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I'm going to Denver in a couple weeks. I'll have two or three days with nothing to do while my wife is at a work conference. My only plans thus far are to tour the Broncos stadium and the US Mint, visit many breweries, and try to link up with some old USMC buddies. Wife and I will probably visit the zoo and find somewhere to hike. Anything else I need to see while I'm there? Any restaurants I must eat at?

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I'm not a city person, I like the national parks.  Estes Park is about 2 hour drive away north then west, at the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, quite beautiful.  Lot of day hikes there, but its up at altitude and us flatlanders struggle a bit.  Bear Lake and on higher is Nymph Lake if I recall, rewarding medium distance day hikes (out and back).  I played the muni course in Estes Park and I heard my young son who was walking the course with me, say something about an eagle, I said son I haven't made better than a bogey all day.  He said no, and pointed up at the sky, and there was a brown eagle soaring around us there, just riding the wind currents.  Great views from the course.

South at Colorado Springs is Garden of the Gods, a great place to take a walk and shoot a lot of pictures. http://www.gardenofgods.com/  Pikes Peak is cool also down there.  There is also the indian dwellings http://www.cliffdwellingsmuseum.com/

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Denver's secret cuisine-wise is Mexican Food (or more precidely, New Mexican cuisine).  Eat green chile early and often.  Green chile is a gravy-like sauce ladled on top of Mexican dishes like burritos, chili rellenos, etc.,.  It is made from roasted green chili peppers grown in Colorado and New Mexico.  http://www.westword.com/restaurants/the-ten-best-places-for-green-chile-in-denver-2016-edition-7591364

There are also a plethora of BBQ and Soul Food places in an area called "Five Points":

https://www.denver.org/about-denver/neighborhood-guides/five-points/

 

Denver has a pretty vibrant music scene also.  If y'all can grab a concert at Red Rocks (might be too late for outdoor venues), do it.  You can also just drive out to Morrison to see the amphitheater itself and try "running the steps":

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Speaking of exercise, Denver has more dedicated bike paths in the city than probably any city of its size.  Renting a bike and riding around is a great way to explore the city.  https://www.denver.org/things-to-do/sports-recreation/bike-trails/

The Denver Zoo and Denver Botanic gardens are pretty good to see also. 

Within 30 minutes of Denver are some great day hikes.

http://dayhikesneardenver.com/10-easy-beginner-hikes-near-denver/
http://dayhikesneardenver.com/waterton-canyon-trail/

Boulder, Colorado gets a lot of derision (mostly deserved) for its granola lifestyle, wannabe hippie lifestyle, etc. ,.  But it is still a cool place to visit. It's a university town, after all, and will remind you of Baton Rouge in many ways.  If you head out that way, there are some cool things to see, like the lobby of the "Boulderado Hotel", a historic hotel from Colorado's wild west days:

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If you are meeting up with your USMC buddies for a "guys day out", there are limited stakes gambling casinos in Central City, Colorado.  If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, go to Central City over the "Oh My God" road that connects Idaho Springs to Central City.  Idaho Springs is about 35 miles west of Denver (in the mountains) off of I-70.  Here is a link describing the "Oh My God Road": http://www.dangerousroads.org/north-america/usa/728-oh-my-god-road-usa.html

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Oh-My-God Road is a 8.46 miles very scenic trail located in Clear Creek County, Colorado (USA) at an elevation of 7,581 to 9,383 feet, linking Idaho Springs at I-70 to Central City near Highway 119. The road gets its name from being a two-way road that is only about a car and three quarters wide, graveled, with no guard rails and washed out shoulders. Not only are there no guard rails, a daring glance down reveals incredibly steep cliffs.

***Note: recommended before beers only.***

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(http://www.fasthorseinc.com/blog/2011/06/i-followed-google-maps-navigation-and-almost-died-in-the-rockies/) lol

 

 

Misc links:

http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/cap/first.htm
https://www.denverlibrary.org/
http://www.thepeclodo.com/
http://eltacodemexicodenver.com/
http://www.hermanshideaway.com/
http://www.westword.com/location/my-brothers-bar-5160990
http://www.cherrycricket.com/
http://16thstreetmalldenver.com/

 

 

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I had breakfast at the Boulderado Hotel and it was almost the best I have ever had, second only to Brennan's in NO (really, its hard to beat oyster soup and white wine at 10 AM).  Their hash browned potatoes are the best, and the omelets are top flight.

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Love the area there. Creede, Co. is 4 1/2 hours away. My Aunt and Uncle ran a campground there, on the Rio Grande River, yep, that's where it starts. Oh, in Denver, there is a Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen.

Enjoy the trip.

 

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Go to the brewery tours and screw the zoo, mint and stadium bs.   Coors, Leopold Bros (navy strength gin), Stranahan’s whiskey and other breweries.   Watch out for bums downtown, a few are crazy.  I'll remember some places to eat, what part of town is the hotel?

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If you want to drop a bundle on dinner and enjoy interesting decor, there is "The Broker Restaurant" in an old bank.  May get into the vault on a week night, but it may take a big party to reserve in there.  Not sure.  I ate in the vault on someone else's corp. tab, many moons ago.

http://www.thebrokerrestaurant.com/

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7 hours ago, watson18 said:

I'll remember some places to eat, what part of town is the hotel?

Coors Field, UC-Denver, Capitol Hill to the southeast. That area.

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Dang it!  Katie Mullen's is closed, was a nice irish pub.

 

Anyway, Delectable Egg is a good breakfast spot; Noodles and Company is a descent lunch spot, relatively cheap.  Food trucks, give them a try is you feel like it, they are generally ok.

 

Near Coors Field is a couple of streets with restaurants and bars- Ice house tavern... more later.

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Garden of the Gods also used to do a horseback trail ride.

Just a tad North of CS on the west side of the N/S interstate (the number escapes me) is the US Air Force Academy.

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Dine at the Buckhorn Exchange in Denver. Holds Colorado Liquor license # 00001. Great food and amazing decor.

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On 10/23/2017 at 9:43 AM, Hatchertiger said:

Go and have a drink at the Terminal Bar in the Crawford Hotel, 30 local brews on tap:

http://www.terminalbardenver.com/

 

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Stayed here overnight on a recent trip to Steamboat.

That is also almost directly across the street from Denver's 1st microbrewery.

http://www.wynkoop.com/

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Had a great time! The weather was all over the place (70s one day, snowing the next), but fun nonetheless. Only place we ventured outside of Denver was Golden. A bit touristy, but very pretty. Golden was a taste of the landscape of the West which I really want to see more of. Pictures to come.

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