24 Hours in: Denver

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The Mile High City has never looked so good! A burgeoning food scene, gorgeous landscape and luxury destinations make Denver a must-visit for every traveler. If you find yourself with 24 hours to spare, here are all the best things to eat, see, and do for an awesome time.

7:00 AM – Rock Your Ride at CycleBar

CycleBar is a gem among gyms in Denver. Think stationary cycling meets rock concert. A state-of-the-art sound system, studio lights, candles and on-screen stats make this one of the coolest workout experiences the city has to offer. The studio is posh and sleek, including luxury amenities (their water station even lets you choose the temperatures of water!). There are different class levels, drills, and themed rides for riders of every level. Visit CycleBar to learn more.

PHOTO CREDIT: CYCLEBAR

8:30 AM – Stuff Your Face and Re-Visit Childhood at Jelly Cafe

When you first walk in, you’ll notice the framed retro cereal boxes ornamenting the walls. Chances are your favorite childhood cereal made the cut. And yes, those are teacups in handcrafted chandeliers and spoons hanging from the ceiling. But… what you’ve really come for is the food. Jelly Café is arguably Denver’s most popular breakfast stop for pancakes, eggs, hashes and bloody Marys. Whether you order the Haco Chili Benedict, Red Flanel Hash, or anything else off their menu, trust us – you’ll want to order the Original Donut Bites for your wait.

PHOTO CREDIT:  JELLY CAFE

10:00 AM – Get High – A Mile High, To Be Exact!

No, not like that. The Denver State Capitol is known for being 5,280 feet above ocean level. In fact, as you’re climbing the stairs at the capitol building, you’ll notice that the fifteenth step was cut with the description “ONE MILE ABOVE SEA LEVEL.” The Capitol Building itself is made from Colorado rose onyx, one of the most rare stones in the world. How rare? Well, let’s just say that all known reserves of Colorado rose onyx in the world were used on the Capitol Building. It’s truly one of a kind! Free tours begin at 10 am. Learn more.

PHOTO CREDIT: DENVER STATE CAPITOL

Noon – Get Your Hands on Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs

Biker Jim was once a repo man who confiscated over 12,000 cars! A few years ago, he ditched his career and began selling hotdogs on a stainless steel cart on Denver’s 16th Street Mall. Now, he’s the proud owner of a local favorite: Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs. Talk about reinventing yourself! View the menu complete with 15 gourmet sausages and every topping combination imaginable here. Local Tip: If you’ve never had game meat, you’ll want to order the Alaskan Reindeer.

PHOTO CREDIT: BIKER JIM’S GOURMET DOGS

1:30 PM – Hike Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

You’ve probably heard of the world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the naturally formed venue just 15 miles west of the city. Even if there isn’t a concert going on, you’ve gotta give a big hand to Mother Nature herself. You’re free to roam the venue and hike through the natural hiking and biking trails surrounding the theater. Heads Up: IF there is a concert going on, you can sit literally anywhere and still enjoy the amazing acoustics.

PHOTO CREDIT: RED ROCKS PARK & AMPHITHEATRE

5:30 PM – Discover the Wonder of Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwiches

You’ll have a riot at Ice Cream Riot. Don’t let the weird flavors scare you. Trust us – the Cheddar Goldfish ice cream isn’t as funky as it sounds (worth the sample, at least!). And the Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwiches will have you wondering why you didn’t think of this genius recipe sooner!

PHOTO CREDIT: ICE CREAM RIOT

7:00 PM – Pick Your Dinner at Union Station

This 100-year-old historic landmark boasts a vibrant selection of Denver’s top restaurants, bars and shops. The station is gorgeous (definitely Instagram-worthy) and you can even sit anywhere and have food served to you from the shops. But if you’re in the mood for something more romantic or traditional, try the award-winning Stoic & Geniune or Mercantile.

PHOTO CREDIT: UNION STATION

9:00 PM – Drink Like a Local at Wynkoop Brewing Co.

Now that you’re in the Union Station neighborhood, go ahead and visit the Wynkoop Brewing Co. You really can’t go wrong with any beer you try from Denver’s first ever brewpub, which is now one of the largest in the world. With 30 beers on tap, choosing is the hard part. We recommend getting the Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout to savor two Denver favorites at once.

PHOTO CREDIT: WYNKOOP BREWING CO