At the foot of the Rocky Mountains lies the majestic city of Denver. This city is the most populous in the Mountain States and is the state capital of Colorado. Denver is a metropolis and the cultural hub of the region. There is so much to see and do here to include in your wonderful urban retreat in the Mile High City. Read on to learn more about the top seven reasons to visit Denver this summer.
Top Reasons To Visit Denver
Have Some Fun at Union Station
Union Station is not only a transportation center, it is also a place for food and fun. This 100 year old historic landmark building is popular for locals and tourists alike. In the Great Hall, you will find a number of retail outlets including Tattered Cover Bookstore and Bloom, plus many more. There are many great dining options here including The Cooper Lounge and Stoic & Genuine. You can also have a brew at Terminal Bar. Be sure to spend some time in Denver’s Living Room, Union Station.
Dine at Larimer Square
For a great time, visit the oldest and most historic block in Denver for fine dining and vibrant nightlife. Larimer Square was the first place in Denver where the first businesses in Denver were established. This neighborhood’s Victorian buildings are now home to shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. In this evenings, enjoy the sparkling lights strung across the street while you dine or sip that cocktail. There are a number of notable eateries in Larimer Square that include Russell’s Smokehouse and Corridor 44, plus many others. For your nightlife options, enjoy a stand-up routine at Comedy Works, or enjoy a spirit at Green Russell.
Sample Brew on the Denver Beer Trail
Beer enthusiasts will have the time of their lives at Denver Beer Trail. Denver visitors have the option of a self-guided or group tour to see and sample craft beer. There are over 100 brewpubs, breweries and taprooms in the metropolitan area ready for exploration. Be sure to visit and tour Coors Brewery in nearby Golden for a 30 minute self-guided tour.
Shop Denver at 16th Street Mall
This pedestrian mall spans several city blocks and has many shops and restaurants. Stop at any one of the 42 outdoor cafes for a quick bite, or enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through the neighborhood. You can take a break from your shopping and listen to rock n’ roll dueling piano music at Howl At The Moon. After dark, take a stroll among the trees that line the walkway that are lit with almost a million lights.
Rock Out at Red Rocks
When in Denver, music fans must catch a live show at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. This unique outdoor concert venue is surrounded by giant rock formations. Every year from May through October, the venue hosts the Summer Concert Series, which features artists in rock, jazz, pop and much more. You can also visit the site during the day and hike the trails at Red Rocks park. You can also see the Performer’s Hall of Fame in the visitor’s center.
See the Splendor of the Rocky Mountains
A trip to Colorado would be amiss if time was not spent exploring the marvelous Rocky Mountains. Just 65 miles from downtown Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park is a perfect day trip or weekend excursion from Denver. At the park, visitors can enjoy 355 miles of hiking trails, wildlife sightings or a scenic drive such as Highway 36. Of course, don’t forget to take in the gorgeous view of the 77 mountains taller than 12,000 feet in the park.
Discover The Old American West at History Colorado Center
At History Colorado Center, learn all the stories about the people and culture of Colorado. There are many notable exhibits in the museum including Merciless Indian Savages, Apron Chronicles and Women Behaving Badly. Guests of all ages will enjoy interactive exhibits including a ski jump simulator, and a Ford Model T virtual ride. There are also a number of educational programs, events and special exhibits featured at the museum year round. The museum is open every day from 10 AM to 5 PM and closing at 8 PM on Thursdays.
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