Hey guys! This will be my first trip to Denver and the mountains, so I'm really excited. I will be traveling with my boyfriend and another couple in early September. I am trying to put together an itinerary that satisfies everybody. I am more into hiking and outdoorsy activities, and the other couple is more into seeing the city, so we compromised and want to split out trip with both types of activities. I made a rough itinerary that I want to expand to include more details and activities (which I posted below).
So, my first question is, I have read that the National Park gets crowded around that time of the year. If I want to get in some good hiking with good mountain views/waterfalls/outdoors, what areas would you recommend? It can be either in the National Park or anywhere surrounding. I'm also okay with overnight tent camping/hiking, kayaking, or any other activities you can recommend.
My second question is what else can you recommend in Denver? I have found many things to do, but would like a first person recommendation. I'm interested in the cannabis church, ice lab, and exploring the breweries. Any restaurants or sites that you can recommend would be great!
My last note is that I am from the gulf coast of Alabama, where the land is flat and we drown from heat even in the winter, so I thought breaking up the time in Denver to acclimate to the elevation before attempting any hiking would be beneficial. Thanks for reading and for any help!
Denver/Rocky Mountains Itinerary
Wednesday, September 5th
Be at NOLA airport by 1130
Flight leaves at 1309
Arrives in Denver at 1504
Check in at our airbnb or hotel (insert address when booked)
Thursday, September 6th
Drive that evening to airbnb (insert address/contact info when booked)
Friday, September 7th
Saturday, September 8th
Sunday, September 9th
Monday, September 10th
Drive back to Denver in the morning
Stay night in Denver (insert address when booked)
Tuesday, September 11th
Be at airport at 0430
Flight leaves at 0600
Arrives in NOLA at 0938
Lunch/afternoon in NOLA?