Denver

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 hour
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
For many out-of-state travelers Denver is a gateway city, a transitional stop before heading into the nearby Rocky Mount

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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  • 1. Children's Museum of Denver

    Jefferson Park | Museum/Gallery

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

  • Denver Art Museum

    2. Denver Art Museum

    Civic Center | Museum/Gallery

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

    Denver Art Museum
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  • 3. Denver Museum of Nature & Science

    City Park | Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 1900, the museum has amassed more than 775,000 objects, making it the largest natural history museum in the western United States...Read More

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  • Larimer Square

    4. Larimer Square

    LoDo | 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 the wrecker...Read More

    Larimer Square
  • 16th Street Mall

    5. 16th Street Mall

    LoDo | Commercial District

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

    16th Street Mall
  • 6. Black American West Museum and Cultural Center

    Five Points | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 7. Brown Palace

    LoDo | 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...Read More

  • 8. Byers-Evans House Museum

    Civic Center | Museum/Gallery

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

  • Civic Center

    9. Civic Center

    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 is...Read More

    Civic Center
  • 10. Clyfford Still Museum

    Golden Triangle | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 11. Confluence Kayaks

    Jefferson Park | Sports Venue

    You can rent a kayak from Confluence Kayaks and take a quick lesson in their indoor aboveground practice pool before paddling yourself down...Read More

  • Daniels & Fisher Tower

    12. Daniels & Fisher Tower

    LoDo | 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 the Mississippi...Read More

    Daniels & Fisher Tower
  • 13. Denver Botanic Gardens

    Cheesman Park | Garden/Arboretum

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

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  • 14. Denver Firefighters Museum

    LoDo | Museum/Gallery

    Denver's first firehouse was built in 1909 and now serves as a museum where original items of the trade are on view, including uniforms, nets...Read More

  • 15. Denver Public Library's Central Library

    Civic Center | Library/Archive

    A life-size horse on a 20-foot-tall chair and other sculptures decorate the expansive lawn of this sprawling complex with round towers and tall...Read More

  • 16. Denver Zoo

    City Park | Zoo/Aquarium

    A bright peacock greets you at the door to the state's most popular cultural attraction, whose best-known exhibit showcases man-eating Komodo...Read More

  • 17. Downtown Aquarium

    Jefferson Park | Museum/Gallery

    On the north side of the South Platte across from Elitch Gardens, this is the only million-gallon aquarium between Chicago and the West Coast...Read More

  • 18. Elitch Gardens

    Auraria | 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 home on...Read More

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  • 19. Forney Museum of Transportation

    Globeville | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 20. History Colorado Center

    Civic Center | Museum/Gallery

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

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