Denver, CO

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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.

Where to stay in Denver

Microtel Inn by Wyndham Denver
Microtel Inn by Wyndham Denver
2 out of 5
18600 E 63rd Ave, Denver, CO, 80249
The price is $74 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Denver. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,225 reviews)
"Seems to be falling apart. Sofa was shabby."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Microtel Inn by Wyndham Denver
Home2 Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center
Home2 Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center
3 out of 5
801 15TH STREET, Denver, CO, 80202
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $139 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Denver. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (877 reviews)
"Great staff"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Home2 Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Denver Tech Center
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Denver Tech Center
2.5 out of 5
7077 S Clinton St, Greenwood Village, CO, 80112
The price is $85 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Greenwood Village. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,057 reviews)
"I wish hotels would stop using the Covid excuse to not have daily make up service. Breakfast did not have a lot of choices."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Denver Tech Center
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Sonesta ES Suites Denver South Park Meadows
Sonesta ES Suites Denver South Park Meadows
3 out of 5
7820 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree, CO, 80124
The price is $107 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Lone Tree. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (539 reviews)
"This place is really good"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Denver South Park Meadows
The Comma LoHi by Kasa
The Comma LoHi by Kasa
4 out of 5
3330 Mariposa St, Denver, CO, 80211
The price is $131 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Denver. Enjoy free WiFi, a Smart TV, and digital TV. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (123 reviews)
"This is my third time staying at the Comma Hotel. I love the location, immaculately clean rooms, and the washer and dryer is a great amenity! Will absolutely be staying again!"

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

The Comma LoHi by Kasa
Colorado Bear Creek Cabins
Colorado Bear Creek Cabins
3.5 out of 5
27400 St Hwy 74, Evergreen, CO, 80439
The price is $259 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly cabin in Evergreen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (284 reviews)
"We will definitely be back on our next trip to Colorado, i fell in love with the cabin, and the owners were so nice."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Colorado Bear Creek Cabins
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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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