With an immunization rate of over 72% and an abundance of outdoor activities ranging from skiing to hiking, Denver has long provided a safe starting point for exploring the great outdoors. But a 20% increase in population over the past decade has also transformed this railroad town into a hip urban center, with more activities than ever for those who are more of the glamping type than camping.
One of these is the permanent installation of Meow Wolf, the third such installation (after Santa Fe and Las Vegas) in the United States, which guides visitors through a psychedelic and surreal tale featuring more of 110 Colorado artists on four floors, bursting with color and creativity. The Denver Art Museum has also reopened following a renovation to celebrate its 50th anniversary, with updated galleries and two new restaurants.
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Denver’s restaurant scene has benefited from the additional outdoor dining space offered by the closure of city streets, many of which may remain permanent after the pandemic, such as the upscale food center Larimer Square. Although Colorado is best known for its famous craft beer scene, the city’s newest bar, Awake Denver, is completely alcohol-free, offering beer, wine, and specialty non-alcoholic cocktails, and encouraging low-key socializing. Denver guests can stay at the new Rally Hotel, which features a rooftop plunge pool with expansive skyline views and is attached to the McGregor Square dining hall – all of which have helped spur the recent transformation of the LoDo neighborhood (Lower Downtown Denver).
Denver has also made significant infrastructure upgrades to accommodate more international travelers, including adding 39 new gates at Denver International Airport, which will house additional international carriers by the end of construction in late 2021.
Visitors should definitely be prepared for Denver’s high altitude, known as the “Mile-High City” to be 5,280 feet above sea level. “Drink plenty of water before and during your trip , and talk to strangers as much as you want, ”advises resident Kara Patterson, founder of the travel blog Destination: Live Life. “We are all very helpful here! “