Five things Colorado transplants should know about springtime in the Rockies
If you moved here from a big city, Denver's traffic is probably a piece of cake. But lately, this place has begun to feel like L.A., and not in a cool way: I-25 is fucked no matter the time of day or what direction you're going; Cherry Creek is pretty much one giant collection of traffic cones; and Colorado Boulevard, well, forget it. LoDo, too, can be hell on earth if you ever try to drive down Market or Larimer street on weekend nights or on any major holiday. And during Rockies games, it's a shit show.
And it's not just the cars -- it's the people. Our small-town vibe already lends itself to tourists and new residents alike walking aimlessly as though they don't have anywhere to go in a hurry, and this is only amplified during Rockies games. Downtown becomes a sea of reckless purple, black and silver-wearing wanderers, a nightmare for anyone trying to do anything that doesn't involve day-drinking on a Monday.
So game day is a good time to check out the bike trails. We have lots of them (the Cherry Creek bike path is awesome and basically runs the length of Denver proper), and they are a great way to get around instead of driving through town -- and tourists. But please, say "On your left" when passing another human on a bicycle, and remember to respect your fellow cyclists.
1) We have other great outdoor venues besides Red Rocks
Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens.
Outdoor concert season isn't really a season in Colorado -- whether you're in the city or the mountains, you can usually find people playing music outside at all times of the year. But the spring is when venues usually announce their big lineups. And while Red Rocks is great, you should know, dear transplant, that we have many other cool spots where you can see shows outside. For an excellent outdoor venue right in the middle of Capitol Hill, Denver Botanic Gardens is the place to be....and it just revealed its summer shows today, which include St. Vincent AND Mavis Staples!.
The Gardens is also a great spot to see Coloradans in their natural habitat, as dads in shorts and Chacos recline on the grassy slope while moms get their white wine on and groove to Wynonna Judd. Seriously, the people-watching at any Botanic Gardens show is a must for anyone looking for that true Colorado experience.
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