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Denver, Colorado: Your Essential Weekend Itinerary

July is in full swing and the Mile High City is burning up; both in terms of its summer heat, as well as the plethora of activities that the bustling metropolis has to offer. Let The Travel help you plan your essential weekend itinerary with some of Denver, Colorado’s most fun and interesting to do.

Breakfast Palace

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In need of a quick, cheap breakfast before taking on the day, or a bountiful lunch to refuel while on your Denver adventure? Look no further than Breakfast Palace on South Broadway. The quaint restaurant run by a father-son duo is always lively with plenty of customers, with the satisfying food being delivered lightning-quick. The restaurant has been serving breakfast and lunch favorites since 1982, having received multiple accolades throughout the years as one of Denver’s best breakfast spots. Breakfast Palace prides itself on using top-tier ingredients while maintaining “a setting that appeals to the blue and white collar alike.” Any decision you make from the restaurant’s impressive menu will be a good one, but if you are struggling to decide, the Italian sausage breakfast plate and the grilled chicken pita are surefire ways to please your palette, at a price that your wallet can appreciate.

Denver Museum Of Nature & Science

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If you happen to be in town on the third Thursday of the month, kick off your weekend a little early by visiting the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for their monthly adults-only event: The Science Lounge. The event occurs during the evening from 6:30pm to 9:30pm – following the museum's normal hours of operations – with each month having its own science-based theme. Previous themes have included space travel, coffee, chocolate, volcanoes, and even surviving a zombie apocalypse. Cocktails and more are available to sip on while enjoying the entertainment and multiple activities put on at each event, such as scavenger hunts, or simply just roaming the halls of the museum’s regular exhibits.

Walking Around Union Station

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The newly-renovated Union Station and its surrounding area is a must-see part of downtown Denver for out-of-towners, or even local residents just looking for a new experience in their native state. At first glance, the vibrant, almost always busy train station looks to be newly developed. However, the station itself is over 100 years old. The building closed in 2012, officially reopening in 2014 as the revamped central hub for all train activity coming in-and-out of the city. The redevelopment also included the addition of the Crawford Hotel, as well as multiple retail and restaurant spaces. Be sure to snag a drink from the Terminal Bar before venturing outside to take in the neighboring sites surrounding the station, including the Denver Millennium Bridge, as well as the Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field.

Mr. Tuna

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Mr. Tuna is the perfect place if you’re in the mood for a sit-down dinner. The menu is inspired by owner/Chef Troy Guard’s upbringing, featuring a Hawaiian style of cooking that brings people together – which makes sense considering the TAG Restaurant Group (under which Mr. Tuna operates) remains “dedicated to eating good food with good friends.” While the motto may be simple, the food and drinks at Mr. Tuna are anything but. Incredible flavors emerge from each dish, with innovative cocktails available that reflect the savors of the season. Your best bet is to get as many shared plates as you can stomach to take in the full spectrum of tastes that are offered. For entrees, definitely check out the wood rotisserie pork collar or grilled lamb. If you are unable to be seated outside on the open patio, try and snag a seat at the chef’s table for an added fun dining experience. You won’t regret it.

Some More Suggestions

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Before your weekend in Denver comes to a close, a few additional suggestions you may want to check out include: Camila’s Taco Truck for late-night eats, Mermaids Bakery to indulge your sweet tooth, one of Denver’s all-encompassing food halls, or any one of the many beautiful parks that are scattered throughout the city. In fact, why not close out your weekend by attending Sunday evening’s City Park Jazz? Grab something delicious from one of the many adjacent food trucks and take in the smooth sounds of live jazz within the setting of City Park, as you reflect on the wonderful experiences you had during your weekend in Denver.

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