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Welcome to Denver

Whether travelers are in search of challenging outdoor pursuits, striking mountain scenery, a lively cultural scene, or one of the best selections of craft breweries in the country, Denver, Colorado doesn’t disappoint. Nestled in the Front Range Urban Corridor along the eastern face of the southern Rocky Mountains, the Mile High City provides easy access to nearby Rocky Mountain National Park for wildlife spotting (native animals here include beavers, bighorn sheep, black bears, and moose) and more than 300 miles (482 kilometers) of hiking trails. Winter in the mountains brings endless opportunities for downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing within a few hours drive of Denver at world-class resorts such as Vail, Breckenridge, Telluride, and Aspen. If you're in need of a culture fix, downtown Denver’s bustling urban center is home to highlights such as the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the History Colorado Center. Sports fans will enjoy catching a Denver Broncos game at Mile High Stadium or the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. And don’t forget to leave time for tasting craft beers at one of Colorado’s many breweries—Coors in nearby Golden might be the most famous, but true hopheads plan their trip to coincide with the Great American Beer Festival in October, one of the biggest and best-known in the country.

Top 15 attractions in Denver

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Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

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An urban park and designated national landmark in Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods encompasses 1,367 acres (553 hectares) of unique wilderness, Great Plains grassland, and juniper woodlands. Highlights include the red rock formations Balanced Rock, Gateway Rock, and the Three Graces, as well as petroglyphs from the original Native American occupants of the area, the Ute people.More
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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

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Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a music venue unlike any other—a sandstone stadium forged by the elements and blessed with natural acoustics. Many musicians have taken to this stage, and when shows are in town, Red Rocks can host over 9,500 concertgoers, all in for a treat beyond the music: stellar views of the natural Colorado landscape.More
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Pikes Peak Highway

Pikes Peak Highway

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As you wind your way up Pikes Peak Highway prepare for stunning views and historic establishments on the way to the iconic 14,115-foot (4302-meter) peak known as “America’s Mountain.” The drive is lined with scenic vista points, lakes, picnic areas, trails, and high-altitude plants and wildlife. You can stop at the Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop and Historic Glen Cove Inn on your way to the Summit House—the restaurant atop the peak.More
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Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo)

Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo)

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A lively district of restaurants, shops, and nightlife, Lower Downtown Denver (or LoDo) is a top destination for Denver culture. In addition to its vibrant scene, though, LoDo is also home to some of the city’s best-preserved historic architecture and more Victorian–era buildings than anywhere else in the United States.More
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Larimer Square

Larimer Square

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Larimer Square is the oldest part of Denver, with Victorian-era buildings now home to many of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and boutiques. The foundation of Colorado’s capital, the 2-block district is popular with locals and tourists alike, strolling beneath strings of lights and state flags.More
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Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

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The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave commemorate the legendary cowboy at his resting place atop Lookout Mountain overlooking Golden, Colorado. William “Buffalo Bill” Cody was buried on the mountain in 1917 and the original museum at the site was opened a few years later. The museum’s Buffalo Bill artifacts and exhibits have been attracting Wild West enthusiasts ever since.More
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Molly Brown House Museum

Molly Brown House Museum

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Visitors may know Margaret “Molly” Brown in association with theRMS Titanic, but there was much more to her life than the ill-fated voyage for which she became famous. An activist, suffragist, and philanthropist, Brown’s spirit lives on through educational tours, exhibits, and programming inside her restored historic Denver home.More
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Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain

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It’s just a short drive from downtown Denver, but Lookout Mountain feels like another world. Once used as a lookout for the Native American Ute tribe that called the area home, the 7,300-foot (2,225-meter) mountain has miles of hiking and mountain biking trails throughout, from easy walking paths to strenuous switchbacks. From the summit, you can see the Denver skyline 12 miles (19 kilometers) away.More
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Colorado State Capitol Building

Colorado State Capitol Building

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The Colorado State Capitol, built a mile above sea level with a bell-shaped gold dome, is a striking feature in Denver’s skyline. The historic structure is made from Colorado rose onyx, a rare marble that’s entire known stores were used on the building. On your way in, look for the step that marks the capitol’s “mile high” point.More
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Denver 16th Street Mall

Denver 16th Street Mall

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The Denver 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado, is a tree-lined pedestrian corridor filled with outdoor cafés, restaurants, and shops. Along the popular downtown promenade, visitors can enjoy performances from local street performers or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage while searching for the perfect craft beer or dining spot.More
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Denver Art Museum (DAM)

Denver Art Museum (DAM)

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One of the largest museums between Chicago and California, Denver Art Museum showcases a wide range of art in its 70,000-piece collection. From Native American art to ultramodern contemporary pieces, interactive exhibits to works sparking profound cultural reflection, DAM (as locals call it) is a destination for art lovers of all ages.More
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Denver Civic Center Park

Denver Civic Center Park

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Denver Civic Center Park was created more than 100 years ago as the civic heart for the city of Denver. The urban green space is the site of the Colorado State Capitol, and arching footpaths across the park offer a chance to stroll among the gardens and marvel at the surrounding architecture, including the Denver City and County Building, the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Central Library. The park is also home to the Greek Theater and the historic Carnegie Library.Recent revitalization efforts have turned Civic Center Park into a hub for local events including outdoor movies and Civic Center EATS, an annual, summer-long tradition in which local, gourmet food trucks convene at the park every Tuesday and Thursday during lunchtime.More
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Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

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Spanning four city blocks and offering more than 10,000 total seats, this massive cultural complex anchors downtown Denver’s Theater District and diverse performing arts scene. From show-stopping musicals and storybook ballets to comedy cabaret and cutting-edge drama, it’s where Denver goes to be entertained.More
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Denver Mint

Denver Mint

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The Denver Mint is one of a handful of facilities that produces US currency, and one of only two (along with the Philadelphia Mint) that offers tours to the public. Visitors can tour the massive Renaissance-style 1904 mint building to glimpse the coin-making process, explore exhibits on the history of money, or purchase authentic currency and commemorative coins in the gift shop.More
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Denver City Park

Denver City Park

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Built in 1882, the 314-acre (127-hectare City Park is Denver’s largest urban green space. The park is home to two lakes, two playgrounds, picnic sites, sports facilities, and several historical monuments, as well as major attractions, like the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Denver

How to Spend 3 Days in Denver

Front Range Adventures from Denver

Front Range Adventures from Denver

Top activities in Denver

Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
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Twilight Ghost Tour
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Twilight Ghost Tour

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BEYOND Light Show & Meditation

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Denver and Foothills Mountain Small-Group Tour
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Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape

Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape

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Half Day Rocky Mountain Hike
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Brews & Views
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Brews & Views

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Rocky Mountain National Park Tour from Denver
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Glacier Hiking & Geothermal Cave Pools + Pictures Day Tour in Idaho Springs
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Small-Group Tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
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Visit Red Rocks Park, Continental Divide & Breckenridge
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Recent reviews from experiences in Denver

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Will was a fantastic...
cpillion, Aug 2022
1.5 Hour LoDo Walking Tour in Denver
I did this tour on my first morning in Denver and it gave me a list of things to do and eat for my trip.
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Good late morning filler
LaureenS, Aug 2022
1.5 Hour LoDo Walking Tour in Denver
There’s not a whole lot to see but it’s a decent introduction to Denver
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The entire family enjoyed...
Brian_O, Aug 2022
Downtown Denver Food Tour
Looking forward to visiting some of the local dining Rosie recommended.
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Wonderful Day getting into Denver
gary_w, Jul 2022
Downtown Denver History & Highlights - Small Group Walking Tour
Walking is the only way to see Denver downtown.
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Just what we wanted
Debbie_S, Jul 2022
Half Day Rocky Mountain Hike
Plus we got to see Bison on the trail.
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Great
pureessence10, Jul 2022
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape
Nice trip to see some beautiful scenery right outside of Denver.
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Spooky ghost tour
Joshua_W, Jul 2022
Twilight Ghost Tour
We got to see the most haunted house in Denver and learn quite a bit of local history of Denver area
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Great use of a half day!
Kenny_B, Jul 2022
Half Day Rocky Mountain Hike
He knew every question we asked and gave great insight on hiking and other activities to do in And around Denver.
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Worth repeating!
Jonathan_B, Jul 2022
Denver Guided Sightseeing Tour on Motor Scooters
It was safe, fun, and a special way to see Denver!!
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Great tour
Kimberly_F, Jul 2022
Small-Group Tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
Great way to see the Rockies during a short downtown Denver trip.
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Great day trip option!
Dannie_N, May 2022
Visit Red Rocks Park, Continental Divide & Breckenridge
A wonderful tour to be able to see the surrounding areas of Denver!
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Great Tour Provided by Mason
Daniel_K, May 2022
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
Lunch in Manitou Springs was very nice and Mason gave great recommendations for establishments to try.
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See a lot in a little bit if time
Mary_K, May 2022
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape
Best way to see some of the Rockies and learn about the area if you're time to be a tourist is limited.
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Crisp and Beautiful mountain view tour
Susmita_D, May 2022
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
Our guide, Nick gave us an awesome experience with his knowledge about the places we visited as well as suggestions for fun things to do in denver.
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Loved the experience!
Devika_P, Apr 2022
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
Friendly, knowledgable, and gave us great recommendations for activities and dining in the Denver and Manitou springs area!
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Can't go wrong choosing this tour!
Janet_K, Apr 2022
Best of Denver Tour
We got fantastic ideas for what to do on the rest of our trip.
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Great Quick One Day Trip to see the Rocky Mountains
Arturo_D, Aug 2022
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
Saw some elk and actually saw a little snow falling (in August)!
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Beautiful Day
Kimberly_G, Aug 2022
Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
I would recommend this tour to anyone that is coming to visit the Denver area, my daughter and can’t wait to come back!
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Fantastic -- not just about the food!
Tracey_B, Jul 2022
Downtown Denver Food Tour
Would 100% recommend this tour to visitors and locals alike.
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Wow!! Take this tour!
Diane_W, Jul 2022
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
He gave us excellent recommendations for other places to visit in the Denver area, and a list of restaurants.
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All about Denver

When to visit

To dodge Denver’s summer crowds, visit in the spring or fall shoulder season (April–May and September–October), both of which see lower rates and still-warm weather. Deal-seekers and winter-sports enthusiasts should choose to visit in winter, when it’s easier to snag a deal and the nearby ski resorts are open.

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Time Zone
MDT (UTC -7)
Country Code
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Language(s)
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People Also Ask

What is Denver known for?

Parts of the Mile-High City, situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, are at exactly 5,280 feet (1,609 meters). Denver’s population has exploded in recent years. It is known for outdoor adventures, a strong craft beer scene, and vibrant arts and culture sectors.

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How can I spend 3 days in Denver?

Start in LoDo (Lower Downtown), Denver’s oldest neighborhood where you’ll find Union Station, ​​Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Larimer Square—the city's oldest block known for chef-driven restaurants and nightlife. Catch a show at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, wander 16th Street Mall, and expand your mind at Meow Wolf.

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What part of Denver should I visit?

Book accommodations in LoDo (Lower Downtown) if possible. You’ll be near Union Station, countless restaurants and bars, and Larimer Square and McGregor Square. RiNo, or River North (aka Five Points), boasts nightlife, vibrant street art, and Denver Central Market. Chill LoHi (Lower Highlands) offers views of Denver’s skyline.

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Where is the best view in Denver?

Head to the roof of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, aka the Anschutz Family Sky Terrace. From here, you’ll catch views of the downtown skyline, the capitol dome, and—on clear days— Mt. Evans and Longs Peak in the distance.

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What should I not miss near Denver?

Make the drive up Mount Evans on the highest paved road on the continent—14,260 feet (4,346 meters). At the top, see Colorado's Front Range. For a different kind of Rocky Mountain view, catch a show at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, one of the most famous outdoor US venues.

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What is there to do in Denver in the winter?

Many Denverites hit the slopes—Colorado has 28 ski resorts. In the city, grab tea at historic Brown Palace or tour the Coors Brewery. Scope out Denver Art Museum or Denver Union Station, dip into Indian Hot Springs, or ice-skate at Skyline Park. The city’s bars, restaurants, and music venues attract crowds year-round.

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