Colorado is one of the US states that hosts lots of tourists every year and for good reason. The scenery, landscape and environment can make you feel like you’re in another world. It’s a perfect place to visit for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities. If you’re thinking of a great place to clear your head and enjoy nature, Colorado is a must. The Mile High City sits 5,280 feet above sea level. Here are 5 great places you should visit while you’re in Denver. Each of them would give you a unique experience.
A group of Americans and Indians struck gold at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in 1858. Larimer Square remains the heart and soul of Denver even if the city has since expanded to the East Coast. It’s the best place to start your experience of the city. The square is always buzzing with Life and there are numerous shops, restaurants and nightlife locations. You can find the latest events and a listing of all local businesses on the Larimer Square website.
Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum is located at 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204, Denver’s Golden Triangle neighbourhood. The Museum, spanning across two buildings houses over 70,000 artworks and features some pretty famous artists. The Denver Art Museum showcases the best artworks between Chicago and the West Coast. Using mediums like paintings and sculpture, the Museum’s holdings range from pre-Columbian artifacts to contemporary displays with artists like Vincent Van Gogh and Winslow Homer. You can be sure of a great experience if you appreciate art.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
If you’re the outdoor type, Red Rocks Park is a perfect place to visit. One unique thing about the park is that it provides a great transition between the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. You should also go by the Trading Post Trail - a 1 ½-mile-long path that weaves through unique paths that give you an amazing scenery.
The expansive theater has hosted some evergreen artists like the Beatles and John Denver. You’d always hear great acoustic sounds coming from the theatre. If you’re short of time, you may not be able to attend a concert but the photos you can take are totally worth it.
Home to over 4,000 animals, the Denver Zoo spans over 80 acres of city park. The zoo models a Kenyan nature preserve and houses animals like tigers, orangutans, black rhinos and kangaroos. Asides these wild animals, there are lots of cute animals at the nursery and you can enjoy a thrill by going on the carousel or train. At Predator Ridge, a recreated African savannah, you can see lions, African dogs and monkeys swing around. Located at 2300 Steele St, Denver, CO 80205 the Denver zoo is one place you can enjoy the beauty of nature.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Most people who come to Denver want to visit the Rocky Mountains. If you’re one of them, taking some time to Visit Mount Evans would be an amazing experience. In this visit, the journey and not the final destination is what appeals most. To arrive at Mount Evans, you’d need to go through the Mount Evans Scenic Byway popularly referred to as the ‘road into the sky’. It is a two-lane road that has almost 9,000 feet of elevation change. At the peak of Mount Evans, you’ll be 14,264 feet above sea level.
If you do plan to visit Denver, the best times are April through May and September through October. There are less tourists which means things are less expensive and less crowded. So you get to experience the city fully. Although the city’s thin atmosphere makes it easy to get sunburned, winter travellers are likely to experience black ice where the water on the road freezes to a point it becomes invincible.