Denver is known as the Mile High City because at one of its points it measures exactly one mile above sea level. (You might also think that nickname now has a double meaning…) This is a great place to visit for those who like history, art, and culture, but also action and adventure as there are so many outdoor activities to do here in Denver. It is a very bicycle friendly city with lots of trails, parks, and gardens to explore.
Here are 10 things to do in Denver:
16th Street Mall: This is a mile-long, pedestrian friendly area with lots of shops, restaurants and entertainment.
Denver Art Museum: This art museum is where you can find over 70,000 works of art. There is free admission for kids 18 and under.
Red Rocks Park & Ampitheatre: While this is technically not in Denver, we are still counting it. You can see concerts here in the naturally formed amphitheater as well as go hiking or biking. This is on our bucket list!
Fly Fishing: There is great fly fishing around Denver. You can do-it-yourself or take a guided tour.
Buffalo Bill Museum: You can learn more about the life of Buffalo Bill and visit his grave site on Lookout Mountain that overlooks the Great Plains.
Larimer Square: Larimer Square was the original street when Denver was founded in 1861. It is now a chic area with restaurants, shopping, clubs, and bars. The square is covered with a lighted canopy.
Denver Zoo: The Denver Zoo is 80 acres and home to more than 4,000 animals.
Cherry Creek: Just five minutes from downtown is the Cherry Creek neighborhood. It is 16 blocks of boutique shopping, art galleries, restaurants and more.
Coors Brewery Tour: Take a 30 minute self-paced tour of the brewing process as well as some samples (for those 21 and older, of course).
Whitewater Rafting: Denver is known for its outdoor activities, and this might be one of the more adventurous things you can do here. There are plenty of companies to choose from for your whitewater rafting trip. VisitDenver.org has a list of them.
These are just a some of the great things to do in Denver. Remember that since you are a mile above sea level, make sure to drink plenty of water and alcoholic drinks might pack a little more punch than usual!
What are your favorite things to do in Denver? Let us know in the comments!
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