The last stop of our colorful Colorado trip was Denver. It was a natural choice for our last night in the state as it was also the city of our departure airport. Since urban photography isn’t my forte, I will take the time to appreciate my talented boyfriend’s pictures. Although it is still under construction, you can go check out his website over at Raw Shots Photo.
Now if you really want to appreciate a large city such as Denver, I have three pieces of advice for you. Don’t add it on the last day of a long, active vacation. Secondly, don’t return your rental car early in the day. And, lastly, if you are a photographer, equipment is heavy. Just bring the bare minimum with you. Take it from us, this is all great advice!
My boyfriend had two requests: that we go see Coors Field, where the Rockies play, and that we also visit Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Now mind you, these are quite a distance apart and we were on foot. (I am not allowed to share pictures from the Sports Authority Field because we are Panthers fans and that just wouldn’t be right! haha)
After that long walk, we stepped into the Museum of Contemporary Art to cool off, appreciate some art, and grab a snack. Despite being an art major, I do find myself having a difficult time appreciating contemporary art these days. Most of it I find just plain weird. I did; however, find the building design interesting and the exterior heart sculpture memorable, so all was not lost.
Sadly, without a car, we did not get to see Red Rocks Amphitheater or any of the many breweries Denver boasts. We did get to try out some of the many types of transportation the city has to offer. We “ubered” for the first time in Denver. I was pleasantly impressed with our experience and our driver. He advised us that Denver is known for green chiles and that we must try some of the local dishes which feature them.
For the best bang for your buck, sign up for a monthly pass for Denver’s “B-cycle” bicycle rentals, before leaving on your trip as such passes take time to process and the daily pass is much more expensive. Personally, I found urban biking in Denver to be more than a little hair raising at times, especially without my own bike. If I can, I would like to recommend Denver’s rail line. Safety was never a concern with the plentiful amount of police officers at the station and on the train. By rail, we enjoyed a smooth ride to the airport for just $9 a piece.
Wow! Denver has no shortage of restaurants to try! Long before we had arrived in Denver, we had planned on eating at the Highland Tavern. We are big fans of the Food Network and Diners, Drive ins and Dives is one of our favorites shows. Guy Fieri visited Highland Tavern in this episode so “diet” be gone for us! We feasted on the tots, a green chile burger, an amazing take on a reuben, and local beer. Yum! It was well worth the diet splurge and the visit!
Another fun place to eat in Denver happens to be a former mortuary. Linger’s rooftop deck was a fun place to try some unique small plates – food truck style and enjoy the view. Weather permitting, the rooftop serves brunch and dinner. Because we arrived at dinner time, we feasted on the New England Fish Tacos and the Wagyu Sliders. We vowed to return some day as their rooftop brunch sounded amazing!
Our vacation in the West certainly proved to be a visual and culinary delight! The creativity of both Mother Nature and local artists and artisans, make a trip here well worth every minute!
Do you have a vacation destination you would recommend to a couple of photographers who enjoy capturing such beauty? I would love to hear about it!
Until next time,