7 Bucket-List Things to Do in Denver

Hey babes! It’s Fri-YAY and I couldn’t be more excited. I traveled back to Minneapolis from Denver about a week ago, and I’ve had a lot of excitement coming from y’all about this post. So, here are 7 necessary things to do in Denver!

Sunrise Hike at the Red Rocks

I feel like hiking might seem a little too obvious, but I had to include this beautiful sunrise hike! The Red Rocks are only a 25-minute drive from Downtown (even less, especially at 6:30 a.m.) and is a super cheap Uber ride if you don’t have a car.

While I’m sure hiking the trails is beautiful during the day, nothing could beat the incredible site of the sun rising over the amphitheatre. After watching the sunrise, I recommend hiking the Red Rocks trail over to Matthews/Winters Park and hiking the entirety of the Dakota Ridge trail. While it’s the hardest, it has stunning views of the mountains and the city.

Red Rock Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Almeda Pkwy., Morrison, CO 80465

Union Station

Right it Downtown is Union Station — Denver’s transit and bus hub. While the outside is absolutely stunning, the inside is even grander. With table-top shuffleboard, the Terminal Bar, several gift shops and cafes, the Station is absolutely worth a visit.

I recommend stopping in the two gift shops, as they both offer an array of local goods that are worth checking out. Whether you’re waiting to catch a bus or flight, or you simply want a place to hang out, the Union Station is a go-to.

Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202

Denver Botanical Gardens

If you’re a plant person, or just simply like to take in breathtaking views, the Denver Botanical Gardens should be on your itinerary. With a multi-level greenhouse, hallways upon hallways filled with plants and at least 10 different exhibits, it’s a great place to take in the city and enjoy yourself for a few hours.

Here’s a tip: be sure to go on a sunny day to enjoy the beautiful plaza — it’s the perfect spot to catch some rays. Also, be sure to check the website for free days!

Denver Botanical Garden, 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206

The International Church of Cannabis

Though many may be skeptical in visiting this church, it’s an absolute beauty that everyone should take in. While you must be 21 to enter while the sacrament is being burned (aka marijuana), anyone can tour during the weekends with a small $5 donation.

With rainbow ceilings and a chill arcade lounge, it’s a great place to kick back and relax… literally. If you have the time to stop by the International Church of Cannabis, definitely add it to your list. It was a truly magical, mythical experience.

International Church of Cannabis, 400 S. Logan Street, Denver, CO 80209

Oxygen Bar at A New Spirit

So, altitude sickness is no joke y’all. It hit me… hard. Coming from Minneapolis, at an altitude of 500′, my body was really taken back by the mile high city. I scoured the internet for an oxygen bar, but was pretty much left with nothing but IV stations… no thanks. But, I ultimately ended up at A New Spirit Wellness Center in Upper Highland (10ish minutes out from Downtown) and the oxygen bar was a life-saver!

For $1 per minute, you get 4 flavors of oxygen through a nose tube. While it was a little uncomfortable, it eased my sickness and was truly a breath of fresh air, literally. Plus, you’ll be visited by Grace the spa dog!

A New Spirit Wellness Center, 4840 W. 29th Ave., Denver, CO 80212

16th Street Mall

While the 16th Street Mall may be chalked full of regular stores, the outdoor mall is full of local restaurants and sights. Plus, you get the best view of Denver. If you’re looking to pass some time, I’d truly recommend stopping here! Plus, there’s a Krispy Kreme and you can’t really beat that.

16th Street Mall, 1001 16th Street, Denver, CO 80265

Denver Zoo & Aquarium

Y’all… Can we just take a moment to appreciate how the Denver Zoo and the Denver Aquarium treat the animals? These places (they are seperate!) are some of the largest zoos/aquariums I’ve ever seen.

The Denver Zoo has so many animals, it’s definitely worth a trip over there. With 5 elephants (what!?), lions, cheetahs and more, the animals are sure beautiful and the trainers are just as wonderful. While it may look like the elephant was forced to do tricks (as seen above), the trainer is actually rewarding the elephant for doing the tricks. In no way is the animal required to complete these tricks. It’s one of the things I truly appreciated about this zoo!

The Downtown Aquarium is just as wonderful. It was filled with sea creatures I’ve never heard of before, plus a fantastic mermaid show! It was like my childhood dream come to life. Be sure to check out the aquarium for a fun-filled day.

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street, Denver, CO 80205

Denver Aquarium, 700 Water Street, Denver, CO 80211

What are your Colorado travel tips? Drop me a comment below!

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2 Comments

  1. April 10, 2019 / 6:58 am

    These photos are beautiful! I never knew there were such fascinating things to do.
    Brilliant post. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Alyssa
    THESACREDSPACEAP.COM

    • haileyalmsted
      Author
      April 10, 2019 / 7:28 am

      Denver is such a beautiful city to check out! Thanks love!

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