Known for Museums, Sports and Theaters
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.
Breckenridge is a picturesque winter wonderland. Join us in a full day tour up to the mountains, away from it all with sledding, gondola rides, shopping and more! The day starts at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Colorado’s stunning music venue, followed by Georgetown, CO, also known as the “Silver Queen of Colorado,” due to its rich silver mining history.
The walk from the car park to this beautiful venue may be too much for some. If you're not driving there, you might want to take a taxi direct to the entrance to save your legs.
Some of the greens have rather steep slopes, so amateur putters should avoid playing when the ground is too dry or they might be there all day. That said, with spectacular view of the city and mountains, that might not be such a bad thing.
If you take the 2-mile trek of the fossil-filled site, be sure to take water. Also, ask one of the experts to give you a rundown of what to look out for before you set off.
One of Stapleton’s best-kept secrets is its outdoor movie season, which is perfect for families and date nights alike. Movie nights are held on Founders Green every June, and are free to attend. Just bring a blanket and a picnic, and get ready for cinema beneath the stars!
Denver Zoo is great for large families looking for an inexpensive day out. Not only does it offer multiple free-entry days every year (a real bonus if you need a lot of tickets), but it also lets you bring your own food and drink, and even provides picnic tables!