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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Denver Mint

Denver Mint

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The Denver Mint is one of a handful of facilities that produces US currency, and one of only two (along with the Philadelphia Mint) that offers tours to the public. Visitors can tour the massive Renaissance-style 1904 mint building to glimpse the coin-making process, explore exhibits on the history of money, or purchase authentic currency and commemorative coins in the gift shop.More
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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A premier education center in America’s Southwest, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science boasts a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and a wide range of exhibits that showcase the biological and geological history of Earth and the universe. Exhibits range from ancient artifacts to interactive virtual-reality zones the whole can family can explore.More
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Denver 16th Street Mall

Denver 16th Street Mall

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The Denver 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado, is a tree-lined pedestrian corridor filled with outdoor cafés, restaurants, and shops. Along the popular downtown promenade, visitors can enjoy performances from local street performers or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage while searching for the perfect craft beer or dining spot.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Denver

How to Spend 3 Days in Denver

Front Range Adventures from Denver

Front Range Adventures from Denver

Top activities in Denver

Twilight Ghost Tour
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Twilight Ghost Tour

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BEYOND Light Show & Meditation

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Denver and Foothills Mountain Small-Group Tour
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Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape

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Hiking Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
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Recent reviews from experiences in Denver

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Great experience, well worth the price!
Elizabeth_B, Dec 2021
Shared Half-Day Mountain Tour in Red Rocks Evergreen and Echo Lake
Fun to visit with him.
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Great day trip
Deborah_P, Oct 2021
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
Beautiful and peaceful place to visit if you are a nature lover.
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Great Introduction to Denver!
Jacob_H, Oct 2021
1.5 Hour LoDo Walking Tour in Denver
I went to Denver last summer as my first big trip since the pandemic began, and it was a good way to get acquainted with the city.
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Best experience
BRENDA_S, Oct 2021
Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Tour from Denver
My boyfriend wanted to see the nature side of Denver so we picked this full day tour to pikes peak and it was amazing experience.
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Can’t leave Denver without this tour.
Miya_C, Sep 2021
Twilight Ghost Tour
She has great energy and very knowledgeable about the town and the ghost activities.
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Perfect day trip out of Denver!
MichelleK_L, Sep 2021
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
Such a fun day led by Mason to Garden of the Gods, followed by lunch stop in Manitou Springs, bookended by trip to top of Pikes Peak.
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Great time in LODO
Ena_S, Sep 2021
1.5 Hour LoDo Walking Tour in Denver
We got to see a lot of historical buildings, some new hip areas and great ideas for foodies to eat or drink.
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Short drive, nice stops, great way to spend a morning
Kristine_K, Sep 2021
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape
Clear Creek Canyon Park (20-30 min), Idaho Springs (30 min) and Echo Lake (30 min).
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Get out of the city...
Victoria_S, Sep 2021
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
This was the perfect way to get to see some sights, learn some CO facts, and get out of the city for a 1/2 day.
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Great tour!
Caitlin_H, Sep 2021
Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver
We are only in Denver for a few days so this was a great way to see some of the cool sites in a short amount of time.
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An experience I will treasure!
Barbara_G, Aug 2021
Small Group Tour of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods from Denver
What a thrill to reach the summit of Pike’s Peak, and to visit the beautiful Garden of the Gods!
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8 hour tour of Rocky Mountain. National Park out of Denver
Belinda_F, Aug 2021
Discover Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver or Boulder
We got to see lots of wild life.
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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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The absolute highlight of my Colorado vacation!
Gregory_V, Nov 2021
Small-Group Tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park from Denver
My partner and I took a tour with Gary (aka Bear) during the beginning of November and got a chance to see the amazing Winter experience of Colorado.
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The best trip we had in Colorado so far!
Walter_S, Nov 2021
Glacier Hiking & Geothermal Cave Pools + Pictures Day Tour in Idaho Springs
She took us to the hot spring after the lunch, which was another fantastic experience.
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Beautiful Trip into the Rockies.
Michael_H, Oct 2021
Half Day Rocky Mountain Escape
Final stop was in Idaho Springs for a very good Micro Brew.
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Great tour for the $
Michael_C, Sep 2021
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver
Definitely recommend this tour to see a lot in a little time!
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Fantastic Day!
Christine_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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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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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.

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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