fieldtrip to denver, colorado
STAY: I suggest staying at an AirBnB in LoDo or Highland Park (think Silverlake of L.A. or Brooklyn of NYC) since hotels are limited there.
DAY 0 (Thursday Night)
Arrive in Denver and check in to your accomodations. If you wanna go out, I have a few recs. If not, relax and go to bed!
10:30 PM - Uber over to RiNo North for cocktails at Bar Fausto. Stop at the photo booth for the memories!
11:00 PM - Walk to Finn's Manor if you wanna turn up! (It reminds me of bars in Austin.)
DAY 1 (Friday)
Fair warning: this first day involves copious amounts of drinking and eating! Don't forget to stay hydrated especially with the elevation.
10 AM - Uber back to RiNo Arts District for coffee & breakfast at Crema Coffee House
10:45 AM - Shop at Judith & Joe for trendy new clothes and carefully curated vintage. There's also a store around the corner that has local ceramics and household goods.
12 PM - Cider flights at Stem Ciders
12:45 PM - Grab lunch at The Denver Central Market
2:00 PM - Uber to Highlands for some Kombucha flights at American Cultures
2:40 PM - Ice cream snack (we shared the mini scoop between 3 people) at Little Man Ice Cream
3:00 PM - Walk off all that food and drink at Confluence Park and head towards LoDo
3:30 PM - Last flight(!) at Denver Beer Co. (Don't forget to check out the @greetingstour mural around the corner.) This place is dog-friendly and has fun board games. Worth chilling here for a little bit!
4:30 PM - Check out the HUGE REI Co-Op in LoDo. Maybe even try out the rock climbing wall!
5:10 PM - Walk back to Highland Park for dinner at Linger for views of downtown Denver
Refresh yourself and get ready for a night on the town!
8:00 PM - Cocktails at Terminal Bar in Union Station
Head home for a very early morning tomorrow!
DAY 2 (Saturday)
7 AM - Pick up your rental car for 2 days.
7:45 AM - Hit the road to Rocky Mountain National Park
8:30 AM - Grab coffee & breakfast at the Starbucks or Mcdonalds in Boulder
8:45 AM - Hit up the Trader Joes in Boulder hiking snacks and a pre-packaged lunch
9:15 AM - Back on the road!
10:15 AM - Arrive at Rocky Mountain National Park Park at the Park-and-Ride, then shuttle over to Bear Lake Trailhead.
11:00 AM - Walk around Bear Lake Nature Trail (0.7 mi, loop, easy)
11:30 AM - Hike to Emerald Lake, stopping at Dream Lake for a scenic lunch (3.2 mi, out & back, easy)
1:45 PM - Hike to Alberta Falls from Emerald Falls (1.7 mi, out & back, easy) and end at Glacier Gorge Junction. Shuttle back to car
2:45 PM - Drive up the Trail Ridge Road to the highest National Park visitor center in the US, Alpine Visitor Center
3:45 PM - Visit the Trail Ridge Gift Store for the widest selection of Rocky Mountain National Park merch, then hike the 0.1 mi Alpine Trail for sweeping views of the tundra (store closes at 5 PM, so do it first)
5:00 PM - Drive back down Trail Ridge Road and head to Boulder, CO for dinner
6:30 PM - Walk around the hip Pearl St. in Boulder for murals and a little shopping
7:15 PM - Dinner at The Mediterranean, 'The Med,' for a post-hike feast of tapas. Snag a spot on the cute patio, if you can
8:30 PM - Dessert at Fior di Latte...I'm a sucker for lavender anything and they have a chocolate lavender gelato(!)
Head home and get a well-deserved snooze!
DAY 3 (Sunday)
9:30 AM - Coffee & breakfast at ProperOats
10:00 AM - Drive over to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater
10:40 AM - Arrive at the park and check out the amphitheater
11 AM - Hike Trading Post Trail (1.7 mi, loop, easy)
12 PM - Head back to Denver and return the rental car
1 PM - Uber to Avanti for a light lunch
2:30 PM - Walk to Union Station and explore during the day time
6:00 PM - Walk back for the last meal at Root Down
If you have more time, catch a baseball game at Coors Field, drive to the top of Mt. Evans (14,000 ft elevation, no hiking required haha), or actually see a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
xo from catie