The sun is out in Colorado’s Mile High City, shining a light on the city’s best bars, brews, museums and music. Here, our pick of how to spend your days in Denver, Colorado.
Walk, talk and ride
One of the first things to do in Denver, Colorado is catch the train from Denver International Airport to the revamped Denver Union Station, home to the elegant Terminal Bar – located in the historic ticketing office in The Great Hall – and equally stylish The Cooper Lounge. The free 16th Street Mall shuttle runs through downtown, where you can easily walk to most of the city’s attractions.
The famous Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre’s reputation may precede it (everyone from The Beatles to U2 has played there), but this stunning geological phenomenon is something every music-lover needs to experience for themselves. Like an open-air hippodrome built into the ochre sandstone of Red Rock Park, it’s the only naturally occurring (and acoustically impeccable) amphitheatre in the world.
Get close to nature
Set off on a prehistoric journey with dinosaurs at Denver Museum of Nature & Science or get up close and personal to the living creatures at Denver zoo, including Asian elephants, Amur tigers, giraffes, rhinos and even penguins.
Sip and savour
With 300 days of sunshine each year, Denver provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy it. Head to 54thirty or The Woods for a rooftop cocktail, Linger Eatuary for alfresco small plates or chef-owned restaurants such as TAG and Rioja in historic Larimer Square to sample some authentic farm-to-table cuisine.
Sample some brews
Let Denver’s Beer Trail guide you to some of the city’s 150 craft breweries, many of which are located in the walkable city centre. Go behind the scenes, on a guided tour like those offered by Denver Microbrew Tour company or local fave, Great Divide Brewing Co.
Art smart in Denver
Art aficionados will have plenty to entertain them – from world-class museums to unique art districts. Denver Art Museum is well-known for its American Indian art collections, while the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art has a range of works by Colorado-local artists. Artifacts, stories and art intermingle to create interactive exhibits at the History Colorado Center or simply drive through RiNo (River North) art district to see an amazing collection of street art.