There is much to see and do for free in Denver if you know where to look. As a very outdoor oriented city, many of the activities in the Mile High City are free if you have the right equipment: hit up the Cherry Creek Trail and ride down to watch the kayakers play at Confluence Park. Or if you have a kayak, take it down the river on a hot summer day. And the Denver Skate Park is considered one of the best in the country, offering a variety of concrete terrain to challenge all levels of skaters, bladers and bikers, it also stays open late, and has stunning sunset skyline views.
But beyond active activities, other Denver experiences can also be had for free. It won't cost a penny, for instance, to climb to the 15th step of the Colorado State Capitol building and snap an Instagram worthy selfie standing exactly 5,280-feet (or a mile high) above the sea. Inside, tours of the capitol are also free and reveal some historically intriguing conversation starters.
It's also free to walk the city's many neighborhoods, where you'll find some intriguing stores, like Rockmount Ranch Wear, that are almost mini museums inside. While garments here, which are favoritied by celebrities, aren't free, browsing is. Rockmount is located in LoDo, the hip downtown shopping and dining district, where you'll also uncover the city's most revered bookstore, the Tattered Cover, where whole afternoons can be lost reading in the shop's comfortable chairs.