and want to visit somewhere with world class skiing and a really cute downtown. It’s not just skiing, though, there’s a lot to do in the summer too. The downside to Breckenridge, is that it can get really crowded.
- Steamboat Springs: One of the cutest and most laid back mountain towns, Steamboat is a great option if you want good food, a cute downtown, hot springs, and don’t mind driving a little two and a half hours.
Helpful Links to Research a Trip to Denver
Where to Eat
- Eater 38
- Westword’s 100 Essential Denver Restaurants
- 5280 Best Restaurants
- 5280 Things to Eat in Denver Now