Hey, everyone...this is a question to anyone who's visited Denver, Colorado.
I'm in the midst of planning my Christmas vacation: the general idea will see me take the Greyhound to Salt Lake City to see my folks, then head to Oklahoma for New Years, and then I'm visiting some friends in New Mexico for a few days before taking the bus back to Toronto.
Now, the trip to SLC is going to be easy; there won't be any major stopovers that are longer than two hours. BUT...the bus from SLC to the stop in Oklahoma has a nearly SIX HOUR stopover in Denver, CO.
So, whats to do for fun in Denver for six hours? I could probably spend about an hour sitting and waiting while my PSP's battery recharges...but outside of that...what's to do there?
Is there any food that's a Denver specialty; kinda how Montreal has their bagels, and Philly has their cheezesteaks?
I'll be in town just after Christmas, if that makes any difference.
They have some info on restaurants and holiday festivities.
I guess Greyhound's terminal is on 19th St, which should be a reasonable walk to some good places. If the Avalanche or Nuggets are playing during your layover, it isn't that far to the Pepsi Center.
That doesn't sound like a bad idea, come to think about it :-) I'd probab;y go and pick up a cheapie ticket, if for any other reason, I collect ticket stubs for events. Goes with my cigar label collection :-)
If you're downtown, there's not much that's particularly exclusive to Denver. My best advice would be to head over to 16th street and check out the mile-long pedestrian mall. The Denver Pavilions on 16th and Glenarm is an open air shopping mall with the usual stores and a movie theatre. There's a cool bowling nightspot on the top level, but that's only fun if you're with a group. They run free shuttle buses that will take you up and down 16th street. When you hit 17th street, stop and look to your right (northwest). If it's dark, Union Station at the end of 17th lights up nicely.
The D&F Tower on 16th and Arapahoe is usually a nifty touristy picture taking thing (they included it in "Under Siege 2"). There's a little "Tourism info" booth located right next to it, too. Hey, since this was formerly a wrestling board: for trivia's sake, you might want to note the Denver Performing Arts Complex on 14th st and Curtis. It used to be the old Denver Auditorium Arena where Nick Bockwinkel and Hulk Hogan would have fun.
If it's dark and you're into Xmas lights, you can take the 16th shuttle bus up to the Civic Center and the City and County Building. During the season, they have a big-ass light display on the steps. They keep it lit until the end of January so the Stock Show visitors can check it out.
For food, there are three places I frequent that always please my guests.
1- Wahoo's Fish Tacos (1521 Blake St), between 15th & 16th street. If you're going from the Greyhound station to the Pepsi Center, this could easily be on your way.
2- Anthony's Pizza on 16th and California. New York style pizza. Looks like a complete hole-in-the-wall, but the food's great.
3- Benny's Cantina on 7th Ave. and Logan. This is a bit of trip from downtown, and I'd definitely recommend a cab. It's over on the edge of Capitol Hill, next to the Governor's mansion and the Governor's Park bar. Great food, but it's more of a sit-down restaurant and a good "date place". For instance, if I was travelling solo, I'd stick to the first two choices.
If you're feeling really adventurous and into CD's and such, hop over to Wax Trax on 638 E 13th Ave. Big record store with all kinds of fun stuff. They have a bout 3 different stores along one city block. Again, this is a good hike, so I'd recommend a cab.
If you ramble around outside of downtown, proper, be aware of the difference between the "streets" and "avenues". Denver's streetplan is basically a big Cartesian plane, with the exception of the downtown area which is skewed on a 45 degree angle. The "streets" usually refer to this skewed downtown area. The "avenues" run from 1 to about 176 and are the positive "Y" coordinates of the Cartesian plane.
The nice part of downtown is located north of Colfax and west of broadway. Once you cross those two, things aren't so "tourist-friendly".
If it's snowing on your visit, you might be SOL. Any snowstorm seems to cripple Denver's roadways.
Any questions or other info, let me know.
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