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Rocky Mountain High

A May 2000 trip to Denver by Tombrew

Rocky Mountain Hiking Photo, Denver, Colorado More Photos
Quote: Over Memorial Day weekend of 2000, I headed out to Colorado to do some hiking, and of course, sample the fine Denver beers.

Rocky Mountain High

Overview

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To me, the best thing to do is to drive up to Rocky Mt. National Park and hike. The scenery is totally awe-inspiring. Walking around downtown Denver at night is also a treat for someone who lives in a city with a scary downtown (Atlanta). There are numerous restaurants, bars, and brewpubs. The drive from the airport is never ending, but once you get downtown, you can walk to many great sites.

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Obviously, you need a vehicle to get up to the mountains. I was not impressed by public transportation in town, either.

Marriott Denver City Center

Hotel | "Marriott in downtown"

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Well, this was a typical sterile chain hotel, but it was clean, quiet, and nice and was within walking distance of the lively downtown scene. There was a weekend special of $79 per night, but I paid the extra $20 per night to be on the "preferred level." To me, this was worth it. The very nice breakfast was free, as well as afternoon drinks. Plus (although I do like kids) you don''t have a lot of running and screaming kids on this level.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 25, 2001

Marriott Denver City Center
1701 California St
Denver, Colorado 80202
303-297-1300

Wynkoop Brewing Company

Restaurant | "Wynkoops Brewpub"

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I actually went here because it is (was) reputed to be one of the finest brewpubs in the US. So on Friday night after getting into town, I walked for ten minutes from the Marriott and got to Wynkoops. The place was hopping, and the crowd was fairly young. The menu looked pretty impressive, but I just headed for the bar. I ordered a brew, and it looked wonderful, and I slowly brought it to my lips, and.........UGH! Warm flat beer. OK. I sort of let it sit, and ordered another type of beer. This time, well, YUCK! Warm, flat beer. Talk about a major disappointment.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 25, 2001

Wynkoop Brewing Company
1634 18th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 297-2700

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Restaurant | "Rock Bottom"

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I know what you're thinking - Rock Bottom is a brewpub chain. But this was the original one, and was not really chain-like. After a long day of hiking and driving, I wanted some nice cold and tasty on-premesis beer. Now this place had great beer!! So I tried bunches of them. But I was not so numb that I did not notice the food, which was also very tasty and plentiful. All in all, this was a great place to go after a long long day.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 25, 2001

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
1001 16th St
Denver, Colorado 80265
(303) 534-7616

Rocky Mountain Hiking

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Attraction | "Awesome Rocky Mountain hike"

Rocky Mountain Hiking Photo, Denver, Colorado
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On the advice of a Ranger, I drove out of Estes Park down Highway 7 for about 15 miles, until I found the road to a trailhead. First shock (stupid me) was the $10 I paid to get in. But it was worth it. I drove down a dirt road for a couple of miles to the trailhead. There were a lot of cars there, but I guess the people were pretty scattered. The starting elevation was about 9,000 ft. and my goal was to hike 4 miles up to a waterfall at 10,000. What a wonderful hike. Just gorgeous. I don't know what to say here, except that every step of the hike revealed a beautiful view of snow-capped mountains against an azure sky. There was snow up at the waterfall, which was really nice. There were a nu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2001

Rocky Mountain Hiking
CO Highway 7
Denver, Colorado