The Denver, Colorado region is one of the fastest growing areas in the country, and it offers a great blend of big-city amenities, outdoor recreation and cultural attractions. Situated a short drive from Rocky Mountain National Park, the city is an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise. Enjoy ski slopes in winter, miles of hiking trails and summer activities like fly-fishing, rafting and mountain biking.
Founded in 1858, Denver began as an agricultural town catering to settlers on the frontier. It soon became a boomtown as prospectors arrived in search of gold and silver. Today the city boasts award-winning museums, a gleaming performing arts complex and a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment venues. Along with its spectacular scenery, the city is famous for the Denver Broncos and beer. There are over 100 breweries in the Mile High City with more popping up every year.
Embark on day trips to destinations like Echo Lake and the historic gold mining towns, Central City and Black Hawk. Get in the western spirit at the National Stock Show & Rodeo, take the Ski Train to the slopes, or enjoy a scenic horseback ride. Whatever your reason for visiting Denver, you’ll want to plan a return trip.
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While you’re in Denver explore Mount Evans Scenic Byway, the highest paved road in North America. Enjoy views and trails at Echo Lake or tour Denver Botanic Gardens. Ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad, stroll past Victorian buildings and see former movie sets in historic Georgetown. Central City and Black Hawk are legendary for Old West history, abandoned gold mines and more than two dozen casinos. Evergreen offers serene lake views, spectacular Maxwell Falls and a quaint downtown.
Enjoy a big-name concert and panoramic views at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, just 15 minutes from Denver, or take in a race at Bandimere Speedway. Denver’s River North Art District is home to the Denver Zoo, Museum of Nature & Science, and art galleries. Treat the family to Butterfly Pavilion in Arvada and marvel at more than 1200 free flying butterflies. Experience what life was like on a 1860s farm at Littleton Historical Museum.
Visit Coors Brewery in Golden, just outside Denver, for a self-guided tour of the brew house and packaging complex. Tours are offered Mon-Sat from 10am-4pm and on Sundays from 12-4pm. Stop in to Great Divide Brewery and Tap Room in downtown Denver for a behind-the-scenes tour and beer samples. Tours are offered Mon-Fri from 3-5pm and on weekends from 2-6pm. Wynkoop Brewing Company is located in the historic J.S. Brown Mercantile Building. Take a tour Tues-Sat from 3-5pm.
Discover natural wonders at Rocky Mountain National Park, just a 90-minute drive from downtown Denver. Choose from six public golf courses in Aurora, or try stand-up paddle boarding at Cherry Creek State Park. Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood is a popular spot for fishing, hiking and water-skiing. Castlewood Canyon State Park and Pike National Forest offer challenges for hikers and rock climbers. Thrill seekers won’t want to miss the Castle Rock Zip Line.
Mingle with locals and visitors at world-class ski slopes just minutes from Denver. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area features skiing, snowboarding and scenic views. The Winter Park Express Ski Train from Union Station offers a convenient way to experience skiing or snowboarding from January through March. Thornton hosts the popular Winterfest in December. Enjoy sparkling holiday lights and a fireworks show. Downtown’s Southwest Rink at Skyline Park is a family-friendly spot for ice-skating.
The National Western Stock Show is one of the world’s richest professional rodeos. Held in January at the National Western Complex in Denver, the 16-day event features some of the nation’s top bull riders, horse shows, livestock competitions and auctions. Visitors enjoy the spectacle of dancing horses accompanied by a live orchestra, a nostalgic Wild West show suitable for the whole family, and one of the country’s largest western trade shows.