My Trip to Denver
My Trip to Denver
Two years ago, I visited Colorado for the first time to go on a ski trip. While the trip was amazing, unfortunately Denver did not make the cut. As soon as I left, I vowed to return. It was one of those cities I knew I would fall in love with even though I had never been.
This fall I finally had the chance to return to Colorado and explore Denver and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
In the beginning, I was a bit skeptical. The city was beautiful but I wasn’t blown away. There was so much open space and not as much “buzz” as I expected. Then, I realized I was comparing it to New York City - which was completely unfair. New York City is unlike any city in the world. It’s not LA, it’s not Boston, and it certainly isn’t Denver. Once I took Denver for what it was, I fell in love.
Denver was clean and the air was fresh. Even though it was quieter than New York, it wasn’t any less interesting. The murals (spread amongst the city but largely in the Santa Fe District (link to post about Santa Fe Arts District) were so cool. As someone who loves beer, I was quite excited to try out some of the breweries - there are a lot and it was fun sampling all the different types. My favorite was the Oktoberfest from Great Divide Brewing Company. I also ate my way through Denver and the food was exceptional. While all of that was great, I think the best quality of Denver was the people. Everyone was friendly, down to earth, and encouraging, which is a huge change from New York (where you can barely get anyone to respond to you).
I also loved how active the city was. In an hour drive you can get to the mountains for skiing, hiking, and snowshoeing. People bike, run, and are lovers of the great outdoors. There was so much to do.
Prior to this trip I told myself I would eventually move there, but needed to visit before I could finally decide. I’ve lived on the East Coast practically my entire life and feel ready to explore a new part of the country. After the visit, I can now say, without a doubt, I will move there.
Stay tuned Denver… I’ll be back for you.
What’s your favorite city you’ve travelled to?