A local’s guide to Denver
- By Natalie Lampert
- Photos by Rachel Woolf
Big-city bustle meets neighborhood charm in Denver, a city obsessed with the great outdoors. Millennials in particular are flocking to this once-upon-a-time mining town — because work-life balance truly exists here. People have long come to Colorado’s economically hardy capital to seek their fortunes — however they define that — and that’s still true today.
Tour a craft brewery, nosh on bites from many a food truck, snap selfies in front of outdoor art and graffiti, and take advantage of easy access to slopes, trails, peaks and parks galore. The magic of the Mile High City is its adventurous spirit.
Meet Natalie Lampert
Natalie has lived in Colorado since 2016. She’s an East Coast native who headed west for the mountain air and to live in Mother Nature’s playground. She loves Denver’s “work hard, play hard” vibe, but sometimes misses the easy breathing at sea level.
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Explore more of Denver
- Sunscreen, water and layers. Denver’s weather can change from sunny and mild to windy and cool in a matter of hours. The high altitude really makes a difference, and the elevation gets to most visitors. Start pounding water as soon as you arrive, and pace yourself at happy hours.
- Traffic picks up early on Friday afternoons when locals flock to the slopes or the trails.
- Breweries tend to cater heavily to dogs and families with small children. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s very common.