The 22 Places to Go in 2017

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Why now: The impeccably restored Union Station is at the center of two major developments in downtown Denver: the new train line to Denver airport and the soon-to-return Ski Train (which ceased service in 2009). The latter will link the city with Winter Park Resort in two traffic-free hours starting January 7.

What to see: Set foot outside Union Station and you'll enter into the LoDo neighborhood. Denver's once gritty urban core, it's become the city's crowning achievement in urban revitalization, with trendy coffee shops, café-lined streets, and craft beers flowing from every bar tap.