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Thomas Johnston

Howdy, Tigers!

My name is Thomas Johnston, Class of 2015, and I live and work in Denver at Autodesk helping companies implement design and construction technology. From skiing in knee-deep powder to seeing Red Rocks concerts on a summer night, Denver is a place of adventure. Just bring your sunscreen and stay hydrated! Welcome to the Mile High City.

Arapahon Basin

Four people ski with tall, snow covered mountains and trees in the background.

A-Basin is my favorite place to ski near Denver. Only about an hour from downtown, A-Basin is famous for having the longest ski season in the West because of the high base elevation (11,000 feet). This ski mountain has a classic feel, free from resort vibes.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

The sun sets over an amphitheater made of red rocks with trees lining the edge.

One of the most captivating concert venues in the world, Red Rocks has been hosting artists for over 100 years and brings in some of the best talent. No matter who is playing, I highly recommend stopping by to see a show if you are in town. The venue also hosts yoga and workout classes throughout the summer.

Pro Tip: For amazing views of the continental divide and Ten Peak Wilderness, hike up the East Wall.


There are more than 150 breweries in the Denver Metro area, and many of them are in Golden. Golden is “where the West lives.” You can take a tour at Coors or check out some of the local spots. New Terrain Brewing is my favorite, a great stop to hit after a hike or bike ride.


Many bikers ready themselves outside buildings. A banner in the background reads "Bike to Work Stop."

The Northside of Denver, or Highland, is a classic Denver neighborhood with some of the best restaurants, coffee shops and bars the city has to offer.

Pro Tip: If you’re in town during a Clemson Football game, join the Colorado Clemson Club at Highland Tap and Burger!

The Grizzly Rose

If you want the full country-western experience, look no further than the Grizzly Rose. Many country artists play here throughout the year, and on any given night, you can be sure to have a good time on the dance floor.

Pro Tip: If you can do the Carolina shag or electric slide, you’ll be just fine for some swing and line dancing.

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