One full day of the Memorial Day weekend is given over annually to the Denver Day of Rock, a music festival featuring five open stages of live music performances along Denver’s 16th Street Mall. Proceeds go to Amp the Cause, a non-profit supporting child-focused organizations across Colorado.
Mount Evans is Denver’s biggest natural attraction, drawing people from all over the United States to scale its Scenic Byway and catch glimpses of everything from stunning wildlife to a wonderful view of the cityscape and skyline. Just 60 miles west of Denver, the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is nearly 9,000 feet of adrenaline-fueled elevation gain. It extends from the High Plains all the way to the Mount Evans summit—which lifts to a spectacular 14,000 feet. Native to Mount Evans are birds, mountain goats, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, marmots and alpine wildflowers; three different hiking trails will give you the opportunity to see them: the Walter Pesman Trail, the Walter Pesman Alpine Garden Loop, and the Summit Trail.
An impressive home to over 3,500 animals of over 650 species, the Denver Zoo is certainly worth a visit. In addition to exhibits like Bird World, Tropical Discovery, Primate Panorama, and Dragons of Komodo, the zoo has added the new Predator Ridge exhibit, which showcases 14 African species of mammals, birds, and reptiles. There is no shortage of astonishment and lasting experiences.
Denver has the unique position of being in possession of a large portion of Native history. Among these tribes were the Ute Indians, who now share their own history in the Ute Indian Museum. Located on the original homestead of Chief Ouray and his wife Chipeta, the museum contains changing exhibits, dioramas, hands-on programs and the biggest collection of Ute artifacts in the nation. Walking trails, shaded picnic areas, and a Spanish conquistador memorial add to the moving experience.
Measuring at 15 miles, the Cherry Creek bike path is a perfect way to exercise or enjoy a leisurely ride while sightseeing. The path highlights Lower Downtown Denver, Capitol Hill, Cherry Creek, and the Castlewood Canyon State Park. But you don’t have to just ride bike—the path is open to walkers and even inline skating. This trail offers a direct passage to the confluence of Cherry Creek and South Platte River. Confluence Park access point:
Referred to as “LoDo” by the locals, Lower Downtown Denver is a markedly stylish area of the city. Its charm is garnished by historical brick buildings and the Union Station, while the happening Wazee Street has art galleries, shops, restaurants and cafes. Lower Downtown’s nightlife is second to none. Bars and clubs can be found on Market Street—14th to 20th Street to be exact—which close at 2 in the morning.
The Denver Botanic Gardens and its satellite locations are a Shakespearean sonnet come to life. Four gardens with four distinctive identities are available for leisure, education or play. The gardens at York Street serve as a testament to Denver’s Western heritage. The gardens at Chatfield possess a rustic peace. The Mount Goliath gardens offer subalpine, alpine and mountain vistas of Denver. The Mordecai Children’s Garden is a land of exploration for kids and families through the seasons.
Take a day to watch your children “ooo” and “ahh” in the amazement of the Children’s Museum of Denver! Open to kids from newborn to age 8, this museum has established itself as an institution within which special activities and events help children learn and grow. Interactive “Playscapes,” daily programs, and educational exhibits have all been designed for little ones.
Home to the National Football League’s Denver Broncos, Invesco Field at Mile High is a newly revamped stadium that impresses even visiting teams. During the months of June, July and August, public tours are conducted Tuesday through Saturday, and Thursday through Saturday during the remaining months.
With a mission "to inspire courage, conviction and proactive change in the spirit of Margaret Brown,” this museum provides a fascinating view into the life of Titanic survivor Maggie “Molly” Brown. As one of only several national sites that explore a woman’s story, this Victorian Mansion has been restored and maintained to keep a part of Denver’s history alive and well.
Expanding on exploring Colorado’s rich Native American history, El Pueblo History Museum recreated the 1840s trading post, plaza and the original archeological excavation site. You can explore artifacts and the lifestyle of the region’s first and native peoples, or explore remnants of the Spanish, French and American journeys through the region. Also of interest are the exhibits and trails outlining Pueblo’s thriving growth as a city during the Gold Rush.jj
This performing arts center features the Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theatre Company, who takes the stage to world premiers, revivals and classic favorites. Cabaret and musical tours can be found with the Denver Center Attractions. Backstage tours and even acting classes are held, and the Seawell Grand Ballroom holds galas and receptions.
Be prepared to indulge for hours in art from all over the world at this lovely Art museum. Experience European art, Modern art, South and Central American and the Native American. Architecture, design and graphics selection is also in place as well as textile art and fashion gallery. Check out the upcoming exhibitions.
Washington Park is characterized by extensive green areas which make the park a great option for a day out. Make this walk in the park a bit special and rent a two-seater recumbent bike and see the park from a different perspective. There are many different activities to be found here, but sometimes just bringing a nice picnic is enough.
This Denver location breaks the stereotype of museums being boring with its interactive family-friendly exhibits. Try the second floor to measure your health conditions or head to the top floor observation deck with special equipment allowing you to safely look directly at the sun.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum holds an impressive collection of various aircraft, from actual military planes to an X-wing Fighter from Star Wars. Some of the museum volunteers are war veterans and have first-hand experience with the artifacts on display.
The Rocky Mountains are Denver’s backyard playground, offering outdoor adventures, spectacular beauty and Old West history just a short drive from Denver. Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is a local favorite for hiking amid the giant boulders, but Red Rocks is even more loved for its unforgettable concerts under the stars. Nearby Golden is home to the famous Coors Brewery, where visitors get tours and free samples. Rocky Mountain National Park, just 114 kilometers from Denver, features amazing wildlife, hiking trails and spectacular vistas. Mount Evans Scenic Byway (96 kilometers from Denver) is the highest paved road in North America, winding its way to a 4,346-meter summit. And, come winter, Denver is the gateway to some of the world’s best skiing and snow sports.
Ideally located within a mile of all three professional sports teams, the Rock Bottom Brewery is the place to be to watch games and join the after-game festivities. Watch on the patio that adjoins the 16th Street Mall while dining on your choice of pizzas, pastas and steaks. Afterwards, play a game of pool at the Mile High Pool Bar.
As the cantina of Denver’s Capitol Hill, Benny’s serves authentic, freshly made Mexican cuisine. The tequila bar is a treasure chest of fine wines, beer and their signature margaritas. A reasonable wait for a table is common most nights, so it’s recommended that you relax at the bar until there is opportunity to be seated.
Named for Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth, this restaurant recreates the mythological symbols of sensuality, flames and dreams in its interior design and décor. Its menu offers both meats and seafood, all that can be served with their signature renowned dipping sauces. Their website provides a “sauce gallery” for more information.
Far more than a dining experience, the Aquarium Restaurant showcases over 500 species of aquatic animals. The interactive Stingray Reef touch tank is a favorite for children, and the Dive Lounge and Nautilus Ballroom are adult favorites. Along with the restaurant is a full-bar. There are tickets for entry.
1515 is an independent dining establishment located in Downtown Denver. It provides clientele with seasonal menus that always keep the palette pleased and intrigued with modern American cuisine. Also of intrigue is the selection of cocktails and locally crafted beers—and your choice of 500 fine wines.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Corner Office boasts a house cuisine of “global comfort food,” which combines both American and International dishes. Peruse over the cocktail menu while enjoying their custom soundtrack, relaxing in the lounge or sharing good company at the bar.
This is a popular dining location near Wash Park, catering to a youthful and chic crowd. The menu is traditional American, with seafood, steaks, pasta, sandwiches and salads. For drinks, the grill has 11 beers on tap, 15 bottled beers and a selection of wines. They also have a Sunday brunch buffet.
This friendly neighborhood grill serves specialty pizzas and calzones, sandwiches, soups and other American cuisine. A variety of weekly specials also awaits you. The venue is warm and inviting, with exquisite architectural pieces like the mahogany bar, patios and fireplace.
Under the helm of Chef Alex Seidel, Fruition Restaurant adds luxury dining to Denver. The cuisine is modern with dishes like Potato-Wrapped Oysters Rockefeller and Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast. Overall, the ambiance is quite comfortable, creating an atmosphere that welcomes guests.
Tocabe is truly a diamond in the rough of chain restaurants and recycled cuisines. As an American Indian (Osage to be exact) restaurant, Tocabe stands out with its refreshing concepts of food, culture and community. Combining traditional Osage recipes with contemporary Native American cuisine, the menu offers fare like stuffed fry bread and medicine wheel nachos. The interior design incorporates the natural elements of earth, wind, fire and water, and the "three hands" decor represents the three villages of the Osage Nation.
Calling itself "an A.M. Eatery," Snooze is your one-stop dining experience to start off your day of touring and travels. They hand-select their produce, egg and beef farms, and dairy in order to cook only natural food, with all dishes made in the kitchen from scratch. Along with breakfast, Snooze has a lunch menu. There are multiple locations in Denver, so be sure to check the website for the Snooze closest to you.
One of the trendiest places in Denver at the moment, this mix of bar and restaurant serves food from almost every corner of the world, including Asian (with non-typical cuisines, such as Mongolian) and Middle Eastern. Check out the upstairs terrace and make sure to book a table in advance to secure a spot.
Avanti Food & Beverage is a trendy place with reasonable prices. This location boasts a huge open rooftop terrace and a collective kitchen, which means a variety of food options, beers, cocktails and plenty of seating space. Send an event inquiry if you want to organize your party.
Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs is well-known among locals, and is attractive to those who visit for the first time. Artisan hot dogs is what clients keep coming back for. The establishment evolved from just a hot dog cart at the beginning, and grew to become one of the local food hot-spots.
When visiting Root Down you will tickle your taste buds with globally influenced seasonal cuisine. The restaurant has created a dining spot where all dietary needs will be accommodated, be it vegetarian, vegan, raw or gluten free, with allergies or food intolerances also professionally catered to.
Comfort meets quality at this cafe. Producing a stellar espresso that Denver citizens enjoy as much as visitors, Stella’s is a perfect place for coffee whether stopping by during the morning hours or in the afternoon. There is a patio where you can enjoy the crisp Denver breeze, or you can sit inside and take in the exquisite décor.
This cafe has a pleasantly whimsical Old-World-meets-New-World feel. Art lines its walls and acoustic chords flow from its basement venue. Aside from the cafe traditions of coffees and teas, St. Mark’s offers beer too. On sunny Denver days they even open the garage door to greet the friendly faces of locals and visitors, who find it hard to resist its magnetism.
A Denver original, Dozens Cafe is a quaint breakfast nook. It is your choice of egg-based dishes, such as omelets, and other regular favorites. Dozens also serves lunch, with a selection of sandwiches and salads. Its convenient location makes it a good option for having a meal before you continue with your sightseeing tour around Denver.
Pete's Cafe is a part of the Denver-based Pete's Restaurants. Serving Greek and American fare, Pete's Cafe's location allows it to service South Denver, the University of Denver and University Park. Such a convenient location provides visitors with good food and relaxation before they venture back into the city for shopping, studying or just enjoyment of the sunshine.
A cafe that sounds like a dream to many. Branded as "Information Cafe", this place is a perfect mix of book store and coffee shop. A plethora of books are at your fingertips, and the coffee is wonderful. Browse through books, comics and records while you sip on a freshly brewed coffee.
Huckleberry Roasters is a cafe with character and finesse. The place is recognizable for its aroma of freshly roasted beans combined with the inviting atmosphere. What makes it even more special is the instructive experience which you can have, learning more about the art of coffee production and its significance in daily life.
Snowlab is for those who love authentic flavor. Everything here is prepared with natural ingredients. Passion for sweet treats can be easily tamed with healthy vegan alternatives. Banana Split Summit, Avocado Alps, Strawberry Sierra are just a few of the desserts featured on the menu. Choose your own flavor and toppings and enjoy one real sweet masterpiece.
If you want to have taste of delight for a good morning or reduce anxiety in the afternoon, The House of Commons is the right place. Abundance of tea selection, pastries, sandwiches, salads and soups create an irresistible combination. The tea room hosts your private events no matter what the occasion is.
Would you like to taste an authentic Cuban sandwich or cocktail? Welcome to Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria! Here you can enjoy a huge choice of delicious food and quality drinks. Lolita, Cuban Paloma, Sangrita are among the fresh cocktails which bring you into the atmosphere of a Caribbean island. It is the perfect option if you want to have a great time with friends, enjoying an exotic delight.
Backstage Coffee offers a perfect combination of style and comfort. You can enjoy the tranquility needed for a morning coffee and satisfy every single whim. It is the right place for well-mixed beverages, fresh green salad and many sweet temptations including gluten free options.
Hooked is a coffeehouse which guarantees you some rest in your hectic everyday life. The coffeehouse is a lovely spot where you can have a warm cup of tea or a delicious coffee in a pleasant atmosphere. The place is suitable for organizing your private party, having a romantic date or just a meeting with friends.
Lucile’s is a local family-run establishment which has affirmed its position as one of the go-to places for a delicious meal in a lovely atmosphere. Breakfast and lunch options include omelets, soups, and salads. Happiness often comes in the form of a freshly baked pastry; enjoy the homemade crispy beignets.
Beet Box is ideally suited for those who want to eat something tasty during lunch break or treat themselves to some unusual and appetizing desserts. Pastries, sandwiches, cakes are all made from natural products and will bring a smile to your day. Pamper your partner, treat your children or friends to some delicious specialties.
For a fresh listening experience, come to the Hi-Dive. The venue is hip and trendy, and provides an opportunity for new bands and artists to play for crowds equally as enthusiastic about their music. You can organize your private event or party and have a lot of fun enjoying the quality sound and the friendly atmosphere.
A cozy Latin feel reigns in this cafe, which even has an open patio for over six months a year for their happy hour. Live music fills the air, and its menu offers dinner, desserts and coffee, and a bar with cocktails, rum, beer and more. Come capture a piece of the Caribbean in Denver.
This is certainly a venue for all tastes, whether musical or dining. The Rose Dining Room is dedicated to jazz and classical music; the more assorted Jungle Dining Room is dedicated to live concerts, flamenco, community theater, opera, poetry readings and films. The Dancehall features concerts, swing, salsa, samba, tango and blues music, while also holding dance classes and special events.
Toss things up a bit with a trip to this extravagant cabaret, located in the historic D&F Clocktower in Denver’s hotel, shopping and theater district. The décor is corporeal, the cocktails are refreshing, the appetizers and desserts are mouthwatering, and the entertainment speaks for itself. Nightly events take place, featuring anything from burlesque comedy acts to carnival, mambo and world rhythm dance shows.
Grizzly Rose is the premier country club in Denver, having featured living legends like Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Brooks & Dunn and more. They also set the stage of non-country genres, allowing Denverites and visitors to experience live music at its finest. A floating hardwood dance floor, private banquet facility, pool room, and general store are just several highlights of the Rose.
Don't be dissuaded by the name: this venue is one of Denver's hippest, in vogue locations for live music! Fitting in seamlessly with the ever-trendy Lowry neighborhood, the Dove has a stellar reputation for bringing quality acts to its stage. There are three levels of tiered seating that encircle the stage and dance floor. Cocktails and appetizers are served during shows. Check the website for upcoming events.
La Rumba brings the seduction and flamboyance of salsa to Denver. The bartenders are lively, the deejays are all nationally recognized, the salsa bands are top-notch, and the atmosphere is supplemented with vibrant colors and Picasso paintings. Gentlemen, slip into some classy slacks. Ladies, slip into a dress. And remember to wear good shoes to dance the night away.
Channeling the spirit of Old West Denver, The Ginn Mill is a tavern for everyone. Drink specials are held daily, along with special events. As a Lower Downtown tavern, the Ginn meets the high expectations of its fellow LoDo venues. It prides itself on not being flashy, but rather a comfortable place for people to join for drinks and friendship.
One of the breweries that goes back to the days when Denver's beer brewing scene was only just coming into existence, Great Divide is a place to pick and choose from a variety of local beers as well as take a tour of the brewery itself. Guided tours are held regularly.
Beta offers all you can expect from a "classic" nightclub experience - a massive dance floor, dancers that get the crowd pumped up and one of the best sound systems in America to ensure a great time. Music styles played include house, techno, dubstep, trance, hip-hop and a variety of others.
Housed in a former church, the club retains some of its Gothic atmosphere - the stained glass windows and arches certainly help in doing so. Several rooms, including a basement and top floor with a late-night sushi-bar on Fridays and Saturdays complete the already terrific experience.
First Draft Taproom & Kitchen welcomes you with a smile, a large selection of drinks and tasty meals. Select among the numerous possible combinations of hops and malt, which lead to very interesting results. The coffee and the cocktails are also not to be missed. If you hesitate what to order you can entrust the staff to mix something for you.
Because of its identity as a "pedestrian" mall, the 16th Street Mall is walker-friendly with an abundance of trees and plazas. At only a mile long, it has plenty to occupy your day with—from outdoor cafes, shops, restaurants, and retail stores, to fantastic glass-lined skyscrapers and historic office buildings. Its promenade is beautifully adorned with red and gray granite, and it’s conveniently located in the center of Downtown Denver.
Just minutes from Downtown Denver, the Cherry Creek shopping experience is bolstered by high-end hautespots and a refreshing ambiance. There are premier retail stores like Ralph Lauren, Lacoste and Juicy Couture, with specialty stores like Façonnable. Full-service restaurants and cafes are convenient for dining. It is child-friendly with an indoor “play park” featuring fun and Looney Tunes characters.
An absolute must is to stop by Rockmount Ranch Wear in the LoDo district. This shop pioneered and helped popularize American Western wear across the world. They invented the famous snap shirt worn by icons such as Elvis Presley, Robert Redford, Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland. It’s still part of Rockmount’s classic, core American look as they fuse it with modern fashion. Source: www.visittheusa.com/experience/denver-urban-excitement-and-nightlife
Known as a retail/entertainment venue, the Denver Pavilions not only includes 40 retail stores and restaurants, but a 15-screen United Artists Theatre, bowling alley and dancing at Jazz @ Jack’s. Hard Rock Café, H&M, Barnes & Noble, Banana Republic, and Express are just several household names located in the Pavilions.
At only 20 minutes from the Denver International Airport and only 10 minutes from Downtown Denver, the Northfield Stapleton shopping complex provides easy access to a diverse array of retailers, such as Macy’s, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Charlotte Russe and Lane Bryant. There are also restaurants and a movie theater.
Championed by Denver citizens as one of the city’s premier shopping hotspots, Cherry Creek North features an impressive collection of stores that spans fashion retail, art galleries, salons & spas, jewelry, home furnishing stores, and restaurants. They all come together in the outdoor mall’s convenient location of just 5 minutes from Downtown Denver.
One part retail boutique, one part custom screen-printing shop, one part art gallery, IndyInk truly is a jack-of-all-trades. The clothing lines are all limited editions with limited quantities, featuring only the hippest trends in apparel. Plastisol, discharge and water-based screen printing of the highest quality is done in-house. Embroideries are also available, and all of the art for sale is original.
Posh style and refined selections lie within Colorado's only retail resort. The Park Meadows Mall has 185 stores and restaurants to ensure all of your shopping and dining needs are met, and then some. Stores include Armani Exchange, Anthropologie, Chico's, Eddie Bauer, Nordstrom and more. A variety of dining options are available, with restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory and Saj Mediterranean Grill.
Colorado Mills is the quintessential shopping experience. With an inimitable combination of world-famous brands, services, recreation and entertainment, Colorado Mills offers an exciting opportunity to make your purchases. The mall has all the conveniences of a large directory, plus plenty of dining facilities.
Over 200 apparel and specialty retailers await guests at the Flatiron Crossing mall. Located between the cities of Denver and Boulder, this mall is readily accessible to Denver visitors at only a 27-minute drive. Included are home furnishing stores, children's apparel, exciting restaurants and a cinema.
Hope Tank is a charitable boutique and the brainchild of a former social worker. As a result, the boutique sells homemade products from all over the world and Denver itself. The artists donate a portion of their sales to a charity, allowing customers to become part of social change. Products vary widely, from baby clothing to beautiful jewelry.
Denver's largest vinyl and record-selling store, this venue does not only buy and sell records, but also regularly hosts gigs by renowned musicians. Books, video games and all sorts of music-related memorabilia can be found here as well, along with tickets to concerts and events in the area.
This delightful little store is all about chocolate - various chocolate and chocolate-covered goodies are the centerpiece here, while other sweet delights (such as creams and candies) also play minor roles. Chocolate-based gifts suitable for any occasion are also to be found here.
Santa Fe Drive area is know to be a hot spot for those interested in browsing through art galleries and possibly planning to purchase some art - prices range from as low as 30 dollars up to thousands, depending on how successful the artist is. First Friday of each month turns the area into a kind of entertainment center with gallery doors wide open, street performers on every corner and food trucks lining the drive itself.
Bags by Cab Yarn Shoppe is a place which will light up your imagination and help you show off your creativity. Even though this artisan little shop sells vintage bags, clothing and accessories, most visitors take the trip here for the assortment of locally-dyed yarns - a true find for lovers of knitting.
A great, centrally located vintage shop with retro clothing, accessories, children's toys, as well as some quite quirky items, Regal Vintage boasts amazing customer service and even has its own resident cat. Preparing for a retro party? Choose your attractive costume at Regal Vintage.
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
The primary airport servicing the Denver area is also the second largest airport in the United States. The airport is 24.4 miles (39.9 kilometers) northeast of downtown Denver with ground transportation available from the level 5 Jeppesen Terminal. SkyRide a convenient and cheap bus service to and from Denver International Airport (DIA). Catch frequent SkyRide buses throughout the RTD service area at bus stops and at many Park-n-Rides. Buses run every day with 15 minute intervals, tickets may be purchased at RTD counters. Other available transportation includes taxi services, rental car companies, hotel shuttles, public bus, commuter shuttles, luxury limousines, mountain carriers, and charter buses.
Denver sits conveniently en route to the slopes of the Rocky Mountains, which makes it a must-visit for those making their way there during the winter. There is a multitude of events going on around Christmas time, which is an added incentive. For city exploration, the summers are best, with warm, yet not uncomfortable hot temperatures.
Coordination of public transportation in Denver is managed by the Regional Transportation District (RTD). Purchase a daily RTD pass if you're planning to use public transport all day. Passes may be bought online at www.rtd-denver.com or various retail outlets: Civic Center Station Broadway & 16th St, Denver 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. weekdays Boulder Junction at Depot Square Station 3175 Pearl Parkway, Boulder 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. closed 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. for lunch Downtown Boulder Station 14th St & Walnut, Boulder 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. weekdays