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Travel inspiration from Denver
Ever since Colorado legalized marijuana sales in 2014, cannabis shops and tourists have flooded the streets of Denver. At Fire & Flower, we find it fascinating to witness how the plant has impacted the city’s culture and economy.
Eager travellers can hop on a marijuana bus tour, whip up cannabis cuisine at a cooking class or even unwind with a THC-infused massage. Thanks to all the booming business around the herb, the state government collected taxes to the tune of $135 million in 2015.
But, that’s not all Denver has to offer. Cradled by the Rockies, Colorado’s capital city rewards nature enthusiasts with adventures around every corner. Whether it’s biking, climbing or admiring spectacular rock formations, Denver offers infinite ways to escape into the outdoors.
Stepping into the streets is a whole different story. Unlike many American cities, Denver’s most happening neighbourhoods are outside of the downtown core. From South Broadway all the way to RiNo Art District, each community spans the spectrum from gritty to gentrified, with their own array of concert venues, modern restos and antique shops.
Looking for the coolest experiences in this mountain town? We’ve curated 4 must-sees when visiting Denver.
Hippest eatery: Linger
Or, should we say “eatuary”? Yes, Linger is a historic mortuary turned trendy restaurant. The concept might make your hair stand on end, but the spot embraces every aspect of its macabre past. That’s what makes the experience so memorable: You’ll drink water from formaldehyde bottles, eat on metal conveyor belts and soak up rays on patios where hearses once parked. It’s pretty thrilling, and the fresh, flavourful food is to die for.
Best outdoor adventure: Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Get swept away in beautiful melodies under the majesty of geological wonders. Flanked by two stone monoliths taller than Niagara Falls, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is an awe-inspiring concert venue carved from the forces of nature. From the Beatles and U2 to Stevie Nicks and Mumford & Sons, musical legends from all over the world have flocked to this breathtaking arena to perform.
Coolest cannabis experience: City Sessions
Among the many cannabis tours in Denver, City Sessions’ varied and intimate experiences really stand out. Whether you want to learn the basics at a cannabis shop or explore the inner workings of a growing facility, there’s something for everyone. Plus, the passionate guides leave you feeling educated and excited about Colorado’s thriving cannabis industry.
Top taste of culture: Denver Art Museum
The sharp, angular lines of the Denver Art Museum are an architect’s fantasy. But, what’s inside will have you stopping and staring, too. As one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, the gallery’s more than 70,000 works span cultures and continents. Immerse yourself in exhibitions like mid-century fashion illustrations, colourful Indigenous sculptures and interactive 3D experiences.
Filled with enticing sights, tastes and sounds, Denver is a destination worth exploring. Not to mention, its liberal, forward-thinking approach to cannabis sets an example for any city legalizing the plant.
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