The mile high city in Colorado is a great destination for seniors to visit. It is not because of the skiing, not because of the eight pro sports teams, not because it is as beautiful in the summer as it is in the winter, not because of the legal cannabis, and not because it is home to “the beautiful people,” healthy, fit and loving the outdoors. But because of all of these things and more, it is worth visiting. The sports, the skiing, the weather, the outdoor athletics and the entertainment make Denver a great place for senior travel.
It is about 750 miles to the west coast and about 1500 miles to the east coast. Not a day trip for sure. However, it is easy to get to Denver from just about any location in the US. Most major airlines have daily flights to Denver. On a good day you can get a flight round trip for $200 or less. You have to go when they want you to but it is doable.
The harder part is getting from the airport into Denver proper. The airport is in the middle of nowhere. Rental cars are available but if you will not need a car, it is not the rental that will get to you, but the insurance. There are shuttles into Denver and to the mountains but they may be more than what is needed.
Denver does have an excellent public transportation system of buses and rail (sorry, no subway). Definitely, check it out before you make reservations to get to and from the airport. The trip from the airport to Denver or vice versa on the public rail (really a bus) will cost $9.00 and takes about 40 minutes. If you are going into the mountains you get on the “Bustang” at Union Station in Denver. The west line goes from Denver to Frisco, to Eagle, to West Glenwood Park, and ends at South Glenwood Station. The fare is all of $10 per person. If you have many travelers in your party it may not be the best choice but for senior travel it is easy and relatively inexpensive.
Sports, More Sports, and Even More Sports
Watching a pro team play may be just what you want. The Colorado Rockies begin their baseball schedule in April at Coors Field. Tickets can be pricey but it all depends on where you want to sit. And perhaps on who you know. The Denver Broncos will not start their football season till August. Hockey will be played by the Colorado Avalanche until April. If you are a soccer fan the Colorado Rapids are exactly what you are looking for. LaCrosse is not as popular as other sports but do not tell that to the Colorado Mammoth. Now who could not like basketball? The Denver Nuggets usually play at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Rocky Mountain Rugby could not be better than with the Denver Barbarians. Definitely something for every senior traveler.
More Than Just Sports
Denver has a lot more than just pro sports. Did you know that the US mint has operations there? You can tour the mint but take notice of the items you can not take with you on the tour. Reservations are not accepted as it is first come first serve, so get there early.
Denver Breweries and Tours list the breweries in the area that have tours and tastings. The home of Coors Beer is in Golden, Colorado. They have daily tours but check for the times. To tour a brewery in Denver, consider the Wynkoop Brewery. They are near Coors Field in Denver and give complimentary tours. We all know that a good meal is often partnered with a fine wine by a wine expert or sommelier. Not to be outdone, a certified beer expert is known as a cicerones. At Wynkoop, your meal is paired with the correct beer. Who knew?
Denver is home to the Red Rock Amphitheater. It is amazing. The red cliffs are stunning and the acoustics are perfect. However, not only is it an amphitheater, it is also a park. It spans over 868 acres and has no admission charge. Today deer and prairie dogs roam the park, but dinosaurs roamed the area million of years ago. Fossils are found throughout the park. Just take a picture and leave them where you found them. The locals do not take kindly to anyone removing them. Hiking trails are throughout the park and many visitors have joined the runners and yoga enthusiasts who come to the park.
The Molly Brown House Museum on Pennsylvania Street in Denver is an unusual museum. Molly Brown was epitomized in the 1964 movie, The Unsinkable Molly Brown starring Debbie Reynolds. However, the museum is less about her survival of the Titanic than about her life. “Historic Denver’s Molly Brown House Museum is committed to enhancing the city’s unique identity by telling the story of Margaret “Molly” Brown’s activism, philanthropy and passion through educational programs, exhibits, and stewardship. By exploring the dynamic between past and present, we shape a stronger community for the future and inspire engaged citizens.” More than 50,000 people a year take the guided tours of the 1889 home and museum.
The list of excursions in Denver is endless. They include the Denver Botanical Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Art Museum, Rockies Air and Space Museum. If you drive into the mountains you can see the Buffalo Herd Nature Preserve. A bit further along the road you can tour a gold mine. Not to be forgotten is the grave of Buffalo Bill. There is no way to take it all in with just one trip.
So much to see, such little time to take it all in.