Originally Posted by xzmattzx
Thanks for the help so far, everyone. Boulder is on our itinerary; I'd like to see it, and a couple other friends would like to see it as well. We might as well walk around (and I can get a phototour in), since we will probably go out drinking for a while. I had thought about a trip to Rocky Mountain NP, and based on advice about fall colors, I'll look into that more. We also have thrown around the idea of going to Breckenridge, but we were more interested in skiing there if possible. How is Breckenridge in September? Or, are there any other mountain towns a little closer that a bunch of regular guys would like? How about those mountain towns with casinos?
How about stuff in Denver? I want to see the Brown Palace and the atrium, but that might be just me. We will probably walk around a little bit to see the area, but will mainly be walking to and from the bars. Any must-see places or things to do? Any cool bars, historic saloons, or places like that that we should get a beer at?
Thanks again so far, and keep the advice going!
The casino towns are stupid.
Everywhere in the mountains is gorgeous (and warm) in September. Doesn't matter where you go weather-wise (you won't be skiing).
As for Denver... that's a WHOLE different discussion. Your best bet for hitting the right bars would be to scoop up one of us Denver forumers or two as a tour guide. You'll never get consensus on here about which bars to hit. The best you might get is a consensus on a walking tour (which is basically going to take you from the Civic Center area, all the way up 16th Street, around Union Station, across the river to Lower Highland... and then a u-turn back, jump over to 15th, to Larimer Square, to 14th... probably walk up toward Coors Field... the standard tour. But bars/breweries, there are simply too many.
Personally, since you're out of town... I wouldn't necessarily go to any specific brewery (somebody will suggest Denver Beer Co for sure). I would go to a place like Amatos Ale House (just one example) where you can sample a wide variety of local brews. If you must pick one to go to, where you can also eat, I'd send you to Wynkoop. One of the oldest, and where the governor (former-Mayor) got his start.