Essentially America

OTHER TREATS AWAITING VISITORS

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FAMILY FUN

The thrill rides and other lures of Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, America’s only such downtown attraction, and City Park’s 75-acre Denver Zoo, particular­ly known for its tiger and elephant attraction­s.

MAGICAL MUSEUMS

The splendid Denver Art Museum, with its cutting-edge architectu­re by Daniel Liebskind, is now under expansion and full of great collection­s, among them Native American arts and crafts; the Clyfford Still Museum, devoted to the work of a leading abstract expression­ist; and the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, a treasure house of Colorado artists’ work and internatio­nal design.

LIVE ENTERTAINM­ENT

Start out by researchin­g what’s on at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the second-largest performing arts complex in the USA. Then head for a local favourite such as RiNo’s Nocturne jazz club.

UNIQUE HISTORY

The gold-domed Colorado State Capitol, the Black American West Museum & Heritage Center (ask about the photo displayed of the AfricanAme­rican who managed to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan) and the Molly Brown House Museum, dedicated to the colourful heroine of the Titanic disaster, are all must-sees while in Denver.

SHOPPING

For a downtown experience, the two-block Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall; for the Rocky Mountain region’s premier shopping experience, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, which includes Macy’s and Nordstrom department stores and more than 160 other retail options, and the surroundin­g Cherry Creek North neighbourh­ood – they are about a fiveminute cab ride from downtown. Among the dining options are Matsuhisa (www.matsuh isarestaur­a nts.com/home/denver), run by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa with his new-style Japanese cuisine and The Cherry Cricket (www.cherrycric­ket.com), popular for its burgers.

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