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Hikers, extreme skiers, cowboys, sports fans, local brewers and art aficionados all meet a mile high in Denver. The picturesque American city sits along the eastern side of the iconic Rocky Mountains at exactly 5,280-feet above sea level, making it one of the highest places in the U.S. In Denver you can hit the slopes, hike to your heart’s content, cheer for local sports teams, or spend the day at one of its many world-class museums. Denver invites nearly 3 million people a year to admire the stunning views of snow-capped mountains and experience outdoor adventures or take in the old Western history that is at heart of Denver. Book on of our Best Western Denver hotels and start exploring this beautiful city.
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At the city center, the Colorado State Capitol features a stunning golden dome with real Colorado gold leaf as a symbol of the Gold Rush that helped develop the state and the Western U.S. Learn even more about Colorado’s history on a free guided walking tour that you can pick up on Lincoln Street just out front of the capitol. Walk through the beautiful Greek Amphitheater at Civic Center park and pass through the archways. You’ll enter Larimer Square, the city’s oldest block and home to cultural and historic hubs like the Denver Center Library and Denver Art Museum. In contrast to its contemporary architecture, many works inside the museum pay homage to the old American West.
Stroll a few blocks east of the museum along 13th Avenue and stop at the Molly Brown House Museum. Known in the history books as the “unsinkable Molly Brown,” the Titanic survivor’s 18th Century home features Victorian era art and furniture.
While in the area, tour the University of Colorado Denver campus or snap a photo with the big blue bear at the Colorado Convention Center. The 40-foot bear statue peeks into the convention lobby as he keeps watch of visitors and convention guests evoking a playful spirit that Colorado is known for.
Capitol Hill Denver
Relax with a book under the shade of the pines at Cheesman Park, or stand on the top steps of the Walter Scott Cheesman Pavilion to get an amazing panoramic view of snow-capped mountains. The park is also home to the Denver Botanic Gardens, spanning 24-acres and host of seasonal concerts and exhibits. Check out gardens inspired from around the world, the beautiful pink waterlilies in the “Water Gardens” or see how plants thrive in a unique high altitude climate in the “Gardens of the West” plot.
Lower Downtown “Lodo Denver”
Continue walking north along 15th Street to check out the latest installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, or relax at Commons Park with riverfront walking and biking trails. Hop on a free Mall shuttle from 16th Street to Union Station, offering convenient and affordable fairs to many of Denver’s quaint suburbs like Greenwood Village and Louisville, or ride out to Boulder for some awesome hikes at the Flatirons or Chautauqua. After the hike, head back to downtown Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall and replenish with a hot dinner and a cold local brew before ending your day at one of our Best Western hotels in Denver.
River North Art District
Shop and dine with the locals and head down Brighton Boulevard to The Source Denver, the remodeled 19th Century building now home to daily markets and vendors. Fill up on fresh-baked goods or pick up a souvenir. See a show at the nearby Denver Coliseum, or check out the vintage cars at Forney Museum of Transportation.
For sports fans, there is always a home team to cheer on. The exciting Denver Broncos and 2015 Super Bowl Champions always give the fans something to remember. There is nothing but net while watching the Denver Nuggets™ take on the competition at the Pepsi Center. The popular Colorado Rockies™ slug it out at Coors Field where you can sample more than 52 beers on tap. Soccer fans can check out the Colorado Rapids™ as they race down field at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Things to Do With Kids In Denver
Raise your hands high at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park featuring many rides and roller coasters. Climb the interactive “Altitude” exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Denver and catch your breath for some incredible mountain views at the top. Just across the South Platte River, experience life under the sea while checking out the new 4-D theatre at the Denver Aquarium. Learn about the stars and the universe at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s planetarium. See a tiger at the Denver Zoo, or launch a rocket to the moon in a replica of NASA’s Apollo control room at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.
Day Trips From Denver
If you’ve come out west to explore the Rockies and the great outdoors than Mount Evans and Breckenridge are must-do trips outside the city. Travel west of Denver along Interstate 70 to begin one of the most scenic drives in the country. Make a stop at Dinosaur Ridge with remnants from the Late Jurassic period where 150 million year old dinosaur bones and footprints are laid into sand and mudstone. Continue west through the Mount Evans Scenic Byway as you journey through ancient wilderness passing sparkling fresh lakes and lush forests. Bring a jacket, as temperatures are much cooler at the summit than in Denver.
Ready to hit the slopes? You’ll actually travel right through the mountains to reach Breckenridge, a world-class ski town. Skiing is just the start, unwind in a spa or indulge at a topnotch restaurant featuring a range of world-class chefs serving up delicious cuisine
When planning your next adventure to Mile High City, make one of our Best Western Denver hotels your home base so you can truly experience all that this Rocky Mountain city has to offer.