Downtown Denver and Capitol Building. Photo by Andrew Coop on Unsplash
Denver. Also known as The Mile High City (its official elevation is one mile above sea level).
The city’s beautiful parks, craft beer, diverse neighborhoods, and many tourist attractions draw tens of millions of visitors from around the world every year.
If you plan to visit it or are already there and are thinking about exploring the city, here are some of the best places to visit in Denver.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Located about 15 miles away from Denver, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre are probably the biggest tourist attractions near the city.
The park, once known as the Garden of the Angels, is stunningly beautiful. The park is known for its huge red sandstone rock formations (understood to be hundreds of millions of years old).
There are a number of well-defined trails that make the spot great for hiking. The spectacular views from the top make it even better.
The open-air amphitheater is one of a kind with amazing acoustics and has hosted many notable concerts. But even if there isn’t a concert scheduled, you must stop by and enjoy the ambiance.
The place is perfect for taking some amazing photos.
There are also the Visitor Center and the Colorado Music Hall of Fame that focus on the history of the place and the life-stories of Colorado’s music greats.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
A lovely museum with a lot to see, learn and enjoy.
It has over a million objects in its collection with a focus on natural history and anthropology. Its permanent exhibits include Prehistoric Journey, Egyptian Mummies, Explore Colorado, Crane Hall of North American Indian Cultures, and Space Odyssey.
The Museum has its own IMAX theatre (Phipps IMAX Theater) and planetarium (Gates Planetarium).
Besides IMAX movies and planetarium shows, the museum also has plenty of hands-on activities for the younger crowd.
A must-visit place if you have an interest in science and nature.
Oh, and the Denver Zoo, which is also in the same City Park as the museum, is only a short walk away.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Japanese Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens. Photo by Aakash Sahai, Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Spanning over 23 acres, Denver Botanic Gardens has North America’s largest collection of plants from cold temperate climates around the world. It also has more than a dozen diverse gardens that showcase plants thriving in the Colorado region.
The highlights include the Shofu-en Japanese Garden, Water Gardens, Welcome Home: Meet Your Habitat exhibition, and Mordecai Children’s Garden.
The gardens are beautiful, almost magical. You might also want to check out their events calendar.
But one thing to keep in mind is — winter is not the best time to visit these gardens.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
This is a nice museum to visit if you are interested in space and aviation. They have more than fifty aircraft on display, including military and general aviation planes.
Their flight simulators and a full-scale replica X-wing from Star Wars (in the space section) are among the museum's highlights.
Photo by Owen Lystrup on Unsplash
Baseball fans will love a visit to the Coors Fields — the baseball park that is home to the Colorado Rockies.
It’s a lovely stadium with a great atmosphere and plenty of delicious food options (the cost is, not unexpectedly, on the higher side, though).
They also have tours which are good for exploring the different sections of the park, some of which may not be accessible otherwise.
So these were some of the must-visit spots in Denver. There are several other places you can explore if you have more time — like Larimer Square, Mount Evans, Forney Museum of Transportation.
Some of the places might be closed, though (or have restrictions), due to the pandemic, so make sure you check before visiting. And please follow the guidelines for your own and everyone else’s safety.