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How to Spend 72 Hours in Colorado, Hopping From the City to the Mountains

Colorful Colorado Is Worth a Visit This Summer

As they say, “Catch flights, not feelings.” But when it comes to a city-meets-mountain escape, we can’t help but catch a little bit of both. There’s something about spending time in a bustling city, then heading up to the peaceful mountains that just hits different. And if you like the stark contrast of these two adventures, you’ll love Colorful Colorado! Here’s how to spend 36 hours in downtown Denver and the other 36 in the charming mountain town of Breckenridge. Colorado Itinerary

 

4 p.m. 

Stay Awhile

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For an ideal stay in the heart of Denver, check in to Le Méridien Denver Downtown—a chic, modern hotel fit for every type of traveler. The spacious, bright rooms offer city views and a cozy place to rest your head after a long travel day.

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7 p.m.

Sky High

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After you’ve settled in, head to 54thirty Rooftop—quite possibly the best (and highest open-air rooftop bar) in all of Denver. Sip your seasonal craft cocktail as you take in stunning views of both the mountains and the skyline. 

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8:30 p.m. 

Decadent Dining

After a cocktail (or two), we bet you’re getting hungry. Luckily, Le Méridien Denver Downtown has a phenomenal restaurant that attracts visitors and locals alike. Head down to Corinne for oysters, truffled bucatini and the belly-on pork chop.

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9 a.m.

Tasty Coffee & Happy People

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Before heading out to explore all that Denver has to offer, fuel up with a bit of caffeine. Huckleberry Roasters has you covered with tea, coffee and breakfast foods (like burritos and toasts). 

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7 p.m.

Get Groovy

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A visit to Denver isn’t complete without seeing a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The venue is situated in between the stunning rocks, making it an unforgettable experience. Dance the night away under the stars!

10 a.m.

Let’s Thrift

Kick-start the next morning with a bit of retail therapy on Larimer St—the beating heart and creative soul of downtown Denver. Stop by Garage Sale Vintage for a funky selection of pre-owned apparel and goods! This groovy shop is home to over 40 curated vintage vendors, offering everything from vinyl records to roller skates. They even have an in-house cocktail bar!

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2 p.m.

Breck-Bound

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Up the mountain we go! For a change of scenery, take a mini road trip to the charming town of Breckenridge. This storybook enclave of Denver is home to a slew of sidewalk cafes, retro boutiques and bustling breweries. Stop by Beloved Boutique, Ruby Jane Boutique or Marigold’s Farmhouse Funk & Junk to snag some summer wardrobe staples!

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5 p.m. 

Best on the Block

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After you’ve filled your shopping bags, sit down to a farm-to-fork dinner at Aurum. This upscale yet inviting restaurant offers a stellar selection of cocktails and shareable plates. The interior is oh-so chic with its wood-beamed ceilings and industrial furnishings. Don’t miss out on happy hour (4-6 p.m.) when snacks are 50% off, wines are $9 and select cocktails are $7!

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7:30 p.m. 

Not a Worry in the World

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Continue the evening with an after-dinner libation at RMU Concept Store. This lively hotspot is a popular community hub for all mountain life, featuring live music, charity events, trivia, skis, outdoor equipment and gear services. But the main attraction is the extensive beer and cocktail list. Belly up to the home-built bar for a night cap!

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Taylor is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. She is our Los Angeles and Orange County editor. You can find her dining at a new restaurant, in the ocean or planning her next adventure. Say hello!

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