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Old 09-14-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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I am planning on coming out to Denver to checkout the differ areas in hopes moving there. I've been to Denver a couple of times (mainly work) and stayed close to 16th street so I've seen that part, but I never got to explore much of anything else.

How many days realistically would I need to see what I need to see and get a good feel of the lifestyle? This is not a vaca so I don't need to see the attractions of Denver just yet.

The main areas I am focused on living in would be (West Washington Park, Cherry Hill, Platt Park)

I'm trying to do this trip as budget friendly as possible.

thanks!
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:38 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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The main areas I am focused on living in would be (West Washington Park, Cherry Hill, Platt Park)
1 day.
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:14 AM
 
Location: In The Thin Air
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Time for my obligatory answer. You will only need about 3 hours and spend it all in Casa Bonita.
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Old 09-14-2011, 05:34 PM
 
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One! Get out of the rental car, walk 16th Street, walk LoDo, stare at Coors Field and Union Station, get back in the car. You have seen Denver. The rest is bland, bland, bland. The only suburb that I was suggest spending time in is Golden. Otherwise, head into the mountains, where you can have a truly fine time.
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Old 09-14-2011, 05:40 PM
 
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I am planning on coming out to Denver to checkout the differ areas in hopes moving there. I've been to Denver a couple of times (mainly work) and stayed close to 16th street so I've seen that part, but I never got to explore much of anything else.

How many days realistically would I need to see what I need to see and get a good feel of the lifestyle? This is not a vaca so I don't need to see the attractions of Denver just yet.

The main areas I am focused on living in would be (West Washington Park, Cherry Hill, Platt Park)

I'm trying to do this trip as budget friendly as possible.

thanks!
IMO, 1-2 days will do, especially if you mine the threads here for info, pix, and do google drive-bys of your selected area.
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I agree, 1-2 days (weekend trip) should be enough. You can easily see all the central urban neighborhoods of Denver in one day. Taking trips to the mountains, seeing some attractions, seeing some other towns & cities would take longer. However I think it's important to visit both during the "summer" (May-Sept) as well as during the winter (Oct-Apr).
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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I am planning on coming out to Denver to checkout the differ areas in hopes moving there. I've been to Denver a couple of times (mainly work) and stayed close to 16th street so I've seen that part, but I never got to explore much of anything else.

How many days realistically would I need to see what I need to see and get a good feel of the lifestyle? This is not a vaca so I don't need to see the attractions of Denver just yet.

The main areas I am focused on living in would be (West Washington Park, Cherry Hill, Platt Park)

I'm trying to do this trip as budget friendly as possible.

thanks!
I'd say one week. I suggest that you start with riding the entire RTD light rail system all the way to the end of each line. This will let you see what the neighborhoods look like, as well as what time of people get on and off at each station. Washington Park and Capital Hill are pretty interesting areas to just walk around and look at the old houses.

There is really not much to see in the suburbs. They are just suburbs, but Arvada, Golden, Littleton and Englewood do have small old Downtown Areas that you could check out. Just don't plan to spend much time there. Because there is just not that much to see.
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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One! Get out of the rental car, walk 16th Street, walk LoDo, stare at Coors Field and Union Station, get back in the car. You have seen Denver. The rest is bland, bland, bland. The only suburb that I was suggest spending time in is Golden. Otherwise, head into the mountains, where you can have a truly fine time.
I think the OP has said he has been there and done that already. He is looking to see something outside of Downtown, now. But I agree that the suburbs are pretty bland.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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One! Get out of the rental car, walk 16th Street, walk LoDo, stare at Coors Field and Union Station, get back in the car. You have seen Denver. The rest is bland, bland, bland. The only suburb that I was suggest spending time in is Golden. Otherwise, head into the mountains, where you can have a truly fine time.
The multicultural stew on South Federal is boring? The splendid Cherry Creek bike trail sucks? Don't get me started on that dreadful Red Rocks. And who would want to hang around in Washington Park, for crying out loud?

I'm certainly no Denver booster, but jeez.
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:27 AM
 
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The multicultural stew on South Federal is boring? The splendid Cherry Creek bike trail sucks? Don't get me started on that dreadful Red Rocks. And who would want to hang around in Washington Park, for crying out loud?

I'm certainly no Denver booster, but jeez.

LOL, Dont worry Zimm, CO_Transplant likes to constantly preach to everyone how bland Denver is and for any new potential relocater to run! I wouldn't take most things she says on good authority as she clearly hates it here and doesn't appreciate the things in Denver that we all love.

To the OP, the suburbs (those outside of Denver proper) are pretty bland, but the communities and neighborhoods you've listed or pretty much anything within actual Denver proper, is pretty awesome and yes, 1 day is plenty to see them all. Most areas in the city neighborhoods are full of very beautiful architecture and 100+ yr old brick bungalows and victorians with mucho character and big old trees. To get a good feel of the lifestyle, take a walk in the wash park neighborhood and go to the park. Specially in the early evening when it's still light out. Rent one of the little red bikes from any kiosk around the city and ride the cherry creek trail as Mr. Zimmerman has suggested or just around wash park. If you are already planning on moving here, then you hopefully enjoy the lifestyle cause that's what it is all about here. In Platt Park, go to Old S. Pearl Street and enjoy the shops. Great little coffee house there and sushi restaurants too. You could even ride the bike from wash park to Old S. Pearl as it's maybe a mile or so?

Go to the Peaks Lounge in Downtown at the Hyatt and have a beer for sunset happy hour to enjoy some pretty sick views of the mountains. If you have time to take a short trip to the hills, go to Golden Gate Park (about 45 mins). The aspens may be starting to change too.
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