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How to Spend 24 Hours in Denver, Colorado for Couples

While 24 hours in any new city isn’t ideal, there’s certainly a lot you can see and do during your 24 hours in Denver. If you’re heading to a different area of Colorado and flying into Denver International Airport, Denver is a great place to either start or end your trip. That is exactly what we did on our recent trip to Colorado Springs.

Where to Stay at in Denver, Colorado?

If you had to stay anywhere during your 24 hours in Denver, then I would absolutely recommend The Crawford Hotel. What’s great is you can even take a direct train from Denver International Airport directly to Denver’s Union Station.

The Crawford Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Denver’s historic Union Station, this boutique hotel offers an authentic and cozy atmosphere. The Crawford Hotel provides easy access to the city’s attractions, making it an excellent choice for your 24-hour adventure.

Enter through the busy railway station, where you are greeted with a sense of excitement. This updated destination, filled with restaurants, stores, and meeting spaces, is adored by locals and visitors alike. It’s your doorway to the finest of modern-day Denver, complete with historic aspects like the 65-foot ceilings, towering windows, and breathtaking chandeliers.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Crawford Hotel and loved that we could easily walk to restaurants and attractions. Our room was spacious and the bed was really comfortable (that’s always a plus for us).

Amenities: During your stay at The Crawford Hotel, you’ll receive no shortage of amenities.

  • Complimentary transportation within a 2 mile radius
  • Valet Parking
  • High-Speed WiFi
  • Gym
  • Room Service
  • 1 scoop of ice cream from Milkbox Ice Creamery per guest daily
  • A small cup of drip coffee from PigTrain Coffee Co. per guest daily
  • 1 select craft beer from Terminal Bar from 5:30pm-6:30pm per guest daily
  • Access to the Oxford Club
  • 2 in-room bottled waters daily
  • In-room Nespresso Maker
  • Plus exclusive discounts throughout Union Station

Price Range: Starting at $330 per night

Location: 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202

Interior of Crawford Hotel at Denver Union Station, 24 hours in Denver
Brittney Naylor pouring white whine in a glass while wearing a robe from The Crawford Hotel and sitting in bed. Denver Hotels.

Things to do in 24 hours in Denver

Denver offers a wide array of activities that will make your 24 hours in Denver truly memorable. Here are some must-see and do attractions for couples:

  1. Explore the Art Scene: Start your day with a visit to the Denver Art Museum, where you can admire a diverse collection of art. The museum’s contemporary and indigenous art exhibits will inspire meaningful conversations.
  2. Take a Stroll in City Park: For a romantic walk, head to City Park, where you can explore beautiful gardens and a serene lake. It’s the perfect place for a quiet moment together.
  3. Visit the Botanic Gardens: Take a leisurely tour of the Denver Botanic Gardens, known for its stunning flora and themed gardens. It’s a delightful spot for a hand-in-hand walk.
  4. Savor the Views at Red Rocks Park: If you have a love for the outdoors, drive out to Red Rocks Park for breathtaking views of the city and the famous amphitheater. If you’re able to, you can even plan your trip around a show at the famous Red Rocks.
  5. Have Fun Some Fun at Puttshack: For a fun and interactive date, head to Puttshack, an innovative mini-golf experience with high-tech features. Challenge each other to a friendly game and enjoy some laughs. We opted to do this and it was really fun. In addition, this activity didn’t take up a lot of time and was indoors.
  6. Indulge in Craft Beer: Denver is known for its craft beer scene. Enjoy a tasting experience at one of the many local breweries, such as Great Divide Brewing Company or Wynkoop Brewing Company.
  7. Denver Aquarium/Zoo: Explore the aquatic wonders at the Downtown Aquarium, featuring fascinating marine life. Alternatively, you can visit the Denver Zoo for an up-close encounter with a variety of animals.
  8. Attend a Sporting Event: If you’re sports enthusiast, check if there’s a game or match happening during your visit. Watching a live sporting event in Denver, whether it’s baseball, football, basketball, or hockey can be an exhilarating experience.

With the plethora of things to do, your 24 hours in Denver will be packed with diverse and exciting activities, ensuring you create lasting memories. Enjoy your day in the Mile High City!

Coors Baseball Field located in downtown Denver, Colorado--24 hours in Denver

Sunset at Red Rocks near Denver--How to spend 24 hours in Denver
Red Rocks
Denver Art Museum--how to spend 24 hours in Denver
Denver Art Museum

Places to Eat at in Denver

While we certainly didn’t have time to eat at a lot of places in Denver, I have plenty of recommendations to share from fellow friends. You’ll be sure to find something that suits your appetite:

  1. Illegal Pete’s: If you’re in the mood for delicious, customizable burritos and other Mexican-inspired fare, Illegal Pete’s is a great choice. The lively atmosphere makes it a fun stop for a casual meal.
  2. A5 Steakhouse: If you and your partner enjoy steak, A5 Steakhouse is a must-visit. Known for its top-quality steaks and elegant ambiance, it’s a perfect place for a special meal together.
  3. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar: Savor the flavors of the sea at Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar, known for its fresh seafood and oysters. It’s a great choice for seafood enthusiasts.
  4. Mercantile Dining & Provision: Located at Union Station, this farm-to-table restaurant offers delectable dishes prepared with locally-sourced ingredients.
  5. El Five: Perched on the fifth floor of a building, El Five offers stunning views of the city skyline and Mediterranean-inspired tapas. It’s an excellent choice for a romantic evening.
  6. TAG Restaurant: If you’re looking for an Asian fusion experience, TAG Restaurant offers a diverse menu with vibrant flavors. The modern and stylish interior sets the mood for a memorable date night.
  7. Rioja: For a taste of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, make reservations at Rioja, one of Denver’s top restaurants. The intimate setting is perfect for couples.
  8. Linger: A converted mortuary turned into a restaurant, Linger serves up globally-inspired street food with panoramic views of the city. It’s an unforgettable dining experience.
  9. Huckleberry Roasters: For a perfect coffee spot, visit Huckleberry Roasters and enjoy high-quality, locally-roasted coffee. It’s an excellent choice for a caffeine boost during your 24-hour adventure in Denver.

With these dining options, your taste buds are in for a treat as you explore the culinary delights of Denver during your 24-hour visit. Enjoy the diverse flavors and make your day in the city even more memorable!

Conclusion: 24 Hours in Denver

Denver offers a blend of cultural experiences, natural beauty, and great eats that makes it an ideal destination for couples or even families. Whether you’re exploring art, wandering through parks, or indulging in a dinner, the Mile High City has something to offer every couple and family.

So, pack your bags, book a stay at The Crawford Hotel, and get ready for an unforgettable 24 hours in Denver.

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  • Kitty
    October 12, 2023

    I love the look of the Crawford Hotel and how convenient that it is right at the train station (and connected to the airport). Definitely something to keep in mind for a trip to Denver.

  • Alex
    October 12, 2023

    Seeing a show at Red Rocks is definitely on my bucket list!

    • Brittney
      → Alex
      October 12, 2023

      Yes! Would love to do that! Wish there had been a show when we were in town!

  • simplyjolayne
    October 12, 2023

    I live in Colorado, but it would still be fun to stay at the Crawford. We took an early morning train from the station and staying at the hotel the night before would have been ideal!

  • Nikki
    October 12, 2023

    Love Denver! You’ve covered it well in such a short amount of time. Thanks for sharing 🙂