Denver

Denver Travel Guide

For many visitors, the bustling city of Denver is simply an inevitable stop en route to Colorado's ski resorts and national parks. But those who do a little digging will discover that the Mile-High City deserves a visit in its own right, if only for the amazing views of the Rocky Mountains. The city abounds in laid-back bars and restaurants, including more incredible microbreweries than any one city deserves. But even though Denver is famous for its chill vibe, its residents take the Great Outdoors very seriously - even the most laid-back visitors will find that a side effect of Denver travel is an overwhelming urge to get active, as the city offers scenic trails and parks perfect for hiking and mountain biking.

Our Denver travel guide covers the city's highlights, but if you aren't already headed to the Rocky Mountains, make sure to add the Rockies to your itinerary. While you're visiting Denver, take in some of the city's famous sights, including:

• The Denver Art Museum

• The History Colorado Center

• The nightlife and history hub of LoDo

• The Denver Museum of Nature and Science

• Shopping in Cherry Creek North

• The Red Rock Amphitheater

When to Go to Denver

Denver tends to have two peak seasons: winter, when it's a stop en route to ski resorts, and summer, when the long days and cool evenings make it a perfect escape from hotter and steamier parts of the United States. Weather-wise, summer is the optimal time to make Denver travel plans, but you may find better deals on hotels at other times of the year. In winter, the city is known to have heavy snowfalls.

Articles about Denver

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