The Centennial State
Denver, Colorado is an active, young city at the base of the Rocky Mountains with 300 days of sunshine each year, a walkable downtown lined with sidewalk cafés and easy access to nature and outdoor adventures. Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, T
It’s no wonder that Denver’s parks, bicycle trails and proximity to the Rocky Mountains attract outdoor enthusiasts from around the world, and that the city’s residents are among the fittest in the nation. Colorado’s booming capital is the perfect big city excursion before or after exploring the famous Colorado ski resorts or nearby national parks like Wyoming’s Yellowstone or Utah’s Arches.
In the heart of downtown, discover the 16th Street Mall, Larimer Square and historic Lower Downtown (LoDo), all filled with local eateries, art galleries and one-of-a-kind shops like the iconic Rockmount Ranch Wear store. Climb the steps to the State Capitol’s western entrance to spy the brass plaque that marks the exact elevation of 5,280 feet (1,609 metres) and the origin of the city’s “Mile High” moniker.
Also nearby, enjoy thrills for all ages at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, featuring heart-stopping roller coasters, fun water slides, live entertainment and more.
Explore the city on two wheels! Denver’s B-cycle bike-sharing program makes it easy to visit world-class attractions like the Denver Art Museum, featuring western and Native American art, the lush urban oasis of the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Molly Brown House and the History Colorado Center where stories of the state’s past are told daily. In City Park, enjoy two of the city’s most popular attractions, the Denver Zoo (featuring the fascinating new Toyota Elephant Passage) and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (including dinosaur fossils, an IMAX theatre, Egyptian mummies and much more).
Cherry Creek is Denver’s premier shopping and dining neighbourhood, just five minutes from downtown. The combination of Cherry Creek North and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center makes this neighbourhood the largest and most varied shopping destination between Chicago and San Francisco. It’s where Denver comes to shop, sip and be seen.
Boasting 320 independently owned shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and spas, Cherry Creek North offers 16 blocks of retail bliss. The upscale Cherry Creek Shopping Center has more than 160 shops, 40 of which are exclusive to the area, including Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren. Stop by the guest services desk to receive a free “Passport to Shopping” pass offering discounts to more than 60 stores.
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre (just 30 minutes from downtown) is a must-see, with spectacular red sandstone formations rising out of the foothills. Hike the beautiful trails around the amphitheatre by day and enjoy a concert under the stars by night.
Denver is also a gateway to day-trip adventures. Just about an hour from downtown, you can river raft in the spectacular Clear Creek Canyon, ride horses to Old West towns, explore working gold mines, hop aboard a narrow-gauge steam train, drive up the highest paved road in North America or hike in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. After a morning in the mountains, you can be back in the city for dinner at intimate bars and chef-owned restaurants, ride through historic downtown on a horse-drawn carriage or pedi-cab, catch major league sports or see theatre, music and dance in America’s second-largest performing arts complex.
Don’t leave the city without experiencing Denver’s exciting craft beer world - more beer is brewed here than in any other US city. See how The Mile High City has become known as the “Napa Valley of Beer” during a behind-the-scenes brewery tour!
Denver is an active, young city with a friendly, western vibe – a place where visitors will find exciting nightlife, shopping, cuisine, arts and culture – all located near the spectacular Rocky Mountains.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Colorado Capitol exterior
Skyline from City Park