Wednesday, April 26, 2017: It was nice waking up in Denver for another big day. We took the day a little slower, grabbing a cup of coffee at Lost Coffee once again and then visiting the Outlet Mall of Castle Rock. Friends, this is the best outlet mall I’ve ever seen. I got a North Face jacket that will be PERFECT for our hiking/camping days for $60.
As we looked for touristy ideas for our afternoon in Denver, we decided to visit the Air and Space Museum, Wings Over the Rockies. We spent a couple of hours wandering around, admiring the plane, and taking photos of the X-Wing replica the museum proudly displays.
After the museum, we grabbed a coffee at the Copper Door Café and went downtown to visit Union Station and debate whether or not we wanted to catch a Rockies game at Coors Field. I point out the coffee stop, which was too pretentious to be tasty, because the walls were comprised of old doors. Union Station was really pretty, and the transportation hub is also the Crawford hotel. The train stop reminded me of New Jersey Transit and the interior of Union Station was a combination of The Smith restaurants in New York and the high-end shops of a nice hotel, like the Peabody or the Opryland Hotel (but smaller).
Afterward, we drove to Golden, CO. Unfortunately, the Coors Brewery is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (the only days we were there), so instead we spent the afternoon driving up to Lookout Mountain to soak in views of Denver and the surrounding area.
Somehow, we found ourselves at the burial location of Buffalo Bill. We promise that our road trip was not intended to be a Buffalo Bill tour. In fact, all we knew about him was that he was a man of the west. Wikipedia tells me he got his nickname by supplying buffalo (bison) meat to the Kansas Pacific Railroad works. So there’s that.
We decided to conclude the day with a nice dinner out in Downtown Denver at Cholon. As soon as we sat down, we discovered that the restaurant was too fancy for our McDonalds budget and for our jeans and t-shirts, but carpe diem and all those things. Cholon may have the best pork buns I’ve ever had. So, it was worth it.