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.
Where I live:
Like a lot of folks around here, I live in Boulder but often work from Denver and call both cities home. Before moving to Boulder, I lived in the mountains just south of Denver.
Best way to get around the city:
If you’re arriving by plane, take the light rail from the airport to the heart of downtown ($9 for a 35-minute ride to Union Station). The free 16th Street MallRide shuttle helps travelers get around, but biking, walking and ride-shares are best bets.
Don’t leave without having:
Fresh pasta at Vero’s, inside of the Denver Central Market — a gourmet food hall with a bakery, bar and butcher.
But the local favorite is really:
Red Rocks. About 10 miles west of Denver, near Morrison, this open-air amphitheater opened in 1906 and can hold up to 9,500 people. The concerts are incredible. Anyone who’s anyone has played here, including the Beatles.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
Eating, drinking and playing outside in the nearly year-round sunshine against a backdrop of stunning mountain views.