Denver is Always Happening
Denver is a year-round destination. Travel + Leisure named the city one of the best places to travel in 2016. We've assembled a list of top urban adventures involving sights, sounds and sunshine to get you off and running. Explore the top things to do in Denver in 2016.
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1. Step up your Instagram game with eye-popping street art
From the art galleries of RiNo to the river rapids of Confluence Park, Denver’s street art provides vibrant, inspiring backgrounds that reflect the city’s charm.
2. French onion soup dumplings at Cholon. Pancake flights at Snooze. Tiger wings at Ace.
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3. Denver is America's best beer town
Denver is the host of the Great American Beer Festival, the base for Coors Brewery and home to 50-plus microbreweries (explore the Denver Beer Trail). It’s no wonder that the Colorado governor used to own a brew pub. Beer runs deep in Denver and CNN says so.
4. 300 days of sunshine. Need we say more?
Denverites try to keep this a secret, but the snow is minimal, the rain is almost non-existent and the sun is almost always shining. In other words, the weather is often patio perfect.
5. Denver Art Museum draws the finest exhibitions
The museum has hosted the works of Cartier, Yves Saint Laurent and Van Gogh. What’s next? Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume. From Nov. 13, 2016, to April 2, 2017, check out Princess Leia's unforgettable bikini and Darth Vader's imposing black uniform.
6. Every kid/inner child loves dinosaurs
Denver sits on some of the most fossil-rich land in the world. From the collections at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to the Jurassic dinosaur bones on Dinosaur Ridge, discover a prehistoric world in Denver.
7. The local music scene has never sounded richer
From new jazz supper clubs (Nocturne and Ophelia’s) to the nationally known, Denver-bred artists (Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, the Lumineers), our music scene has never been hotter! Plus, there’s a great line up of annual music festivals to enjoy. And while you’re here, don’t miss Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. Even if there’s no concert going on at this geologic wonder, you can do early morning yoga and hike the trails in the park.
8. Denver is wild about families
Where else can you see swimming Sumatran tigers, pet sting rays, admire giant Asian elephants and polar bears, and watch a grazing buffalo herd all in one day? Denver’s zoos and aquariums have that and more.
9. Watch a high-altitude baseball game
Nothing beats a baseball game at the gorgeous Coors Field where baseballs fly farther in the thin air. The purple line around the bleachers indicates that you’re sitting exactly a mile above sea level. Want to party? Check out the two-story deck called the Rooftop overlooking right field.
10. Have a cocktail in an old mortuary, stay at a former brothel
Denver is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. To keep up with the growth, Denverites are finding new uses for old buildings. The Olinger Mortuary is now home to a highly acclaimed restaurant called Linger, an 1800s brothel now plays host to travelers at Hostel Fish, and Baur’s Listening Lounge used to be a candy cane factory but is now a full-service restaurant and event space.
11. Denver is diverse
12. No need for a car
Nine dollars will get you a local day pass that includes riding the A line from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station, and any additional light rail trips you want to take that day. You can also explore the city with B-cycle, the local bike-sharing program with 87 stations and a fleet of 700-plus bikes.
13. Day trip adventures galore
Denver is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains and a perfect place to rest after spending the day touring Rocky Mountain National Park, driving up Mount Evans (the highest paved road in North America) or zip lining in Conifer.