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 Colorado capital 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, as 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 Cleveland 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. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)
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Flight deals to Denver
Currently, the cheapest flights between Cleveland and Denver are if you leave on Aug. 28 and return from Colorado on Aug. 31. Frontier Airlines currently has round-trip tickets for $72.
There are also deals to be had in October. If you fly out of Cleveland on Oct. 12 and return from Denver on Oct. 16, Frontier Airlines can get you there and back for a $77 round-trip ticket.
Top Denver hotels
To plan your stay, 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.)
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.
"Probably the most high end hotel in Denver. It might be a splurge, but the themed rooms make this place special," wrote visitor John.
The Hyatt Regency Denver (650 15th St.)
If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, try The Hyatt Regency Denver, which has rooms for $76/night.
This hotel is close to the Colorado Convention Center, United States Mint and the Denver Art Museum. Another nearby attraction is the 16th Street Mall.
The Embassy Suites Denver (1420 Stout St.)
A third option is The Embassy Suites Denver. 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. 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 a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery (1701 Wynkoop St.)
One of Denver's most popular restaurants is Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, which has an average of 4.7 stars out of 72 reviews on Skyscanner.
Visitor Mikayla wrote, "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' (21+). You won’t be disappointed, I promise."
Root Down (1600 W. 33rd Ave.)
Also worth considering is Root Down.
Root Down accommodates vegetarian, vegan, raw and gluten-free diets.
"This is one of the best restaurants in Denver," wrote visitor Jeff. "You are treated like family in a way cool environment (a converted gas station). ... A wonderful date and special occasion restaurant, or you could go have a good time for no reason at all. Love it."
Sushi Den (1487 S. Pearl St.)
Finally, there's Sushi Den, which has been regarded as one of the premier 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. "Great atmosphere, staff and sushi. Also, the drinks are wonderful as well."
Featured local attractions
Denver is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are two popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.
Denver Zoo (2300 Steele St.)
First up is the Denver Zoo.
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. Visit with sloths, tree frogs and a moray eel at the indoor Tropical Discovery exhibit, or wander through the seven-acre Primate Panorama exhibit.
"Terrific Zoo that appears compact but has a ton to see," wrote visitor Tammy. "If you happen to be visiting around the Christmas holiday, go and see the wonderful light display. It makes for a memorable zoo experience."
Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York St.)
The Denver Botanic Gardens are another popular destination.
These gardens encompass an impressive 21 acres and offer visitors a variety of botanical experiences. Seek solitude in the sanctuary of the Japanese Garden, overlooking a pond with goldfish and bonsai trees, or 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. "It is the beginning of May, and the tulips are in full bloom! They have every color of the rainbow of tulips. Such an amazing place to see. A must do in Denver."
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