|Welcome to Denver – the Mile High City – where 300 days of sunshine, a thriving arts and cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and the Rocky Mountain backdrop combine for the world’s most spectacular playground. Denver offers stunning architecture, award-winning dining and unparalleled views, all within walking distance from its famed 16th Street pedestrian mall. A free shuttle carries visitors up and down this central corridor, providing quick access to world-class art and culture, wine bars, restaurants, and live music hot spots in Larimer Square or historic LoDo. Upscale shopping awaits at Cherry Creek, while Denver’s seven professional sports teams showcase this city’s active spirit. Experience what the locals know. For great ideas, events and more, go to VISITDENVER.org.|
Suggested Tours from the Colorado Sightseer
Denver the “Mile High City”
Fall in love with the Mile High City on this adventure that includes seeing Lower Downtown (LoDo) and Larimer Square. Pass by Mile High Stadium, the United States Mint, and Coors Field. Tour the elegant Brown Palace Hotel and the State Capitol Building. Learn about hand crafting hard candy while visiting Hammond’s Candies plus take home some sweets from the candy store. Travel through magnificent city parks and see Victorian neighborhoods including the area where the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown once lived. (Candy factory tour not available on Sunday)
Duration: 3 1/2 hours.
Departs: Downtown Denver daily 8:15 a.m. or 12:45 p.m.
Rocky Mountain National Park (Memorial Day through mid-October)
Cross-over the Continental Divide twice during this adventure through one of America’s most treasured parks. Visit the mountain village of Estes Park and explore the multitude of souvenir shops. Walk to a waterfall or around an alpine lake. Witness beautiful meadows and discover fragile alpine tundra. See incredible mountain views as you travel 11 miles (17.6km) above timberline while reaching an elevation of 12,183 feet (3,715m) on Trail Ridge Road. Enjoy a picnic lunch while surrounded by pristine mountain scenery. Observe a variety of wildlife including herds of grazing elk and yellow-bellied marmots. (Park entrance fee and picnic lunch included)
Duration: 10 hours
Departs: Downtown Denver daily 8:15 a.m.
#7 Evergreen, Squaw Pass, and Echo Lake
Drive into the mountains via Bear Creek Canyon and its multitude of Denver Mountain Parks. Browse the shops of the quaint town of Evergreen. Witness stands of Golden Aspen and beautiful mountain vistas while climbing over Squaw Pass to Echo Lake. At Echo Lake, take a walk, browse the shop, and enjoy the mountain scenery. Travel through historic Genesee Mountain Park while viewing herds of Buffalo and Elk!
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Departs: Downtown Denver daily 8:15 a.m. or 12:45 p.m.
Additional tours and activities are outlined on the Colorado Sightseer website:
Top 10 Things To Do In Downtown Denver
Denver has one of the most compact, walkable downtowns in the country. You can save on shoe-leather by riding the free shuttle bus on the 16th Street Mall – it makes everything downtown easy to reach. Or hop on a bright red B-cycle, our widespread bike sharing system. Daily passes are $5 and gives you unlimited rides of 30 minutes or less. Check it out at denver.bcycle.com.
For more information about the Mile High City, go to www.visitdenver.org or download the mobile applications for iPhone (available on the iTunes store) or Android (available on the Android Market)
1. Colorado State Capitol
Stand exactly 5,280 feet above sea level (one mile high!) on the west steps, then climb to the rotunda for a panorama of snowcapped peaks. It’s against state law to block the view of the 200 named mountains visible from the dome. Free tours on weekdays.
2. Denver Art Museum
There are two buildings – one a fortress-like structure from Italian architect Gio Ponti, the other, a structure that resembles a titanium crystal with peaks and shards designed by Daniel Libeskind. Inside, find the world's greatest collection of Native American art and 68,000 other art objects, including works from European masters, and Old West classics.
3. U.S. Mint
Learn how to make money! The Mint produces 50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little “D” for Denver. Free tours show every step in the process of turning a dull, blank, metal slug into shiny pocket change.
4. 16th Street Mall - Pedestrian Mall
Lined with 200 trees and 50,000 flowers, this festive, mile-long pedestrian promenade has 28 outdoor cafes and offers Denver's best people watching. I.M. Pei designed the gray and pink granite pathway to resemble the pattern of a diamondback rattlesnake. Hop on the bus – they're free and stop on every corner. After dark, horse-drawn carriages clatter up and down the Mall.
5. Larimer Square
This trendy block of Victorian buildings is home to chic shopping, dance clubs, a comedy club, outdoor cafes and a dozen of Denver's best restaurants. For 40 years in downtown Denver, it's hip to be at the "Square."
6. LoDo Historic District
Denver's historic district is filled with turn-of-the-century warehouses, now home to 90 brewpubs, sports bars, restaurants and rooftop cafes. Stop by Rockmount Ranchwear for a snap button Western shirt at the store where they were invented; browse from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Bookstore; listen to jazz at El Chapultepec, one of Esquire Magazine’s 50 best bars.
7. Confluence Park
Denver was founded here as a gold mining camp in 1858. Today, the river park is the heart of Denver's 850-mile bike trail network, and is surrounded by attractions. Gear up for the mountains at the REI Flagship store; ride the Platte River Trolley to the Downtown Aquarium to see stingrays and sharks; eat and drink in the nearby neighborhoods of Riverfront, LoHi and Highlands.
8. Elitch Gardens Amusement Park
Open from May through October, Elitch Gardens offers affordable family fun and entertainment with two parks in one: a family theme park with thrilling roller coasters suitable for all ages, and the Island Kingdom Water Park, a refreshing aquatic wonderland.
9. Denver Performing Arts Complex
This four-block, 12-acre site hosts Broadway blockbusters, Tony Award-winning theatre, ballet, opera and symphony. See a show or take a tour. Ninety-minute guided tours take visitors to dressing rooms, rehearsal studios, and costume departments.
10. Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
One of the Mile High City’s newest museums, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is housed in sleek, eco-friendly building designed by acclaimed architect David Adjaye. With five galleries that rotate cutting-edge pieces by some of the world’s most creative minds, each visit to the Museum is guaranteed to be a new, eye-opening experience.