Denver Sights

For many out-of-state travelers Denver is a gateway city, a transitional stop before heading into the nearby Rocky Mountains. Often, visitors will simply fly into Denver International Airport, rent a car, ask for directions to I–70, and head west into the mountains. But it's worth scheduling an extra few days, or even a few hours, to delve into the city itself. The city is an easy place to maneuver,

with prominent hotels such as the Brown Palace, excellent shopping at Cherry Creek and Larimer Square, a full range of professional sports teams, and plenty of (expensive) parking.

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Elitch Gardens

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

This elaborate and thrilling park was a Denver family tradition long before its 1995 relocation from northwest Denver to its current...

Forney Museum of Transportation

  • Museum/Gallery

Inside a converted warehouse are an 1898 Renault coupe, Amelia Earhart's immaculately maintained "Goldbug," and a Big Boy steam locomotive,...

History Colorado Center

  • Museum/Gallery

The three-story, interactive History Colorado Center opened in April 2012, replacing the flagship museum of the Colorado Historical Society...

Larimer Square

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

This square, on the oldest street in the city, was immortalized by Jack Kerouac in his seminal book On the Road. It was saved from...

LoDo

  • Commercial District

Officially, the Lower Downtown Historic District, the 25-plus square-block area that was the site of the original 1858 settlement of...

Molly Brown House

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This Victorian celebrates the life and times of the scandalous, "unsinkable" Molly Brown. The heroine of the Titanic courageously saved...

Museo de las Americas

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The region's first museum dedicated to the achievements of Latinos in the Americas has a permanent collection as well as rotating exhibits...

Platte River Greenway

  • Park/Playground

Just behind the REI flagship store, this serene park is at the center of the South Platte River valley path. Its rocks and rapids are...

State Capitol

  • Government Building

Built in 1886, the capitol was constructed mostly of materials indigenous to Colorado, including marble, granite, and rose onyx. Especially...

U.S. Mint

  • Government Building

Tour this facility to catch a glimpse of the coin-making process, as presses spit out thousands of coins a minute. There are also exhibits...

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