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Denver is, without a doubt, one of the best vacation spots for the LGBTQ+ community. Not only has our city been at the forefront of civil rights for LGBTQ+ people, it has quickly become one of the most accepting cities in the nation. No matter where you go in The Mile High City you’ll have a great time, but here are our picks to make your visit a little more colorful.
Denver Art Museum is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, with a collection of more than 70,000 works scattered throughout its campus. Its walls have housed millions of beautiful, multicultural works of art since it opened its doors in 1983—including LGBTQ+ artists.
Throw on your game face, do your stretches, make your way to Cherry Creek for plenty of shopping. Don’t worry, Cherry Creek has something for everybody. Cherry Creek Shopping Center has more than 160 shops, with more than 40 stores exclusive to the area, including Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co, Louis Vuitton and Tory Burch. Across the street find Cherry Creek North, a 16 block outdoor shopping and dining destination. Find galleries, boutiques, restaurants, spas and more!
Not only does Red Rocks host some of Colorado’s most relaxing, beautiful hiking trails, it’s also home to one of the most iconic music venues in the world. For decades, the world’s biggest stars have stood on the outdoor stage and spilled their guts to hundreds of people under the moon. No matter what show you see here, you will be blown away. This city park is free and open to the public every day of the year.
Not only is Denver home to Coors, but our city is bursting with local, delicious distilleries, wineries, and cideries. Whatever your taste, there is a place for you. There are more than 148 craft breweries within the city limits and Colorado is home to four of the top 50 breweries in the nation. Explore the 35 featured breweries on the Denver Beer Trail.
Denver’s Blue Bear is not only gorgeous, but it’s the welcoming figure to Colorado’s Convention Center, which houses some of Denver’s most eccentric, exciting conventions and shows. It brings one of the biggest Comic Con conventions in the nation every summer, epic dance parties on New Year’s Eve, and a slew of live shows throughout the year. Go say hello to this public art icon, officially known as “I See What You Mean.”
As The Mile High City’s oldest and most historic block, its buildings tell vividly the story of the birth and early years of Denver. Its richness doesn’t stop with history, as Larimer Square is one of Denver’s best spots for shopping and dining, especially at one of the many chef-owned restaurants like Rioja. It is also home to the Walkway Gallery, a curated, bi-weekly, rotating art display located in the Larimer Square Walkway. Oh yeah, it’s also has some of the best bars Denver has to offer, like Comedy Works, Corridor 44, and the Crimson Room.
Denver is lucky enough to be covered in parks, from Wash Park to City Park, there are plenty of places to catch some rays and relax. But, there’s a park in the heart of the city, and not far from Denver’s iconic gayborhood Capitol Hill, that has more than pop-up volleyball courts and hammocks. Cheesman Park is home to Denver Botanic Gardens, whose conservation programs play a major role in saving species and protecting natural habitats for future generations. With Blossoms of Light in the winter, plenty of horticulture in the summer, and art exhibitions all year long, there isn’t a bad time to hit the gardens.
Boasting itself as the city’s Living Room, Denver Union Station is often the first place visitors experience as they make their way into the city. But alongside being the public transportation hub of the city, it’s also an amazing place grab a bite to eat, relax over drinks, peruse a sampling of Denver’s best shops, or kick back on one of the couches and chill. We don’t want to brag, but we’ve got a pretty cool living room.
Although every bar in Denver welcomes all who walk through their doors, there’s nothing like immersing yourself into Denver’s queer scene. From country western line dancing at Charlie’s, to circuit parties at Track’s, to drag queen bingo at Hamburger Mary’s (the list goes on and on), to sitting down and chatting with a phenomenal bartender and making new friends, there is something for you. All bars are welcoming to the entire LGBTQ+ community, so find the one that suits you and crack open a cold one!
Denver has become one of the most sought after cities to live in. Our welcoming and accepting environment alongside its natural beauty have brought in some of the country’s best artists. These artists shine in the RiNo (River North Art District), and Art District on Santa Fe the first Friday of every month. Get out and support Denver’s artists!