Nicholas Chavez plays the tour guide of his hometown

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Your Guide to: Denver, CO

Carmine is on Penn “The most incredible Italian cuisine! It’s really cute. It’s one of those places where they put the paper down and you can draw with crayons while waiting for your food. The food is undeniable! The baked ziti is really amazing, as is the carbonara – you want to make sure they use the snow peas because sometimes they use asparagus…but the snow peas are so good.

92 South Pennsylvania Street; (303) 777-6443; carminescolorado.com

Pizza Express “This place is more famous than good, but it’s nostalgic for me. It’s right across the street from where I used to go to high school and the pizza was so bad, but you could get, like, three pieces for a dollar and we all went because none of us had any money!

2700 Colfax Avenue East; (970) 509-5443; pizzaexpressdenverco.com

Steve’s Snappin Dogs “This is a very famous hot dog stand in Denver. It’s just such an iconic place!”

3525 Colfax Avenue East; (303) 333-7627; stevessnappindogs.com

Cherry Creek Grill “This place is slightly more upscale and they have a really good French dip with the jus au jus on the side. My dad used to take me there all the time.

184 Steele Street; (303) 322-3524; cherrycreekgrill.com

Pete’s Kitchen “I have to recommend this restaurant as it’s where I would go with all my high school cast mates after finishing a play or musical.”

1962 Colfax Avenue East; (303) 321-3139; petesrestaurants.com

The Museum of Nature and Science “I used to live right next to this museum and used to go there all the time. They have a really cool mummy exhibit with a real mummy. I was intrigued by it and also terrified by it!

2001 Colorado Blvd; (303) 370-6000; dmns.org

Denver Art Museum “Another amazing museum. The architecture of this one is amazing! It looks like a big spaceship.

100 West 14th Avenue Drive; (720) 865-5000; denverartmuseum.org

Denver Center for the Performing Arts “The Denver Center is where you can go to see national tours [of Broadway shows] which are in town, and they also have smaller theaters that do some pretty cool work.

1101 13th Street; (303) 893-4100; denvercenter.org

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater “In terms of live venues, I would definitely recommend going to see a show at Red Rocks. It is simply magnificent. Seeing a show there is one of the coolest things ever. I saw Atmosphere play there and it has a song called ‘Yesterday’, which is about his relationship with his father. I actually saw that gig with my dad, and it was such a bonding experience.

18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO; (720) 865-2494; redrocksonline.com

The 16th Street Mall “It’s a big mall that pretty much spans the whole of downtown Denver. There’s a lot of stores, and there’s some cool places to buy souvenirs in addition to clothes and stuff. , and you can also see movies there.”

1001 16th Street Mall; (303) 534-6161; the16thstmalldenver.com

A51 Terrain Park at Keystone Resort “If you’re looking to do outdoor activities, you can go to City Park and play frisbee and tennis and things like that, but where it’s really happening is in the mountains – you go skiing or snowboarding so you go to Loveland or Aspen or Breckenridge My family actually has a house in Breckenridge so that’s where we used to go often it’s about a 90 minute drive from Denver I’m a real daredevil when it comes to snowboarding, and Area 51 Terrain Park is where you go if you want some really intense and crazy jumps.They also have medium and small size jumps, but they have some huge jumps that are so much fun.

Jackstraw Road, Keystone, Colorado; (970) 496-2316; keystoneresort.com

East Denver High School “I would be remiss if I didn’t just mention Denver East High School [his alma mater]. If nothing else, it’s worth going because it’s the most beautiful high school building I’ve ever seen!”

1600 Esplanade of the municipal park; (720) 423-8300; est.dpsk12.org


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