Spending the Weekend in Denver, ColoradoPosted on Feb 02, 2018
Travelers to Colorado cannot afford to miss out on Denver. From historic attractions and art museums, to nature trails and fine breweries, Denver has it all. Discover the top 7 things to do in the Mile High City during your weekend trip.
1. Molly Brown House Museum
Travel back in time to the Progressive Era, when Margaret worked toward reforming the juvenile justice system, building playgrounds for children, as well as supporting miners and their families. Standing on the front porch, you can see some of Denver's most iconic structures, such as the gold dome of the State Capitol, and the French Gothic architectural masterpiece, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. But the highlight of this historic house are its afternoon high teas, a traditional staple of Victorian times.
2. Denver Art Museum (DAM)
Located in the Civic Center, the Denver Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the West. It houses more than 68,000 artworks by eminent artists such as O'Keeffe and Van Gogh, as well as an extensive collection of American Indian Art. Several programs and workshops are conducted throughout the year, including the popular 'Meet the Artist' series. General admission to the museum is free for children.
3. Denver Botanic Gardens
Featuring more than 15,000 species of plants spread across 24 acres, the Denver Botanic Gardens are an impressive sight in downtown Cheesman Park. There are 41 gardens consisting of different floral arrangements, including Bonsai Trees, Red Hot Pokers, Calla Lilies, as well as 700 types of plants that are native to Colorado.
4. Denver Mountain Parks
Owned and managed by the city of Denver, the Denver Mountain Parks system occupies an area of more than 14,000 acres in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Established in 1914 by the U.S. Congress, the unique complex includes popular attractions like Red Rocks Amphitheater, Buffalo and Elk herds at Genesee Park, Winter Park Ski Resort, and Buffalo Bill's grave on Lookout Mountain.
5. Mount Evans Scenic Byway
The 15-mile-long Mount Evans Scenic Byway is also called the "Road into the Sky", owing to the massive altitude changes visitors are exposed to. As you drive up nearly 5,500 feet to reach the summit of Mount Evans, you witness gorgeous views of three different ecosystems. There are several lookout points, most famous of which is Echo Lake Park. While bikers and hikers can access the road all year long, it is only open to motor vehicles between the months of May and September.
6. Larimer Square
During the Gold Rush, large numbers of gold hunters traveled to the West Coast in the late 1800s. The original pioneer camp "Auraria" transformed into the charming Victorian-era area known today as Larimer Square. This historic neighborhood represents the heart and soul of Denver. Host to many restaurants, boutiques, nightlife spots, street performances and festivals, Larimer Square always exudes vibrancy.
7. Denver Microbrew Tour
This 1.5-mile guided walking tour takes place in Denver's historic LoDo (lower downtown) district. Experience beer samplings, such as Oatmeal Stout and Chili Beer, at four of Denver's best breweries and tap rooms. They are Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Falling Rock Tap House, and Breckenridge Colorado Craft. No wonder Denver is often called the "Napa Valley of Beer".
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