On the first Friday of every month, hence the name,all the Artgalleries exhibit their new piece and the artist are there to talk to you about their work. They stay open at night till 10/11 o'clock. Loads of people around in the galleries. Check out espacialy around the street called Santa Fé, most people get dressed up for the night and there are free drinks but nobody get drunk. a great atmosphere.
The Colorado Trail is a not well known to tourists. It's primarily a hiking trail, but some sections of the trail allow mountain biking and horseback riding. The trail starts at Waterton Canyon which is in Southwest Denver area near Chatfield Lake and continues 400+ miles to Durango, Colorado. Some people hike the trail from end to end all at once, others enjoy the trail small sections at a time.
less than 30 minutes from downtown Denver. Take I-70 west to exit 256 (Buffalo Bill Grave), Or take 6th Avenue West to Golden and turn left onto the Lariat Trail (19th Street). Follow the scenic winding road to the top of the mountain.
Born in 1846, William F. Cody herded cattle, worked on a wagon train, mined for gold, rode in the Pony Express, and scouted for the Army. His skill as a buffalo hunter gained him the nickname "Buffalo Bill."
Grave of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. By his request, Buffalo Bill was buried on Lookout Mountain in 1917
987-1/2 Lookout Mountain Road
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Denver's best, and probably the best ice-cream I have ever had, can be found at BONNIE BRAE ICE CREAM shop, located at the NORTHWEST CORNER OF S. UNIVERSITY BLVD. AND OHIO (south of downtown). They make the ice cream themselves in the store, and offer up a large number of flavors. Some of their basic flavors are also sold at Stella's Cafe on Pearl Street.
'Tattered Cover' is the name of a large, three-floors bookstore in Lower Downtown. It has the atmosphere of an old library with couches, tables, and old book shelves. You can read in the books while drinking a coffee. The best book store I've been to, so far. It's located in an old warehouse. The choice of books is great. From fiction to science, travel to romance and horror to education. The store was in the news in April 2002 because the management denied the police access to a costumers files. The costumer was an alleged criminal and the cops wanted to check his reading habits. But 'Tattered Cover' won in court and the police wasn't able to check the files.
One of the most unexpected places you will want to go, with or without children, is the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster off Hwy 36 heading West toward Boulder. It is a remarkable journey, and a cool place to visit with over 1200 free flying butterflies, tropical conservatory, and viewing areas.
The Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center is an educational facility for the study of insects and other invertebrates. The facility fosters an appreciation of butterflies and other invertebrates while reminding the public about the need for conservation of threatened habitats in the tropics and around the world.
If you are ever in the dumps and want to feel good about yourself....try your cards at Black Hawk in the mountains! It's a small town with casinos and hotels. It's fun if you are with a group but a little strange especially if you aren't the gambling type.
Oops don't be concern if you didn't understand my title. It's a tagalog/Filipino word meaning "I missed denver by not going out of the aiport". I should have seen more of Denver with my own very eyes and not thinking all of the reviews about it, if it's true or not. But I am also happy atleast have seen their airport, thanks for a connecting flight :)
Not that you will likely go here. Knowing about Alfred and his story will likely make you sound a little closer to a native from Colorado.
On Febuary 9th, 1874 Alfred Packard as guide led five other men into the mountains of Colorado in search of gold near Breckinridge, Colorado. Not long after departing - the group was engulfed by a massive blizzard.
Packard next straggled into civilization on April 16th of the same year - alone. By many local accounts he subsequently became a big spender in the local saloon. Stories began to swirl and soon Packard made a confession - that he had killed one of the men in self-defense after the man had attacked the other members of the party. Packard admitted to eating the resulting human flesh out of desperation.
Earning him the nickname - "the Colorado Cannibal." Just to let you know if you are ever in a desperate situation - eating human flesh is not illegal in the States, you just better convince the judge you were damn hungry.
The judge didn't buy Packard's story. Judge Melville B. Gerry pronounced that Packer "be hanged by the neck until you are dead, dead, dead..." .
The verdict was eventually overturned by the Colorado Supreme Court and later in life he was let out. By most accounts he lived as a model citizen in Littleton (a suburb of Denver). In 1907 natural causes got the better of him and he became "dead, dead, dead..."
Here he is in Littleton Cemetary. I decided to visit him one cold January day.
This is hands down one of the best locations for live jazz. I've been all over the country and this place is in my top three. It's a little dive bar right next to Coors Field. It's small so get there early. The best times to go are during the week. The music is still amazing and the crowd is thinner. There's even a little diner in back that serves two dollar burritos. They're not too great but hey, it's two dollars.
On a Sunday-nights, weather permitting, go to the Union station on the bottom of 16th street maal.
After you crossed the Millenium Bridge turn left to 15th street turn right and after you crossed the Platte River go down to the river.
You will hear people playing drums and see the firedancers from the bridge.
A one-mile stretch of exposed fossils still in the ground just as they were found. Walk or drive along the road, stopping at the markers and you'll have a chance to see actual dinosaur footprints.
1-70 to exit 259 south on Co Hwy 93/26 look for sign “Dinosaur Ridge Natural Landmark
The Byers-Evans House, an impressive red brick mansion built in 1883, was occupied by two of the most historically prominent Denver families. The original owner, William N. Byers, founded the Rocky Mountain News, the area's first newspaper. Byers later sold it to William Gray Evans, son of Colorado's second territorial governor. The Evans family lived there for the next 90 years. Right next door to the VERY modernistic Art museum.
This is the Denver home of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown". She survived on the Titanic, remember? Anyway, this architectural cutie was once a part of a whole street of mansions. They are gone, but it has been saved and restored. Nice tour, not far from downtown Denver.
Denver is very neighborhood oriented....here are some of the ones you might want to visit
Capitol Hill: this neighborhood is just east of downtown and has many little strip malls with nice, original stuff at 13th and ogden, 9th and corona and 6th and downing, this is an area where everybody is edgy, alot of artist type of people live there...The hostel at 1530 downing is right accross from smileys huge, huge 24hr laundromat is on capitol hill:
the people in this neighborhood are very nice and it is very safe even at night(Bus routes: 6,10,12,15,15L go through capitol hill)
Five Points: This area from 20th to 34th and downing to market is denvers only african american neighborhood, there is also a large carribean(excuse the spelling) and somali population moving in and opening up stores...there is a very cheap hostel at 23th and curtis along the light rail line (runs every 15 minutes in this segment, only one in three trains go past 18th) you can get a 35 dollar bus ticket to mexico on the first floor(bus routes 7, 17,18,23,28,32,38,limited light rail go through five points)
Federal: This is where most of Denves large hispanic population live(near 150,000 of denver metro's 700,000 hispanics live along federal) this is a mecca for anything mexican or south or central american, many fun ethnic resturants(routes 30 north of colfax, 31 south of colfax runs every 7 minutes or so during the day and through 2am)
auraria: Auraria used to be a hispanic neighborhood but in the 1980's mayor pena and mc nichols decided to do urban renewal in this area, and they made a college campus consisting of university of colorado at denver, metro state college and community college of denver (the demographics are very diverse, about a quarter of the students are from other countries most are from central america, bosnia and pacific rim and southern asia) there are good 25 cent hot dogs this guy sells where the train stops where 7th/mariposa and colfax connect