Denver attractions offer something for everyone, from couples to singles to families. Within a 1-mile radius, visit three major sports stadiums with seven professional teams, the nation’s 2nd largest performing arts center, a variety of art and history museums including the History Colorado Center and the Denver Art Museum, a river offering whitewater rafting, Elitch Gardens (theme and water park) and the Downtown Aquarium.
Take It or Leave It:
Don't miss the Denver Zoo's newest exhibit, the Toyota Elephant Passage, a look at the animals of Asia.
Denver’s hotels are as plentiful as the city’s 300 days of sunshine and mild temperatures. A total of 8,400 Denver hotel rooms are found in its lively downtown, where you can walk to dozens of restaurants, cultural and entertainment attractions, and unique shopping options. Take the free shuttle on the pedestrian-only 16th Street Mall. Overnight at the historic Oxford Hotel, the Westin Tabor, Four Seasons Denver, or the newest hotel, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denver.
A collection of hotels are located near the Denver International Airport, but you'll need a car to get around.
VISIT DENVER, the marketing arm of the city, often features hotel deals.
Start with more than 300 downtown Denver restaurants, ranging from regional cuisine featuring local beef, such as steakhouses and barbeque, to Asian, Italian and Latin-influenced dining. Denver’s most popular dining spots are scattered throughout the city in the neighborhoods of Larimer Square, LoDo, Cherry Creek and Highlands, amongst others. Dining experiences range from an elegant afternoon tea at the Brown Palace to international cuisine at Kevin Taylor Restaurant to laidback Italian dining at the chain Maggiano’s Little Italy to burgers at Cherry Cricket to the wildly popular, locally-sourced ingredients on the menu at the Root Down and Linger Denver restaurants in the Highlands neighborhood.
Denverites love dining out, so restaurant reservations are recommended even on weekdays.
Be Sure to Sample:
Buckhorn Exchange, prime rib at The Ship's Tavern, and the disco brunch at the Corner Office inside the Curtis Hotel.
Whatever your idea of nightlife, Denver has their groove on. Chic lounges and exclusive clubs in Larimer Square and LoDo are made for networking, and you can let your hair down on the pulsating dance floors of the South Colfax Nightclub District. Denver has an impressive live music scene with a constant flow of international and local acts, including the world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Take It or Leave It:
Denver's nightlife gets started late, usually after 10:00 pm, but early birds can get a lively sample by hitting happy hour at a wine bar or restaurant.
Denver is the King of Beers, so you'll find a surprisingly hopping nightlife at brewpubs throughout the city.
You’ll only need a pair of comfortable walking shoes to enjoy a day of shopping in Denver. In Downtown, the 16th Street Mall is a mile-long shopping experience lined with unique shops, boutiques, brand name stores and souvenir stores. Venture to Cherry Creek Shopping Center for a high-end designer experience. The “West” lives just 20 minutes from downtown in the city of Golden, where you can enjoy a unique “Old West” shopping experience with western-themed clothing and gifts.
Best Local Souvenir:
Signature Diamond-snap Western shirt at Rockmount Ranch Wear.