How to Spend an Overnight Layover in Denver, Colorado

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In September I traveled around the US for about 2 weeks. I initially purchased a flight to visit my friend in Austin, Texas but found that the flight included a one night layover in Denver. In the end I thought it would actually be kind of cool to spend a night in a new state (I had never visited Colorado before). I had no idea what to expect as the only thing I knew about Colorado was that it was one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana…

I got into Denver quite late, unfortunately, arriving to the AirBnB around 5-6 PM. My flight was also early the next day, so I only had maybe 4-5 hours to explore the city. The host was nice enough to give me a ride to downtown Denver.

16th Street Mall

My host dropped me off at the 16th Street Mall, which is actually a one-mile long street of restaurants and stores.

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They have a free shuttle that you can take up and down the street. Here’s a picture I took of a drunk girl riding it…

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Poke at Menya Noodle Bar

I decided to grab some Asian food so I picked up some avocado poke and kimchi fried rice. They were delicious!

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Arcade at the Mall

I checked out this arcade at the mall. It was kind of like our version of Dave & Buster’s. They had bars next door and arcade games that you can play with point cards you swipe.

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The mall is pretty nice!

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Unfortunately there wasn’t time for me to check out any concerts, but SZA was playing the night I was there. A bunch of awesome R&B artists were actually performing in Denver when I checked, so this may be something worth checking out :).


And if you really want to, cannabis is legal here!

I didn’t do that much in Denver as you can tell, but I wanted to give some quick recommendations in case you are only there for a few hours. Please comment if you have any other good recommendations!

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Hey there! My name is Sharon. I quit my job in 2016 and have been traveling for about 2 years as a digital nomad! I own a few online businesses now that I can work on while being location independent. I am passionate about creating and living my ‘full potential’, and I believe travel is a crucial part in expanding your knowledge about the world and life.

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