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For SUITCASE 17, we followed myths and legends to destinations like Ireland, Naples, Oxford, Tangier, and Yosemite. But for Colorado, Kate Hamilton sat down with The Lumineers to talk about what makes Denver feel like home.  And we picked up a great guide to the Mile High City along the way.

Where’s the first place that you head when you get back home?

The Meadowlark Bar is where we got our start at an open mic – it’s just a tiny, cavernous basement bar. And Steuben’s for a cheesesteak – that place is good.

Where would you take friends for a meal?

Colorado is a landlocked state but you can get great fish tacos at Dos Santos. Do you have a favourite neighbourhood? RiNo (River North Art District) is a really cool spot, along with South Broadway and Cap Hill.

Where can you go to switch off in the city?

You can go to Red Rocks. During the day, people do yoga there, run the stairs or you can just stand on the stage. It’s very photogenic. Where do you go when you have writer’s block? To the mountains – Denver is one-and-a-half hours away from Breckenridge; you can go skiing there, or you can go hiking and clear your mind. If you have a car and you’re not in the winter months you can go to Mount Evans Road – at over 14,000ft it’s the highest paved road in North America.

What’s the biggest myth about life in Denver?

The weather. People just think of Aspen and are like, “oh, Denver must be cold”, but it has more days of sunshine on average than any other US city.

Which are the best parks?

Cheesman Park, Wash Park and City Park are all enormously popular. There are more than 200 parks in the city.

Where is the best breakfast in Denver?

Snooze is good. The owner was around when I was eating there the other day and he said how much he liked our music.

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