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Best things to do in Denver Colorado - Mitch Krayton - downtown photo by Andrew Coop on Unsplash

Aerial view of downtown Denver. Photo by Andrew Coop on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Mitch Krayton of Krayton Travel about Denver, Colorado. Mitch’s tips for the best things to do in Denver are awesome because he moved to Denver from Los Angeles a decade ago and loves the open sky, active trails, and how vibrant the city is in all four seasons.

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Colorado State Capitol Building. Photo by Shelby Ireland on Unsplash.

Denver, Colorado

Denver is known as the Mile High City and is within a couple of hours’ drive of many popular ski resorts. It is the home of sports teams from all of the major sports leagues in the U.S. – Colorado Rockies (MLB), Denver Nuggets (NBA), Denver Broncos (NFL), and Colorado Avalanche (NHL). During your visit, schedule time to catch a show at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts or Red Rocks Ampitheatre and take in one of the many museums. The Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science are also excellent choices.

There are all four seasons in Denver, but the weather is pretty mild overall. Although the surrounding mountains are filled with snow, much of it blows past Denver. There are many festivals and annual events throughout Denver. Two of Mitch’s recommendations are the Great American Beer Festival (October) and the Denver Christkindl Market (December). If you miss the beer festival, you can also do a self-guided tour among the many beer trails in Downtown Denver.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Denver, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests. When we visited for the first time, we saved over 50% with the Nashville Total Access Pass on some of the most popular attractions.

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Best things to do in Denver Colorado - Mitch Krayton - Coors Field Colorado Rockies baseball game photo by Owen Lystrup on Unsplash

Visit Coors Field for a Colorado Rockies baseball game. Photo by Owen Lystrup on Unsplash.

Getting around Denver

The local airport is Denver International Airport (DEN), which is about a 30-minute drive to downtown. The A Line is just $10.50 per person offers an easy ride from the airport to downtown. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Mitch says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. It’s a very walkable city and the light rail system is fast, efficient, and inexpensive. You can also use Uber and Lyft to get around.

If you need to rent a car, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz for the best offers. Or, when you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

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Mitch at an overlook of the Rocky Mountains

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Mitch Krayton about Denver, Colorado. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Denver, Colorado
  • Green dots = best things to do in Denver, Colorado
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Denver, Colorado

Who is Mitch Krayton?

Mitch Krayton owns Krayton Travel in Denver, CO, a VIP tailor-made travel company in Aurora, CO. We help people Make Memories, Not Regrets™.  He is a Small Ship Cruising Concierge. And, he has a passion to help individuals, couples, families, and groups get the cruise vacation they want and deserve.

Mitch has sailed and traveled extensively, and it’s that experience that makes Mitch uniquely qualified to design dream itineraries for others. He has earned the Certified Travel Consultant® and Luxury Travel Specialist® designations from The Travel Institute. Mitch is also a Verified Travel Advisor® from the American Society of Travel Advisors, and he earned the Signature Travel Expert Select® designation in Expedition Cruising.

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Learn more about Mitch and his company below:

You can connect with Mitch on his website and on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest.


Click here to download our one-page guide of Mitch’s tips for Denver.

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Stay tuned for our next episode

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Jim at his Red Oxx Manufacturing facility

Listen to the next episode when Jim Markle of Red Oxx shares the best things to do in Billings, Montana. In this episode, Jim and I talk about the Burn the Point car show, the gorgeous scenery along Beartooth Highway, and the Montana State Fair. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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