Rocky Mountain Road Trip

If you take a trip with me, your Thursday afternoon snack, Saturday dinner and Sunday stroll will probably be planned ahead of time. On a shared Google doc, to be exact.

My propensity for trip planning isn’t because I’m an organized (ha!), Type-A person who has no room for spontaneity in her life. I take the bus to work, for crying out loud. You have to be spontaneous to subject yourself to that.

No, my detailed itineraries come from an absolute love of travel—a frantic desire to see as much as possible in as many places as possible. So naturally, I already have my Denver plan in place. 

Of course I’ll be a busy and dedicated worker while I’m on the clock for our 2014 NAA Education Conference & Exposition (June 18-21), but there’s so much to see and do in the Mile High City and I plan to make the most of whatever (little) free time I may have.

Fortunately, one of the attractions on my list is right in front of the Colorado Convention Center—the Big Blue Bear. I’m a sucker for weird roadside attractions, having once driven three hours (one way) just to see a large Johnny Appleseed statue in rural Virginia, so BBB and I are going to have an obscene amount of photo opps together. I apologize to my superiors in advance.

I’m also excited to check out a Rockies game while I’m in town. Seeing every Major League Baseball park is one of my Bucket List goals; come June, I’ll be one park closer. I’ll also be several overpriced hot dogs and hot pretzels closer to a heart attack, but I’ll worry about that on the back end.

My frantic fear of missing out will continue when I try to—excuse the pun—carve out some time for Red Rocks Ampitheatre. James Taylor is playing there on Tuesday, June 17, and I just want to sit there under the stars and hear “Fire & Rain.” And then a bunch of songs I don’t know because—don’t hate me for this—I’m a little too young to remember.

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Of course no trip to Denver would be complete without a sample of the local cuisine and drink. Coors offers free brewery tours on most days of the week and the 16th Street Mall—a 1.5 mile pedestrian street that runs through the center of the city—includes restaurant after restaurant of Rocky Mountain food. 

And here’s some final food for thought: Last I checked, Denver is also home to a very large percentage of single men.

MENver, here I come.

For more Denver attractions, check out “So Much To Do in the Mile High City” in the May issue of units Magazine, and register today for the 2014 NAA Education Conference & Exposition. 

Lauren Boston is NAA’s Staff Writer and Manager of Public Relations. Unsurprisingly, she writes a lot—most often for units Magazine and as a weekly blogger for APTly Spoken. She enjoys making people laugh, sharing embarrassing childhood stories and being the (self-proclaimed) Voice of the Apartment Industry. She welcomes feedback, unless it’s negative (in which case, please keep it to yourself).