Denver is the capital of Colorado and one of the largest cities in the United States of America. Often referred to as the “Mile High City,” Denver boasts numerous museums, galleries, excellent restaurants, sports and sporting, historic attractions, a lively music scene, shopping opportunities, hotels, rich spas, a thriving nightlife, a rich culture, beautiful Rocky Mountains and dozens of great outdoor festivals. The charming and modern city and its proximity to nature, is what that sets Denver apart from other travel destinations. One of the best ways to feel the essence and explore the treasures of the city is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Denver, which include must see attractions like the Denver Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Nature & Science, Chamberlin Observatory, Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys and the Denver Performing Arts Complex that give you an insight into the history and culture of the area. The city of Denver is one of the greenest cities in the world and boasts a plethora of green spaces, parks and gardens like City Park, Denver Botanic Gardens, Washington Park and the Confluence Park. In addition to the attractions, Denver is home to some of the best entertainment acts and performances in the United States. These include amusement parks like the Butterfly Pavilion, Waterworld, Elitch Garden; comedy performances at Bovine Metropolis Theatre, Comedy Works, Impulse Theatre and some great performing arts like Colorado Ballet, Colorado Symphony, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Opera Colorado. Other top things to do in Denver include attractions like Denver Botanic Gardens, The Source, Cherry Creek Shopping District and Larimer Square.
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What to Do in and around Denver
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1430 Larimer St #200, Denver, CO 80202, United States
12:01 am - 12:00 am
You are standing in the square that Denver was founded, the location of the first pioneer camp after gold was discovered in the nearby Rocky Mountains. The historic buildings in the area are now a treasure trove of shops, restaurants, boutiques, bars and cafes. There is ALWAYS something going on, always a comedy show or a live performance, a street event or a street art exhibit. The square is especially beloved at night, when lights strung over the street and across building constellations light up the evening in a pretty constellation of stars. The square has its own website with a complete catalogue of places to visit and things to do - check it out before you visit. This is no tourist trap.
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12:01 am - 12:00 am
LoDo stands for lower downtown. It is nearly as historic a place as Larimer Square. Once it teemed with brothels, now it teems with nightlife (almost 100 bars and pubs). Once severed Native American heads were paraded in its streets, now after-game parties do. The buildings are a mix of charming red brick and clean modernity, and they are one of the hottest places in town to own a home. The neoclassical Union Station is a beautiful building. The famous Wynkoop Brewing Company is here. It has a thriving art scene, lots of boutiques and yummy restaurants. Check out the Rockmount Ranch Wear. The Oxford Hotel has some posh European-style accommodation.
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Civic Center Park, Denver
05:00 am - 11:30 pm
This 25000 square feet event space is nice for a quick stroll. It is located right in the heart of Denver. It's a nice place to visit if you want to check out the architecture of the surrounding buildings - Denver Art Museum, and the Denver Public Library's Central Library, the Colorado State Capitol, the City and County Building of Denver, Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building, the Colorado History Museum and the Denver Mint. Inside the park is the Voorhees Memorial, a Greek Amphitheatre, lots of nice pathways and rosy bushes. During Christmas, you should come here to click pictures of the City and County Building, which is lit up in brilliant colors. You should always visit during any of the many festivals and parades.
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1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202, United States
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This is not your regular transportation hub. There is a lot more going on. The historic structure was completed in 1914, was built in place of an earlier station that burnt down. Beginning in 2012 the Union Station saw a huge renovation project that turn dirt into mix between a Transportation Hub and developmental site. Highlights of the train station are as follows:
112 Room Crawford Hotel
A number of excellent restaurants with ice cream, alcohol, confectionery and also regular food on the menu.
There's a lovely book store, a souvenir shop, and a florist.
The hotel offers tours of the train station, and covers history, art, transportation facilities, eateries, and shops. It also covers the hotel's special guest rooms. Of course, you can see all this on a self guided tour too.
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1701 Bryant St, Denver, CO 80204, United States
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This stadium is also named Mile High, and is the home stadium to Denver's National Football League. It has a seating capacity for over 75000 during matches, and about 50000 for concerts. The highlights of the stadium are:
The many traditions, such as booing fans who didn't show up, chanting 'Incomplete' when the opposing team misses a pass, and creating a 'Mile High Thunder' by stamping feet on the two upper decks.
Rock bands Eagles and U2 have performed here.
Barack Obama accepted his Democratic Party nomination for presidency at this stadium.
The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum is here at Gate #1.
The Pass Through the Land public art space representing the lands of Colorado chime at with the wind. Good place to people watch.
Equipment Field: Larger than life sculptures of game equipment.
Pigskin Variations: Three sandstone and bronze sculptures.
The Broncos: Five rock bronco sculptures frozen in their gallop to the stadium.
While the best way to experience the stadium is on game day, guided tours are available too, and will take you through the Museum, Executive Suites, Visiting Team Locker Room, Keg Room, Thunder's Stall and other exclusive areas.
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200 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223, United States
11:00 am - 06:00 pm
This small batch whiskey distillery, started in 2004, has made a name for itself by being Colorado's first legal modern micro-distillery. It's also famous for only ever using Colorado's natural ingredients - 100% malt barley and water from the Eldorado spring. The bottles usually are signed, and notes mention the music listened to at the time of making. People actually camp outside the distillery twice a year to purchase the limited Snowflake Series. There's a nice story behind the distillery's founding, and you can discover it on the tours. There is a free general public tour that lasts one hour, and a private tour that lasts 2 hours, has a fee, and is only available on certain dates.
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700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202, United States
This city landmark is easily recognised by a hilarious outdoor public art sculpture - a 40-foot tall blue bear trying to peer inside the glass wall of the centre. It is Denver's main event space, hosting over 400 events every year in everything from trade shows, weddings, Comic Con, boat shows, a beer festival and a science fiction convention. There are two beautiful ballrooms, multiple exhibition spaces, a 5000-seat theatre and a lovely outdoor terrace. The center's website has a handy calendar of upcoming events, and also a handy map (the building is HUGE).
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2201 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205, United States
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
This brewery debuted with a bang in 1994. Three months after its first batch, it began winning all the beer awards that mattered. Now, it's listed as one of the greatest breweries in the world. Their main taproom is a cozy space, almost always crowded, and that's why most people make do with ordering their beer to go. With sixteen beers on tap, seasonal and year-round, there is a lovely variety for you to explore. Try Yeti, Collette, and Titan. They offer short tours of the brewery on first come, first serve basis. The patio area is pet-friendly.
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#100, 1001 16th St, Denver, CO 80265, United States
11:00 am - 11:59 pm
Craft beer is wonderful and exciting. No one is complaining about that. But too frequently drinkers want some hearty food to knock back with their alcohol. And there are too few breweries that go all out in making sure that appetites are quenched along with thirsts. That's why this place is such a hit. With terrific burgers, mouthwatering steaks, quick service, a menu for kids and a friendly atmosphere, the brewery does booming business. The lovely patio opens at 5pm. Live music sometimes after 7pm.
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3000 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Macy's, and Nordstrom, the 160 stores at this upscale shopping centre make it one of Seattle's more popular ones. There is an eight screen AMC theatre, many staple luxury fashion label outlets, and some excellent dining options. You would hardly imagine such a stylish and cool looking place was built on top of a sanitary landfill that used to be an open pit mine. Check the attraction website for upcoming events.
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2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205
05:00 am - 11:00 pm
One mile long, three-quarters of a mile wide, this park once used to be a mining camp. Cultural and social forces and a City Beautiful movement led to the creation of this park. Today it is one of the city's most popular public spaces. It has the the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Ferril and Duck Lakes. There is a boat house too, where you can rent vessels to take out into the water. Adjacent to the park is the large the City Park Golf Course. Scattered around the park are various monuments and statues. Especially notable is the Prismatic Fountain. There are a number of convenient picnic locations. During the summer, the park is the site a number of free musical concerts.
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1020 16th St, Denver, CO 80202
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This is a kid-friendly introduction to the concepts of money of economy. They'll show you when and how the American economy began in 1775, how currency and economy developed, led you drool at a cool $30,000,000 in cold hard cash up close, and even leave with a bag-full of shredded money. There is a lot of old money on exhibit for those of you who like to collect. The museum is small, but highly engaging.
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Cheesman Park Denver, CO
05:30 am - 11:00 pm
In the 19th century this used to be a cemetery. In the 20th, it was petitioned to be turned into a park, and families were given 90 days to dig their ancestors back out and relocate them. Not everyone did so; 5000 bodies remain buried here. Needless to say, the park quickly got a reputation for being haunted. Still, there's a nice neoclassical Pavilion here now that can be rented for weddings and performances, and a figure-8 carriage-way. Next to the park is the Denver Botanic Gardens. It is also the location of choice for local LGBT gatherings. As for how the park looks, it is very pretty, with lots of grassy areas, reflecting pools and views of the mountains.