The Best Denver, CO Hacks From Our Readers
This week on
Hack Your City
, we got over 125 comments with advice on Denver, Colorado. Some themes: There's great hiking, and great breweries, but take it easy on both while you acclimate to the altitude. Here are some of the best tips.
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EvenBaggierTrousers7 on the altitude:
If your body's not accustomed to it, you'll find yourself getting pretty wasted fairly quickly. In the few months or so after moving there, me and my SO would go out and find that we were pretty buzzed after a drink or two. Take your time and drink water.
BritBenzene with more on the altitude:
Don't fly or drive in and then decide to go from the "Mile High" city up to the mountains in the same 24 hours. You're not getting as much oxygen, so going from your baseline to 6k feet to 10k+ feet will at least wear your ass out if it doesn't make you really ill.
One more altitude note from Stankalonius :
Consider getting some canned oxygen (available in lots of places) as this can really help mitigate some of the symptoms. Altitude flatulence is real so beware.
Piney the 2x4 on getting outdoorsy:
If you want to do outdoorsy things, follow the crowds to Clear Creek Canyon for climbing, Mt. Evans for hiking/climbing, and Summit County for skiing/snowboarding. Be mindful that Summit County is totes legit and your kit must be on fleek.
Landon on commuting by train from the suburbs:
Union Station to the first stop in Westminster is a local ride, not a regional ride, so it's half price. If you bike everyday like me, that's great - because you can take the safe bike path from there all the way to Boulder. And just like that, saving money and getting a nice beautiful ride in by the flat irons (mountains).
on finding good food neighborhoods:
Get to the Mexican and Asian sections of town for authentic restaurants. If you can't read any signs, the food is going to be awesome.
RADams5000 on the weather:
The weather is horrible here. Seriously, I can't remember the last time it wasn't 60 and sunny on the weekend. The kids are all, "We want to play outside and ride bikes." It's December. It should be too cold to do stuff outside. We should be forced to sit inside all day and watch TV. And, I had to buy more shorts because the dry air makes 60 perfect for shorts.
Caulfield27 on shopping for legal weed:
Make sure to do your research if you're going to be buying marijuana. Weedmaps is an invaluable resource. Most shops have different deals for every day of the week, or even early bird discounts. Find out if tax is included in the price. That can be a major expense when taxes are 35% or more. (I've found most shops in Denver proper have tax included in the listed prices, the shops in other areas add the tax after, YMMV.)
More weed advice from IthinkHamNoblockedme :
If you must take part in the pot culture, ask questions and talk to the budtender, they're friendly and know their shit. Don't think you know what you're doing and just plow through and buy way too much or concentrations higher than you can handle.
Teknowledge on the beer fest:
If you happen to go late September or early October, I HIGHLY suggest going to the Great American Beer Festival downtown. 2500+ beers from 500+ vendors. It's at the Exhibit Hall right Downtown. You have to get tickets right when they come out in June, they sell out fast. I've been 2x and it was amazing.
Basic navigation tips from Mary123456 :
The city is generally a perfect grid and it's easy to figure out how far away things are by the street number and direction. Remember, the mountains are always to your west. 0,0 is Broadway and Ellsworth, and from there the blocks go in 100 increments, so 500 E. 5th street is five blocks north and five blocks east of Broadway and Ellsworth.
Slacklinejoe on snow safety:
Regarding snow: For f-sake, remove it from your roof before hitting the road, that stuff flies off in large sheets to hit the car behind you, or will slide forward completely obscuring your windshield when you go to stop.
Some more quick tips:
- The city has two happy hours, one after work and one late at night, says EvenBaggierTrousers7 .
- You can cut your own Christmas tree from the National Forest for a $10 permit, says Landon .
- Go to the restaurant Work&Class and the heavy metal brewery TRVE, says No Kids Just Bikes .
- Wear layers for the temperature variation, and sunscreen for the thinner atmosphere, says BritBenzene .
- Don't try to sneak on the train without a ticket, as they're regularly checked, says SmugAardvark .
- For the long ride in from the airport, take the train rather than the jammed-up highway, says JoshMC .
- Photo by Miranda Joondeph
- Try the bars and restaurants in Union Station, the Highlands, RiNo Art District and Old Larimer, says IthinkHamNoblockedme .
- Look up activities in the weekly magazine Westword , says Stankalonius .
- Nuggolips has a dozen airport tips, including this: "The bathrooms are pretty, uhh, well-worn. Use the ones in the terminal (prior to security) which are a little less trafficked."
- Get a great view of the city from the fourth floor balcony of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, says Jane . Or get the view for free from inside City Park, on the western side of the museum, says vertigo700 .
lists some nice spots along Platte Street west of downtown, like the weed donuts at Habit Doughnut Dispensary and the "hipster coffee" at Carbon Cafe.
- And one last altitude note from Slacklinejoe : "Be aware that altitude impacts your taste buds, so some foods will taste different/worse until you acclimate."
Come back next week, when Hack Your City takes its first trip off-continent.
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Each Monday on Hack Your City, we ask readers for your best tips on a city: driving tips, restaurant recs, things to do, and any other advice for visitors and locals. Then on Thursday, we present the best comments. We're working our way around the U.S. and around the globe.