Located 1.6 km (1 mile) above sea-level, Denver (the capital of Colorado), is an oasis in the vast cultural desert of middle America. Denver is one of the greatest cities in North America and has plenty to offer everyone. From the museums to the gardens, to the zoo, to the restaurants and more. Check out our Top 8 Things To Do In Denver.
Located in a former 1880‘s brick foundry building in Denver’s River North District. The Source is Denver’s newest artisan food market featuring 13 vendors including two restaurants, a bakery, coffee shop, butcher, brewery, florist, and cocktail bar. You will find there everything, from freshly baked bread to craft cocktails, from street tacos to contemporary flower arrangements.
Dever’s Botanic Gardens is a dynamic 24-acre urban oasis in the heart of the city, offers unforgettable ways to flourish with unique garden experiences for the whole family – as well as world-class education & plant research.
If you’ve got baseball in your blood, you have to make a stop at Coors Field. Opening in 1995, Coors Field became the first baseball only park built in the National League since Dodger Stadium in 1962. It is the home field of the Colorado Rockies, the city’s Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise and the park has the highest elevation in Major League Baseball. There are tours available as well, that provides a behind-the-scenes look.
Denver Zoo is home to more than 3,500 animals representing 650 species. A leader in conservation, Denver Zoo has championed 495 conservation and research projects in 53 countries.
LoDo is one of Denver’s most talked about areas in the city is LoDo located near Coors Field. The historic 28-square block of Lower Downtown Denver is the oldest and original settlement of the city of Denver. It boasts the largest concentration of Victorian and early 20th-century buildings in the United States. Nowadays it is home to some of the city’s best-known restaurants, art galleries, shops, boutiques, sports bars and brewpubs. make sure to walk around Larimer and Blake Streets, and around Larimer Square.
Colorado State Capitol
The golden-domed Colorado State Capitol is one of the prominent features in Denver’s skyline and an iconic symbol of unparalleled historical significance in the state. It is the home of the Colorado General Assembly and the offices of the Governor of Colorado. Designed by architect Elijah E. Myers, the building is intentionally reminiscent of the United States Capitol. The dome itself is covered in copper panels that are gilded with with 200 ounces of 24K gold from a Colorado mine. The gold was first added in 1908 to commemorate the Colorado Gold Rush.
Cherry Creek Trail
Take your time & leisurely ride or pedal fast & race your way along the Cherry Creek Trail. The Cherry Creek Trail is a 39.6 km (24.6 mile) recreational trail for pedestrian and cycling that runs from the heart of Downtown Denver southeast through the city along Cherry Creek. It eventually passes by Cherry Creek Reservoir continuing under Highway 470 then through the City of Parker. Along the way you’ll enjoy the views of the Rocky Mountain and the city skyline.
16th Street Mall
Built in 1982, the 16th Street Mall is a tree-lined promenade of red and gray granite that runs through the center of Downtown Denver. It is the premier pedestrian environment in the Rocky Mountain Region, home to over 300 locally owned/chain stores, over 50 restaurants, and the Denver Pavilions.
Just So You Know…
- Famed music group Led Zeppelin played their first show in America at the Denver Auditorium Arena on December 26, 1968.
- In 2005, voters passed a measure making Denver the first major U.S. city to legalize marijuana use in private for legal adults.
- Denver has 300 days of annual sunshine, more annual hours of sun than San Diego or Miami. The sun feels warmer because you’re closer to it.
- Check out Denver’s newly restored & redeveloped Union Station, Originally built in 1881. The 120-year-old station’s $54 million transformation into a hotel, shops, restaurants and bars.
- Visit Denver’s iconic Big Blue Bear statue located in The Colorado Convention Center. It is 12 meter (40 ft) tall, made of fiberglass, and has already become a star in film and TV.
- Water World is one of America’s largest water parks and it is just 14.5 km (9 miles) north of Denver.
- Denver was recognized as one of America’s top beer cities, it brews more beer than any other city in the nation, with over 200 different beers brewed daily.
- Try the best ice cream in Denver at Little Man Ice Cream, located in a 9 meter (30 ft) tall old-fashioned cream can.
- Colorado has so many craft breweries, you must tour some of them. Wynkoop, Great Divide, and Breckenridge breweries all offer free tours.
Get Some Culture:
- Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art – Has one of the most important public displays of international decorative art in North America.
- Nature and Science Museum – The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading resource for informal science education.
- Children’s Museum of Denver – With one-of-a-kind interactive exhibits, daily activities, year-round special events and surprises.
- Morrison National History Museum – Offers a glimpse of the first important dinosaur discoveries in Colorado including fossils from the first Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus ever discovered.
Grab A Bite:
- Rioja – Featuring a menu inspired by Mediterranean ingredients and influenced by local and seasonal products.
- Snooze, an A.M. Eatery – Founded by brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel, Snooze is seeking to evolve the A.M. dining experience through culinary innovation, an eclectic and energetic atmosphere and comfortable and friendly service.
- Table 6 – A classic American bistro, offering comfort food with an eclectic, unconventional twist.
- The Kitchen – A Community Bistro located in Denver’s Lower Downtown Historic District (LoDo).
- Basta – From handmade pastas and Neapolitan pizzas to oysters and short ribs cooked sous vide in a wood-fired eatery.