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Denver is Colorado's capital and largest city surrounded by many suburbs such as Centennial, Commerce City, Aurora and Westminster. The phrase urban sprawl comes to mind. But as with all big cities hitching just takes some time and patience.

Hitching Out

A Note About 1-25: I have avoided 1-25 like the plague while trying to leave Denver. I have sought out alternate routes that are indirect but A) more enjoyable scenery and B) I believe of higher likelihood of pick-up. If anyone knows a good spot going out on 1-25 from Denver, please update immediately.

North towards Boulder, Fort Collins

Find a way into the city of Golden (either hitch from 6th and Kalamath <legality questionable> or take the bus from Market Station and 16th Street), a small city famous for Coors Brewing and the School of Mines. Walk out of the city going northwest until you reach where Highway 6 turns into Highway 93, a large intersection of two highways. Continue north until you reach the sign marking mileage to Boulder. Continue from there to Longmont, Fort Collins, etc.

Note:Before departure, stop into Coors and ask for the "short tour" for a couple of free and refreshing Killians or Blue Moons with the local students partaking in what they have dubbed "Coors Lab." Simply ask anybody in the city how to get to the tasting room. But I digress.

West Into the Mountains

There is a gas station off of the Morrison exit on 470 if you seek to go to Evergreen or Conifer. Great little towns. There are park and ride spots near most of the 1-70 exits near the foothills that are in frequent use. Try hitching from there. Or take Highway 6 West from the 6/93 intersection in Golden.

East Towards Kansas

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South Towards Colorado Springs

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Public Transport

Light rail has various stops from the city center going south. Market St and 16th St has a major bus hub. Good to get you anywhere in the greater Denver area

Places to Visit

Colorado has more breweries per capita than any other state in the US. Take advantage of Denver's bustling night life, surprising music scene, the nearby Rocky Mountains for skiing, rock climbing, trekking and the small towns nestled in them. And keep your eyes peeled for dumpster diving at places like the Naked Juice Distro center.

Places to Avoid

5-Points/East Denver are not happy places and are considered the high crime zones of the city. Cherry Creek is a land mine of yuppies.

While I will not erase this previous entry as all are welcome to share their opinion, I must strongly disagree. I'm guessing some very white suburbanite with little people or travel experience wrote that. Five Points is perfectly safe, as is about all of Denver. Five Points is simply more diverse both ethnically and economically. Which actually makes it a great area to visit. There are a lot of cultural venues here as well, including an African American museum within a library, and jazz spots. East Denver is actually very nice and laid back. I would guess the person was referring to east Colfax. On this street you'll find some of the most interesting and down to earth people in Denver. So if you're scared of everything, hate new experiences and people, and are incredibly boring, sure, skip those places. But you're hitchhiking, so why wouldn't you be down for those things? East Colfax is actually my favorite part of Denver and has some AWESOME cafes, people, bars, etc. SO check it out.

Accommodation and Sleep