Getting a bit of cabin fever here in the Queen City? It may be time to book your next escape from Cincinnati to the Mile High City. Denver, Colorado made the New York Times' list of 52 Places to Go in 2018, and now the city is more accessible than ever with these crazy low fares out of CVG.
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly direct from Cincinnati to Denver with Frontier Airlines. Play around with dates and you can snag Saturday to Saturday round-trip tickets for as low as $56 (one-way). Wear layers or pack light and you may even be able to get out of the additional baggage fees. If you do need extra luggage, purchasing checked and carry-on bags in advance can save you a lot of money, rather than deciding the day of your flight.
WHAT TO DO
Rocky Mountain National Park is 72 miles from downtown Denver and boasts more than 60 mountain peaks. Hiking is limited in the winter in lower elevation routes, but higher trails are accessible with skis or snowshoes. In nearby Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods is a free, public park with unique rock formations and a world-class visitor’s center. Consider heading 20 minutes west of downtown Denver to discover the beauty of Red Rocks Amphitheater where you can catch an amazing outdoor concert or do some yoga on the rocks.
Closer to the city, a day trip to Boulder has scenic views of the Flatirons and shopping at the outdoor Pearl Street Mall. Of course, you can’t leave Denver without visiting the Denver Art Museum, the Union Station, and at least one of the 300+ marijuana dispensaries that call downtown home.
WHERE TO STAY
Denver is not a one-size-fits-all destination, and its neighborhoods reflect that. The Santa Fe Arts District is a cultural hotspot with galleries and studios, while the upscale Cherry Creek neighborhood has high-end shopping and spas.
Book a room in the Golden Triangle—Denver’s oldest neighborhood—to walk on streets lined with Victorian homes and visit more than 16 museums. Or, reserve a few nights at The Crawford Hotel. Located inside the Denver Union Station, it’s just steps away from the restaurants, bars, and nightlife that make Lower Downtown so vibrant.
EAT & DRINK
Denver brews more beer than any other US city, so spend some time on the Denver Beer Trail when you visit. After you get a little tipsy at the 39 breweries (thirty-nine!), work up the courage to try another Denver staple: Rocky Mountain oysters. Whole and half orders of these fried bull testicles are on the menu at The Buckhorn Exchange, the city’s oldest restaurant.
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