Top 10 Must-Do Experiences in Denver

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

If you think of Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre as just a beautiful place to see a concert, think again! This free, city park is a great daytime destination all year-round, with easy hiking trails through the giant ancient boulders and a visitor center that includes a Performers’ Hall of Fame. The famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre hosts a spectacular summer concert series from May through September, and catching a show here is on every music lover’s bucket list. Red Rocks Park is located 30 minutes west of downtown Denver.

Denver Beer Trail
Take a self-guided tour along the Denver Beer Trail and sample the craft beer paradise in The Mile High City. Explore the 20 featured breweries, most in the walkable downtown area, and you will find everything from Stouts to Lagers, and all the flavors in-between. Denver’s craft beer culture is thriving and creative, and growing larger every day.

Rockmount Ranch Wear

A true Western icon, Jack A. Weil (1901 – 2008), invented the first cowboy shirt with snaps, and helped popularize Western wear as legitimate American fashion. Many of the Rockmount designs are worn by movie stars and music legends, all with the signature design of diamond snaps, and sawtooth pockets. The grandson of “Papa Jack” Weil, Steve Weil, continues the traditions today and the store is located in the heart of downtown at 1626 Wazee Street in downtown Denver.

Denver Art Museum

See the famous collection of Native American art and explore the bold art inside and out of the Frederic C. Hamilton building, designed by world famous architect, Daniel Libeskind. The Denver Art Museum also offers free general admission on the first Saturday of every month, and is free for kids under 18. Directly south of downtown, the Golden Triangle Museum District is home to galleries, fine-art studios, specialty stores and eight museums including, the Denver Art Museum (100 W 14th Ave Pkwy). This unique neighborhood is Denver’s center for art and culture and a great place to explore on foot or B-cycle.

Larimer Square
Larimer Square is Denver’s oldest and most historic block, home to the first saloons and businesses in The Mile City. Today, the Victorian buildings have been transformed into shops, wine bars and the hottest restaurants. Look for the sparkling lights strung across the street, and relax at an outdoor cafe or bar, taste the best of cuisine created by local chefs or find unique clothing and accessories in the boutiques. (Located between 14th St. and 15th St. on Larimer Street.)

Union Station

Downtown Denver’s Union Station has undergone a massive restoration and redevelopment that has transformed the landmark into a transportation, dining, shopping and entertainment hub, all centered around the new Crawford Hotel. The station is a now a fun gathering place for locals and visitors — eat a breakfast burrito at Snooze, sip a beer at the Terminal Bar, sample the locally sourced cuisine at one of the unique restaurants, shop a bit or have a hand-mixed cocktail at Cooper Lounge. Starting in 2016, direct rail service will launch between DEN and this landmark in the heart of downtown.

History Colorado Center

Denver’s History Colorado Center includes exhibits and programs that tell the stories of Colorado and engage visitors in the past, present and future of the Rocky Mountain West. Enjoy interactive exhibits like a virtual ride in a real Model T; test your skills on a ski-jump simulator; and, set off dynamite in an 1880s hard-rock mine. The History Colorado Center is centrally located at 1200 Broadway in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District.

B-cycle to Neighborhoods – RiNo, Art District on Santa Fe and more!

Vibrant arts and culture is just two wheels away! Explore The Mile High City using B-cycle, Denver’s pioneering bike-sharing program ($9 for a 24-hour membership) and pedal your way through Denver’s creative art districts. North of downtown, you’ll find the River North Art District (RiNo), which is rapidly becoming the hotspot for artists, foodies, and designers. While retaining its industrial character, RiNo still offers plenty of cafes, brewpubs, restaurants and art galleries. Start pedaling south to check out the Art District on Santa Fe, which is home to the largest concentration of art galleries in Colorado — more than 100 galleries, artist studios and creative businesses. Art lovers can find everything from traditional art to contemporary sculptures in Denver.

Cherry Creek

Cherry Creek Shopping Center is home to more than 160 stores and restaurants including Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi’s, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss. Visit the guest services desk and ask for your “Passport to Shopping” offering discounts for more than 60 stores and restaurants. After the shopping center, head across 1st Avenue to find the charming, tree-lined streets of Cherry Creek North. Here you can explore galleries, boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, spas and more. Located across from the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Cherry Creek North is a must-see for the savvy shopper, art lover or tired traveler looking to relax and reset. Cherry Creek is located just 15 minutes southeast of downtown.

Mile High Culture Pass

The Mile High Culture Pass is available for purchase online or at Denver’s downtown Tourist Information Center for the Mile High price of $52.80. The pass will admit visitors to all seven participating attractions, including two only-in-Denver museums, Clyfford Still and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. (A three-day pass is also available for $25.) Explore the life and work of the Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still, considered one of the most influential painters of the 20th century, and until now, the vast majority of his art has been hidden away. For 100 years, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has been at the heart of cultural experience in Denver. Learn about dazzling gems and minerals and get as close to a T-Rex dinosaur as you dare. There are additional discounts for the B-cycle bike sharing system and attractions like the Molly Brown House Museum, home of Titanic heroine, the unsinkable Margaret “Molly” Brown.

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