Sometimes, you just need to get away. If you're in need of an escape, why not head to Denver?
Thanks in part to its breathtaking mountain views, vibrant food scene and proximity to outdoor adventures, the New York Times named the city one of the top places to visit in 2018. If you're looking to explore a Denver destination, head to the Golden Triangle Creative District, near downtown. The up-and-coming arts center has a lot to offer, including world-class museums and galleries.
Fortunately, there are plenty of relatively inexpensive flights between Phoenix and Denver, at least according to travel site Skyscanner.
Here’s a list of flights, hotels, restaurants and local attractions in Denver to get you excited about your next excursion.
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Flight deals to Denver
Currently, the cheapest flights between Phoenix and Denver are if you leave on March 2 and return from Colorado on March 5. American Airlines currently has tickets for $97, roundtrip.
There are also deals to be had in April. If you fly out of Phoenix on April 3 and return from Denver on April 6, Frontier Airlines can get you there and back for $155 roundtrip.
Top Denver hotels
To plan your accommodations, here are some of Denver’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa (321 17th St.)
For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. The hotel has a 4.9-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $169.
"The customer service is amazing and they make every effort to take care of guests," wrote visitor Sheri. "Make sure to attend afternoon tea time in the main lobby for tea and scones, complete with Devonshire cream from London."
The Four Seasons Hotel Denver (1111 14th St.)
If you're looking to splurge on top quality, try The Four Seasons Hotel Denver. Rooms are currently set at $235/night.
Set in the heart of Denver, this hotel is close to the Denver Performing Arts Center, 16th Street Mall and United States Mint.
The Embassy Suites Denver - Downtown / Convention Center (1420 Stout St.)
A third option is The Embassy Suites Denver - Downtown / Convention Center. The 4.6-star hotel has rooms for $159/night and puts you right next door to all the activity of the Denver Convention Center.
The suites have 32-inch flat-screens, a video game console, a coffeemaker, a microwave and a mini-fridge. Guests can enjoy a swim in the saline pool or work out in the fitness facility.
Local restaurant picks
Don't miss Denver's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are two of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.
Root Down (1600 W. 33rd Ave.)
First up is Root Down, which has created a dining spot where all dietary needs are accommodated, including vegetarian, vegan, raw and gluten-free fare.
"This is one of the best restaurants in Denver," wrote Jeff. "I keep going back (and send my friends) and am continuously amazed at the food and the service. You are treated like family in a way cool environment (a converted gas station)."
Sushi Den (1487 S. Pearl St.)
Another popular option is Sushi Den, regarded as one of the premiere sushi and Japanese restaurants in the United States since 1985.
Independently owned and operated, Sushi Den continually raises the bar and sets the standard for high quality cuisine.
"Fantastic sushi all the way up here in the Rocky Mountains," wrote Adam. "I'd argue that this is the best sushi restaurant in Denver. Great atmosphere, staff and sushi. ... Just remember to get there early! There is a wait for a reason."
Featured Denver attractions
To round out your trip, Denver offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are a couple of top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.
Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York St.)
Topping the list is the Denver Botanic Gardens.
These gardens encompass an impressive 21 acres. Seek solitude in the sanctuary of the Japanese Garden, overlooking a pond with goldfish and bonsai trees. Reminisce on your childhood with Dr. Seuss, Winnie the Pooh and other favorite characters in the Storybook Gardens.
"This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen," wrote visitor Beth. "Such an amazing place to see. A must do in Denver."
Denver Zoo (2300 Steele St.)
Lastly, spend some time at the Denver Zoo, a state-of-the-art habitat featuring more than 3,500 animals representing 600 species.
Where else can you visit polar ice caps, a tropical forest, the African savanna and a jungle all in one day? Visit with sloths, tree frogs and a moray eel at the indoor Tropical Discovery exhibit. Or wander through the seven-acre Primate Panorama exhibit.