My Only Complaint About Denver

As you’ve probably guessed, my only complaint about Mile High City isn’t a real complaint at all:

There is just too much beauty and entertainment in Denver. Ugh!

Although I feel like I covered quite a bit of ground this time around, when I return in April, I will take at least four days to:

  • Tour a measly quarter billion dollars of new museums including the Clyfford Still Museum (opened Nov. 2011) and the interactive History Colorado Center (opening April, 2012)
  • Get a sneak preview of the world’s largest elephant habitat, opening in the Denver Zoo in June. Elephants hold a special place in my heart, so April can’t get here soon enough! My sorority sisters might be a little envious, but I’ll make sure to tell them all about it!
  • Be a very, very fancy person at the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit (direct from Paris and Madrid) in its only USA showing at the Denver Art Museum.
  • Hike the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre and bike on Denver’s B-cycle bike sharing program (the first citywide bike sharing program in the U.S.). I guess I’d better learn to ride a bike.
  • Sample some award-winning beers in the No. 1 Microbrew city in America (Travel + Leisure). I’ve never been a big beer person, but as my friends Ashley and Kristen at Turner PR proved last night, you can’t not be a beer person in this city.
  • Enjoy cocktails in a speakeasy using all Colorado distilled spirits (Colorado now boasts 23 distilleries). Of course, these will be virgin spirits, mom and dad.
  • Please my palate with the work of some of Denver’s most acclaimed young chefs.
  • Spend a bit more time at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, if management allows me to come back.

7 comments Add your comment

Jarrett B.

February 15th, 2012
5:37 pm

I just came back from a weekend trip to Denver for the very first time. The Mile High City is truly beautiful!! The 16th Street Mall is exceptional! We need something like this in Downtown Atlanta, perhaps along Auburn Avenue, for example. Downtown Denver is just gorgeous. Their streets, like Colfax Avenue, Arapahoe Street, Broadway, Larimer, etc. are very wide and can accommodate traffic. The buildings are beautiful. There are very cool restaurants not just on the 16th Street Mall but also in Five Points. Snooze is my favorite place to get brunch. The Blake Street Tavern is a very nice bar spot. Great place to visit. I’m planning on going back in the future!


February 15th, 2012
2:56 pm

I’m so jealous of all your adventures. Who knew Denver had all of this great stuff going on there? Guess I need to plan a trip soon! Thanks for sharing all of your fun adventures…


February 15th, 2012
12:22 pm

Maybe I’m just numb to the homeless since I’ve been here 8 years, but I really don’t think it’s that big of a problem. I work here on the mall in Denver so I’m out of the office 3-5 times a day walking around and I don’t feel like I’m accosted by anyone but GreenPeace and Children International supporters, whom I just walk by and continue on my journey.

Denver’s the best!

Erin Harper

February 15th, 2012
9:02 am


FYI: San Francisco is 4th. Denver is actually 26th, based on these data. I did not have time to review the methodology.

Erin Harper

February 15th, 2012
8:54 am

I stayed and spent a lot of time downtown, worked at the public library, and can’t say that I did not notice exactly what you speak of while there. However, homelessness is prevalent in every major city. I’d be interested in the stats that say it is “worse” than San Fran”…I seriously doubt it. Homelessness is an American Problem and a global problem. Not just a Denver problem.


February 15th, 2012
8:45 am

Just had some friends back from spending 4 days there. Stayed downtown. Homeless and panhandling worse than San Fran. A real problem. Love, peace etc allows it to happen. real shame.

Courtney Gordon

February 15th, 2012
8:30 am

Denver definitely is a beautiful city, although I haven’t been in years on years on years!!! I really appreciate your attention to the arts and social ways of the city and will be putting Denver on my (not so short) list of “amazing US cities I need to visit like yesterday”!!!!