My wife and I have decided to take a road trip to Denver and the surrounding area around New Years. We'll have 4 or 5 days to split between Denver and 1 or 2 other cities. Probably won't do any skiing this trip just enjoying the area. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do in Denver and what other cities would be worth checking out? I appreciate any insight.
New Years is not a particularly good time to come because the ski crowds are there but, if you're not skiing, it's a pain to deal with the snow and your outdoor opportunities are a bit hindered.
In the city itself, the US mint is always a big attraction. The Downtown area, particularly LoDo (Lower Downtown) offers loads of fun. There are several great brewpubs near to Downtown as well: Wynkoop, Breckenridge and Great Divide.
Excellent museums and a good botanical gardens, although the latter may be disappointing in the winter.
There are a lot of cool little neighborhoods around town, as well. Check out Lower Gaylord, which is near Washington Park around University at Mississippi. Capitol Hill is also really nice. Then there's the Cherry Creek path, with its upscale, mostly indoor shopping.
For other cities, Boulder is the obvious choice. It's really very pretty there. Wonderful Downtown area with great restaurants and, again, some very good brewpubs: Walnut, Mountain Sun and Boulder Beer.
Then you've also got Colorado Springs, about an hour to the south. Tons of stuff to see there: Garden of the Gods, Pike's Peak, Manitou Springs, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the beautiful and historic Colorado City.
To the north is Fort Collins. I think it doesn't get the respect it deserves. More great breweries and a very pretty "Old Town" area. Not many tourists, so it's pretty unspoiled.
You could also head out to the ski towns, but they'll be crowded at that time of the year.
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