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Top of the Town 2016

Our 20th annual list of the best places to eat, drink, listen to music, get pampered, and more!


July 2016

From the Editor


Survival of the Fittest

In Colorado's stunning—but dangerous—landscape, it only takes one twisted ankle or freak snowstorm to turn your casual day hike into a life-threatening situation. These adventurers escaped scary scenarios. Outdoors experts explain how and why.

Your Guide to Denver’s Parks

Our favorite spots to picnic, exercise, wear out the kids, hike, and more in Denver’s 272 public green spaces.


The Agony Of Defeat

Forty-six years ago, Denver was awarded the 1976 Winter Games, until voters overwhelmingly decided to defund the event. What happened—and will Denver ever get the Olympics again?

The Fixer

Can Derek Bouchard-Hall—armed with an Ivy League pedigree and a pro cycling career—remake Colorado Springs–based USA Cycling?


The Best Defense

Can goalkeeper Tim Howard save the Rapids?

Rocket Science

Colorado students learn STEM skills by building the world's largest hobby rocket.

Colorado’s Top Podcasts

Pack your summer listening list with these Rocky Mountain podcasts for insights into local arts, sports, and tech.


On The Water

PK Paddle takes (most of) the work out of stand-up paddleboarding.


Damian Woetzel’s New Grooves

The artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival delights is finding novel ways to get down.


Show up your social media rivals with these easy smartphone photography tips.

Spotify Your Summer

Bring your playlists to life at these five Colorado music festivals.

(Really) High Art

One painter takes the en plein air movement to new heights.

Eat and Drink

The Watchmen

At Eastern Plains Natural Foods, donkeys and yaks protect and serve.

We’ll Have the Usual

As La Loma trades Jefferson Park for downtown and its beloved building awaits demolition, these restaurant superfans wax rhapsodic.


Summer Plan B

Four local vacations for when a lack of planning (or budget) means out-of-state trips are out of the question.

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