Swany’s Denver Guide to Snow Show 2012: Things To Do

It's always a good time to visit Red Rocks

It’s possible you’ll be too busy to do anything but work (and play) at Snow Snow-related events while you are in Denver. If you DO find yourself with free time and don’t want to head to the hills for skiing or riding, here are some things to do.

Remember to use the free shuttle bus on the 16th Street Mall to reach many downtown destinations. Or take a short walk, depending on your hotel’s location.

DOWNTOWN

  • Comedy Works: This club has kept audiences in stitches since 1981 by booking the best stand-up comedians, from Jay Leno to Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle to Lewis Black. 1226 15th St. (Larimer Square) Call 303-595-3637.
  • Sit a Mile High: Shoot a photo that lets everyone know how high you’ve been. Visit the Colorado State Capitol and look for the inscription “One mile above sea level” on the top flight of steps at the west entrance. 200 East Colfax Ave.
  • Hike to a view: Ride the 16th Street Mall shuttle to its northern end near Union Station. In front of you is Millenium Bridge, which looks like a sailing ship. Climb it. On the other side find tiny Commons Park; walk through it and cross a bridge over the Platte River, which lands you on Platte Street. Continue ahead to the bridge over I-25 that lands you in the Potter Highlands neighborhood at Masterpiece Deli. The view (and lunch) is good, but go one more block uphill on 16th Street to find two superb restaurants for dinner (Lola, creative Mexican; Linger, New American) and the awesome Little Man, which looks like an enormous milk can and serves great ice cream. The view’s superb, night or day. The hike’s only 3/4 of a mile.

OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS

  • Red Rocks: Even though the first winter concert ever will be held here on Friday, Jan. 27 (Icelantic Winter on the Rocks with Atmosphere & Common), you don’t need a concert to appreciate this astounding natural amphitheater a short drive west of the city just off I-70 in Morrison. Towering red sandstone formations frame this spectacular site, which boasts a fine view of the city skyline. Drive to the top and you’ll find a Visitors Center with a restaurant and a music hall of fame, with video of many of the superstars who have played there.
  • Boulder: Denverites like to poke fun at the “Republic of Boulder,” but the hometown of the University of Colorado’s main campus is in a beautiful location at the foot of the Rockies. Take a walk on the pedestrian Pearl Street Mall to find a wide array of shopping, superb restaurants and entertaining street performers. It’s a 40-minute drive from Denver.

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