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Denver, CO
Travel Guide

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Come to the Mile High City for easy access to challenging Colorado skiing, along with varied cultural attractions, shopping and dining.

Denver’s nickname, Mile High City, comes from its 5,280-foot (1,600-meter) elevation above sea level. Its setting in the Rocky Mountains gives the city great natural beauty and 300 days of sunshine annually. Enjoy its outdoor excitement and great cultural activities.

Hop on the free shuttle bus running along the 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) long pedestrianized 16th Street Mall. The street features numerous shopping, dining and entertainment choices. Bring your ID to tour the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch and walk out with a bag of shredded money.

Beyond the mall’s southern end, look for the Colorado State Capitol Building’s golden dome. Near the northern end is Larimer Square, a shopping and dining area with historic structures from the 1800s.

A few blocks east, watch the Colorado Rockies play baseball at Coors Field. Travel west to tailgate at Sports Authority Field at Mile High where the Broncos play NFL football.

Plan a family vacation with varied activities. See shade, water, ornamental and Western landscapes at the Denver Botanic Gardens in downtown Denver. Walk north to City Park for the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the City Park Golf Course. Drive west through the pleasant residential neighborhood of Lakewood to reach Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, where the natural acoustics of this beautiful setting enhance major concerts.

Colorado has some of the country’s best skiing, with wide glades, powder bowls and steep mogul fields. Travel to top resorts within a 90-minute drive north or west of Denver including Echo Mountain, Eldora, Keystone, Loveland and Winter Park.

These and other areas in the Rocky Mountains and foothills also offer exciting non-winter activities of hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting and boating. Drive north about 1.5 hours out of Denver to approach Rocky Mountain National Park. View Longs Peak and explore some of the park’s 150 lakes and 450 miles (725 kilometers) of streams. Look for bighorn sheep, moose and beavers in this huge designated wilderness area.

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Where to stay in Denver

Sonesta Denver Downtown
Sonesta Denver Downtown
4 out of 5
1450 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO
The price is $109 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paramount Theater and Colorado Convention Center. Civic Center Park and Denver Art Museum ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,539 reviews)
"Everything"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Sonesta Denver Downtown
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
4 out of 5
650 15th St., Denver, CO
The price is $100 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Downtown Denver, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center and Paramount Theater. 16th Street Mall and Denver Center ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,387 reviews)
"It was located centrally, and easily walkable around Denver."

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Grand Hyatt Denver
Grand Hyatt Denver
4.5 out of 5
1750 Welton St, Denver, CO
The price is $99 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Downtown Denver, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paramount Theater, Colorado Convention Center, and 16th Street Mall. Denver Art Museum ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,853 reviews)
"The staff was very friendly. There was no housekeeping while we stayed due to COVID, but they will bring replacement items (towels and the like) to the room upon request. Good location with the 16th Street Mall just around the corner."

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Grand Hyatt Denver
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonder - The Essex
Sonder - The Essex
3.5 out of 5
630 East 16th Avenue, Denver, CO
The price is $122 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Uptown, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fillmore Auditorium and Ogden Theater. Denver Art Museum and Paramount Theater are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (45 reviews)
"Really great option for our group of five. The rooms were lovely and the staff was attentive to any needs we had."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Sonder - The Essex
Sonder - Zuni Studios
Sonder - Zuni Studios
3 out of 5
3022 Zuni Street, Denver, CO
Located in Highland, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Empower Field at Mile High, and Union Station. Denver's Downtown ...
4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
"Place smelled bad. Very uncomfortable seating if u have a guest. I would never recommend this place to anyone"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Sonder - Zuni Studios
King BED - PET Friendly - Fully Remodeled Home
King BED - PET Friendly - Fully Remodeled Home
Denver, CO
Located in Northeast Park Hill, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Johnson and Wales University, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Denver Zoo. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Great Stay
"The house was very cute and met all our needs. The host responded in a timely manner.. The neighbors with the trampoline were slightly loud and their property did make the neighborhood seem a little unclean."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

King BED - PET Friendly - Fully Remodeled Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Denver

Rent a car to get around Denver if you can, as without a car your explorations will be slightly limited, and that becomes even more true outside the city. However, there are public transportation options in Denver too, so you won’t be stranded without a car. Walk around the city center, and take the light rail or one of the city buses to see other areas. Abundant bike paths offer a healthy alternative. Visit the Regional Transportation District Bus & Rail website. Browse Denver rental cars.

Best time to visit

Just like many other destinations that have hot summers, Denver is best visited in shoulder season, which means April to May and September to October. Pack clothes suitable for cool evenings and warm days. Temperatures may go up to around 79 F (26 C) in September. As well as good weather, spring and fall in Denver tend to bring smaller crowds at tourist attractions and lower prices for accommodations.

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Reviews of Denver

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4/5 - Good

DanielBaisman

Jun 6, 2020

Denver is beautiful I here was before. Boulder is very nice.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

Beautiful place to visit, fresh air Well return

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Too much traffic and road construction

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

I love the City of Denver always find things to do!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Great place to live, great ppl.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

i love denver i lived here my whole life.

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