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Beer brewing

Beer’s good, right? Yeah! Beer! At the Coors Brewery, you can follow the entire brewing process - from roasting barley to bottling - of Coors beer. The 30-minute tour (www.millercoors.com) has free sampling opportunities and an impressive collection of historic beer cans, bottles, and memorabilia. Happy days indeed.

Get on Arkansas River’s finest white water

River Runners Colorado (+1 800 723 8987; www.riverrunnersltd.com) is an experienced company that takes thousands of adventure lovers down the Arkansas River every year. They’ve got an array of options available, so whether you’re beginner, advanced or somewhere in between they’ve got something that’ll suit.

Go play some of the finest exponents of arcade games’ past

If there’s a part of you that longs for the days of sweaty joysticks and power-ups, then the 1up (tel: +1 303 736 2230; www.the-1up.com) is the perfect bar for you. The 1up now offers two locations for fun: LoDo or Colfax. With over 45 classic games, including Donkey King and Mortal Kombat II, plus 15 pinball machines, it’s a nostalgic delight.

Puff out some smoke on a cannabis tour

Possession of limited amounts of marijuana is now legal in Colorado, and the aficionados amongst you will enjoy spending the afternoon on a tour. Colorado Cannabis Tours (tel: +1 303 420 8687; www.coloradocannabistours.com) will take you around a vast growing facility and some dispensaries, give you a glass-blowing demonstration and no doubt allow you a toke or two of the green stuff.

Visit the ghosts of Mustangs past

If classic cars are your thing, then a trip to Colorado Mustang Specialists (tel: +1 303 343 7024; www.coloradomustang.com) will have you revving with excitement. The salvage yard has been open since 1977, and has over 2,000 cars piled up in differing states of condition and repair. Owners Dan and Mike have been there since the beginning, so come armed with your hardest Mustang trivia.

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Denver Magnolia Hotel

The Denver Magnolia Hotel has 246 rooms and suites designed with an air of old-world charm and modern sensibility. Guests are within walking distance of all the major sites in downtown Denver. The hotel also boasts cosy club lounges and a bar, Harry’s Bar, serving an incredible array of martinis.

Grand Hyatt Denver

Stay in one of the Grand Hyatt Denver’s 516 rooms and enjoy splendid city views from the comfort of your bed. You only have to travel as far as downstairs to enjoy some fine Western cuisine at one of Denver’s newest brewpubs, Pub 17. If you’d rather snack on appetizers and enjoy a nice cocktail, the hotel’s Fireside The Bar features a 4m (14ft) sandstone fireplace.

NATIV Hotel

Staying at this glitz and trendy hotel and hotspot in the heart of the bohemian Lower Downtown (LoDo) area means staying in the centre of the scene. You won’t have to leave the hotel for entertainment, as the NATIV Coffee and Champagne Bar offers locally sourced, organic coffee by day and specialty champagne and tea cocktails by night. In the evening, the lobby turns into one of Denver’s hottest nightlife venues, where you can enjoy a cocktail at the Champagne Bar, catch up with friends in the Biergarten, or take to the dance floor in the Stereo Lounge.

Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel

 Just three blocks from the Colorado Convention Center and one block from Denver’s 16th Street Mall, the Renaissance Denver Downtown offers 230 chic and sophisticated guest rooms in the historic Colorado National Bank building—a deal given the hotel’s location and amenities. Inside, you’ll find a lobby decorated with 16 important works from the famed Allen Tupper True and an illy Caffé, one of only six in the US.

The Westin Denver Downtown

Located on the 16th Street Mall, you can’t beat The Westin Denver Downtown’s location. Many of the rooms have magnificent city or mountain views. For a truly incredible sight over the skyline, spend some time at the hotel’s outdoor whirlpool or sundeck.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco

The luxurious Hotel Monaco is a boutique hotel with great service. It's perfectly located for trips to 16th Street Mall and the sights of downtown Denver, while still maintaining a quiet and friendly space to relax in. The hotel keeps its unique identity by throwing in plenty of quirky ideas, from goldfish in your room to a friendly lobby dog to free daily wine-tastings in the lobby.