Explore the Denver Area
Welcome to Denver, where 300 days of sunshine, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and beauty all combine for the most spectacular playground in the west.
Built in 1982, the mall is a tree-lined, pedestrian promenade of red and gray granite that runs through the center of downtown and is lined with outdoor cafes, renovated historic office buildings, sparkling glass-walled skyscrapers, shops, restaurants, and retail stores. Numerous fountains and plazas offer a variety of daily special events and entertainers. Free shuttle buses cruise the mile-long mall seven days a week. Visit Denver’s Tourist Information Center located at 1575 California St. Denver, CO, 80202.
The Denver Art Museum is made up of two architecturally stunning buildings—one a fortress-like structure from Italian architect Gio Ponti, the other a structure that resembles a titanium crystal with peaks and shards designed by Daniel Libeskind. Inside, find the world’s greatest collection of Native American art and 68,000 other art objects, including works from European masters, old-west classics and phenomenal traveling exhibits.
Stand exactly 5,280 feet above sea level (one mile high!) on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol, then climb to the rotunda for a panorama of snowcapped peaks. It is against state law to block the view of the 200 named mountains visible from the dome. Free tours are available on weekdays.
Learn how to make money! The U.S. Mint can produce more than 50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little “D” for Denver. Free guided tours show every step in the process of turning a dull, blank, metal slug into shiny pocket change. Same-day tickets are available starting at 7:00 AM; no advance reservations.
Denver Botanic Gardens, a 23-acre oasis in the middle of the city, has 45 different gardens (some 33,000 plants), as well as one of the nation’s top 10 conservatories. Relax in the Japanese Garden, climb through the Rock Alpine Garden, and explore the new Mordecai Children’s Garden. The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory is the largest single structure tropical conservatory in the U.S., including banyan tree roots and cloud forest orchids.
Carved from towering red rock monuments, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is one of the world’s most renowned concert venues and has hosted everyone from the Beatles to Bruce Springsteen. Listening to a concert here is on the ‘bucket list’ of every true music fan. When there’s no concert, the Visitor Center has a free museum and Performers’ Hall of Fame, while the surrounding park has hiking trails that weave in, around, and over the colorful red rocks.