Denver's Top Must-See Attractions: See It, Do It, Love It

By , Local Expert, Denver
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Denver is not short on ways to entertain, indulge and intrigue you, from cultural treasures such as the somewhat quirky Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and the stellar Denver Art Museum to a wealth of opportunities under the almost-always sunny or star-filled Colorado skies, including Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, and Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, which is arguably one of the most acoustically perfect natural amphitheaters on the planet. For those visiting with kids, Elitch Gardens is a city-center combo theme park and water park that has been thrilling Colorado families for generations, while the U.S....  Read more »

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    Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

    It is Denver's one-of-a-kind star attraction and one of the most memorable days or evenings you'll ever spend.

    Local Expert Tip: "Arrive early; there's one road in and it gets crowded. Expect to walk a ways to your seats. Comfortable shoes are a must, as are water (the park sits 6,400 feet above sea level) and layers of clothes for changing weather. You can bring in food but read the park's list of permitted and prohibited items first. "

     
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    History Colorado Center

    History Colorado Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate, described by Smithsonian Affiliations Director Harold...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Best time to visit the new History Colorado Center is Monday through Thursday by 10:00 a.m. when the doors open, before the crowds appear. "

     
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    Elitch Gardens

    Multiple generations of Denver families have grown up going to Elitch Gardens; while it's historic, it's...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Afternoon thunderstorms are common. The park will shut down if there's a chance of lightning,so check the weather or go mornings or evenings when storms are less likely. "

     
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    Denver Art Museum

    DAM holds its own against any museum in the country, and is an architectural marvel.

    Local Expert Tip: "As you meander through the Frederic C. Hamilton Building, consider how the angled walls force curators to get creative when hanging and displaying artwork. If you visit with children on a weekend, ask for a family backpack; they're filled with interactive games and guides that ramp up the fun factor as you explore. "

     
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    Denver B-Cycle

    Denver is a biking city. This is a great way for visitors to explore like a local without renting a car.

    Local Expert Tip: "B-Cycle offers annual memberships as well as 24-hour, seven-day and 30-day access passes online. Only 24-hour access passes are available for purchase at the B-Stations (where you pick up and return your bike) and a credit card is required."

     
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    United States Mint

    It's one of only two mints in the country that you can tour.

    Local Expert Tip: "Reservations are required for 45-minute tours, which can be booked online or by phone up to 90 days in advance--and they do fill. Check your change for the small "D" indicating the coins were minted in Denver. "

     
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    Denver Brews Cruise

    Craft brewing has long been in Denver's DNA. What better way to introduce visitors to this taste treat (and economic driver) than on a tour?

    Local Expert Tip: "Dedicated drivers are encouraged; notify your driver who in your group is the DD and he or she will receive a special gift at the end of the tour."

     
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    Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

    Vance Kirkland had a significant influence on the legacy of Colorado art. His studio alone is worth the visit--but there's so much more.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss Vance Kirkland's studio with its info on how the artist was synesthetic--he heard sounds and interpreted them as colors--and why he suspended himself from the ceiling to paint! "

     
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    Colorado Shakespeare Festival

    Since 1958 the festival has celebrated and interpreted the Bard with thought-provoking productions in an intimate and engaging setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go early and picnic on the Green while Shakespeare-themed entertainers, think minstrels and jesters, amuse you. For the more cerebral, the artistic director of the show usually offers a free and information-filled prologue in the theater about 45 minutes before the curtain rises."

     
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    Coors Field

    It's fun to see how far the ball flies at a mile high, plus Coors Field is walkable from many downtown hotels.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out a summer evening's game from the right field bleachers and watch the sun set in the west over 14,265 ft. Mount Evans. Before or after the game, take in the lively LoDo neighborhood with its restaurants, galleries and breweries."

     

 

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