DENVER (April 8, 2009) – Denver was named the “Most Photo-Friendly City in America” by Popular Photography Magazine in their May 2009 issue, topping such cities as Seattle, San Francisco and Philadelphia. 


The magazine described Denver as “a stunning city with endless opportunities and resources for great photography,” a distinction local photographers and photo clubs have appreciated for years.  The Mile High City is prized by photographers for its spectacular Rocky Mountain vistas, cutting-edge architecture, outstanding attractions and vibrant population.  


Some of the top photo spots in Denver include:


  • City Park (at Colorado and Montview blvds.):  With a green park, lake in the foreground, skyline spread along the horizon and snowcapped peaks behind the buildings, this is the essential Denver photograph.  The best view is from the west, in early morning or at sunset.  Consider snapping shots from the west side of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science or from their third floor outdoor deck.


  • Mile High Step at the State Capitol Building (at 1475 Sherman St.):  The exact spot where Denver is 5,280 feet above sea level (one mile high) is marked on the 13th step leading to the Colorado State Capitol Building.  From here, photographers have an incredible view of the 120-mile long Rocky Mountain Front Range, made possible by a state law restricting any structure that would block this view of the mountains.  For a nice shot of the gleaming 24-karat gold dome that tops the Capitol Building, head across the street to the flower gardens in Civic Center Park. 


  • The Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum (13th Ave. between Broadway and Bannock streets):  The eye-popping Daniel Libeskind-designed Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum is rapidly becoming an icon for the city.  Its bold, jagged look was inspired by the Rocky Mountains and the geometric rock crystals found in the foothills near Denver.  On the south side, steady shots capture the huge titanium prow that angles towards the original art museum.  From the north, the museum bounces off the downtown Denver skyline.


  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre (at 16352 County Rd. No. 93 in Morrison, Colo.): Located a short drive from Denver, this majestic 9,000-seat amphitheatre has played host to such legendary talents as the Beatles, U2 and the Grateful Dead. Dramatic 300-foot-high red sandstone monoliths crafted by Mother Nature over millions of years flank the stage and seats.  The amphitheatre faces east and is best shot in morning to mid-afternoon.  With the mountains to the west of the rocks, shadows set in by late afternoon.  Special permission is needed to shoot when there is a concert.


  • “I See What You Mean” – affectionately referred to as “The Big Blue Bear” (at the Colorado Convention Center, 14th St. at California):  This 40-foot tall blue bear, created by local Denver artist Lawrence Argent, appears to be curiously peering into the convention center lobby.  For a true “only in Denver” photograph, consumers can stand underneath the bear, while the photographer snaps the image from about 50 away.


  • 16th Street Mall (running from Broadway to Wynkoop streets): This mile-long, tree-lined pedestrian promenade is the heart of Denver with wonderful spots to point the lens.  Designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, even the sidewalks are dynamic the colored granite is inspired by the pattern of a diamondback rattlesnake.  With 28 outdoor cafes, 50,000 colorful flowers in spring and summer, free electric hybrid buses gliding by, horse-drawn carriages and a friendly vibe, the 16th Street Mall is a great place to capture the essence of Denver.


  • LoDo (Lower Downtown):  This 26-square-block historic district embodies Denver’s unique mix of classic architecture and bold urban revitalization.  More than 100 brick buildings from the turn-of-the-century and Victorian period populate the neighborhood; today, many have been converted into brew pubs, restaurants, rooftop cafes, jazz clubs and sports bars, all surrounding Coors Field (2001 Blake St.), the 50,000-seat home to the Colorado Rockies.  Nearby, Union Station (17th and Wynkoop) has a famous electric sign that at night reads: Travel by Train.  At Larimer Square (15th and Larimer streets), street scenes of restored Victorian buildings have been transformed into Denver’s trendiest shops, clubs and restaurants.


  • The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa (17th and Tremont streets):  This grand dame hotel opened in 1893 and features one of the most beautiful hotel lobbies in the world – an eight-story atrium topped by a stained-glass ceiling.  Climb to the second floor to shoot down on the traditional high tea served in the lobby every afternoon.


  • Confluence Park (at 1416 Platte St.):  Denver was founded at this park, which marks the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek.  Two of the city’s longest bike trails merge here, as well as a man-made kayak chute, where kayakers shoot rapids with the skyline in the background.


About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

Celebrating 100 years of promoting the Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes.  Tourism is the second largest industry in Denver, generating $2.9 billion in annual spending in 2007, while supporting 65,000 jobs. For more information on Denver call 800-2-DENVER or visit Denver’s official Web site at     



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