With 300 days of sunshine and a thriving cultural scene, Denver is one of America’s favorite cities. Located at the foot of the Colorado Mountains, Denver is nicknamed the ‘Mile High City’. Fabulous accommodations, starred restaurants, upscale shopping, 7 professional sports teams, and spectacular scenery and beauty of Denver make it an ideal vacation destination. The list of things to do in Denver is proportional to the altitude of the city, so to help you make the most of your visit, here are 10 attractions not to be missed in Denver.
Denver Art Museum
The Denver Arts Museum is part of the Civic Center of Denver. One of the largest museums between Chicago and the West Coast, it houses more than 68,000 works of art from around the world and in time, but it’s his Native American art collection that made him famous . In addition to exhibitions, the museum offers daily activities for all ages. These interactive activities are included in the entrance fees. A brochure on the family activities offered by the Museum can be downloaded from the website in English and Spanish. This brochure lists all activities by floor. Daily activities include an entertainment center, a children’s corner, a play gallery, an artistic creative space and a sculpture studio.
Rocky Mountain National Park
A multitude of outdoor activities await those who visit this national park. Go hiking, climbing, fishing or rafting. The park has more than 560 kilometers of winding lanes in the majestic mountains, tundra, wildflower meadows and abundant wildlife. Tracks for all levels of hikers provide adventure to everyone. Go for a half day of easy walking around a lake or for a multi-day expedition in a mountain backpack. This park stimulates the mind as much as the body. Whether you want to paint a watercolor landscape or learn how to track a moose, learning opportunities abound in this park – which also offers programs like the Rocky Mountain Conservatory, Rangers and Junior Rangers. Here few minutes away on the left side of Rocky Mountain National Park, there is a photography studio Rocky Mountain Aerials that also help people and tourist to have a nice photo shoot. You may contact them as well to grab a great amount of memories in the shape of images and pictures.
Serve craft beers
Denver is famous around the world for its breweries. Visit the legendary Coors of Golden for free – its brewery, malt and packaging plant. It is the largest brewery in the world on one site. Do not forget to visit the fresh beer hall to sip a sample. If you prefer craft beers, the Black Sky brewery located on Santa Fe Drive brews its own beer for sale by the glass or the pitcher. The decor is industrial; they play heavy-metal and serve pizzas with their menu of craft beers made on site and a selection of beers from other local breweries. And if you still want to enjoy beer, stop at 3001 Walnut Street at the Epic Beer Brewery to try out their popular flavors like ‘Epically Strange’ and ‘Big Bad Baptist
Denver Botanical Gardens
The Denver Botanical Gardens are in the Cheesman Park area. They stretch over 9 hectares and contain several themed gardens, a conservatory and an amphitheater below where visitors can attend a selection of concerts in summer. The gardens are divided into three distinct parts: the formal garden on York Street in east-central Denver, the Denver Botanic Gardens near Chatfield State Park, and Mount Goliath on the way to Mount Evans. Chatfield Gardens features natural meadows, riverbanks and historic farms. Mount Goliath is an alpine wildflower garden with hiking trails. The Botanical Gardens are a great place to relax and enjoy a picnic in the heart of the city.
Shopping in Cherry Creek
The northern commercial district of Cherry Creek is the dream of every shopper. This charming neighborhood offers 16 blocks of shops and restaurants. Just 5 minutes from downtown Denver, it is bounded by First and Third Avenue, and by University and Steele Street. The neighborhood has 320 stores, art galleries, shops, spas and restaurants. The Cherry Creek Shopping Center itself contains more than 160 stores, 40 of which are exclusive to the region. You will find Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Ralph Lauren, as well as picturesque gardens, tree-lined streets and public art that add to the charm of this shopping district. You will also find unique bakeries and cafés to restore you between your window-shopping sessions.