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Best Things To Do in Denver

Denver makes a great starting place for travelers venturing into the Rockies; those looking for a mountain experience can spend a day driving along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. But be sure to devote some time to all that the Mile High City has to offer: Denver is home to numerous museums, galleries and restaurants. Sports fans are drawn to the lights of Coors Field and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, while families can spend hours exploring the Denver Museum of Nature & Science or the Denver Zoo. For a taste of old-time Denver, spend some time in Larimer Square — also a good place to sample some of the city's cuisine and, of course, beer.

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#1
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: With its excellent views of the Rocky Mountains, miles of hiking trails and cinnamon-hued sandstone cliffs, Red Rocks Park draws ... read more»

#2
Larimer Square Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: In 1858, Green Russell struck gold at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. His discovery soon spread back to the ... read more»

#3
Washington Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Located south of central Denver, Washington Park is consistently praised by Denverites and visitors alike for its ample facilities and ... read more»

#4
16th Street Mall Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The 16th Street Mall is to Denver what Rodeo Drive is to Los Angeles. This mile-long pedestrian thoroughfare, which stretches ... read more»

#5
Denver Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Modeled after a Kenyan nature preserve, the Denver Zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals, including tigers, black ... read more»

#6
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you came to Denver to experience the Rocky Mountains, you'll want to reserve a day to take a ... read more»

#7
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: With exhibits featuring everything from dinosaur bones to Egyptian mummies, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science inspires learning in the ... read more»

#8
Coors Field
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Named for Denver's famed beer, Coors Field in Denver's LoDo district is home to Major League Baseball's ... read more»

#9
Denver Botanic Gardens
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Denver Botanic Gardens' 24 acres feature 15,000 species of plants from across the globe, including more than 700 ... read more»

#10
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Football fans won't want to pass up the chance to spend some time on the Denver Broncos' home turf ... read more»

#11
Coors Brewery Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Brewing since 1873, Coors has become an institution of Colorado worth visiting. "As cold as the Rockies" is a phrase ... read more»

#12
Denver Art Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: With galleries showcasing more than 68,000 works by famed artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh and ... read more»

#13
United States Mint Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Even if you hate the sound of excess change rattling around your pockets, you'll find a tour of the ... read more»

#14
Molly Brown House Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Nestled among the contemporary architecture of the Capitol Hill district is the Molly Brown House Museum, an eccentric example of ... read more»

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