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Destinations: Denver

The Mile-High City is an easy four-hour flight from SAV.


By Addy Codispoti

If you’re craving a trip out West, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is offering nonstop service to Denver. Known as the “Mile-High City,” Denver offers fun experiences all year round with lots of history and unique sights. Denver benefits from low relative humidity in the summer, making it the perfect place to visit in these upcoming months. From unique hotels to delicious restaurants, we’ve put together a list of the must-dos in Denver.

DIRECT FLIGHT

Savannah/Hilton Head International (SAV) to Denver International Airport (DEN)

Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Airline: Frontier and United

Availability: Daily


What to do

Larimer Square

Denver’s oldest and most historic block is a must-see on your trip — day or night. The first downtown area of Denver has been restored as a trendy and hip shopping area. Step inside specialty boutiques and world-class restaurants housed in Victorian buildings. The canopy of lights strung above the street will make you feel like you’re walking under the stars. Eat food from the city’s best chefs and maybe even catch some live music. From one-of-a-kind daytime shopping to vibrant nightlife, this historic block has it all.

Denver Botanic Gardens

If you need an escape from the city, spend a couple of hours in a bountiful oasis in this botanic garden. The 24 acres of beautiful lush greenery highlight diverse plants from all over the world. From Ornamental to Water Gardens, the Denver Botanic Gardens has it all. You’ll easily spend your entire day here getting peacefully lost amongst the tropical plants and full blooming flowers. You’ll even see some koi fish in the Japanese garden. There is also a sunken amphitheater which hosts concerts during the summer months. $15

Whiskey, History and Outlaws Tour

How do you make history entertaining? Whiskey sampling! Dive into a three-hour walking tour of Denver and learn all about the city’s Wild West history. Travel all the way back to 1850 and hear stories about gunfights, pioneers, con men, outlaws and the history of whiskey. Each one of the three drink stops is dedicated to its own piece of Denver history. Find out how Denver really began, and sample some whiskey along the way. $45


Where to eat

Number Thirty Eight

If you’re on the hunt for good food, a taproom, or some live music, Number Thirty Eight can cure all of those needs in one place. Open Thursday through Sunday, it’s one of Denver’s most popular weekend spots. The indoor/outdoor venue celebrates Denver’s best taprooms, tasting rooms, food, and entertainment. It’s also dog friendly so if you brought your furry friends on your trip, they’re welcome too. $

Denver Biscuit Company

If you’re missing home or craving a bit of Southern comfort on your trip, this biscuit eatery is a must. This biscuit heaven was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives so you know it’s the real deal. Pick from four locations across the city and get ready to indulge. Choose from a variety of breakfast sandwiches and plates such as a biscuit pot pie and biscuit French toast. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also a pizza place in the same building, so if biscuits aren’t your thing, don’t worry — the pizza is just as good. You’ll be thinking about this meal for the rest of your trip. $$

Tavernetta

Inspired by the phrase, “Authentic Italian, Genuine Hospitality” this Italian eatery strives to honor Italy’s culinary traditions with selections that celebrate the classics. Located right next to Union Station, the modern yet welcoming decor provides a unique dining experience for a date night or a night out with friends or family. The fresh handmade pastas are a must-try along with any of the carefully selected Italian wine selections. An open kitchen concept allows guests to see their food being made just steps away. If you’re looking to splurge on a dinner while you’re in Denver, Tavernetta is the place to go. $$$


Where to stay

Keystone Lodge and Spa at Keystone Resort

If you’re looking to experience the beauty of Colorado during your trip, check out this playground amidst the Rocky Mountains. A 90-minute scenic drive from downtown Denver, Keystone Resort offers a range of year-round activities for your whole family to enjoy. In the winter, take advantage of Colorado’s beautiful mountains and bring the whole family skiing. During the warmer months, experience the lush golf courses, take a scenic gondola ride, or hike up the Dercum Mountain. Make sure to explore the spa, exercise facility, and the three on-site dining options during your stay. And the best part of it all: each one of the guest rooms offers breathtaking views of the mountains so you’ll wake up every morning in a picturesque paradise. $104-$149

The Crawford Hotel

Right above the iconic Denver Union Station is the city’s best place to meet, eat, shop, and sleep. Each guest room tells a different story, offering a unique perspective on Denver’s rich history while offering comfort for your stay. You’ll find Union Station’s top-notch dining and retail options just seconds away from your room. Take a seat and relax for a bit in Denver’s Living Room, otherwise known as the Great Hall: a perfect place to get work done or admire the architectural beauty of the building. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, this luxury hotel will be sure to take care of you during your stay. $230

Halcyon at Cherry Creek

Located in the heart of the Cherry Creek shopping district, Halcyon is sure to make you feel right at home. You’ll check in at the “Kitchen Counter” and be treated to either coffee or a glass of wine. With breathtaking views of both mountains and the city, you’ll find a peaceful retreat in any one of the rooms. Relax on the rooftop pool or explore the hotel’s Gear Garage, where you can find everything from yoga mats to scooters. When you’re ready for dinner, choose from one of the three on-site restaurants: Local Jones, Elevated, or Quality Italian. No matter what your business in Denver is, Halcyon strives to be your home away from home. $230