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Photos: The perfect gay-friendly weekend in Denver -- whether you're gay or not

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Day 1 On Friday, your first afternoon in Denver, take a little time to orient yourself and get to know this friendly but unmistakably cosmopolitan city. The vibrant GLBT community here permeates the city, but you'll find an especially visible presence in historic Capitol Hill, which is anchored by charming Cheesman Park.... ...a good place to relax with a snack from nearby Dazbog Coffee (1201 E. 9th Ave., 303-837-1275). This popular java joint is a good spot to pick up several of the city's LGBT resources, including Out Front Colorado . You can also pick up other great resources in Capitol Hill, at the GLBT Center of Colorado (1301 East Colfax, Denver, CO 80218 | 303-733-7743). Day 2 No matter what time you awaken on Saturday morning - well, at least assuming it's still morning - make it a point to sample some of the amazingly good pancakes served at Snooze (2262 Larimer St., 303-297-0700), a cool cafe near Coors Field where you might try pineapple-upside-down pancakes or molten-chocolate French toast. In the afternoon, you might plan a short trip just outside of town to get a sense of this beautiful area. It's just a 30-minute drive to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, in foothills of the Rockies, just west of town. Here you can tour the stunning natural concert hall that has hosted countless superstar rock bands over the years, or hike the park's gorgeous terrain. Or, make the 45-minute drive up to the gay-friendly town of Boulder, whose historic downtown buzzes with lively shops, cafes, and restaurants. Continue for more of's recommendations for the perfect gay-friendly weekend in Denver -- whether you're gay or not.
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