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April 29
2019
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Map Out Your Downtown Denver Spring Visit This Year

Denver is a gorgeous city, surrounded by dozens of places to visit and hundreds of things to see. If you’re going to visit for a weekend, it can all be a tad overwhelming, but there’s no reason to be intimidated! It may take some sifting, but there are a plethora of gems around the Mile High City worth a bit of your time. If you’re in the beginning stages of mapping out a downtown Denver visit this spring, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top rated and recommended stops for you to try on your expedition. 

Mutiny

Mutiny Information Cafe embodies the pathfinding nature of Denver and its inhabitants and is a must-have stop on your trip downtown this year. A hybrid of a coffee shop, a bookstore, and a record shop, Mutiny is a one-stop shop for Denver residents and a great starting point for people who are new to the city. Not only do they have amazing coffee and delicious kombucha on tap, but they also are excellent informants regarding the best stops in town for food and entertainment. Whether you need a caffeinated energy boost or pointers from a local, Mutiny’s a staple for your Denver visit.

S Broadway St

The same street housing Mutiny Information Cafe is also home to a mind-blowing variety of unique restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and activities for you to enjoy. Every shop encapsulates the energy and atmosphere Denver exudes, whether it’s the alternative and hipster feel of the indie-and-foreign-film-playing Mayan theater or the diversity of cultures represented in the wide range of restaurants. There are vegetarian restaurants such as Sputnik, designed to accommodate a wide range of diets and lifestyles, and late-night pizza parlors for midnight craving runs. Inclusivity is the name of the game in Denver, and Broadway Street is the best place to find it.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Of course, when you’re in Colorado, you have to visit the mountains and experience them in all their grandeur. There’s an infinite number of paths and trails to explore and follow, so there’s never an opportunity to get bored, and the spring season introduces the array of flora covering the mountains. Plus, if you stop at a visitors’ center outside the park for a brochure or a map, oftentimes you’ll discover a recommendation to get off the beaten path and “free hike,” away from the trails. Denver is all about finding your own way, and the National Park is a perfect representation of that.

Estes Park

On the North side of Rocky Mountain National park, just a couple hours away from Denver lies a gem called Estes Park, a city full of classic, vintage-styled architecture bursting with boutiques, restaurants, and breweries. The old-school vibe makes for an enchanting and relaxed explorative experience for all ages. Estes Park is home to the famous Stanley Hotel, Stephen King’s inspiration for his legendary novel-made-movie, so there’s some excitement for movie and literature geeks. Estes is a perfect town to turn to when you’re looking for a few hours of shopping and exploring the classic mainstays of Denver life, mixed with a splash of nostalgia and bits and pieces of the past.

The Candlelight Tavern

While the Food Network found the Cherry Cricket and gave it a stamp of approval for their burgers, they missed the true American-food gem of Denver: The Candlelight Tavern. It’s a bit of a hole-in-the-wall pub, but the staff is friendly, the atmosphere is chill, and their food is phenomenal. Don’t let their simplistic menu fool you Their onion rings can transform even the most adamant haters into believers, and their burgers are out of this world. Instead of following the lead of those before you on your Denver visit this spring, follow the less beaten path and experience the glorious tastes of The Candlelight Tavern.

Garden of the Gods

Only an hour from downtown Denver is one of the most underrated national landmarks in the country: Garden of the Gods. Mountainous, awe-inspiring formations of sandstone are there for you to marvel at, take Instagram-worthy snapshots of, and, true to Denver rules, even climb on. There are trails for you to follow to bask in the glory of some of the most famous formations, or you can be a trailblazer and discover new spots to explore. And, if you have little ones (and strollers) with you, there are easy-to-maneuver paved paths that still allow you to get up close and personal with the massive arrangements.

EscapeWorks

This city is an escape room haven. If you were to search Google or Yelp for escape rooms in Denver, you’d be flooded and overwhelmed by the number of results you would get. There are small local businesses and franchises, funky and weird styled rooms and scary rooms. There are so many options to choose from, but the best you’ll find is EscapeWorks. They embody the excitement and adventure that inhabits the entirety of Denver, and their rooms are so thoughtfully constructed that visitors find themselves immersed in the setting within the room. An escape room is one of the best activities to try that will please everyone and guarantee your entire group a great time. For information about EscapeWorks, contact them today!

Inside and all around Denver is a treasure trove of beauty and entertainment, and that’s what sets it apart from other vacation spots around the country. It’s a city built on inclusivity, exploration, and finding what sets you apart from the crowd, so there are ample ways to discover more about yourself and the world around you. There’s something in the Mile High City for everyone, and there’s always a new and exciting experience around every corner. During your spring Denver visit, stop by one of these gems and see the greatness of the city within each one. The Mile High City is your oyster, and this spring is the time to find your pearl.

The Reviews

  • Fabulous staff and had a great time with our teens. We usually do this in every major city we visit. This location was creative and we had a great time. We chose the hardest one with a pandemic, but succeeded!

    thumb Carolyn K
    December 27, 2022

    Visited from Michigan to see some couples from the Black Love and Marriage Program and we decided to check this place out! We had some much fun! The staff was very helpful and hospitable. Their facility and restrooms we clean. We enjoyed our time and we ESCAPED!

    thumb Kenitha Rabb
    December 8, 2022
  • First time doing an escape room adventure for all members of our group(4). We did Blackbeards Brig. We had such a great time. Stephanie was a great host and explained everything very well. Because it was our 1st time we were a little unsure on what to expect. The clues were great, and we were able to win our adventure with 33 seconds to spare. The facilities were well decorated and clean. The clues were somewhat hard but yet achievable. Can't wait to go back for a different adventure.

    thumb Brig Church
    September 22, 2022

    I had a great time at EscapeWorks Denver! We did the Egypt escape room, and it was wonderful! The team bonded wonderfully, and we now work stronger together in more business appropriate parameters. I had a great time dancing around in silly costumes and sifting through sand. However, I'm glad I came with a larger group. You'll definitely need a few sets of hands to escape (which we did!) though I'm sure the experience would be enjoyable regardless. I also did a prohibition themed room a few years back. I don't remember much about it except that I had loads of fun.

    thumb Rebecca H.
    August 22, 2022
  • Helen was an amazing worker! She helped us with our escape room and she was incredibly kind. Helen really made my experience completely worth it! I would come back just to talk with Helen!

    thumb Olivia Svenson
    August 17, 2022

    We had a great time with the Speakeasy room. The setup was fun and the room was detailed. There was a variety of puzzles and it was fun to try to fit things together. Helen!!!! Helen was fantastic at setting the scene and helping us through with little hints when we had the right idea but just couldn’t get something to work because we were slightly off. Thanks!!

    thumb Kaitlyn Kelly
    August 12, 2022
  • We just did the Speakeasy and it was great! The puzzles were designed well; challenging but not impossible and really fun to solve. The rooms themselves were high quality filled with all sorts of fun props and hidden secrets. Helen, our host, was fantastic! Our unseen benefactor kept the action moving and just made the whole experience way more entertaining. Had a blast!

    thumb Brian Sankowski
    August 12, 2022

    This was awesome! The escape room we did had everything—Ancient Egypt, Indiana Jones references, hieroglyphs to translate… It was challenging, but able to be solved in an hour. Our game master Tobi was really friendly & cool. And the “hints” sound was an “Easter Egg” of sorts 😉 Definitely check it out!

    thumb Doug “K'laamas” Johnson
    August 12, 2022
  • Just did the Egyptian tomb n I had a great time. They put a lot of effort into the design, and story. Helen helped us out and made the experience very fun. We almost went back to do a second escape!

    thumb Liy Taliaferro
    August 10, 2022

    We had a great experience with 5 people in the Blackbeard room. Our first time with an escape room challenge and picked the easiest one they offered and thoroughly enjoyed completing the puzzle. Felix was a fantastic host and hints were given appropriately to keep it fun but definitely not excessively. Lots and lots of fun, would highly recommend. We will be back after having such a great time. Thank you!

    thumb Morgan Phillips
    July 30, 2022
  • This was an unforgettable experience! We did the virus outbreak scenario for a teambuilding event. Everyone raved about how fun this was, it far exceeded expectations even for a bunch of engineer dorks. The game was brilliantly designed, the puzzles were very challenging but not frustrating. Each stage or unlock brought a great sense of satisfaction and motivation to move onto the next. Many of the puzzles required unconventional thinking and multiple knowledge domains to complete. Teamwork was a must. Staff was super helpful and their hints were perfectly timed to keep us on track. 10/10, would do again. Thank you!

    thumb Jeremy Smolik
    July 14, 2022

    Been to Escape Works twice now. Had an excellent experience both times. The puzzles are very clever and the rooms are fun and challenging. Particularly enjoyed the casino heist game. Stephanie was a great hostess and even spent some time with us afterwards to explain how things worked. Good fun!

    thumb Stephen Weitz
    June 26, 2022
  • Visiting my friends in Denver and we wanted something fun to do - we made the RIGHT decision here. We booked Blackbeard’s Brig and it was awesome. Well paced and not too difficult. Just the right amount of stress. Patrick was awesome he had our backs and made the experience so fun and enjoyable. He was an awesome host. Highly recommend!!!

    thumb Meredith LoRusso
    June 26, 2022

    My friends and I went to Denver for the weekend and decided to do the Casino Heist room at EscapeWorks. We had so much fun trying to figure out the clues; we didn't end up 'winning' but had a great time anyway. Rose walked us through the clues to the end of the game which was a lot of fun. Thank you Rose and Felix for a fun night. If we are ever back in the area we would definitely to this again.

    thumb Deb Gregg
    June 4, 2022
  • We had the best time at EscapeWorks Denver. My friends and I traveled to Denver for a fun weekend and decided to do the escape room experience. We chose the Casino Heist and had the best time ever!!! A huge shout-out to Rose and Felix who did a fabulous job of making it so fun for us!!! They went above and beyond. Thank you Rose and Felix for making it so memorable!!! We will be back!!! Signed..."The Fun Girls" from South Dakota

    thumb Kim Klundt
    June 4, 2022

    I love this place! I went in March with my daughter and we did Blackbeard's Brig, the easiest one, since I was new at escape rooms. We were paired up with another family of three. We had a blast and escaped! It was such a positive experience, I brought my family back for my daughters birthday. We did the Egyptian Tomb as a private party, since we had a group of five, and escaped! That room was amazing too! My family still tells everyone about how much fun they had in that escape room. The rooms are really well done. The puzzles are fun, unique, not easy but also not so hard you are frustrated the whole time. The themed rooms are spot on with the stories. Everything looks well maintained and clean. The staff is professional and kind. Next Denver trip we will be back for another escape room. Thank you for making our trips fun and memorable.

    thumb Chena Kline
    May 7, 2022
  • The Casino Heist room was a challenge but extremely fun! It’s different than other escape rooms as you’re not allowed to ask for hints; the game master gives them to you at their discretion. Tobi was an awesome game master and only gave us hints when we were completely lost. Highly recommend!

    thumb Amanda Bertelli
    April 26, 2022

    EscapeWorks in Denver is AmAzInG! The gamemasters we're great! We went first to play Blackbeard's Bring, ended up loving it soooo much that after we won, we immediately wanted to do another. We did Outbreak next which was a little more challenging but was a blast to play!!! We're going back to do the other games soon, and I recommend this place to everyone! They have weekday deals, and discounts if you do multiple on the same day!

    thumb Jazz Ramey
    April 26, 2022
  • We had a great time in the Egyptian Tomb! The puzzles and riddles were challenging and fun. Our game master Steph helped us stay on track with minimal hints. Definitely worth the money, for it was an exciting and bonding experience. It was very realistic and there was a lot of thought behind effects and puzzles. If we return to Denver again I would be happy to try out another room!

    thumb lilly M.
    April 15, 2022

    This was such a great experience. Our group of 6 did the Blackbeard's Brigg escape and it was so much fun. The riddles were tough, but solvable. The props and decoration were super fun and all on theme. Our host was Patrick, and he did an incredible job providing us enough clues to keep things going but still keep it fun. He was super nice and personable as well! Def recommend, and will def be back.

    thumb Maxwell Miller
    April 13, 2022

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