Top travel picks: Getaway from Pittsburgh to Denver

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 Colorado city was named one of the top places to visit in 2018 by the New York Times.

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.

It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Pittsburgh to Denver in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.

So if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your to-do list.

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Flight deals to Denver

The cheapest flights between Pittsburgh and Denver are if you leave on May 7 and return from Colorado on May 9. Frontier Airlines currently has tickets for $132, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in July. If you fly out of Pittsburgh on July 1 and return from Denver on July 4, Spirit Airlines can get you there and back for $272 roundtrip.

Top Denver hotels

Regarding where to 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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If you're looking to treat yourself, 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. 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.

Top picks for dining and drinking

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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If you're looking for a local favorite, head to Snooze an A.M. Eatery, which has an average of 4.7 stars out of 72 reviews on Skyscanner.

Visitor Mikayla wrote: "Suggestions: The blueberry danish pancakes, Freaky Friday pancakes (for peanut butter lovers) and The Orange Snoozious (for ages 21 and over). You won’t be disappointed."

Root Down (1600 W. 33rd Ave.)

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Also worth considering is Root Down, which serves vegetarian, vegan, raw and gluten-free fare. 

"This is one of the best restaurants in Denver," wrote Jeff. "I am continuously amazed at the food and the service."

Sushi Den (1487 S. Pearl St.)

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Finally, there's the Sushi Den

"It serves fantastic sushi all the way up here in the Rocky Mountains," wrote Adam. "It has a great atmosphere, staff and sushi."

What to see and do in Denver

Not sure what to do in Denver, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York St.)

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First up are the Denver Botanic Gardens, which encompass an impressive 21 acres and offer visitors a variety of botanical experiences. 

"This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen," wrote visitor Beth. "It's such an amazing place to see."

Denver Zoo (2300 Steele St.)

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The Denver Zoo is another popular destination.

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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Finally, consider checking out the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

This museum is one of the city's most popular attractions and houses permanent displays on North American Indians, Egyptian mummies, a Children's Discovery area, dinosaurs and minerals, all stunningly detailed and vast. 

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