From craft beer, culture and cuisine to cool neighbourhoods, shopping and vibrant street art it’s no wonder Denver is voted one of the best cities to live in year on year. Let’s dive into my Denver itinerary for a perfect weekend in the Mile High City.
Denver, the capital of Colorado, is generally the arrival point for visitors exploring the Rocky Mountain National Park or heading off on a ski trip. But before travellers heed the call of the mountains they’d be well advised to take a detour and add a two-day Denver itinerary to their trip. That’s exactly what I did on a recent visit to Colorado. In Denver I discovered a laid-back city packed with urban adventure, an outdoorsy vibe and the stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
Horses, Stetson hats and cowboy boots. Corrals, campfires and scenic trail rides through Colorado forests. Wide open spaces and the biggest skies you ever saw. Two idyllic days at a Colorado Dude Ranch have left me with a new love. The western lifestyle. Saddle up, come along for the ride, and discover why I think everyone heading to Colorado should take a dude ranch vacation and soak up some Wild West heritage.
A ride in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado
One of my most memorable travel experiences was a morning spent whale watching in Monterey California. We’d already had a fantastic time the day before wildlife spotting in Monterey as we walked the Bay. That paled in the shadow of the epic boat trip we took the following day. Whale watching Monterey Bay was the most memorable day of our two-week road trip and one which I’d been looking forward to since we arrived in California.
All the food in New Orleans. Me oh my oh! New Orleans is a mecca for culinary encounters with a unique food scene covering its Cajun, Creole, Caribbean, African and European heritage. When you’re not soaking up the street sounds, exploring the city sights (see my guide for 3 days in New Orleans) or moseying down the Mississippi you’ll want to tease your taste buds with all the food and drink that New Orleans has to offer. And there’s a lot. Be prepared to come out of there a few pounds heavier than when you went in. Here’s what the Big Easy brings to the table.
Three days in New Orleans and you’ll have soaked up the jazz on Frenchman Street, got spooked on a cemetery tour, drooled over a crawfish boil and sipped a Sazerac at the iconic Carousel Bar. All these, and more, are essential activities on a trip to NOLA but to really get a feel for the Deep South there are one or two-day trips from New Orleans that’ll give you an added insight into Louisiana life.
New Orleans, NOLA, Crescent City, the Big Easy. Whatever you choose to call it New Orleans will leave a lasting impression. The city that sits on the mighty Mississippi River in Louisiana is a vibrant hub of non-stop music, great food and a fusion of cultures and nationalities. New Orleans radiates energy, colour and goes by the saying ‘laissez les bon temps rouler’ – let the good times roll. Here’s how to roll on your 3 days in New Orleans.