Visiting Denver? Top 10 Places To See and Visit
1. Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
This park and amphitheatre is one of kind and truly a must see experience. Taking more than 250 million years to make this has natural acoustics and spectacular hiking trails. If you visit when there is a concert, movie or other event at Red Rocks, especially at night, do not miss this opportunity. The seating is all carved out from the natural rocks and the stunning night time views of downtown Denver while enjoying an outdoor event cannot be understated.
A daytime visit to hike some of the stunning trails and the theater is also a wonderful way to appreciate this unique Denver attraction and is an experience you will not forget!
2. State Capitol Building
The State Capitol Building will remind you of the nations capitol design but what makes this building unique is that it sits at exactly 5,280 feet elevation, or one mile. This is how the city got its name as the "Mile High City"! The capitol building is a beautiful example of history and architecture and you can enjoy free 45-min tours daily.
3. Denver Botantic Gardens
This botanic gardens is worth the admission and is breathtaking to enjoy. The Denver Botanic Gardens are open year round and offer some stunning holiday lighting displays as well as the colors during the spring and summer. This is a location you do not want to miss on your Denver visit.
4. Denver Art Museum & Museum of Nature & Science
These two museums are a great addition to your Denver tour. The art museum is a visually stunning tour and has new exhibits added on a regular basis so there is always something new to appreciate and learn.
The Denver Museum and Nature & Science currently houses over 1 million objects from around the world. These museums are housed in great buildings architecturally as well and you will enjoy these tours as part of your visit.
5. United States Mint - Denver
Money!! Who doesn't love money? The Denver Mint is a great spot to visit and learn about the money we use everyday. The Denver Mint struck its first coin in 1906 and is still the largest producer of coins in the world.
There are tours available daily and it is a memorable experience you should not miss.
6. Washington Park
This city park is the most popular in Denver and should not be missed. This park is over 165 acres in size and has 2 beautiful lakes and the city's largest flower garden as well. The park is also one of the most popular running trails in Denver. Whether you want to run, walk or bike the trails or just sit and enjoy the view Washington Park is a great spot to take in the beauty of Denver.
7. Union Station, 16th Street Mall & Larimer Square
When you need to find a great spot to eat or do a little shopping Denver has you covered with some great areas. Union Station is a 100 year old train station that is now a great place to shop, eat and even has a spectacular hotel as well this is a wonderful spot to visit.
16th Street Mall is a pedestrian only mall filled with eclectic shops and fun restaurants. There are often unique events going on as well including art walks, carriage rides and even a zombie crawl. A fun downtown area to walk and enjoy!
A third shopping and dining neighborhood is Larimer Square which is a historic district with preserved store fronts that will transport you back in time to early Denver and should not be missed as well.
8. Denver Zoo
The Denver Zoo is a great spot that encompasses 80 acres in City Park and is home to over 4,000 animals. The zoo opened in 1896 and has grown into a world renowned zoo. There are always new exhibits and attractions being added and one of the more popular experiences within the zoo is the chance to feed a giraffe in the Giraffe Encounter exhibit. This beautiful zoo is worth the time to visit!
9. Elitch Gardens Amusement Park
This amusement park has been a part of Denver since it opened in 1890 when it got its name from the gardens that surrounded it in west Denver. The park moved in 1994 and it added more rides and then a water park but lost some the gardens but the name stayed.
This is a fun a popular destination and a great addition to your Denver visit list.
10. Coors Field & Mile High Stadium
A visit to Denver isn't complete without visiting one or more of its great sporting venues. Coors Field is a downtown baseball field that is a great looking venue as well as a fun place to enjoy a ballgame along with stunning mountain views.
The home of the Denver Broncos, Mile High Stadium, is also the venue for many other events and concerts and a great visit as well. As a side note, the horse statue seen at the top of the stadium is a replica model of Gene Autry's famous horse Trigger.
The Pepsi Center is also a great visit to take in a NHL hockey game or NBA game and a fun building to visit. Sports are a big part of the Denver and these venues are great examples of the city's support and enthusiasm and support of their teams.
Bonus: Mt Evans - Road to the Sky
A short drive west of Denver is a spectacular site to drive and enjoy and that is Mt. Evans, the highest paved road in the United States and is nicknamed the 'Road to the Sky".
Drive west to Idaho Springs and follow the road to the peak at 14,240 feet and enjoy some of the most spectacular views you will ever see. Colorado has many 14,000+ peaks but this is the easiest to ascend since you can drive to the top. Be sure to check the road conditions since the top 5 miles typically close to motorized vehicles in early September for snow and by early October the top 10 miles are closed. The road will traditionally reopen the Friday before Memorial Day.
This is worth a half or day, or better a whole day, of your visit to enjoy the natural beauty that is so much a part of Denver and its residents active lifestyles.
Hopefully this list will help you plan your visit to Denver and you can enjoy these locations, venues and the sites that make up this great city.