Denver, Colorado, The Mile High City, is the gateway to the West. Experience this walkable, outdoor city with 300 days of sunshine and spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, farm-to-table cuisine, diverse neighborhoods and plenty of shopping.

Cradled at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Denver, an outdoor city enjoying 300 days of sunshine per year, is becoming well known for its ever-growing number of cultural, dining and entertainment options, offering the type of amenities normally expected from much larger cities. Denver, known as The Mile High City, offers the visitor the perfect blend of urban sophistication and outdoor activity. A city of neighbourhoods each with its own charm. It is easy to see why people fall in love with Denver.

Denver is a city of many cultures with a colourful history and there is no shortage of things to do. Visits to museums where you can trace the background of this centre of entertainment for the roughnecks in the gold rush days to modern day attractions such as the zoo, the world-class aquarium or the amusement park there is a wide spectrum of choice whatever your taste.

Visit the historic district of LoDo where there are numerous brewpubs and micro-breweries as well as fine dining opportunities. Enjoy the Cherry Creek neighbourhood; explore the area’s boutiques, galleries and restaurants, just 15 minutes from downtown. Alternatively spend a blissful afternoon being pampered in a state of the art spa, or enjoy a round of golf on one of Denver’s dramatic golf courses with lush green fairways.

Why not cycle through the city – a great way to explore the multitude of attractions whilst enjoying the great outdoors. Denver also boasts 200 parks within the city and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains, all great places for enjoying the open air – and Denver loves sport, fielding eight professional sports teams. Perhaps the most famous of these if the Denver Broncos, on of American Footballs most successful teams.

Denver also has a rich history with beer and brewing, with Coors and Blue Moon, two of the international brands both founded and still brewed in Denver. No trip to Denver is complete without taking a Brewery tour and visiting not only the big, well known breweries, but some of the hundreds of micro-breweries which now call Denver home.

When visiting Colorado, Denver is a must, a modern cosmopolitan city, a contrast to the mountains and national parks and well worth including in your itinerary.

10 reasons to visit Denver

1. Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is famous for its one-of-a-kind outdoor concert venue that is surrounded by giant, ancient rock formations. During the day, Red Rocks is a free city park with easy hiking trails and a visitor center that includes a Performers’ Hall of Fame.  Legendary musicians like The Beatles (1964) and U2 (1983) have performed here, and today, the summer concert series from May through September presents the best artists in jazz, rock, pop, bluegrass and more. Seeing a concert under the stars is a magical experience. Red Rocks Park is located 30 minutes west of downtown Denver.

2. Denver Union Station

Downtown Denver’s Union Station has undergone a massive restoration and redevelopment that has transformed the landmark into a transportation, dining, shopping and entertainment hub, all centered around the Crawford Hotel.  The station is a fun gathering place for locals and visitors – eat a breakfast burrito at Snooze, sip a beer at the Terminal Bar, sample the locally sourced cuisine at one of the unique restaurants, shop a bit or have a hand-mixed cocktail at Cooper Lounge.  Direct rail service connects Denver International Airport to this landmark in the heart of downtown. The 37-minute trip costs just $9 each way.

3. Denver Beer Trail

Take a self-guided tour along the Denver Beer Trail and sample the craft beer paradise in The Mile High City.  Explore the featured breweries, most of which are in the walkable downtown area, and you will find everything from Stouts to Lagers and all the flavors in between. Denver’s craft beer culture is thriving and creative.

4. Rockmount Ranch Wear

Rockmount Ranch Wear is the historic shop in downtown Denver where a true Western icon, Jack A. Weil (1901 – 2008), invented the first cowboy shirt with snaps instead of traditional buttons and helped popularize Western wear as legitimate American fashion.  Many of the Rockmount designs are worn by movie stars and music legends, all with the signature design of diamond snaps and sawtooth pockets. The grandson of “Papa Jack” Weil, Steve Weil, continues the traditions today, and the store is located in the heart of downtown at 1626 Wazee Street.

5. Larimer Square

Historic Larimer Square is Denver’s oldest city block, home to the first saloons and businesses in The Mile High City. Today, the Victorian buildings have been transformed into shops, wine bars and the hottest, chef-owned restaurants. Look for the sparkling lights strung across the street, relax at an outdoor cafe or bar, taste the best of cuisine created by local chefs or find unique clothing and accessories in the boutiques. 

6. Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum is home to a famous collection of American Indian art. Explore the bold contemporary art inside and out of the new Frederic C. Hamilton building, designed by world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind. The museum, located in downtown’s Golden Triangle Museum District, also offers free general admission on the first Saturday of every month and is free for kids under 18 at all times. The Golden Triangle is also home to galleries, fine-art studios, specialty stores and eight museums including Clyfford Still Museum and the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

7. History Colorado Center

Denver’s History Colorado Center features exhibits and programs that tell the stories of Colorado and engage visitors in the past, present and future of the Rocky Mountain West.  Enjoy interactive exhibits like a virtual ride in a real Ford Model T, test your skills on a ski-jump simulator or set off dynamite in an 1880s hard-rock mine.

8. Visit the Neighborhoods – RiNo, Art District on Santa Fe and more!

Discover the River North Art District (RiNo), which is rapidly becoming the hotspot for artists, foodies and designers. While retaining its industrial character, RiNo offers colorful street art murals and art galleries, plenty of cafes, brewpubs and innovative restaurants. Visit the Highlands neighborhood, just north of downtown or the Art District on Santa Fe, which is home to more than 100 galleries, artist studios and creative businesses. Denver’s art districts also celebrate the first Friday of each month with art walks where galleries are open late.

9. Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek Shopping Center is home to more than 160 restaurants and stores including Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi’s, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss. Visit the guest services desk and ask for your “Passport to Shopping” offering discounts for more than 60 stores and restaurants.  Head across 1st Avenue to find the charming, tree-lined streets of the Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Here you can explore galleries, boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, spas and more. Cherry Creek is located just 15 minutes southeast of downtown.

10. Mile High Culture Pass

The Mile High Culture Pass provides 3-day access to seven of the top Denver attractions for $30. Attractions include the Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Zoo and more. Stroll through the lush oasis of Denver Botanic Gardens; explore the life and work of the abstract expressionist Clyfford Still, considered one of the most influential painters of the 20th century; or, experience the Denver Museum of Nature & Science where you can get as close to a T-Rex dinosaur as you dare. The Mile High Culture Pass offers additional discounts for the B-cycle bike-sharing program and attractions like the Molly Brown House Museum, home of Titanic heroine, the unsinkable Margaret “Molly” Brown. 

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