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Old 05-28-2015, 06:55 PM
 
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My dad and I want to travel to either Denver or Portland just for a weekend vacation in August and to see another city. We're from Chicago and aren't going for any specific event. Which city would be better to travel to just for the weekend? Also, I'm 20 years old so I'm not able to go to bars.
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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I can't really speak for Portland, but I can give you some suggestions for Denver if you tell us what you're interested in.
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Old 05-28-2015, 07:03 PM
 
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We're really just into exploring the city and surrounding area. Possibly looking for some cool neighborhoods with some good restaurants. But we're also very into music, if that helps at all.
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Old 05-28-2015, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Would help if you gave us a few things that interest you because right now all we have to go off of is that you are 20, traveling with your father, and are looking into these two cities for the time period in August.

Weather wise and the ability to take advantage of everything outdoors, go with Denver in August. The Pacific Northwest summers are great but my close friends in Portland believe that it peaks in June and July instead, obviously August weather there wouldn't be bad either but with the whole school starting and the like, the area will feel less active.

For a mix of lots of good eating places, definitely Portland. Both cities have an abundance of natural sites to see in the surrounding area. Lots of nice trails, hike areas, camping areas, mountains, lakes, stuff like that.
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Old 05-28-2015, 07:13 PM
 
Location: worldwide
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Denver all day , smoke a blunt for me when you're there have fun!
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Old 05-29-2015, 08:10 AM
 
Location: In the hot spot!
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Denver is pretty sweet during the summer.
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Old 05-29-2015, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Since you're interested in music, you might as well choose Denver and time your trip to hit a show at Red Rocks for one of your nights. But if you're not wanting to visit the mountains at all and more interested in just walking exploring a walkable cityscape and neighborhoods, I'd choose Portland.
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Old 05-31-2015, 09:22 AM
 
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Portland would seem to have better nature close to/within the city, be a little more relaxed navigation wise, and have a little nicer summer temperatures (upper 70s vs. upper 80s/low 90s).

Denver would seem to have more overall attractions, more history, better museums/music scene, and more of a big city vibe.

Both are phenomenal and offer spectacular nature about an hour out from the city.

It's just in what you like
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Tualatin Oregon
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Theres not many areas that are a whole nicer than the Columbia River Gorge--25 minutes east of Portland, plus the coast will be nice about that time of year. And as an added attraction Seattle is about 3 hours away
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