There are many things to do during your stay in Colorado, a visit to the capital of Denver should not be missed. Denver’s 16th street mall is a mile long plaza with many shops, restaurants, and attractions. The area is pedestrian-friendly, and its access is restricted to cars. We walked past the D&F Tower which is supposed to be a replica of the Campanile of St.Marks in Venice, Italy. Inside you can see the the inspiration for the building from the Italian renaissance. The tower has been listed on the National Register of historic Places since 1969. It contains a 2 ½ ton bell that rings around the hour. There are 42 outdoor cafes available along the mall. Denver Pavilions near the south end of the Mall has 12 movie theaters and more than two dozen shops and restaurants. Be sure to bring a jacket if you are visiting during the winter, highs can be in the mid and lower 50s.
Denver also has its own major transportation system and its major hub, the Denver Union Station is a great landmark to check it out. Located in the heart of Downtown Denver, this transportation hub has access to amtrak trains, shuttles, buses, and a direct rail service to the Denver International airport. The area is also an entertainment center with restaurants and shops available. In addition, every saturday from June 4 to October 22 the plaza becomes a Farmers’’ Market offering locals and tourists access to the freshest fruits and vegetables. There’s a great ice skating rink near the center of the district that is always packed. It’s a favorite with kids and parents with an incredible view of the St.Mark’s tower. The area around the skating rink takes on a new life during the Christmas season with music blasting and happy children laughing with their parents. Besides the city there was much more to explore in Colorado, including its world class ski resorts.
Colorado is a great place to come during the winter time, many people come to this state to experience its world class skiing resorts such as Copper Mountain and Breckenridge. These are large ski resorts with multiple places to park and a wide variety of ski slopes to try your hand at. A personal favorite of mine is Keystone Resort. It’s got snow tubing and night time skiing, Keystone has more night skiing terrain than any other ski area in Colorado. This is a must as ski resorts in the midwest/west usually close up their ski resorts after dark. Keystone is a haven for skiers and snowboarders of all levels and abilities. Besides skiing Keystone offers an amazing village to walk around with entertainment and shopping. The pizza service gets noticeable mention as the people there have been said to deliver even in the middle of a blizzard! For more information about the Centennial State and the mile high city, Denver take a look at our photos right here on Flyawaytrip.com!