The “Mile High” city of Denver is one of the jewels of the Rocky Mountains and brings many amazing big city benefits right into the heart of some of the most scenic territory in all of the United States. The capital of Colorado is a unique city offering a wonderful blend of things to do and places to see. This is a great place to take advantage of a good RV rental deal, pack up yourself, your pets, and your family, and enjoy the time of your life visiting the city and state. Even if you’re only there for a weekend you should definitely check off as many of these top 10 things to do in Denver as possible.
Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum is not only the best in the state of Colorado, but it is one of the best in the country. Legendary artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dali, and Vincent Van Gogh are all represented in addition to art ranging from pre-Columbian artifacts to modern photography and contemporary painting. Add in a Western Art collection that has been built over 50 years of focus and this is any art lover’s dream.
Denver Botanic Gardens
The Denver Botanic Gardens are a stunning example of a curated natural space. These gardens not only feature 700 plants and flowers native to Colorado but also over 15,000 total plants from around the world to create a truly stunning display for nature lovers who love when natural beauty can bloom inside an urban environment. Trust me, this one is worth seeing.
Check Out Mount Evans
Want to get away for a while? While Denver is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, you’ll hear Mount Evans come up in conversation again and again, and for good reason. The 15-mile “Road to the Sky” as the highway is called is one of the most scenic drives you’ll find anywhere, and it ends at Mount Evans, offering a panoramic view of the beautiful surrounding area. If you want to really see the Rockies, you don’t want to miss this destination – or the drive to get there!
16th Street Mall & Downtown
This is a mile long thoroughfare where pedestrians can walk from store to store, offering the largest and most thorough shopping experience the city has to offer. The street mall stars at LoDo and stretches out through the city, offering the full city experience. There is a city shuttle if you’re not huge into the walking, and every visitor should hit the Street Mall and the interesting neighborhoods it connects.
Catch a Meal at LoDo
LoDo, short for Lower Downtown, is 28 square blocks of breweries, pubs, sports bars, live music, and restaurants of all kinds. Trust me, this is where you want to eat and drink. You’re welcome for the heads up!
Enjoy Water World in the Summer
During the dog days of summer, why not head a little bit north to enjoy Water World, one of the largest water parks in the United States? Good for a family trip or just relaxing solo in the water for a while, there’s some fun for everyone out here.
Enjoy Professional Sports
Do you love professional sports? There’s something for every season here! Baseball’s Rockies play in Coors Field, the Denver Broncos play during the NFL season in legendary Mile High Stadium, the Denver Nuggets play professional NBA basketball in the Pepsi Center, and the Avalanche represent Denver in the NHL and play at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.
Visit the Coors Brewery
You wouldn’t go to Milwaukee without at least passing by the Pabst Brewery. Coors is synonymous with the beer scene in Denver, and tours are available to see the factory where Coors and their dozens upon dozens of other Coors’ controlled brands are made.
Enjoy Booze-Based Tours
This is for the over 21 crowds, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy the many amazing breweries and booze options in town. Take a walking pub tour in the LoDo district (there’s even a haunted pub walk), one of many wine tours, or even a brewery walk. There are plenty of options to choose from to find the tour that most meets your specific tastes.
Visit the U.S. Mint
There are very few places where money is actually made in the United States, so why not take an opportunity to see some of the processes firsthand? The Denver Mint is a truly unique tour experience that will stick out for being unique, and memorable, and give a deep appreciation for things like coins and dollar bills that often are just taken for granted.
Denver is a city with plenty to offer visitors, and while you can’t do everything in a weekend, or even a week, this list gives you 10 of the absolute must-visit sights and things to do in and around the city, so get out there and enjoy!
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