Back in September I joined my mom for a girls trip to Denver, Colorado.
For her, it was a trip she had planned for several months, for me, it was a trip I decided to go on just a few weeks prior.
My mom is part of a book club/fan club for an author by the name of Kristen Ashley. One of her book series was based in Denver, Colorado, so a group of ladies from all different parts of the world joined together for a week in Denver to experience as many things mentioned in the books as possible.
On this trip it was my mom and I from Canada, a woman from Minnesota, a woman from Houston, Texas, a woman from San Antonio, Texas and a woman from France!
My mom and I were the first ones to arrive in Denver, two other women arrived later that night, and the two from Texas arrived the next morning.
I’m sharing some of my favourite must do’s from the trip!
I fell in love with Union Station as soon as we got there! It is exactly how I imagine all train stations to look. It has an old school feel and look, but cozy and modern at the same time. The Denver Union Station has restaurants, shops, coffee shops, games and a hotel all under the same roof!
Union Station was by far my favourite place in Denver. Hence why I went 5 times in the span of a week.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Warning: Be sure you have lots of time when you go to the Denver Botanic Gardens.
We were there for almost 4 hours and I don’t think we saw everything. Well I know for a fact we didn’t see everything, because of weddings.
If I can give you one tip for the Botanic Gardens, it would be to go during the week. There were multiple weddings happening the day that we went, so there were sections that we didn’t get to view because they were closed due to the weddings. You won’t have that problem if you go during the week.
Regardless, the Botanic Gardens were beautiful and I highly recommend.
Free Mall Ride
There is a free hop on hop off bus that goes down 16th Street in Downtown Denver, which is great! It’s called 16th Street MallRide. It was really convenient because 16th Street is quite long. So this bus takes you from Union Station all the way to the end of 16th Street. You can get on and off as many times as you’d like!
Hands down my favourite restaurant in Denver! I loved everything about Henry’s. Their vibe, their employees, their food, and their bathroom was the nicest bathroom I’ve ever seen! (I’m weird I know).
Henry’s is located on 16th Street, so you can take the hop on hop off bus to get to Henry’s!
Garden of the Gods
When I first arrived at the Garden of the Gods, I couldn’t believe that a place like this doesn’t charge admission. But you’ll see why below!
Garden of the Gods is located in Colorado Springs which is approximately an hour and ten minutes away from Downtown Denver.
When you’re done at Garden of the Gods I highly recommend that you make the short drive to Seven Falls. It is also located in Colorado Springs and it is beautiful. Be prepared for lots go stairs though. Especially if you’re scared of heights.
I’m a sucker for professional sports games so I’m glad we had time to take in a ball game at Coors Field while we were in Denver.
Red Rocks Amphitheater
I so badly wish there was a concert going on at the Red Rocks Amphitheater while I was there. But there wasn’t so that just means I need to go back another time to experience a concert here. We were able to go and hike the stairs and surrounding areas. It was absolutely beautiful! Red Rocks Amphitheater has shows all throughout the summer and they even have early morning exercise classes!
Union Station Farmers Market
The Union Station Farmers Market is held right outside Union Station on Saturday Mornings from June until the end of November. If I lived in Denver I would be going every day. The atmosphere was so fun, the produce looked amazing, there were live cooking demonstrations and a contestant from Master Chef was even there!
If you’ve been to Denver, or Colorado in general let me know in the comments your must see spots!