The Mile High
Denver, Colorado is next up on our reviews section as this place definitely was an interesting experience to witness. Kayla has never been out to Denver yet other than landing there for a connecting flight, so I will be writing this one solo.
I ended up heading out to Denver back in March 2019 for a snowboarding trip with a few of my friends. When I say I was ecstatic to head out here, I really mean it. I have a big passion for mountains, nature, and high elevations and Colorado definitely checks off all of those boxes here in the U.S. Due to Colorado being such a large state and Denver having the most common airport to travel to within the state, this is where we ended up staying in even though our snowboarding trip to Breckenridge was about an hour and a half away.
Easily, my favorite part about Denver was the gorgeous backdrop of the Rockies overlooking the city and it was something truly amazing to see. Known as the Mile High, this was my first time staying in altitudes over 1,000 feet. Although 5K of elevation isn’t too high to what I went snowboarding in (13K), I still felt the effects of it rather quickly. I only stayed in Denver for a couple nights, but altitude sickness hit me rough and hard as I honestly felt like I was going to drop dead any second on my last night in the city. Don’t get worried here as many people are fine when it comes to high altitudes, but it showed me my body isn’t quite ready to hike Mt. Everest.
Anyways, Denver was an amazing city and probably one of my favorites that I have visited so far. I was about to tour Mile High Stadium of the Denver Broncos which was a neat experience as well. Denver did have a lot of interesting people I would say which was totally fine, but it seems like there is a lot of joy and happiness within the area. Denver had a transit system that was basically free as they didn’t check for tickets, so it was fairly easy to get around the city on. Packed into the city, you have the Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, and the Colorado Avalanche all pretty close to each other. During game nights, it turned into what it seemed like a college town which was a really cool scene to experience as well.
The food scene was fairly regular as I wasn’t able to head out to any food spots that are local favorites. Even if I tried to head out to one, I probably would of vomited my meal anyway as I did with a fairly expensive meal that my friends and I had at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. To this day, I haven’t been to a city that compares to the hustle and bustle of New York City as the streets of Denver were fairly ghost towns. Maybe I went during the wrong time of the year, but the scene wasn’t as vibrant as I expected.
The only downside I would say for Denver is it’s distance to the Rockies which can scare off some people. If you are looking to go on a ski trip, it will take you a good hour and half to two hours to get to a good ski resort in Colorado which can be tough. Other than that, there are not really any downsides to traveling to Denver unless you are someone like me who gets altitude sickness. One tip I have for you if you head out there… please drink water like you are a fish and you will thank me later!
Feel free to comment below on your experience if you have been lucky enough to visit Denver or even just the state of Colorado!