Denver is one of the highest cities in the United States, and it is not because they legalized marijuana in 2013, but because it is exactly one mile above sea level. The Mile High City offers spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and some of the world’s best beer. Whether you are a sports enthusiast or in search for a cultural experience Denver will not let you down. Here is our list of the top 10 things to do when visiting Denver.
1. Botanic Gardens
Located in Cheesman Park the gardens 24 acres features 50 gardens for visitors to sight see. In the summer months the gardens host a variety of concerts. You can enjoy a picnic in the Japanese garden or stroll to the South African Plaza to see a variety of exotic plants. You can explore the gardens everyday from 9am to 5pm or 8pm depending on seasons for $12.50.
2. Union Station
After its opening in 1881 this amazing piece of architecture is now home to hotels, restaurants, shopping, and a train hall. Nicknamed “Denver’s Living Room”, Union Station is the perfect place to relax with friends and family and play a free game of shuffleboard. Entry to this historic monument is free and is open daily.
3. Denver Art Museum
With over 70,000 pieces the DAM is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast. It houses an impressive mix of pre-Columbian artifacts to famed painting by artists Vincent Van Gogh. However, it is most recognized for its vast collection of Western American Art. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm for an admission cost of $13.00.
4. Larimer Square
In 1858 there was a huge movement of people to the west in search of gold. Larimer square is the home of the first original pioneer site. Now the square is a mix of old and new buildings that house restaurants and hot nightlight venues. Larimer’s square is open at daily depending on individual business hours.
5. Coors Field
Catching a Colorado Rockies games at the park with the highest elevation is a great way to see memorizing views of the Rocking Mountains. The stadium holds more than 56,000 guests and covers more than 76 acres. If it is off season the park also offers guided tours for a mere $12.00 per person.
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6. Molly Brown House Museum
Molly is most known for being a survivor of the RMS Titanic and a civil rights activist. This historic compound allows visitors guided tours of her 1889 home. The house is located in Denver’s Golden Triangle and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4:30pm. Tours begin every 30 minutes for $12.
7. Denver Climbing Company
Explore your adventurous side by learning to climb up the red rocks of the Colorado Rockies. The company provides equipment and courses for kids, beginners, and experienced climbers. The climbs usually last around two hours and start at $99.
8. United States Mint
After opening in 1863 the Denver Mint is the third of four national mints. Guided tours are available for those who wish to learn more about coin production. The mint is still operating and can manufacture up to 50 million coins a day. The mint is located downtown and is open from 8am to 3:30pm.
9. Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Founded by naturalist Edwin Carter in 1868 the museum houses varies exhibits from Egyptian mummies to space odyssey areas. Kids love this museum due to the plethora of interactive demonstrations and the IMAX theater. Located in City Park the museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm for a cost of $16.
10. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
What some call natures own music hall the park offers unbeatable views of the Rocky Mountains and sandstone cliffs. The amphitheater has hosted some of the most world-renowned musicians such as U2, Tom Petty, and John Denver. If a concert is not on your schedule enjoy a hike where you can take in the landscape of Colorado. Red Rocks is 16 miles away from Denver and the park is open everyday one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset.