Tips and Picks for the Best Sightseeing in the Greater Denver Area

Denver has an amazingly diverse collection of sights to see and things to do. What other city has a big blue bear? Or a city park that's not in the city but is arguably one of the best venues on the continent for concerts? That's the case with Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, a one-of-a-kind natural amphitheater and one of Denver's true gems of an attraction. The city is known for its environmentally focused initiatives, which include Denver B-Cycle, the shared bike program that gives residents and visitors a cool way to get around town without a car. For those who don't want to do the research and planning it takes to create a tour of their own, Denver has excellent ready-made tours that are anything but ordinary. Banjo Billy's Bus Tours take the concept of bus tours to a completely different place, and the Denver Microbrew Tour gives visitors insight into how and why Denver has become the epicenter of craft brewing in North America. And although there are four U.S. Mints in the country, only two offer public tours and the U.S. Mint in Denver is one of them. Add historic structures, such as Denver Union Station, museums and the Denver Zoo in City Park, where it's possible to see elephants moseying against a backdrop of the Denver skyline and Rocky Mountain peaks. Who doesn't want to see that? Well, maybe not everyone. But then, those folks can see Denver exactly the way they want to, and that's fine, too.

The big blue bear has become an iconic symbol of Denver, a 40-foot, three-story bright blue bear standing outside the Colorado Convention Center staring in through the soaring front windows. The work, by artist Lawrence Argent, is actually...  Read More

Start your exploration of Denver here. Opened March 2015, this center provides a wealth of information and resources for visitors in a convenient downtown location at 15th and California. Some of the new features include: Touchscreen...  Read More

Denver B-Cycle is the city's bike-sharing program and an excellent way to access many Denver sights. Simply check out a bike at any B-Cycle station and return it to any other station. You could start at the Cherry Creek Bike Path, a paved trail...  Read More

Sometimes the best way to sightsee is to let someone else do the planning, research, thinking and driving. Say hello to Banjo Billy's Bus Tours, which put a lot of fun into the mix, too. Join guides on an old school bus tricked out with...  Read More

Denver Microbrew Tour

The Denver Microbrew Tour is a two-hour guided walking tour through downtown Denver, the city's historic LoDo (lower downtown) neighborhood and the ballpark area. During the course of the 1.5-mile stroll, tour participants learn about the...  Read More

United States Mint

The U.S. Mint was founded in 1792 and the Denver Mint opened in 1863. If you've never visited a U.S. Mint, take a tour at the facility in Denver where coins are produced and gold and silver bullion stored. The tours are geared for ages seven and...  Read More

Larimer Square is the city's No. 1 historic district and it was integral to the earliest residents of Denver, many of whom were on the rough-and-tumble side. Today, a more genteel clientele strolls along this historic block of Larimer Street to...  Read More

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
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It's called the most acoustically perfect natural amphitheater on the planet. But it's not just the exceptional acoustics and music played here that make Red Rocks so special. Dinosaurs once roamed this geologically compelling landscape; did...  Read More

There are many reasons to make historic Union Station a stop on your sightseeing tour of the city, but have a little fun with an art-centric scavenger hunt through the terminal. Search for the original blue prints for the Great Hall on a...  Read More

City Park

City Park spreads across 3,144 acres and is home to two lakes, the Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science, as well as one of Denver's challenging municipal golf courses. It's an excellent destination for urban sightseeing, whether...  Read More


Meet Christine Loomis

Christine has written about every aspect of travel, from romance and adventure to family and wellness. She is also lucky to have had three major home states through the years: New York,...  More About Christine

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