midwest – exploring colorado

Going to the Midwest and seeing the  Rocky Mountains has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. After our wedding last year and a few other big trips this past year, we were making effort to be more fiscally responsible so we had no trips planned. However, I’m always on the hunt for affordable flights just in case. About a month ago I was doing my routine flight check and I found flights to Denver for both Phil and me for $230. Too good of a deal to pass up we booked!

Having never been to Colorado before I started planning the way I do all of our trips: scouring online, reading reviews, checking social media, websites, and asking advice from friends who live there/have visited before. After getting some awesome recommendations from friends and thorough research I had pulled together an itinerary and we were ready to go.

After arriving early afternoon on Friday we grabbed a bite to eat at Tupelo Honey right in downtown Denver. It had a clean and cute vibe with wonderful food. Cocktails for happy hour were only $0.75 too. We walked over to Union Station and were lucky enough to catch a winter festival with booths featuring local businesses and artists. Talk about a souvenir lovers jackpot. We learned quickly that Denver is a city with a great energy and endless things to explore.

For dinner, we had a reservation at El Five. This restaurant is an absolute must if you visit Denver. The views of the city are breathtaking and the food is as adventurous as it is delicious. We were daring and tried pheasant pizza.

Denver Skyline FOtor

During our three day stay, we ventured to the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Coors Light Brewery, Blue Moon Brewery, and did a sunrise hike of the Red Rocks Amphitheater.

When our alarm went off at 5:45am for the sunrise hike at Red Rocks we were miserable and questioning our decision. However seeing the warm golden glow spread over the skyline, bouncing off the richly colored rocks made it worth it. The hike winded us through and around the Red Rocks Park but wasn’t without its challenges; sitting at 6,000 feet of elevation and almost 400 stairs from top to bottom, our endurance was certainly tested.

Note for any of those planning on visiting Colorado, be mindful of the altitude difference. I had read about it online and didn’t think I’d be impacted but I had a pounding headache and nausea the entire time. You’re supposed to drink twice your regular water intake to help combat it (which I didn’t learn until the last day).

Other notable stops were Little Man Ice Cream, Rosenbergs Bagels, LODO’s Bar and Grill, Avanti Eatery, and DC Pie Co.

Red Rocks Fotor 8

We had such a great time – Denver is the type of city we’d love to visit again. Any places you’d recommend that we didn’t get to this time? Leave me a comment below!

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