Having already visited Penn State Uni and the University of Pittsburgh, the next on our list to see was the University of Colorado, Boulder. Instead of staying in Boulder, we wanted to explore the city of Denver.
Our flight from Kansas City got into Denver very early in the morning, and we headed straight to the hotel to store our bags. The Hyatt House Denver Downtown was excellent in their service as they let us check-in early and allowed us to help ourselves to breakfast. So, after freshening up in our room, we headed downstairs to load up our plates before venturing out.
We didn’t really have any idea what to expect from Denver so we just wanted to explore as much as we could in that first day. One of the things I did know we could find in Denver was a forty-foot Big Blue Bear peeking through a window, into the Denver Convention Centre. Although considered a tourist attraction, we found the whole of 14th Street to be very quiet. We did also find some drawn faces on the sidewalk as we were heading to see the Blue Bear. After taking a few photos, we headed to 16th Street Mall, where the central life of Denver could be found.
This was just two blocks from our hotel and is a mile-long strip with a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. If walking this street is too long, there is a free shuttle bus you can hop on and off at your convenience. I would definitely recommend going somewhere along here for food as the cafes and bars look exceptional.
The following day we had a campus tour at the University of Colorado, Boulder. We took a 25-minute walk to Union Station, which was a bus station that looked a lot like a train terminal and got the FF1 to Boulder. The journey was around 1.5 hours and was $5.25 for a day pass each, but this was discounted because I was considered a youth and mum had her white cane. The day passes usually cost $10.50.
The Boulder campus was stunning as it sits at the bottom of the Rocky Mountains and the Flatirons can be seen overlooking the city. We went for our presentation and met the tour guide. We learnt that the campus has an ice-skating rink and an outdoor pool shaped like a bull. There was also a Lego-built version of the campus.
It was my first-choice university based on appearance but didn’t have as many course modules that I wanted to study. Unfortunately, there wasn’t time to explore or go hiking in Boulder, but I hope to return to the Rocky Mountains.
Early the next morning, we headed to the airport in an Uber for $35.56 to go to Seattle.