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Things to do in Denver

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Denver. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Denver attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Denver to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Denver.

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  • Dana Welch

    An agent since 1992, Dana Welch works for the Travel Society and specializes in African adventures. In the past, Welch organized a small group jour... More
  • Denver Art Museum

    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 t... More
  • Denver Center for the Performing Arts

    Easily identifiable by the 60-foot fiberglass dancers displayed out front, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is located on the edge ... More
  • El Camino

    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 Avenu... More
  • Forest Room 5

    Located inside a former firehouse, this Highland bar blends the aesthetics of a mountain cabin and a contemporary art gallery. The candlelit interi... More
  • International Wine Guild

  • Mario's Double Daughter's Salotto

    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 ... More
  • My Brother's Bar

    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 i... More
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    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 Denv... More
  • Sputnik

    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 p... More
  • Suite 200

    Larimer Square's stylish, upscale club caters to the who’s who of Denver in addition to visiting celebrities. Geometric patterns repeat through the... More
  • The Cruise Room

    Opened the day after Prohibition ended in 1933, the Cruise Room is one of the oldest bars in Denver. Located off the lobby of LoDo’s Oxford Hotel, ... More
  • Udi’s Artisan Bakery

    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 typic... More

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