Things to Do – Yes, there is more than football!
Denver, Colorado is an outdoor city with 300 days of sunshine, brilliant blue skies and breathtaking mountain scenery. Founded in 1858 as a gold mining camp, Denver is located at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains, 5,280 feet (1,609 meters) above sea level – exactly one mile high. Denver offers urban adventures for all ages, spring, summer, fall or winter.
Ideas for First Timers:
- Mile High Culture Pass – The best way to explore some of the city’s most fascinating attractions.
- Follow the Denver Beer Trail to craft beer paradise.
- Stop by the downtown Tourist Information Center for all the insider tips on the best ways to discover Denver.
- Rockmount Ranch Wear: Don’t miss the photos on the walls of the many celebrities who have worn these western snap-button shirts invented by “Papa” Jack Weil way back in 1946 at this store.
Ideas for Repeat Visitors:
- Taste the Old West at The Fort Restaurant which is housed in a replica of an 1830s adobe fur-trade fort featuring exotic game and frontier favorites.
- Get Above It All: the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lower Downtown boasts a rooftop café offering 360-degree views of the city.
- Great Galleries: The Gallery Guide Denver lists many of the city’s creative spaces and the latest installations.
- Explore on wheels: try exploring The Mile High City using B-cycle, bike share program or try a Pedi-cab.
- Discover Denver’s neighborhoods: From the stately Victorian houses of Five Points to the hip restaurants and nightclubs of historic LoDo, Denver’s laid-back attitude is exemplified in its neighborhoods.
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.
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 20 featured breweries, most 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, creative and growing larger every day.
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 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.
Denver Art Museum: The Denver Art Museum is home to a famous collection of Native American 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.
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.
Union Station & LoDo (Lower Downtown): 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 new Crawford Hotel. The station is a now 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. Starting in 2016, there will be direct rail service between Denver International Airport (DEN) and this landmark in the heart of downtown.
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 Model T, test your skills on a ski-jump simulator or set off dynamite in an 1880s hard-rock mine.
B-cycle to Neighborhoods – RiNo, Art District on Santa Fe and more! Explore The Mile High City using B-cycle, Denver’s pioneering bike-sharing program ($9 for a 24-hour membership) and pedal your way through Denver’s creative art districts that surround the city center. Explore the River North Art District (RiNo), which is rapidly becoming the hotspot for artists, foodies and designers. While retaining its industrial character, RiNo still offers plenty of cafes, brewpubs, restaurants and art galleries. 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.
Cherry Creek: Cherry Creek Shopping Center is home to more than 160 stores and restaurants 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.
Mile High Culture Pass – Discount Ticket to Attractions: The Mile High Culture Pass is one ticket to seven of the top Denver attractions. 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.