San Francisco Giants: 4 Roadtrips In 2017 You MUST Make
Roadtrip Destination: Denver
San Francisco Giants vs. Rockies: April 21st-23rd; June 15th-18th; September 4th-6th
I love Denver, and Colorado. It’s absolutely beautiful. It doesn’t get too hot in Denver in June, but April and September won’t be too cold either. The Rockies actually look to be really competitive coming up in 2017. Here is a bit of an outlook on Denver for you:
What Denver Has To Offer
Green. Everywhere. Not just talking about legal weed, I’m talking about natural beauty. This is like the Sierra Nevada range on steroids. Colorado Springs isn’t more than two hours away either, so if you go for multiple days, you HAVE to take a trip down to “The Springs”. But do it early in the day, or on a day you aren’t planning on going to a game, because traffic on I-25 is absolutely horrible.
Denver has plenty to offer, but getting up to Boulder, maybe even getting back in towards Breckenridge and other places are absolutely worth a day-trip. The biggest attraction outside of Denver that I would say are a must, would be the Garden of the Gods in “The Springs”. Another spot in The Springs is the Air Force Academy. It is truly incredible.
There is a lot on Denver, compared to others, mainly because Denver is so unique. If you are planning to drive to Denver, I would encourage going the southern route through Las Vegas, then up into Utah. On that drive, once you enter Utah, you really should take every “lookout” point possible. It’s a beautiful drive, full of natural beauty. If you want to stop in Vegas on your way there, and back, I don’t blame you either.
Denver food is a lot like San Francisco. There is no real signature dish for Denver, but there is plenty of culture, and a lot of “hipster” or healthier options. You could always check out the original Chipotle near the University of Denver campus. Don’t be afraid to try anything out there, it’s all fantastic. There are also PLENTY of breweries, both macro and micro, that have options for food and drink. The most notable would be Coors, but the Blue Moon main brewery is in Golden, and that’s not too far away.
For the ballpark, you can’t go wrong with any of the traditional options, but their most famous for their deep-fried “Rocky Mountain Oysters.” You can get more than your share of a bull’s pair at stand 144. Another signature dish is Todd Helton’s signature burger, which you can find at the No. 17 Shack. The burger is made out of brisket, shoulder, and sirloin, smothered in a “secret sauce” and american cheese.
Denver is a heck of a roadtrip, and a beautiful place overall. I would encourage a trip out there, especially in June. A small note, if you do go to Denver, and you want a view like the picture above, I highly encourage sitting in the top-level, down the right-field line. That will give you the best view of the field, with the mountains and sunset thrown in as well. The lower you sit, the more incapable you are of getting that fantastic view. Much like AT&T Park, the overall view is incredible from the upper deck.
The last road-trip you should make comes to the heart of the country, where you, and the Giants can re-visit iconic memories from 2014.