2. Step back in time on a walking tour
On a recent Saturday morning, I asked my boyfriend out on a date. The itinerary? A Denver Story Trek walking audio tour. Launched in 2008 by Historic Denver and the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, Story Trek offers more than six free downloadable audio tours of the city on topics ranging from how the city was settled to notable historical characters. There was a problem with my plan, though: My boyfriend was unconvinced. “We live in Denver,” he replied. “Why would we need a tour of it?”
Turns out, there was a lot we didn’t know about our hometown. With a good pair of walking shoes and a cell phone in hand so we could call the Story Trek line at each stop, we started on “Shedding the Frontier Rawness.” We wandered past Cheesman Park, the Governor’s Residence, and the Crawford Hill Mansion, and learned that it only took 50 years for Denver to transform from a hodgepodge assembly of prospecting cabins to a city with stately mansions. All in all, the seven-mile trek took about four hours and ended at Civic Center Park. Afterward, we settled into nearby Cap City Tavern to rehash the experience over a microbrew. After a pint, we were still undecided about whether the histories or the walk were the best part of the date. What we did agree on was that we wanted to do more Story Treks. My vote was for “Women of the West;” my boyfriend wants to try “Stage Stops, Railroads, and Street Cars.” We may just have to do both. —Allie Gardner
Customize It Create a Story Trek of your own by selecting individual story sites and building a route. When you arrive at a site, text “Trek Go” to 56512 to receive scavenger hunt–like clues via text.
The Details Denver Story Trek: denverstorytrek.org; Cap City Tavern: 1247 Bannock St., 720-931-8888, capcitytavern.com