It's that family fun place everyone has to visit at least once. Casa Bonita is a big, pink, Southwestern fun center with cliff divers, waterfall and, arcade. At the table, push up the flag to get ,pre sopapillas, the only edible thing on the menu. This 40-year eatery is the quirky site of this season's NFL draft for the Broncos. 6715 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood, 303-232-5115, casabonitadenver.com.
Along the way
Stay: For a major treat, splurge at the Brown Palace Hotel, where The Beatles, presidents and many celebrities have stayed. 321 17th St., Denver, 303-297-3111.
Eat: Fractured Prune Doughnuts has a creative menu not to be believed. 9696 E. Arapahoe, Greenwood Village, fracturedprune.com
Drink: Wynkoop Brewing Co. is Denver's original, created by John Hickenlooper before he became mayor and then governor. 1634 18th St., 303-297-2700, wynkoop.com. Then duck into the historic Oxford Hotel for a martini at the Cruise Room, opened the day after Prohibition was repealed in 1933, the Art Deco treasure is the longest continually open bar in Denver. 1600 17th St., 303-628-5400, theoxfordhotel.com.
Fun: Watch the little planes and executive jets take off and land at Centennial Airport while you get a bite to eat at The Perfect Landing Restaurant, 7625 S. Peoria, Englewood, theperfectlanding.com. Or get some live jazz and Mexican chow at El-Chapultepec, 1962 Market St., 303-295-9126.
Hidden Gem: Oh so delicious, Little Man Ice Cream from the milk-jug-shaped neighborhood shop with the most delicious flavors, salivate all over the menu at littlemanicecream.com. 2620 16th St., Denver, 303-455-3811