3 Incredibly Unique Things to Do When Visiting Denver


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Denver makes its way into many journeys. It’s a must-stop on America’s east-west I-40 Interstate, and the airport is one of the top 20 busiest in the world. If you’re an avid traveler, it’s likely you’ve found yourself in Colorado’s capital city more than once.

Maybe you’ve been to the Denver Zoo, the capital building or the Denver Art Museum. The Mile High City is littered with major attractions and popular neighborhoods, but it’s some of the lesser-known sites that unveil the city’s fun, quirky and unforgettable side the locals know and loves. These are three ways to uncover Denver’s most unique side while still enjoying it’s world-renowned eats, history and mountain culture.

Escape…Then Drink

Escape rooms are popping up in all corners of North America — from the tiniest Ontario towns to Vancouver and Los Angeles. But this Denver escape room is unlike any we’ve ever seen at that’s what makes it a must-visit.

Escape from the Ordinary is a restaurant and bar with a major twist. The on-site Solutions Lounge and Restaurant has been praised as one of Denver’s most unique entertainment experiences, combining hand-crafted cocktails and gourmet cuisine with Escapology escape rooms. Turn your usual family dinner in Denver into an attempt at solving the Cuban Crisis, surviving an Arizona Shootout or riding the Budapest Express. On top of the wide selections of escape games offered, Solutions is one of the top dining spots in the Five Points area. Dine, drink, then save the world — you can’t do that anywhere but Denver.

Learn Something New in Fort Collins

Maybe you escaped to Colorado to forget about work and school for a short while, but this state has a way of teaching new things in a way that doesn’t feel like boring, old-fashioned learning. One place that excels in making learning new things an exciting and unforgettable experience is Ginger and Baker in nearby Fort Collins, Colo.

Fort Collins sits a short 1-hour drive north of the Capital City, and an evening at Ginger and Baker is well worth the trip. Located in a historic grain mill, this is more than just a place to grab a delicious handmade sandwich or freshly-baked cookie. Ginger and Baker is a place that brings locals and visitors together through cooking, crafting, beer and wine tasting, baking and more.

Classes take place multiple times per week, and you can log onto the cafe’s calendar to find out which classes will take place during your visit. Make this Colorado vacation the one during which you come home with a new skill — and a whole lot of new friends.

Relive Your Childhood

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It’s scary to think that items from the 1980s are now considered antiques to younger generations, but it also means that we can enjoy those items at Denver’s must-visit Fifty-Two 80’s. This modern antique store is loaded with vintage (not technically antique according to true antique tradespeople) items that will transport you back to your 80s childhood at first sight.

This shop, which feels a lot more like a museum, features clothing, toys, memorabilia, games, art and so much more straight out of the 80s and 90s. With more than 4,500 vintage items on hand, you’ll want at least a couple hours to explore and remember the legacies of Cabbage Patch Kids, Smurfs, Beetlejuice, Atari and so much more.


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About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C, Mexico and around the world. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.

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