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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16th Street Mall

  • Commercial District

Outdoor cafés and tempting shops line this pedestrian-only 15-block, 1¼-mile thoroughfare, shaded by red-oak and locust trees. The...

Black American West Museum and Cultural Center

  • Museum/Gallery

The revealing documents and artifacts here depict the vast contributions that African Americans made to opening up the West. Nearly a...

Brown Palace

  • Hotel–Sight

The grande dame of Denver hotels was built in 1892, and is still considered the city's most prestigious address. Famous guests have included...

Byers-Evans House Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Sprawling and detailed, red and black, this elaborate Victorian went up in 1883 as the home of Rocky Mountain News publisher William...

Children's Museum of Denver

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This is one of the finest museums of its kind in North America, with constantly changing hands-on exhibits that engage children up to...

Civic Center

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

A peaceful respite awaits in this three-block park in the cultural heart of downtown, site of the state capitol. A 1919 Greek amphitheater...

Clyfford Still Museum

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Though he showed very little of his work and sold even less during his lifetime, artist Clyfford Still has nonetheless been credited...

Daniels & Fisher Tower

  • Building/Architectural Site

This 330-foot-high, 20-floor structure emulates the Campanile of St. Mark's Square in Venice, and it was the tallest building west of...

Denver Art Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Unique displays of Asian, pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, and Native American art are the hallmarks of this model of museum design.

Denver Botanic Gardens

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More than 15,000 plant species from Australia, South Africa, the Himalayas, and especially the western United States compose the horticultural...

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