Things to do in Denver
Besides eat, drink, and hike, include these stops on your Denver list:
Denver Art Museum. The 2006 building by starchitect Daniel Libeskind houses one of the best collections of Native American art in the country.
Museum of Nature & Science. With an IMAX theater, planetarium, and even some Egyptian mummies, this museum will keep young travelers entertained, and educated.
Great American Beer Festival. Some 600 breweries participate in this huge annual celebration of beer (it usually occurs in October) at the convention center.
History Colorado Center. Given the colorful story it sets out to tell, peopled with pioneers and miners, the History Colorado Center holds the attention of residents of the other 49 states—in part because of the museum's use of high-tech exhibits to engage visitors.
US Air Force Academy. An hour south of Denver, in Colorado Springs, a highlight of the US Air Force Academy's campus is its dramatic chapel, designed by Skidmore, Owens, and Merrill.
A hotspot for Broadway hipsters and those who fancy themselves trend-setters, Sputnik’s retro red leather booths and vintage bar stools make it a place to see and be seen.
A local favorite in West Highland, El Camino is a lively Mexican restaurant and bar with a bright pink façade and windows that open onto 32nd Avenue. Inside, circular booths are surrounded by beer can chandeliers, skulls, and photos of old movie stars.
Set against a backdrop of sandstone bluffs, Red Rocks is one of the world’s most famous outdoor music venues, located about 30 minutes west of Denver.
Opened the day after Prohibition ended in 1933, the Cruise Room is one of the oldest bars in Denver.
Larimer Square's stylish, upscale club caters to the who’s who of Denver in addition to visiting celebrities. Geometric patterns repeat through the contemporary loveseats, glass installations etched with rectangles, and square hanging light fixtures, creating a trendy, modern atmosphere.
An agent since 1992, Dana Welch works for the Travel Society and specializes in African adventures.
Located in a fairly nondescript office park just off a busy highway, Udi's draws locals not so much for its ambience—which is pleasant, but a typical sandwich shop with an order counter and light-filled dining room—but for the quality of the bread, baked by Maurizio Negrini, the store's Italian-b
One of the West's largest art institutions, the Denver Art Museum has been showcasing collections in its 210,000–square-foot North Building since the 1970s, and in 2006, the DAM completed the 146,000-square-foot Frederic C. Hamilton Building, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind.
Easily identifiable by the 60-foot fiberglass dancers displayed out front, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is located on the edge of the central business district.
Located inside a former firehouse, this Highland bar blends the aesthetics of a mountain cabin and a contemporary art gallery.
A carnivalesque watering hole, panels of red and blue lights illuminate the back wall while bright red stools and tent-shaped booths flank the bar area.
Look for a brick building on the corner of 15th and Platte, and you’ll find My Brother’s Bar, which has no signage and can be difficult to locate if you don’t know what you are searching for.