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Denver Botanic Gardens

Designed as an urban oasis, you’ll find a peaceful respite among the hustle and bustle of the Mile High City.

Though originally built in the downtown City Park, Denver Botanic Gardens have expanded and are now located at three sites: the central York Street garden, a farm along the banks of Deer Creek at Chatfield in southern Jefferson County, and the Mount Goliath nature reserve on Mount Evans, 60 miles (100 kilometers) from downtown Denver.

The York Street site provides the perfect opportunity to get out of the city without having to travel anywhere. Stroll through a diverse array of natural gardens and modern landscapes. There are 42 individual gardens in all, including the Japanese Garden, the South African Plaza and the Woodland Mosaic. There are indoor gardens for the colder months and two cafés: Offshoots at the Gardens, open year round, and The Hive Garden Bistro, open during spring and summer.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is a working farm, about a 30-minute drive from central Denver. You’ll find 2.5 miles (four kilometers) of beautiful trails for walking and bird watching. Visit the historic Hildebrand Ranch, with its restored dairy barn and silo, and the 1874 Deer Creek Schoolhouse. A children’s play area with a tree house and small climbing wall will keep the young ones busy while you sit back and enjoy the surroundings.

For a half-day adventure, drive 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Denver to the alpine trail at Mount Goliath. Flora enthusiasts and novices alike will marvel at plants only found for 40 days a year, during summer, including alpine forget-me-nots, chiming bells, moss campion and fairy primrose. Take in the incredible vistas from within the Arapaho National Forest. If you are visiting between June and August, join an organized wildflower hike led by knowledgeable volunteer guides. Check the official website for details.

Each of the locations has a small entry fee, which includes parking. There are classes and events offered at the Chatfield and York Street gardens, for children and adults.


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Ramada by Wyndham Denver Downtown $93
Ramada by Wyndham Denver Downtown

Ramada by Wyndham Denver Downtown

1150 E Colfax Ave, Denver
     
    3.0
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    1 mile from the State Capitol, this downtown Denver hotel is 3 blocks from the Fillmore Auditorium and within 3 miles of the Denver Zoo and several sports venues.

    Crowne Plaza Denver $108
    Crowne Plaza Denver

    Crowne Plaza Denver

    1450 Glenarm Place, Denver
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 104 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center and United States Mint. Colorado State Capitol Building and Denver Performing Arts Complex are also within 15 minutes.

      Spacious Historic Home Near Botanical Gardens
      Spacious Historic Home Near Botanical Gardens

      Spacious Historic Home Near Botanical Gardens

      , Denver
         
        5.0
        of 5, from 3 reviews
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        Situated in the city center, this vacation home is close to Denver Botanic Gardens, Molly Brown House Museum, and Denver Zoo. Also nearby are Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Colorado State Capitol Building.

        Warwick Denver $125
        Warwick Denver

        Warwick Denver

        1776 Grant Street, Denver
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 3,021 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          In the heart of Denver's Uptown, Warwick Denver is 3 blocks from the State Capitol, 4 blocks from 16th Street Mall, and 9 blocks from the Denver Convention Center. Pepsi Center is 2 miles away.

          Grand Hyatt Denver $129
          Grand Hyatt Denver

          Grand Hyatt Denver

          1750 Welton St, Denver
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 3,171 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            This downtown Denver hotel is 2 blocks from the 16th Street Mall, 4 blocks from the convention center, and 7 blocks from the gold-domed Capitol and the Denver Art Museum.

            New! 2BR 'cheesman Cottage' in the Heart of Denver
            New! 2BR 'cheesman Cottage' in the Heart of Denver

            New! 2BR 'cheesman Cottage' in the Heart of Denver

            , Denver
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Denver, this property is close to Cheesman Park, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Molly Brown House Museum. Also nearby are Colorado State Capitol Building and Denver Zoo.

              Beautiful Capitol Hill House! Sleeps 8!
              Beautiful Capitol Hill House! Sleeps 8!

              Beautiful Capitol Hill House! Sleeps 8!

              1315 Gaylord st., Denver
                 
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                Situated in Denver, this apartment building is close to Denver Botanic Gardens, Molly Brown House Museum, and Denver Zoo. Also nearby are Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Colorado State Capitol Building.

                Hilton Denver City Center $118
                Hilton Denver City Center

                Hilton Denver City Center

                1701 California St, Denver
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 880 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  3 blocks from the Colorado Convention Center, this modern downtown high-rise hotel is 1 block from Sixteen Street Pedestrian Mall; 6 blocks from Denver's LoDo restaurant, shopping, and gallery district; and 1 mile from sports arenas.