2 Days in Denver, Colorado

Hey y’all! I am so excited to finally publish my Denver city guide. It’s one of those things that has been on my to do list for a long time and I’m happy to be able to finally share this trip to the Mile High City on the blog.

As usual, these are all of the things I ate, coffee I drank, and places I went in two days in Denver. We went without a rental car and depended on Uber to get us to and from our Airbnb. I hope this Denver city guide is useful to you in your research for your own trip!

Where we stayed is no longer available but if you sign up with my link, you’ll get $40 off your first AirBNB stay and/or $15 off your first AirBNB experience!

Day 1

Union Station

Instead of Uber-ing, we opted to take the train from the Denver airport to Union Station in downtown Denver ($10.50). It took about 45 minutes but it was fun to watch out the window and see the mountains!

Union Station

Pigtrain Coffee

A must have once you get to Union Station. You just had a long flight and you deserve to treat yourself. I got the 16oz white chocolate mocha ($4.45) to warm up before we headed out into the chilly October weather.

Pigtrain Coffee – white chocolate mocha

Stowaway Coffee + Kitchen

We walked to Stowaway from the Union Station (~30 minutes) and got an amazing lunch. We ordered and split lunch. I’d tell you what we ordered but based on looking at their current menu, they don’t offer either of the things we ordered anymore! However I’m sure any of their creations would do and they’re great for both breakfast and lunch.


Stowaway Coffee + Kitchen – Cortado

Stowaway Coffee + Kitchen

LivWell

Uhm… when in Colorado, do as the Coloradians do? Hey, it’s legal there!

LivWell

Larimer Square

Known as Denver’s first block, this is a cute area with a ton of restaurants and stores. There’s also a ton of historical buildings if history is your thing!

Larimer Square

#WhatUnitesUs Mural

Located on the wall of Il Posto at the corner of 26th and Larimer Streets, you can find Kelsey Montague’s #WhatUnitesUs mural. Fun fact, she is originally from Colorado but her art can now be found nationwide!

#WhatUnitesUs Mural

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCAD)

Located in Downtown Denver, MCAD is a must visit in my opinion! I love contemporary and modern art so I’m a big fan of visiting these types of museums while traveling. Scroll down to see some of my favorite pieces. Unfortunately, I lost my note about who the art was by, but if any of you recognize the pieces, please let me know in the comments who it is by so I can credit the artists!

MCAD is $5 for students (with a student ID) and $8 for adults.


Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCAD)

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCAD)

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCAD)

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCAD)

Voodoo Doughnut

This Voodoo is located on Colfax, known as the Longest Street in America. It certainly is because it took us forever to walk here. It was my first time at a Voodoo Doughnut! We really treated ourselves and got 6 doughnuts to split between the two of us. Each one cost between $2 and $4. The donuts we got:

  • Dirt – Raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting and Oreo cookies
  • Voodoo Doll – Raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake (characteristics of Voodoo Dolls are all different)
  • Marshall Mathers – Plain cake doughnut with vanilla frosting and mini M&M’s
  • Powdered Sugar Jelly Filled – Raised yeast shell filled with raspberry jelly and dusted with powdered sugar
  • Oh Captain, My Captain – Raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting and Captain Crunch
Voodoo Doughnuts
Voodoo Doughnuts

Chipotle

No photo, sorry y’all. We were going to get Chipotle at the FIRST Chipotle ever, which is in Denver, but it was too far so we settled for one in downtown. Then we Ubered home and watched a movie at our AirBNB! We were exhausted from being in the city all day and carrying our backpacks around with us.

DAY 2

Fire on the Mountain

We slept in late so our first meal of the day was lunch! We got the basket of tater tots ($6) and 12 medium buffalo wings ($12.50) to share. Wings are one of our favorite foods and these were amazing. The location is a little out of the way but definitely worth the visit.

Fire on the Mountain – tater tots
Fire on the Mountain – wings

Sloan Lake

We walked from lunch without a real destination in mind and ended up finding Sloan Lake and this beautiful view!

Sloan Lake

ink! Coffee

Can you believe I made it until mid-afternoon without coffee? Me either. We stopped in ink! Coffee while downtown! I don’t remember what drink I ordered but I’m sure it was probably a latte, haha.

ink! Coffee

16th Street Mall

This mile-long stretch of a mall consists of touristy shops, big name stores, local restraunts, and more! There is a free shuttle bus, dubbed the MallRide, that travels up and down the 16th Street Mall, stopping on every corner.

16th St. Mall

Ice Cream Riot

I love ice cream and I needed to get some on this trip, despite it being cold. Cue Ice Cream Riot and their delicious ice cream sandwhiches ($3.75)! Located on Colfax near Voodoo Doughnuts.

Ice Cream Riot

D.P. Dough

DP Dough is not a Denver-only thing but we were too tired to walk and too cheap to Uber somewhere else for dinner.

D.P. Dough – calzone

Voodoo Doughnuts (again)

Don’t judge us.

the marshall mathers was so good that i had to go back for one more

The end!

We headed back to AirBNB to sleep and rest for visiting Colorado Springs the next day! A blog post about our short day trip to Seven Falls and the Garden of the Gods coming soon. 🙂

Have you ever visited Denver? Which of these things would you want to try if you went? Let me know in the comments! I hope you enjoyed reading my Denver city guide and I can’t wait to write the next post!

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