Sandwiched between the Rocky Mountains, Denver sits at a height of one mile above sea level and is one of America’s best cities to visit as a tourist.
With Mt. Evans to the west and the High Plains to the east, Colorado's capital has become famous for its landscapes, lively markets, trendy squares, tasty microbrews and great adventures. It is a vacation destination that is enjoyed by people of all ages and all walks of life.
Here are my favorite experiences in the beautiful city of Denver.
Larimer Square started out as a pioneer camp when someone struck gold way back in the day. Modern day Larimer Square has developed into one of the most active neighborhoods in the city and is buzzing with excitement. The area is full of quaint shops and street performers throughout the square. There are also many excellent restaurants in attractive Victorian style buildings. Not hungry? Then hit up one of the many nightlife venues in the area.
Looking for a cheap and fun activity in Denver? Then look no further than a brewery tour. Beer lovers will have a blast drinking their way through Denver, one of the country’s top brew-cities.
The locals in Denver are passionate about beer brewing and it shows. The city, with its ever popular microbrews has earned a reputation of having a thriving beer scene. There are hundreds of different beers to sample and many tours; each one a little different from the others.
TheBigWonderful is a popular gathering place in Denver. Walking through the little market, stopping to eat at the various food vendors, and browsing the small items for sale is a fun way to spend the morning or early afternoon. It also features a unique craft beer garden and even a beach volleyball court. TheBigWonderful, a great place to hang out with friends and listen to live music - a fun fusion of farmers market and social center.
If you are looking to hit the high slopes or just looking for a casual day of boarding in the mountains, Colorado is the place to be. Of course, the area around Denver is famous for its snow and ski resorts. Thousands of people travel to Vail, Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland and Eudora every year just for some fun in the snow. Many of the mountain resorts offer world-renowned cuisine, shopping and so much more.
Colorado is also world famous for summertime adventures and river rafting is among the top. The most popular rafting excursion located near Denver is Brown's Canyon National Monument. In fact, it has been named one of the most popular rafting adventures in America.
There are also some popular rafting trips on the Arkansas and Colorado Rivers. Most tour companies offer several different day trips with each taking into account how much time, skill and thrill you seek on the water.
Red Rocks has become known as one of the most unique amphitheaters in the world. Located sixteen miles west of downtown Denver, this natural amphitheater has hosted some amazing bands. The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Tom Petty have all rocked out in this stunning outdoor venue.
If you are not into music then there are 900 acres of parks to explore and trails to hike. The geography of Red Rock Park is stunning and a shining example of the diverse beauty of the American West.
Denver is a beautiful place to use as a base while hiking some of the most epic landscapes in the country. There are plenty of day hikes that offer everything from scenic views to towering waterfalls.
A few recommended hikes when visiting Denver are Lakes Loop Trail, South Valley Trails, Elk Falls and Border Falls. These hikes are for all different skill levels, and many of them are accessible all year round.
Denver has an impressive museum that hosts exhibits on a variety of subjects including space, health, geology and wildlife. There is always something new and exciting going on at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science making it a fun-filled way for a family to spend a day.
The Botanical Gardens are another must see when visiting Denver. Explore the beauty of wildflowers, meadows, and seven different themed gardens housing plants native to Colorado and neighboring states.
No visit to Denver is complete without a road trip through the Rocky Mountains. One of the best ways to spend a day driving in the Denver area is to head to the top of Mount Evans. This is a beautiful scenic drive that climbs almost 15,000 feet and passes through some amazing scenery.
At the top, there are plenty of lookout points to get a good look of the Rockies. This drive takes a while but it is worth it. If it is your first time, make sure to take it slow and admire the panoramic views.
Colorado is a pretty healthy state. One of the best ways to see and experience Denver is by going on a bike tour through the city. The tour will take you past some of the city’s most famous buildings like the Denver Art Museum and the United States Mint.
You can also rent a bike and visit some of the famous parks and historic neighborhoods. It is an excellent way to experience the city.
Denver is a fun city with everything from delicious food to beautiful gardens. Where would you start your Denver adventure?
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Stephen Schreck is a world traveler, nomad, and adventure backpacker. Knowing a life of aimlessly wandering the globe in search of adventures was the only life for him he set out to make his dream his reality. Currently he is trying to conquer his fears and tackle his bucket list. Follow Stephen's adventures at A Backpacker's Tale or on social media on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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