If you’ve come to climb, you’re in the right place. Denver is an easy drive from some of the country’s best outdoor climbing locations, from Eldorado Canyon to North Table Mountain to the Flatirons and more. Check in to the Sheraton, right in the heart of the famous 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, and warm up with an indoor climb at one of the city’s many gyms. You won’t run out of routes: Movement Englewood, with 400 to choose from, is the country’s biggest gym. When you’re ready to head outdoors, head to Tiers of Zion in Jefferson County, with routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.10. Never climbed outside? No problem. Beginners and pros alike can book guided climbs with the Denver Climbing Company, which will take you to some of the best routes minutes away from Denver.
Once you’ve tested your limits on the rocks, make your muscles hoppy at the Beer Spa, where you can sweat it out in an infrared sauna and sip craft brews while soaking in a beer bath of hops, barley, and relaxing herbs. Or skip the spa and take in some yoga at one of the many local studios to unwind. Before you leave town, don’t miss your chance to visit REI’s flagship store, a must-see for gear junkies. Level up your kit with the latest and greatest or snag a good deal at the massive, year-round garage sale.