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Welcome to Denver

Whether travelers are in search of challenging outdoor pursuits, striking mountain scenery, a lively cultural scene, or one of the best selections of craft breweries in the country, Denver, Colorado doesn’t disappoint. Nestled in the Front Range Urban Corridor along the eastern face of the southern Rocky Mountains, the Mile High City provides easy access to nearby Rocky Mountain National Park for wildlife spotting (native animals here include beavers, bighorn sheep, black bears, and moose) and more than 300 miles (482 kilometers) of hiking trails. Winter in the mountains brings endless opportunities for downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing within a few hours drive of Denver at world-class resorts such as Vail, Breckenridge, Telluride, and Aspen. If you're in need of a culture fix, downtown Denver’s bustling urban center is home to highlights such as the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the History Colorado Center. Sports fans will enjoy catching a Denver Broncos game at Mile High Stadium or the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. And don’t forget to leave time for tasting craft beers at one of Colorado’s many breweries—Coors in nearby Golden might be the most famous, but true hopheads plan their trip to coincide with the Great American Beer Festival in October, one of the biggest and best-known in the country.

Top 10 attractions in Denver

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Molly Brown House Museum

Molly Brown House Museum

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Visitors may know Margaret “Molly” Brown in association with theRMS Titanic, but there was much more to her life than the ill-fated voyage for which she became famous. An activist, suffragist, and philanthropist, Brown’s spirit lives on through educational tours, exhibits, and programming inside her restored historic Denver home.More
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Pikes Peak Highway

Pikes Peak Highway

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As you wind your way up Pikes Peak Highway prepare for stunning views and historic establishments on the way to the iconic 14,115-foot (4302-meter) peak known as “America’s Mountain.” The drive is lined with scenic vista points, lakes, picnic areas, trails, and high-altitude plants and wildlife. You can stop at the Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop and Historic Glen Cove Inn on your way to the Summit House—the restaurant atop the peak.More
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Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

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The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave commemorate the legendary cowboy at his resting place atop Lookout Mountain overlooking Golden, Colorado. William “Buffalo Bill” Cody was buried on the mountain in 1917 and the original museum at the site was opened a few years later. The museum’s Buffalo Bill artifacts and exhibits have been attracting Wild West enthusiasts ever since.More
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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

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The astounding natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains is exemplified and amplified in Rocky Mountain National Park, a hub of Colorado outdoor adventure. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, rafting, ziplining, and wildlife watching are just a few of the ways to experience the area’s magic. In the winter months, snowshoers, cross-country skiers, and other snow-sport lovers frolic amongst white-washed peaks.More
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Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

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An urban park and designated national landmark in Colorado Springs, the Garden of the Gods encompasses 1,367 acres (553 hectares) of unique wilderness, Great Plains grassland, and juniper woodlands. Highlights include the red rock formations Balanced Rock, Gateway Rock, and the Three Graces, as well as petroglyphs from the original Native American occupants of the area, the Ute people.More
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Colorado State Capitol Building

Colorado State Capitol Building

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The Colorado State Capitol, built a mile above sea level with a bell-shaped gold dome, is a striking feature in Denver’s skyline. The historic structure is made from Colorado rose onyx, a rare marble that’s entire known stores were used on the building. On your way in, look for the step that marks the capitol’s “mile high” point.More
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Larimer Square

Larimer Square

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Larimer Square is the oldest part of Denver, with Victorian-era buildings now home to many of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and boutiques. The foundation of Colorado’s capital, the 2-block district is popular with locals and tourists alike, strolling beneath strings of lights and state flags.More
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Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo)

Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo)

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A lively district of restaurants, shops, and nightlife, Lower Downtown Denver (or LoDo) is a top destination for Denver culture. In addition to its vibrant scene, though, LoDo is also home to some of the city’s best-preserved historic architecture and more Victorian–era buildings than anywhere else in the United States.More
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Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain

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It’s just a short drive from downtown Denver, but Lookout Mountain feels like another world. Once used as a lookout for the Native American Ute tribe that called the area home, the 7,300-foot (2,225-meter) mountain has miles of hiking and mountain biking trails throughout, from easy walking paths to strenuous switchbacks. From the summit, you can see the Denver skyline 12 miles (19 kilometers) away.More
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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

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Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a music venue unlike any other—a sandstone stadium forged by the elements and blessed with natural acoustics. Many musicians have taken to this stage, and when shows are in town, Red Rocks can host over 9,500 concertgoers, all in for a treat beyond the music: stellar views of the natural Colorado landscape.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Denver

How to Spend 3 Days in Denver

Front Range Adventures from Denver

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Top activities in Denver

Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape

Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape

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Glacier Hiking & Geothermal Cave Pools + Pictures Day Tour in Idaho Springs
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Recent reviews from experiences in Denver

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My Trip to Denver
Laurie_A, Jul 2021
Denver History and Highlights Small Group Walking Tour
It was interesting getting to see more of Denver, and I liked being able to go back after many years of being away from Denver.
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Red Rocks
Leslie_B, Jul 2021
Denver and Foothills Mountain Small-Group Tour
We also were able to see the large herd of Buffalo/Bison.
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Awesome views!
Liza, Jul 2021
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
A good way to see most parts of the rockies if you're visiting Denver.
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Fun and interesting walk with Kristina
Mary_M, Jul 2021
Denver History and Highlights Small Group Walking Tour
She also provided many insider tips for enjoying Denver’s many outdoor and indoor attractions, including great restaurants and local specialties.
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Would highly recommend! So fun and relaxing!
Brittany_H, Jul 2021
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
This short little tour gave us some great sights, beautiful pictures of scenic places that were not far from where we stayed in DT Denver, and effortless opportunities to see some of the Rockies while on a time crunch.
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You want to take this tour!
Cheryl_L, Jul 2021
Best of Denver Tour
It was so wonderful to see the highlights of downtown Denver.
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Worth the time and money
Debbra_D, Jun 2021
Best of Denver Tour
Hope to visit again
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Book this tour!
Amy_S, Jun 2021
Twilight Ghost Tour
The perfect ghost tour yo get to know Denver and its history a bit better, fins out some fun places to visit around town and possibly have a brush with the occult.
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Unforgettable-Must Do
Cassandra_L, Jun 2021
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
The views at each stop were amazing and we got to see tons of wildlife.
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Great way to experience a LOT of scenery in a short time
Stephanie_D, Jun 2021
Foothills Explorer Tour from Denver
We got to see a lot of amazing scenery and still had the rest of our day open to walk around Denver.
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Fantastic tour
Margaret, May 2021
Denver Guided Sightseeing Tour on Motor Scooters
Since our group had such a short visit to Denver, it was the perfect way to see so much of the public art and beautiful neighborhoods of Denver we would never have seen by other transportation options.
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Nice day get away
KathyKean, May 2021
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
The only thing I would change is the seats in van where a little stiff for such a long trip from Denver to Colorado Springs.
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Fun, friendly experience
Eduardo, Apr 2021
Breckenridge Mountain Explorer
He made multiple stops, so we feel like we got to see a lot of Denver in one day.
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A lovely day
Danielle_T, Mar 2021
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
It’s a great way to see some of the beautiful sights in Denver!
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Perfect tour
Lynn, Jul 2021
Denver History and Highlights Small Group Walking Tour
Great way to see the sights of downtown Denver.
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Fantastic Day!
Chris_C, Jul 2021
Mount Evans Summer Mountain Summit
We saw amazing scenery and wildlife throughout the day, and then stopped for lunch in Idaho Springs, a charming mountain town.
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Loved the Tour But Knowledge of Graffiti Culture and Technique Was Missing
Ghost, Jul 2021
Denver RiNo District Art Tour with Snack and Art Program Donation
It was incredible to see the beautiful murals and all the work Denver has put into supporting and uplifting artists.
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Beautiful photos!
Julie_H, Apr 2021
Photo Shoot with Mountain Views
I was looking up things to do and thought this would be fun.
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Breckenridge w/son adventure
Natacha_O, Feb 2021
Breckenridge Mountain Explorer
We also stopped in Idaho Springs for a coffee break, our group had tequila shots instead of coffee, LOL!
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Great day excursion
Andy, Nov 2020
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
We would highly recommend this tour if you want to see a lot in a day .

All about Denver

When to visit

To dodge Denver’s summer crowds, visit in the spring or fall shoulder season (April–May and September–October), both of which see lower rates and still-warm weather. Deal-seekers and winter-sports enthusiasts should choose to visit in winter, when it’s easier to snag a deal and the nearby ski resorts are open.

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