If you’re brave enough to travel, socially distanced sightseeing can be quite a treat. Denver, Colorado is unusually empty due to quarantining but that doesn’t mean the city is dead. There are plenty of safe and fun ways to explore downtown—make a day of it by visiting our favorite places to shop and eat.
Denver Colorado by Moped
Hands-down the best thing you can do is explore the city by moped. Denver is delightfully walkable but there’s a lot of area to cover. You can easily traverse through town by starting off your day renting a scooter. ScooTours offers a safe ride for experienced and unexperienced riders alike. They take extra precautions to ensure your interactions with them keep you comfortable. Ditch the Uber experience and trade it in for a day of scootering about. Bundle up and take advantage of the streets being eerily empty—you’ll be able to cover most of the city in a day this way. I had never ridden a moped in my life and the owner gave me lessons and spent as much time guiding me around a parking lot until I was 100% comfortable to hit the streets. This was the highlight of our trip celebrating my sister’s birthday. They offer rent-and-ride and guided tours and their rates are totally reasonable.
A Hearty Breakfast
Once you’re situated on your scooter, head over to a Snooze A.M. Eatery for a breakfast that will be in your dreams to come. If you start your morning at Snooze, you will be pretty much full the rest of your day sightseeing around Denver Colorado. They have a lively 50s-inspired atmosphere and everything on their menu is to die for. (My sister is still trying to recreate their Banana Bread French Toast.)
Not too far from Snooze is the River North Art District (also known as RiNo). The district is a Denver Colorado must-visit and local art abounds. There are many opportunities to support RiNo during COVID; from special events, galleries, and holiday shopping. You can drive around the district and check out the wall graffiti easily and take a few social media-worthy photos while you’re at it.
Think Global, Shop Local
If you’re touring the city during colder months, Dairy Block is a terrific next stop to get you back indoors. So much of Denver Colorado has been refurbished to create cozy shopping and dining experiences. The historic Windsor Farm Dairy Building is now home to crafts and craftsmen, restaurants, bars, a co-working space, and luxury boutique hotel. Boom. The thoughtful mix of creativity and entrepreneural good sense is always hosting seasonal events and networking opportunities.
Union Station in LoDo
Walking distance from the Dairy Block is another terrific historic landmark-turned hot spot. Situated in the heart of downtown Denver Colorado, Union Station also offers dining, shopping, and sleeping options worth considering. The stunning Great Hall is a wonderful place to grab a coffee and shop for books and souvenirs. Take a break and enjoy the beautiful and majestic space that hails from Pioneer days.
Get Your Culture Fix
The Denver Art Museum takes extra precautions to ensure attendees are protected during their visit. The museum adheres to COVID guidelines for Denver Colorado and admits guests via a timed entry. General Admission tickets are $10 for adults and you are required to pre-select a time slot for entry. Once inside, you may tour various seasonal exhibitions. Currently, Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera are highlighted in their Mexican Modernism collection.
Finish your day with some easy outdoor shopping along the city blocks of Larimer Square. When it comes to visiting Denver Colorado, you will notice each destination tends to boast the same feature: historic, historic, historic. The city has been beautifully refurbished to make exploring these sites a delightful trip back in time. Keep your masks on and follow social distance guidelines as you explore the city’s best neighborhoods and see the sights.