With a vaccination rate of over 72% and a plethora of outdoor activities, from skiing to hiking, Denver has long offered a safe starting point for exploring the outdoors. But a 20% increase in population over the last decade has also transformed this railway city into a trendy urban center, with more activities than ever for those who are more of the glamping than camping type.
One of them 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 narrative that includes more than 110 Colorado artists on four floors, which explode. with color and creativity. The Denver Museum of Art also reopened after a renovation to celebrate its 50th anniversary, with updated galleries and two new places to eat.
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The Denver 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 Denver Food Center. luxury Larimer Square. While Colorado may be best known for its famous craft beer scene, the city’s newest bar, Awake Denver, is completely non-alcoholic, includes non-alcoholic beer, wine and special cocktails, and encourages sober socialization. Guests of Denver can stay at the new Rally Hotel, which features a rooftop plunge pool overlooking the horizon and is attached to the McGregor Square dining room, all of which have helped spur the recent transformation of the LoDo neighborhood (Lower Downtown Denver).
Denver has also made major infrastructure improvements to accommodate more international travelers, including the addition of 39 new gates to Denver International Airport, which will house additional international carriers when construction is completed by the end of 2021.
Visitors certainly need to be prepared for Denver’s high altitude, known as the “Mile-High City” to be at 5,280 feet above sea level. “Drink plenty of water before and during the trip, and talk to strangers as much as you feel comfortable,” advises resident Kara Patterson, founder of the travel blog Destination: Live Life. “We’re all very helpful out there!”