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  • 1. 16th Street Mall

    LoDo | Business District

    Outdoor cafés and tempting shops line this pedestrian-only 18-block, 1¼-mile thoroughfare, shaded by red-oak and locust trees. The mall's businesses...Read More

  • 2. Brown Palace

    LoDo | Hotel

    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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

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  • 5. Denver Botanic Gardens

    Cheesman Park | Garden

    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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  • 6. 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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  • 7. 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

  • 8. Larimer Square

    LoDo | Plaza/Square

    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

  • 9. State Capitol

    Capitol Hill | Government Building

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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Civic Center

    Civic Center | City Park

    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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Daniels & Fisher Tower

    LoDo | Notable Building

    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

  • 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 Zoo

    City Park | Zoo/Aquarium

    The state's most popular cultural attraction, this easily navigated property's best-known exhibit showcases man-eating Komodo dragons in a lush...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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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  • 18. 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

  • 19. History Colorado Center

    Civic Center | Museum/Gallery

    The three-story, interactive History Colorado Center serves as the state's de facto historical society. Rotating lobby exhibits welcome visitors...Read More

  • 20. LoDo

    LoDo | Business District

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

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