Downtown, Lower Denver, or LoDo, is a blossoming cultural hub with a welcoming vibe and a theater, art museum and new Union Station. Those looking to stay in the midst of the downtown scene should check out the trendy Crawford Hotel, which has beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains (1701 Wynkoop St.). Visitors seeking a more local atmosphere can stay in the desirable Cherry Creek neighborhood at either the Four Seasons (fourseasons.com)or the more affordable Halcyon Hotel(halcyonhotelcherrycreek.com). The latter has a rooftop pool and a gear garage for all of your outdoor equipment needs.After settling in, begin the day at the famous Tattered Cover Book Store(2526 E Colfax Ave.). Known for its café and indie vibe, the shop has plenty of comfortable couches. For kids and history buffs, a great next stop is the United States Mint: take a tour to see how billions of pennies, nickels and dimes are produced each year (West Colfax Ave. & Delaware St.). If you prefer to dive straight into shopping mode, this area is filled with plenty of boutiques and the unique Rockmount Ranch Wear(1626 Wazee St.). Open since 1946, it is one of the original western shirt companies and has styled celebrities from Elvis Presley to Bruce Springsteen.Stop by The Source for lunch (3350 Brighton Blvd.). This artisan food market occupies a former brick foundry building from the 1880s. If it’s baseball season and the weather is nice, head to a Rockies Game—a favorite way to spend the afternoon among locals. The Rockies’ stadium, Coors Field (2001 Blake St.), boasts a mesmerizing view and is a gorgeous spot to watch the sun set over the varied landscapes that earned the state its nickname of Colorful Colorado.After the game, stop into the renovated Union Station, a downtown landmark–turned–hotspot featuring multiple shops and eateries (1701 Wynkoop St.). Start with craft brews at Terminal Bar or cocktails at The Copper Lounge. Later, enjoy dinner at the acclaimed Mercantile, which showcases seasonally inspired dishes in a relaxed setting.