Things to Do in Denver
Located in the South Platte River Valley, Denver - the capital of Colorado is one of the most populous cities in the US. Denver is best known as the “Mile High City” because its elevation is exactly one mile above sea level. Along with world-class cultural attractions, craft breweries, amazing dining and sizzling music scene, there is an abundance of things to do in Denver.
The Union Station doubles up as a public transit station and shopping center with some of the best dining areas. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Denver. The station was first opened to the public in 1881, providing railroad service and ran until the center of the building caught fire in 1894. The station had undergone renovations several times from 2002 through 2014 but it gives you a glimpse of remains in the modernized structure.
Colorado Railroad Museum
Surrounded by lofty hills, the museum was constructed in 1959 with the aim to preserve a record of Colorado's impressive railroad era. The location where the museum is situated has spectacular views as the background along with many locomotives and cars. The exhibits in the museum include models of railroads, photographs and artifacts that have been displayed in a model of a 1880s-style depot.
It is one of the Denver’s oldest historic blocks with a trendy modern outlook. This oldest commercial block was originally constructed by William E Larimer in 1858 and served as the city's main business area for years. In 1965, Larimer Square Associates began restoring it as a historical and commercial center. It has now turned into a happening destination dotted with brew pubs, sports bars, restaurants and rooftop cafes.
The Coors Field is home to Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies. You can try out your baseball skills in the batting cages and the Speed Pitch area.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Red Rocks Park is a mountain park in Jefferson County and famous for its large red sandstone outcrops and an expansive amphitheater, which has witnessed the likes of The Beatles, Tom Petty and John Denver. The rock formations inside the park have been given enigmatic names like Seat of Pluto and Cave of the Seven Ladders. The park draws tourists mainly for the mountains, hiking trails and sandstone cliffs. If you have time to spare, then enjoy a trek along the Trading Post Trail through the rust colored hills.
Denver Art Museum
Founded in 1893, the Denver Art Museum consists of two mighty buildings displaying exemplary work of architects Gio Ponti and Daniel Libeskind. One has a fortress shaped structure designed by Gio Ponti while the other building that looks like a titanium crystal with peaks and shards has been designed by Daniel Libeskind. The museum is home to over 60,000 artworks and the world’s greatest collection of Native American art. Remember you get a free entry on the first Saturday of every month.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
This impressive museum stocks artifacts pertaining to a variety of scientific areas. The most sought after displays include the wildlife exhibit, which includes more than 90 habitat scenes and information on animals from across the world. The hands-on Space Odyssey area familiarizes travelers to the outer reaches of the galaxy and beyond.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Located in the Cheesman Park, the 23-acre botanical garden contains a conservatory, a variety of theme gardens and amphitheater, which hosts various concerts in the summer. The garden has seven diverse grounds that mostly include plants from Colorado and neighboring states showcasing North America's largest collection of plants from cold climates across the world. For nature enthusiasts it is one of the major things to do in Denver.
Denver International Airport is the largest airport by land area in the US and is larger than the entire island of Manhattan. Those looking for flights to Denver from within the US would like to book through Lookupfare. International flight deals are usually available from Lufthansa and the largest carrier in Denver, United Airlines.