I recently had the sheer pleasure of traveling to Denver Colorado in search of cooler weather. August may or may not be the month for that kind of search, but it was worth a shot! While it was cooler than my home state, it was still pretty warm in the afternoons. Mornings, however, were very cool and very pleasant. Denver (also known as the mile high city) has something for everybody. There is art and culture galore and the cultural scene is alive and well and living in Denver. You can see a Broadway type show performed in the second largest performing arts complex in the country, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets start at $18 Performances: Mon-Thu: 6:30pm Fri-Sat: 7:30pm Sat mat: 1:30pm
Visit the Denver Art Museum for a variety of art collections. The King Tut Collection is there now until January.
Denver Art Museum (720) 865-5000 7100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver, CO
Outdoor activities cannot be ignored in Colorado. Nature lovers can enjoy cycling, kayaking, biking and hiking. Trails are easy enough for the beginner or hard enough to challenge the most experienced adventurer. Nothing beats looking down from some of the highest peaks in the country.
Denver also has a reputable and respected zoo. You can see and learn about over 3500 animals and when your feet give out, enjoy the steam engine train. The zoo has gone "Green" and they recycle everything. The use of plastic containers is a no no. If you are there during the Christmas holidays you will surely enjoy zoo lights to get you or keep you in the spirit of the season.
If you paln on staying in one place, then plan your day trips ahead of time. Listed below are a couple of goof day trips:
The Royals Gorge & Park - In Colorado most people are looking up, here you find looking down is exciting. Peak Season is April 24 - October 3, 2010
Pikes Peak - If you like driving, you will love driving up the over 14,000 foot mountain. Or, if you prefer, you can go up using the Cog Railroad. Both are sure to make your blood pump. Don't be surprised if you feel a little light-headed.... it isn't the beauty, it's the lack of oxygen, but the view is a must see.
The Cliff Dwellers - Get a good idea of what it would be like to live in a cave. Located across from Manitou Springs.
Gambling - The sleepy town of Central City/ Black Hawk, where The Unsinkable Molly Brown was a local, is now a gambling mecca. Built to blend in with the natural terrain, the casinos have a rustic look yet contemporary. You can still see some of the Ginger Bread Houses that make this a fun stop.
Dining - We stopped at O'Brien's Hungry Bear Cafe in Black Hawk and had one the best burgers ever. Sit outside and enjoy the view of a clear stream with a mountain backdrop. Chef O'Brien is affable and personally came outside to visit. Fresh food by a chef with a long resume.... good stuff.
Las Vegas has both splash and serenity, and it is truly a city of contrasts. The downtown and the "strip" areas are best known for their glitzy casinos, but there is more than just gambling here....
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