If you have a layover in Denver you can easily head into the city for a few hours by train. The ride to Union Station is 45 minutes.
Here’s how we spent a few hours:
Union Station – This award winning historic landmark deserved at least a few minutes of our time before we took on the rest of this trendy city.
If you’re hungry there are 10 chef-owned restaurants all ready to welcome you in and around this building. We heard about a brunch spot called Snooze, but the wait was an hour, so we moved on and stumbled upon a new spot called Milk Market. Arrive early enough and you can secure a Bingo card to get in on the game action while you eat.
16th Street Mall – Walk and shop along this popular tree lined street while you also get up close and personal with skyscrapers of this Mile High City. There is a free shuttle that runs along this street, but we chose to walk. Be sure to look down some of the alleyways to see the murals (street art) and a random happy face.
The day we visited there was a free food festival with music, vendors and obviously tons of food in the Civic Center Park. Everything was very close together and this is definitely a walkable city. We went to the State Capital and a County Building in the Civic Center Park. From far we took in views of the Denver Art Museum, however I was not able to get a good picture because there was too much sun from the angle I was standing. Do stop by the Denver Art Museum as the design is quite fascinating.
We took in some of the county tunes in the park!
Tattered Book Store – Our final stop before getting the train back to the airport was at the Tattered Book Store. At a time when people are buying more books online, it is always refreshing to walk into a indie book store that still feels original. The owner of this retail chain is an advocate for readers in America and freedom of speech.
Have you been to Denver? What did you do while you were there?