The 10 Coolest Things To See And Do In Denver, Colorado

Photo of Ross Walker
9 February 2017

Most tourists envision cowboy hats and craft beer when they think of Denver, and while neither is in short supply there, is a lot more to the Mile High City. We list our our 10 favorite things to see and do when you’re in this Colorado city.

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Coors Field

A trip to Denver isn’t complete without seeing a Rockies Game at Coors Field, and even folks who don’t like baseball will have a good time here. Blue Moon Brewing Co. is set up inside the stadium, as is the Helton Burger shack. Get to the game early and head up to the Rooftop, a new feature on the upper right field deck that houses premium bars and places to eat, and offers guests a panoramic view of downtown Denver.

Cherry Creek Trail

Biking or walking the Cherry Creek Trail is a fun way to see downtown Denver. The trail begins in Confluence Park and heads out of Denver into Douglas and Arapahoe counties. Along the way, stop at the Cherry Creek Shopping District for a quick bite and perhaps some souvenir shopping. Also on the path is the Four Mile House and Historic Park, which celebrates the pioneer days and Denver’s beginnings. For those who want to spend a day hiking, the trail eventually runs through Cherry Creek State Park, home to several good trails.

2250 15th St, Denver, CO 80202

Larimer Square

Larimer Square is the shopping and dining center of Denver, and it is also the oldest section of the city. The square is truly an intersection of the past and present. Some shops pay homage to Denver’s past, such as the Crybaby Ranch, a retailer devoted to cowboy boots and hats. Others, such as Blue Ruby, focus on the latest fashion trends, sourcing clothes from local artisans and international designers. While there, grab a bite or a drink at any of the fine bars, cafes, and restaurants.

Larimer Square 1430 Larimer, No. 200 Denver, Colorado, 80202

Clyfford Still Museum

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Clyfford Still is considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, and this museum does a good job of proving why. Still wrote into his will that his whole estate be given to an American city willing to build a museum dedicated solely to his work, and in 2004, Denver decided to be that city. Completed in 2011, the museum house approximately 3,125 seminal works by Still.

Elitch Gardens

Most amusement parks are located outside of the city, but Denver’s Elitch Gardens are in the heart of Downtown. Elitch Gardens has two parks, one amusement and one water, so bring your swimsuit. The park hosts 12 thrill rides and plenty of options for tinier visitors and their adult companions. Enjoy a truly unique experience and go to a “Dive-In” movie at the water park. Guests can float around on rafts or splash around in the pool while enjoying a movie.

2000 Elitch Cir Denver, CO 80204 (303) 595-4386

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater

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Red Rocks Amphitheatre | © daveynin/Flickr
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater is a drive outside of Denver, but while you are in the Mile High City, it is worth taking the trip. The amphitheater is quite literally carved out of the Red Rocks, and at night the stars are almost enough of a light show to accompany that the historic bands who’ve played there. Even if you can’t see a concert, you should have lunch at the Ship Rock Grill or simply explore the amphitheater, which is open to the public as long as a concert isn’t going on.

Buffalo Bill’s Museum and Grave

Buffalo Bill’s Museum and Grave are right on the outskirts of Denver, and make for a great stop on the way to Red Rocks Park. The site of his grave is the main attraction; he requested to be buried at Lookout Mountain, which is a great place to snap a few photos of the surrounding Rockies. On display in the museum are exhibits that document the history of Buffalo Bill’s performances and Bill’s relationship with Native Americans.

987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Road, Golden, CO 80401 (303) 526-0744

Union Station

Union Station stays true to Denver’s trend of blending the old with the new. The station is over 100 years old and was recently remodeled. However, this destination is much more than a transportation hub; it also houses a collection of restaurants and bars. If you really love the station you can book a room at the Crawford Hotel, which is also inside the station.

1701 Wynkoop Denver, CO 80202