This summer, I was lucky enough to get to visit my sister before she moved out of Denver. I hadn’t been to Colorado since I was a kid and was shocked by how much fun I had while there. She lived there for three years and was able to take me around to all the cool spots. Here are the things I recommend doing while you’re in Denver! And of course, I’m here on a budget so everything is cheap or pretty cheap on my list. I’ve also got a few money saving tips for you for your Denver trip!
I had to spend most of the time exploring on my own in Denver while my sister was at work so most of this I did solo. I ate for cheap at food trucks and drank coffee where ever I saw a shop – which is pretty much every where. Random stops in Denver for food and coffee did not disappoint! When I visit a city I sometimes forget to stop and just try things. I’m so glad I was able to do that on this trip.
Hopefully you will get to do this too!
Pro-tip: Buy a Mile High Culture Pass! I paid $30 for the pass and it was good for 3 days. It includes discounts and admission to a bunch of things. It paid for itself after only two museums and actually saved me money with how much I was able to do! Definitely worth it. I got mine right on the Visit Denver website.
RiNo (River North Arts District) free
This was my favorite neighborhood in Denver! So many awesome spots to stop and explore. Tons of street art, breweries, and great food. We spent a whole evening here that was tons of fun. Some of the spots we stopped at are below!
Spend some time in this neighborhood exploring the art, beer, and food. It has tons to offer.
Get a beer at Ratio Beer Works (and a taco right out front – yum!).
Walk by art galleries and great murals/graffiti.
PS – Aren’t my sister and her husband cute?!
Go to Central Market – get ice cream at Little Man Ice Cream. It was so good!
Explore City Park free
It’s pretty much the cutest neighborhood with adorable homes and tons of space to roam. We walked through the neighborhood to the park and enjoyed Voodoo Donuts on a bench in the park.
Voodoo Donut $3-4 a donut
This place is famous for its unique donuts in so many different, delicious flavors. They make a ton vegan too! I got the Voodoo donut (jelly filled) and a maple bacon donut which was amazing. Yes I ate two donuts for breakfast, don’t judge. They’re that good!
Explore Downtown free
Denver has a really bustling downtown! There are outdoor markets, food trucks, and a free bus that take you all through downtown making it easy to explore. I walked through the Capitol and many other important buildings for Colorado with tons of interesting history and information to explore. Many museums are located right near by as well.
Denver Art Museum $13 or included in Denver Culture pass
This was a really cool art museum. For one, it’s huge! It also has a ton of Western and Native American art which is different from many museums we have on the East Coast. I spent almost three hours here exploring.
Clyfford Still Museum $10 or included with pass
I had a little extra time so I decided to explore this museum. It was included in my pass and definitely worth a stop in. There was some. Beautiful art and it was a quick place to look through.
Union Station free
This was a really unique spot in downtown Denver! We had fun looking through the shops, trying food, and walking around. Get a coffee from Pigtrain Coffee! I got a delicious nitro cold brew from this spot that I loved.
Botanical Gardens $12.50 or included in pass
Seriously one of my favorite parts of my Denver trip! It was beautiful there and huge! I spent two hours exploring the different indoor and outdoor gardens. The cafe, hidden waterfalls, and sculptures were a great to explore and the perfect way to relax. I recommend spending sometime to just wander here because each section is so different. It’s also huge so be prepared to walk and take time to stop at one of the three cafes.
I loved visiting Denver and I’m sure you will too! If you’ve been to Denver, I’d love to hear about your favorite things to do too.