Welcome back friends! This week’s edition of trip of the week has us heading to the Rocky Mountains for some baseball, college football, and NFL action.

Trip Details:

  • Location: Denver
  • Dates: September 16-18, 2016
  • Days: Friday – Sunday
  • Events: MLB, MLS, NFL
  • Weekend Wild Card (WWC): Concert at Red Rocks

Airports available (time to downtown):

  • DEN: 30-40 min cab – ~$55 / 37 min rail service to Union Station

The Mile-High City! Denver, Colorado is known for being high (in more ways than one) and mighty, as it was voted the best place to live in the USA by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Part of the appeal are the great sports teams in this city which we will be taking full advantage of this weekend. The other good news is you can probably count on good weather, as locals will tell you that Denver has 300 days of sunshine a year! The other great news is that you are going to drink some great beer since this is the unofficial craft beer center of the country. Once you have napped on your way into the city from the airport (it’s a serious hike to and from), wake-n-bake and get ready for some Major League Baseball!

coors fieldThe Colorado Rockies take on the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. Parking is expensive near the stadium, so don’t do that. Keep your car at the hotel and take the train to Union Station or just cab/Uber it. Before the game, check out Viewhouse in LoDo. Any of the bars in this area are going to be good, but Viewhouse is RIGHT by the stadium, has one of the best patios in Denver, and boasts a view of the city and mountain backdrop. They have fun games such as corn hole, lawn bowling, table tennis, etc. It is multiple stories and has a great craft beer selection. Other bars to pregame at include The Tavern Downtown, Society, and Wazee Supper Club.

Once you are in Coors Field, you are going to immediately notice it is a gorgeous and large ball park. The outfield is a lot bigger than most stadiums due to the fact that, because the field is so high in the air, balls travel further so it is pushed back to prevent as many home runs. Although it doesn’t work all that well – the ball still travels a long ways here.

There is a really cool area called the Rock Pile in center field where you can sit for $4. The stadium as a whole is very nice, as it is fairly new. They have fantastic beers at decent prices. Before leaving, you have to go to the Rooftop. This area has spectacular views of the ball park, the mountains, and the city. It is a must see.

Saturday you should check out some of the great breweries in Denver and have some g
ood lunch. You could probably find a brewery tour that will take you to multiple online, but we recommend making your own. Here is the definitive top 8: Breckenridge Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Company, Crooked Stave, TRVE Brewing Company, Denver Beer Co. (they have great t-shirts too), Bull & Bush Brewery, Renegade Brewing Company, and Prost Brewing.

colorado rapidsOkay, so that list will probably be argued, but it is still a solid top 8. For lunch, grab a burger at either Highland Tavern or the Cherry Cricket. Highland Tavern located in LoHi has been featured on the Food Network multiple times. The Stupid Burger is a must order. It comes with double patties, double bacon, double american cheese, sunny egg, romaine, tomato, red onion, slo-beef red chili cheese fries and freedom. Yes, freedom. Order it and see what they mean!

Saturday night features the Colorado Rapids versus the San Jose Earthquakes at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Wait. Stop. Stop thinking that right now. You are rolling your eyes and thinking “omg a soccer match, really?” Well you are in for a surprise and a treat because soccer in Denver is huge. The Rapids are a very good club, having won the MLS once, and are very popular. Plus at soccer games it is acceptable and encouraged to just get blasted and scream and chant things during the games. What’s not to love about that?!

The Centennial 38 fans, which are the die hard supporters, can be heard throughout the game in this 18,000 seat stadium, and it will be quite full. So throw some good beers back, prepare to stand on your feet the whole game, and enjoy some quality soccer while throwing in some incoherent chants to the beat of the non-stop drums.Sports Authority Field at Mile High

On Sunday, its NFL time. And it’s a good one. The Broncos take on the Colts in an AFC match up. This is always a fierce game, as these two teams traditionally battle it out for superiority in the AFC. Single game parking spaces go quick – if you aren’t planning on being there at least 3 hours before kickoff you may not want to drive. Spots are fairly cheap though, about $15-20.

Sports Authority Field at Mile High is a great stadium, and the views of the field and surrounding area will be great. If you want to truly feel like a Broncos fan, try and sit in the south stands. This area is known to be the loudest and most fierce part of the stadium. Be prepared to boo when attendance is announced. The game will be a sellout, but if over 1000 people don’t show up to their seats, the fans will boo once the announcer says how many didn’t show up. Another cool tradition is the Incomplete Chant. When the other team throws an incomplete pass, the whole stadium chants “IN-COM-PLETE!!” followed by a sad trombone sound effect.

Red Rocks Ampitheatre

After the Broncos game, your weekend is almost over. But we do have a wild card left! You should check out Red Rocks amphitheater for a concert. That Sunday Ray Lamontagne is playing. I know, not all that exciting. But that isn’t the point. The point is this is one of the most revered and beautiful music venues in the world. So head up to Red Rocks and I recommend picking up some Mile High reefer on the way up. No seriously, do it. It is legal here, and the experience will be amazing. Plus it will make Ray Lamontagne even better if you aren’t sure who he is.

Before you fly out, you have to eat at Root Down in the airport. This restaurant is a must eat in Denver, and luckily they have a great location inside the Denver airport. Order the Colorado Lamb Sliders, a beer, and reflect on your amazing weekend.

Head on out to Denver and let us know how it goes!

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