Upcoming business trip in Denver? With friendly residents, a lively food and drink culture, and glorious mountains everywhere you look, the city is a great place for bleisure travel. So why not tack on a few days to your work trip and check out some of what the city has to offer?
Here are some of our ideas for activities to enjoy after your meetings in Denver:
Take a Hike!
It’s no surprise that outdoor activities are at the top of the list for Denver attractions. In and around Denver, there are literally hundreds of scenic views to choose from, with dozens of hikes within an hour’s drive or less. Mount Evans Scenic Byway is a top pick thanks to the combination of a stunning drive and challenging climbs, with an elevation of 14,264 feet at the summit.
Experience Denver’s Famous Beer Culture
Colorado is known for its plentiful, tasty and – at least to outsiders – strong beer. Take your pick from hundreds of local breweries. You might want to visit one of the well-known brands such as Blue Moon or Great Divide. Or venture out and patronize a still-local upstart like our favorites Ratio Beerworks or Black Shirt Brewing. There are also plenty of brewery tours if you’re looking to maximize your brew for your buck.
Shop & Stroll on South Broadway
This major thoroughfare is vibrant with vintage shops, ethnic eateries, neighborhood taverns, bookstores, galleries, local craft shops and more. On the stretch south of Alameda Street, you can find a row of antique stores with interesting finds and some amazing bargains. In a day on South Broadway, you can get your fill of gastronomy, shopping and hipster sensibility all in one. Of course, every local has their favorites.
Meet Your Culture Quota at the DAM
Denver has a flourishing art community, as seen through its plentiful street murals. As more “official” presentations go, The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is definitely a highlight. Known for its collection of American Indian art and its angular building design, the rotating exhibitions, ranging from classic to modern, are just as noteworthy. Museum of Contemporary Art is also worth a stop. The 27,000-square-foot facility promotes innovation through exhibits from regional, national and international artists. If these aren’t your style, there are plenty of other local museums to peruse.
Get Sporty With a Visit to Coors Field
Did you know that Colorado’s capital city hosts a whopping five professional sports teams? Between football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer, Denver has a sporting attraction for you no matter when you’re in town. For MLB fans, Coors Field is a popular venue for visitors even in the off-season. Public tours are available almost every day and the stadium is conveniently located right in downtown.
See Some Live Music
Denverites love their live music! From large venues like the stunning Red Rocks Amphitheater and Fiddler’s Green, to medium-sized stages like East Colfax’s Bluebirdand Ogden Theaters, plus a small dive in almost every neighborhood, there is a flavor for every age and taste. For jazz fans, the favorite pick is El Chapultepec, a humble venue in otherwise fancy LoDo, and a downtown landmark since 1933.
For more inspiration on how to best recover from that sales meeting, new product launch or keynote speech, head over to West Word or 303 Magazine. These local folks are sure to have some advice on what’s cool in the Mile High City. For an up-to-the-minute visual list of things to do, head over to 5280.com‘s Instagram page.
*How do you make the most of your time in Denver? *Inspire fellow business travelers by sharing your go-to activities with your peers in the comments below.