Denver, Colorado is a walkable, outdoor city with 300 days of sunshine, brilliant blue skies and breathtaking mountain scenery. Denver is located at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains, 5,280 feet (1,609 meters) above sea level – exactly one mile high – and offers urban adventures for all ages, spring, summer, fall or winter. Explore The Mile High City without ever needing a car. Getting into the city center is easy with direct rail service from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station, just steps from the 16th Street Mall free shuttle that runs through the heart of the city center. Here are more great reasons to visit Denver.
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, just 30 minutes from Denver, is famous for its one-of-a-kind outdoor concert venue that is surrounded by giant, ancient rock formations. During the day, Red Rocks is a free city park with easy hiking trails and a visitor center that includes a Performers’ Hall of Fame. Legendary musicians like The Beatles (1964) and U2 (1983) have performed here, and today, the summer concert series from May through September presents the best artists in jazz, rock, pop, bluegrass and more. Seeing a concert under the stars is a magical experience.
Discover Denver’s thriving arts and culture scene, from world-class museums to unique art districts. Visit Denver Art Museum, home to famous Western and American Indian art collections, enjoy interactive exhibits about the Rocky Mountain West at History Colorado Center and see works of Colorado artists and international design at the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. Denver’s music scene is hot. Hear live music any night of the week at unique venues like Nocturne, a sleek jazz and supper club or Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, a former brothel turned music venue and eatery.
Explore Denver’s unique neighborhoods! Check out Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Cherry Creek North in Denver’s premier shopping and dining neighborhood. Or discover RiNo (River North) Art District, which is rapidly becoming the hotspot for artists, foodies and designers. While retaining its industrial character, RiNo is filled with colorful street art murals and art galleries, plenty of cafes, innovative restaurants and craft breweries featured on the Denver Beer Trail.
Denver’s farm-to-table dining scene is heating up in places like Larimer Square where Victorian buildings are now home to boutique shops, wine bars and restaurants, or in historic Denver Union Station which has become a hotspot for innovative cuisine and old-fashioned elegance. The station is a fun gathering place for locals and visitors – eat a breakfast burrito at Snooze, sip a beer at the Terminal Bar, sample the locally sourced cuisine at one of the unique restaurants, shop a bit or have a hand-mixed cocktail at Cooper Lounge.