Snug between the Rocky Mountains and expansive plains to the east, Denver is a mile-high city o ering near-constant sunshine (300 days each year!) and countless ways to spend your days.
Whether culture, history or scenery is your fancy, there’s a pocket of Denver ready to welcome you—any day of the week.
Spend a weekday in Denver and explore the state capital with one of these three itineraries.
Spend your day taking in the fresh air. No matter the season or how you prefer to spend your nature time, Denver has a park, trail or slope for you. Visit the city’s acclaimed Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre and hike or bike the 1.4- mile Trading Post Trail, weaving through massive brick-red rock formations. From the top of the amphitheatre, at more than 6,400 feet above sea level, the Denver skyline is revealed in the valley below, beckoning you back to recharge at one of the city’s hip neighborhood eateries. If you’re a skier or snowboarder, venture just 67 miles to Winter Park Resort, where you’ll appreciate world-class runs—and advance-purchase lift tickets, so you won’t have to wait in line. If you prefer a leisurely day at the park, spend it at historic Cheesman Park.
Denver is known for its microbreweries and live-music venues. And after a day in the great outdoors, you’ve earned some downtime. The city’s River North area (RiNo) has a handful of cozy cafés, craft breweries and amazing restaurants. Create your own craft brew crawl, stopping by Epic Brewing Company and Our Mutual Friend Brewing for a house-made beer. And when you’re ready for a nightcap, Larimer Lounge and Lost Lake Lounge regularly showcase regional and national bands.
Enjoy Denver’s incredible selection of museums without the weekend crowds. Eight of the city’s museums and galleries, as well as the State Capitol, reside in the Golden Triangle Museum District, making it easy to spend a full day in this area. If you happen to be in Denver on the rst Friday of the month, take advantage of free First Friday Art Tours, which let visitors enjoy local food and art at participating galleries, museums and artists’ studios—at no cost. Explore the exhibits at the Denver Art Museum, renowned for both its art and architectural exhibits. Nearby, you’ll nd History Colorado, housing nine distinct museums in one—from the Ute Indian Museum, reopening with a new building and exhibitions this summer, to the El Pueblo History Museum.
Where to Stay
Club Members can rest their heads in the mountains at Valdoro Mountain Lodge, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club property in Breckenridge. Enjoy relaxing evenings with the Rocky Mountains ambience as your backdrop and the convenience of driving just an hour and a half to spend a day in Colorado’s capital city. Or, use Hilton Honors points to stay at one of several cozy Denver properties, such as Hampton Inn & Suites Denver-Downtown and Hilton Garden Inn Denver-Downtown, both within walking distance of many sights.
A minimum stay is required at Valdoro Mountain Lodge. Optimize your Points and consider booking your trip in the middle of the week.
*The image at the top of this article features Denver’s Union Station. Some notables who have passed through the station include both President Roosevelts, the Queen of Romania, Babe Ruth and Buffalo Bill.