Travel watch: Cincinnati to Denver, and back again

Sometimes, you just need to get away. If you're in need of an escape, why not head to Denver, Colorado?

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.

Using travel site Skyscanner, we’ve sifted through the cheapest flights between Cincinnati and Denver in the next few months, including some standout hotel options and beloved local attractions.

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Cheapest Denver flights

Currently, the cheapest flights between Cincinnati and Denver are if you leave on June 4 and return from Colorado on June 6. Frontier Airlines currently has tickets for $117, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had later in June. If you fly out of Cincinnati on June 10 and return from Denver on June 12, Allegiant Air can get you there and back for $157 roundtrip.

Top Denver hotels

To plan your stay, here are some of Denver’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa (321 17th St.)

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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 Hyatt Regency Denver At Colorado Convention Center (650 15th St.)

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If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, there's The Hyatt Regency Denver At Colorado Convention Center. It has 4.5 stars. Rooms are currently set at $76/night.

Set in the heart of Denver, this hotel is close to the United States Mint, the Denver Art Museum and the 16th Street Mall.

The Embassy Suites Denver - Downtown/Convention Center (1420 Stout St.)

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A third option is The Embassy Suites Denver - Downtown/Convention Center. The 4.6-star hotel has rooms for $159/night.

This hotel puts you right next door to all the activity of the Denver Convention Center.  

Local restaurant picks

If you're looking for a popular spot to grab a bite, Denver has plenty of excellent eateries to choose from. Here are a few from Skyscanner's listings to help you get started.

Snooze an A.M. Eatery (1701 Wynkoop St.)

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A popular dining destination is Snooze an A.M. Eatery, with 4.7 stars from 72 reviews.

"It gets a 10-out-of-10," wrote visitor Mikayla. "This restaurant is one to write home about. Suggestions: the blueberry Danish pancakes, Freaky Friday pancakes (for the peanut butter lovers out there) and, of course, The Orange Snoozious (for ages 21+). You won’t be disappointed, I promise."

Root Down (1600 W. 33rd Ave.)

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Also worth considering is Root Down. It has 4.8 stars from 57 reviews.

"This is one of the best restaurants in Denver," wrote Jeff. "I keep going back — and send my friends — and am 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.)

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Finally, there's the Sushi Den. It checks in with five stars from 27 reviews.

"Fantastic sushi all the way up here in the Rocky Mountains!" wrote Adam. 

Top Denver attractions

To round out your trip, Denver offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are some top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.

Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York St.)

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First up are the Denver Botanic Gardens, with 4.7 stars from 124 reviews.

These gardens encompass an impressive 21 acres. Specialized gardens offer visitors a variety of botanical experiences. Seek solitude in the sanctuary of the Japanese Garden, overlooking a pond with goldfish and bonsai trees.  

"This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen," wrote visitor Beth.  

Denver Zoo (2300 Steele St.)

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Then, there's the Denver Zoo. It has 4.8 stars from 94 reviews on Skyscanner.

Where else can you visit polar ice caps, a tropical forest, the African savanna and a jungle all in one day? The zoo is a state-of-the-art habitat featuring more than 3,500 animals representing 600 species.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science (2001 Colorado Blvd.)

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Lastly, consider checking out the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It checks in with 4.9 stars from 60 reviews.

"With great traveling exhibitions, a full-fledged research staff renowned for its groundbreaking work in paleontology, and a variety of natural history exhibits unparalleled in a 1,000-mile radius, this museum is not to be missed," wrote visitor Stan. 

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