From the magnificent great outdoor activities right down through the heart of downtown, Denver is filled with opportunities for any lucky enough to pay it a visit. However, with so much to see, do, and explore it’s hard knowing what experiences to pursue while in Denver. The following should help out with that…
1. Explore Red Rocks Park
Undoubtedly one of the first spots to check out by first and returning visitors of Denver, Red Rocks Park occupies a grand total of almost 900 acres where you can walk its many miles of hiking trails and take in the spectacular view of the Rockys. Whether you want to spend an entire day here or simply just a morning or afternoon, we suggest you start out at the Trading Post Trail where a 1.4-mile-long path will get you plenty warmed up for the exploration ahead.
2. See a Show at Red Rocks Amphitheater
And while you are already at Red Rocks Park, you might as well stick around for a show at the impressive Red Rocks Amphitheater; a naturally geological carving formed by the red rocks themselves, it makes for quite the atmosphere. With shows put on from performers like Tom Petty and The Beatles, this place has an excellent history and one you should undoubtedly witness yourself!
3. A Stroll Along Larimer Square
If you are in the mood for some great shopping, fantastic restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife this is hands down the place to head toward! Take a break from your hiking shoes and put on those other ones you packed and make your way to this vibrant and constantly buzzing part of town. There is always plenty happening here so make sure you check ahead of time to see if there are any festivals during your trip.
4. A Day at Washington Park
Whether you want to bike, throw a Frisbee, have a leisurely stroll, or simply enjoy a picnic beneath the shade of a tree, Washington Park allows you to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy Denver’s natural settings. You’ll find a wide mix of both visitors and locals who make Washington Park a part of their everyday routine. And with one visit, you’ll soon understand as to why.
5. Discover the Denver Zoo
Who doesn’t love a good zoo? With more than 4,000 animals to say hi to, your day spent here will be one not surely wasted. Modeled after a Kenyan nature preserve, the city has absolutely figured out quite the perfect lay out to make a great home for its many animals. From hyenas and lions to green tree pythons and orangutans, you’ll love discovering what’s in store at the Denver Zoo.
6. Catch a Ball Game at Coors Field
If you are going to be in Denver during baseball season, why not try to catch a ball game? Coors Field is a place of comradery, fun, and celebration – especially with a home field win! Located in the LoDo district, it is easy to get to and from and makes for a fantastic and fun evening out with either friends or families full of little ones.
7. Breathe in the Aromas at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Spread out over a total of 24 acres that boast 15,000 plant species, you can rest assured that a trip to this attraction will be nothing short of vibrant, colorful, and filled with plenty of photo ops. With impressive features like that of the Japanese Garden to the South African Plaza, you’ll get to witness rare and exotic plants at nearly every turn.
8. View Art at the Denver Art Museum
Whether you consider yourself an art guru or not, the Denver Art Museum is impressive to any and all who grace its galleries. Over 68,000 works of art by famous artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Georgia O’Keeffe, your eyes and mind will surely enjoy learning about and viewing the magnificent pieces by so many great artists.
9. Take a Self-Guided Tour of Coors Brewery
You’ve heard that phrase, “As cold as the Rockies” for quite some time now but how about paying a visit to the place where it’s all made possible? Brewing since the year 1873, it is safe to say that Coors sure stands by what they do and getting the chance to take the self-guided tour where you can learn about the company’s history, see how it is packaged, and of course taste samples of your own is definitely worth the visit.
10. Take the Mount Evans Scenic Byway
If you thought the views from Red Rocks Park were impressive, wait until you hop on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway; a 15-mile two-lane road that quite literally takes you up into the sky, you’ll love this journey from start to finish. Just be sure not to forget your camera and take plenty of pictures at the number of lookout points along the way!