The latest and greatest in The Mile High City.

Denver is an outdoor city with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and plenty of urban adventures for all ages. Explore The Mile High City’s farm-to-table cuisine, local craft breweries and unique live music venues like the famous Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. Visit the Denver Art Museum with its famous American Indian art and Western art collections, see the giant blue bear public art sculpture, shop at Cherry Creek or get an authentic western shirt at the iconic Rockmount Ranch Wear. Denver combines historic Victorian brick buildings in Larimer Square and LoDo (Lower Downtown) with the bold architecture of today, all within a laid-back, walkable city center.

Restaurants & Neighborhoods
Museums & Attractions
Special Events




Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown Denver

Opened in September 2016, this 87-room property is located near Denver’s Highlands neighborhood and features a rooftop patio and small meeting spaces.

Halcyon – a Hotel in Cherry Creek, Sage Hospitality

This seven-story independent luxury property opened in August 2016. It features 155 rooms and approximately 3,500 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space. The seven-story hotel features a roof-top pool along with restaurant and retail space consistent with the neighborhood’s unique character, designed to make guests feel like they are visiting a friend’s house and to bring pedestrians and the community into the space.

The Westin Denver International Airport

Opened on November 19, 2015, the new 519-room Westin Hotel located at Denver International Airport is part of the South Terminal Redevelopment project. It is one of only four hotels in America directly attached to an airport terminal. The hotel has its own station on the commuter rail line that runs from the airport to downtown Denver.

HYATT House/Hyatt Place, Downtown

This recently opened hotel (November 2015) offers a 346-room (with 113 suites), dual branded Hyatt Place/Hyatt House property. The new hotel is located two blocks from the Colorado Convention Center; the Hyatt Place specializes in business traveler accommodations, while Hyatt House provides extended stay options.

the ART, a hotel, Golden Triangle

The ART, a hotel, which opened in April 2015, is a 165-room boutique hotel next to the Denver Art Museum. The look and feel of the hotel are extremely unique, from the moment guests arrive through a portico-like entrance past open spaces that are a showcase of modern art, all the way through the guest experience. The hotel has its own curator, Dianne Vanderlip, former curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum. Each suite features a vibrant wall covering, and the rooms along 12th Avenue and Broadway have seats in “pop-out” windows where guests can enjoy views of the city or the Rocky Mountains. The building was designed by architect Guadalupe Cantu of Davis Partnership Architects, the same firm that worked with Daniel Libeskind when he designed the spectacular Frederic C. Hamilton Building addition to the Denver Art Museum.

In 2016, the ART was voted one of the top five Best New Hotels by USA Today 10Best readers.

Aloft Hotel Denver, Downtown

The 150-room Aloft Hotel Denver, which opened in early 2015, is within a one block walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center and the 16th Street Mall. The sleek six-story hotel features a below ground swimming pool and fitness center.  

The Crawford Hotel, LoDo

This historic 112-room property opened in August 2014 as the centerpiece of the newly restored Denver Union Station and offers three styles of rooms. The "Pullman" rooms on the second floor are modeled after the luxury private sleeping cars of historic trains. The "Classic" rooms on the third floor come with tall ceilings and large windows. The former attic area is now the "Loft,” featuring exposed wood timbers, vaulted ceilings and a more contemporary design. To make the most of the architectural features, most of the rooms in the hotel are one-of-a-kind designs and shapes. The hotel shares The Oxford Club Spa with the award-winning Oxford Hotel across the street.

Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center

This full-service, four-star, 221-room hotel opened in May 2014 in the restored Colorado National Bank Building, which was originally built in 1915 from the same white marble used in the Lincoln Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The hotel incorporates many historic details from the old bank, including three vaults with 33-inch thick doors that now serve as meeting rooms. The elegant ground floor restaurant, Range, specializes in foods of the American West with many Colorado specialties, while the lobby bar is surrounded by huge, wall-size murals painted by local artist Allen Tupper True. Considered one of Colorado’s premier native-born artists, True focused his work on Western subjects. The murals in the hotel depict the lives of American Indians on the Plains.

Aloft Hotel Denver, Downtown

The 150-room Aloft Hotel Denver, which opened in early 2015, is within a one block walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center and the 16th Street Mall. The sleek six-story hotel features a below ground swimming pool and fitness center.  

The Crawford Hotel, LoDo

This historic 112-room property opened in August 2014 as the centerpiece of the newly restored Denver Union Station and offers three styles of rooms. The "Pullman" rooms on the second floor are modeled after the luxury private sleeping cars of historic trains. The "Classic" rooms on the third floor come with tall ceilings and large windows. The former attic area is now the "Loft,” featuring exposed wood timbers, vaulted ceilings and a more contemporary design. To make the most of the architectural features, most of the rooms in the hotel are one-of-a-kind designs and shapes. The hotel shares The Oxford Club Spa with the award-winning Oxford Hotel across the street.

Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center

This full-service, four-star, 221-room hotel opened in May 2014 in the restored Colorado National Bank Building, which was originally built in 1915 from the same white marble used in the Lincoln Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The hotel incorporates many historic details from the old bank, including three vaults with 33-inch thick doors that now serve as meeting rooms. The elegant ground floor restaurant, Range, specializes in foods of the American West with many Colorado specialties, while the lobby bar is surrounded by huge, wall-size murals painted by local artist Allen Tupper True. Considered one of Colorado’s premier native-born artists, True focused his work on Western subjects. The murals in the hotel depict the lives of American Indians on the Plains.


Hilton Garden Inn Union Station

Denver’s Union Station neighborhood will soon be home to a twelve-story Hilton Garden Inn. The 233-room hotel will open in early 2017 and feature a rooftop amenity deck, 5,000 square feet of meeting space and a hotel restaurant located within a Denver Historic Landmark.

Kimpton Hotel Born in Union Station, Denver

Opening early 2017, the new Kimpton will be located adjacent to Denver’s iconic Union Station. The new 199-room hotel will feature 8,300 square-feet of meeting space, including a street-level patio and rooftop patio, a 2,000 square-foot fitness center and two local-inspired, chef-driven restaurants and bars.

Hotel Indigo, InterContinental Hotels Group

This 180-room hotel will be part of the 21,000 square foot Union Tower West mixed-use development near the recently renovated Denver Union Station. It is expected to open in January 2017.

The Source Hotel

This 100-room hotel will be located next to the popular Source culinary marketplace and will be the first hotel in Denver’s hip RiNo (River North) district. The $41 million property will feature its own extension of the culinary marketplace as well as a courtyard connecting it to The Source. Hotel plans also call for a new New Belgium brewing concept to feature sour beers. The Source Hotel is expected to open in early 2017.

The Maven, Sage Hospitality

This 172-room boutique hotel broke ground in May 2015, and it will be part of the Dairy Block mixed-use development near Denver Union Station, featuring 60,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and a 2,300 square foot ballroom. It is expected to open in spring 2017.

Marriott Moxy Denver Cherry Creek

Denver based development company, BMC Investments, will build a $35 million, 170 room Marriott Moxy hotel in Cherry Creek. The hotel is expected to open in mid-2017 and will be the first Moxy branded hotel in Denver.

Dual-branded AC Hotels by Marriott and Le Meridien Hotel To Open Downtown

This dual-branded, 18-story hotel tower in the heart of downtown Denver will feature a 233-room AC Hotels by Marriott hotel and a 272-room Starwood-branded Le Meridien Hotel. It is scheduled to open in August 2017 and will be the first new U.S property to open under the recent Marriott and Starwood merger.

The Ramble Hotel

The Ramble Hotel, an independently owned, three-story hotel will open in late 2017 with 50 guestrooms; an intimate theatre and bar; flexible meeting space; a small retail outlet; an outdoor courtyard; an independently owned restaurant; and a marquee lobby bar, Death & Co Denver. The bar marks the first outpost outside of its original location in New York’s East Village, which opened to immediate acclaim in 2006.

Cherry Creek Hotel, Stonebridge

The fifth Stonebridge hotel to be located in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood, this property will include an estimated 200 rooms, meeting space and a restaurant. The brand is also planning to build a property in downtown Denver.

The Rossonian

The century-old hotel and iconic jazz hotspot will be renovated and expanded to include 105 rooms.


More than 220 restaurants opened in Denver in 2016, and four Denver chefs were semifinalists for the prestigious 2016 James Beard Awards, including Acorn’s Steven Redzikowski, who was further honored as a Nominee. Denver has seen explosive growth in dining options, with new chef-driven restaurants, brew-houses, gastro pubs and farm-to-table fine dining springing up in a series of neighborhoods; and renowned culinary guide, Zagat, named Denver the third “Hottest Food City” of 2016.


Denver Union Station

Denver’s historic train terminal reopened in July 2014 with ten new restaurants, bars and fine retailers. Local powerhouse chef Jennifer Jasinski (2013 James Beard Award Best Chef Southwest and 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Outstanding Chef) opened Stoic & Genuine, a seafood-centric restaurant in the tradition of Grand Central Station’s Oyster Bar. In 2017, Jasinski will open her highly anticipated fifth Denver concept, Ultreia – a tapas restaurant, in Union Station.

Alex Seidel (2016 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Southwest) opened Mercantile dining & provision, featuring food items from his farm located in nearby Larkspur, CO. Homegrown brunch hotspot, Snooze, brings energy, creativity and delicious food to the morning. Snooze features iconic pancakes, morning cocktails and a huge patio.

Union Station also includes the Terminal Bar, situated in the station’s old ticket window and featuring more than 30 Colorado beers on tap. The Terminal Bar recently opened a second outpost on the opposite end of the grand hall as well as The Plaza Beer Garden. Cocktail lovers can enjoy hand crafted libations in The Cooper Lounge, which made Playboy’s list of 2015 Best Bars in America, overlooking the grand hall. The Kitchen Next Door, a branch of the Kitchen restaurant group, is also located in Union Station.

During the summer months, Union Station visitors can stock up on farm fresh items at the weekly farmers’ market; and patrons can enjoy products throughout the station made with honey from the building’s rooftop honey colonies.

Lower Highlands (LoHi)

Connected to downtown by three pedestrian bridges, LoHi boasts an excellent selection of popular eateries and breweries. Linger is housed in an old mortuary and was selected by Travel + Leisure for having one of “America’s coolest rooftop bars.”

New restaurants in LoHi include Bar Dough, Vital Root (from the creators of Denver mainstays Linger, Root Down and Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox) The Occidental (sister bar to award-winning speakeasy, Williams & Graham), Bacon Social House, and Avanti F&B – a modern-day food hall featuring two bars, seven different rotating international culinary options and spectacular views of downtown Denver.

Colt & Gray and award-winning Old Major are neighborhood favorites; and My Brother’s Bar is a Denver institution, once frequented by beat generation legends Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady.

RiNo (River North)

RiNo is a former industrial neighborhood now filled with art galleries, restaurants, breweries, distilleries and even an urban winery.

The Source, a former brick foundry building, now houses a bakery, butcher, florist, the acclaimed Acorn restaurant, street tacos at Comida and Crooked Stave Brewing, known for its sour beers. Across the street is the new Great Divide Barrel Room, which opened in July 2015. Down the block, Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery is known for its canned sparkling wines, while Epic, Black Shirt, Ratio, Beryl’s and Our Mutual Friend are just some of Denver’s craft breweries located in this area.

Work & Class (from 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalist Dana Rodriguez), Cart-Driver and Americatus are just some of the restaurants in RiNo gaining national buzz. Nocturne, a live-music venue and restaurant honoring the deep jazz history of Denver’s, opened in February 2015.

Opened in August 2016, Denver Central Market in RiNo has become Denver’s third food hall and most recent hotspot, placing the city at the forefront of the nationwide trend; and it features a selection of 13 local food purveyors – a produce shop, coffee shop, fish shop, butcher and bakery, wood-fired pizza place and chocolate maker, among others, plus outdoor public murals by local artists.

The newest location of popular Denver Italian restaurant, Il Posto, made its debut in January 2017; after nine years at its original location, the new spot is double the size, but still features the same spectacular cuisine stylings from Chef/Owner, Andrea Frizzi.

Restaurants expected to open in RiNo in 2017 include the mixed-use Zeppelin Station (From the creators of TAXI and The Source) and Julep (from the former head butcher at Colt & Gray).

LoDo (Lower Downtown)

This 26-square block neighborhood has the largest concentration of restored turn-of-the-century and Victorian brick warehouses in the nation, and is now home to more than 90 restaurants, breweries, rooftop cafes, music clubs and sports bars.

The famous Larimer Square is the city’s most historic block and home to some of Denver’s signature restaurants. Frank Bonanno, 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Restaurateur, owns four concepts on the block, including Osteria Marco, Green Russell, Russell’s Smokehouse and Wednesday’s Pie. Jennifer Jasinski of Stoic & Genuine (above) made her first mark with the French-inspired Bistro Vendome, followed swiftly by Mediterranean-centric Rioja and beer hall-style Euclid Hall. Milk & Honey bar-kitchen serves creative New American food and craft cocktails; and the Crimson Room is a new hotspot featuring hand crafted cocktails and nightly live jazz music. 

From the group that created Denver mainstays Linger and Root Down, comes Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, which opened in April 2015. Dubbed a “gastro-brothel” as an homage to the building’s seedy history, Ophelia’s serves up fresh local cuisine, hand-crafted cocktails and live music. Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge also opened in the former Baur’s candy factory in April 2015. The menu features high-end, creative items in a casual, comfortable space.

Restaurants expected to open in LoDo in 2017 include Urban Farmer (a steakhouse in The Oxford Hotel; June), Stella’s on 16th (American café and marketplace), Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar (Southern classics with a Rocky Mountain twist; April), Tavernetta (pan-regional Italian; April), STK (Denver outlet for the New York concept), Hearth & Dram (an open-flame concept with a vast whiskey selection) and French 75 (Denver legend Frank Bonanno’s newest concept), among others.

South Broadway and Baker

Another hip neighborhood, South Broadway, is just one mile south of downtown. It has a distinct feel with everything from fine dining at Beatrice & Woodsley to unique homemade flavors at Sweet Action Ice Cream, to bowling, darts or ski-ball at Punch Bowl Social and more.

New South Broadway restaurants include Cho 77 – a second Asian street food-fusion concept from Lon Symensma of ChoLon; Leña – a communal, tapas-style restaurant featuring Latin and South American dishes; and Gozo – a Mediterranean restaurant with a relaxed approach to fine dining.

The Post Chicken & Beer (a local chain with down-home Southern food) is expected to open on South Broadway in 2017.

Cherry Creek 

Long known as Denver’s premier dining and shopping neighborhood, Cherry Creek is going through a culinary renaissance. Recently added to the dining scene in this upscale neighborhood are Departure (August 2016), a modern Asian kitchen in the Halcyon hotel; Matsuhisa (April 2016), an upscale sushi concept from renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa; and SOL Mexican Cocina (August 2016), a Baja-inspired Mexican eatery with creative takes on traditional dishes.

In 2017, Quality Italia – an Italian-style steakhouse – will open as a second dining concept from the Halcyon hotel; and The Kitchen restaurant group will open a Cherry Creek concept.

Denver’s Food Trucks 

Food trucks in Denver are slinging gourmet street eats throughout the city. Inspired by international cuisine and fueled with entrepreneurial passion, these businesses are changing the way Denver eats and drinks. The Mile High City now has more than 60 food trucks, serving everything from arepas to ice cream sandwiches, southern-style barbeque, street tacos and even vegan creations. The trucks can be found throughout the city every day; and every week throughout the summer, from Tuesday through Thursday, 25-30 food trucks congregate downtown at the food truck roundup called Civic Center EATS.

Denver is Recognized as America’s Beer Capital City

Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler and USA Today have all selected Denver as the No. 1 Microbrew Beer City in the nation, an opinion shared by the New York Times. also named The Mile High City America’s Best Beer Town in 2015.

Denver brews more beer than any other American city and is home to Coors Brewery – the largest single brewing site in the world. More than 200 unique beers are produced and served every day in Denver’s tap houses, brew pubs, breweries, and gastro pubs. There are now more than 60 breweries in Denver, more than 100 in the metro area and more than 300 throughout the state.

To showcase new and iconic Denver breweries, VISIT DENVER creates an annual Denver Beer Trail. The 2016-2017 edition is the largest yet; it features 27 must-try local breweries, both new and well-loved, and well-known beer producers around the Denver area.

Denver’s Distilleries & Wineries

Growing side-by-side with beer brewing is Denver’s distillery scene. There are more than 40 craft distilleries producing whiskey, brandy, vodka, gin and rum in Denver and the metro area. The largest distillery in Colorado is Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, which is located in Denver, and offers free tours daily.

Newcomer Laws Whiskey House is known for its handcrafted, high quality Four Grain Straight Bourbon, made with grain from a family-owned, Colorado-based company.

Denver is also home to 12 urban wineries, with Infinite Monkey Theorem in the hip neighborhood of RiNo gaining a national reputation for its sparkling wine served in cans, and the newest addition to its lineup – the Dry Hopped Pear Cider.

Neighborhoods and Art Districts

Denver has several exciting neighborhoods and arts districts, each with its own lively personality and attractions to discover – from the Golden Triangle neighborhood featuring world-class museums to the up-and-coming RiNo (River North) Art District, which is home to bold, colorful street art and chef-driven restaurants. For information, interactive maps and video tours of the seven arts districts and many neighborhoods, check out VISIT DENVER’s Neighborhood Guides.


Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum's Frederic C. Hamilton Building is an architectural work of art. The wing is the first U.S. building by Daniel Libeskind, known for his design of the Freedom Tower in New York City. It is an entirely new way to experience art and architecture together and is a work of art in its own right. Visitors can explore the museum's galleries showcasing a world-famous American Indian art collection, renowned traveling exhibits, children’s exhibits and more. 

Star Wars and the Power of Costume, November 13, 2016 – April 2, 2017

This exhibition will give Denver Art Museum visitors a look behind the scenes into the fantasy, marvel and delight of bringing characters in the Star Wars™ universe to life through a dramatic presentation of original costumes. Star Wars and the Power of Costume will closely examine the captivating process of costume conception and design for iconic outfits, from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black uniform, featured in all seven films of the Star Wars™ series.

Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, February 19 – October 22, 2017

Denver Art Museum’s Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place will feature site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West. Energizing and vibrant artwork will be presented by Denver artists and Dmitri Obergfell and Jaime Carrejo, as well as Carmen Argote (Los Angeles), Gabriel Dawe (Dallas), Claudio Dicochea (San Antonio), Daniela Edburg (San Miguel de Allende), Justin Favela (Las Vegas), Ana Teresa Fernández (San Francisco), Ramiro Gomez (West Hollywood), John Jota Leaños (San Francisco), Ruben Ochoa (Los Angeles), Daisy Quezada (Santa Fe) and Xochi Solis (Austin).

Glory of Venice, October 2, 2016 – February 12, 2017

Masterworks of the Renaissance, Denver's first-ever exhibition to illustrate the development of Venice's own distinct Renaissance style from the second half of the 1400s to the early 1500s. The exhibition explores the city's artistic evolution, as it shifted from a center of local significance, to the internationally recognized model of pictorial excellence admired by generations to follow.The exhibition will feature about 45 significant works, including important loans from Venice's Gallerie dell'Accademia, which houses one of the greatest collections of Venetian Renaissance art in the world. A rare opportunity for visitors to experience these masterworks outside of Venice, the exhibition also features four Titians, three Giorgiones and six Giovanni Bellinis.

Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s, September 11, 2016 – May 28, 2017

The exhibit will focus on how Japanese designers started a "fashion revolution" in Paris during the 1980s and 1990s. The exhibition will feature 70 looks by powerhouse Japanese fashion designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, Kansai Yamamoto, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on the field still resonates today. Shock Wave, which will include recent acquisitions from the DAM's permanent collection, is the inaugural exhibition organized by Florence Müller, the DAM's Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and curator of fashion, who joined the museum in 2015.

Museum of Contemporary Art

MCA DENVER is an innovative forum for contemporary art that inspires and challenges all audiences, creating understanding and dialog about art of our time. As Denver's first institution devoted entirely to contemporary art, MCA DENVER is housed in a new environmentally sustainable facility designed by David Adjaye.

Ryan McGinley: The Kids Were Alright, February 11 – August 20, 2017

This exhibition will focus on McGinley’s work from 1998 to 2003, from his earliest forays into photography to his rise to national prominence. The photographs present intimate moments of both exhilaration and introspection, often within a mundane setting, and demonstrate a sweeping range of emotions. McGinley’s works capture the essence of his lifestyle at the time: gritty, daring, and focused on moments of both pleasure and tedium, as well as illicit activities. A rare instance of the artist re-examining his earliest major body of work, which was titled The Kids Are Alright, the exhibition at MCA Denver features many never-before-printed images. Additionally, over 1500 of McGinley’s Polaroids, which have never before been exhibited, will wrap the museum’s second floor. For this series, he documented nearly every visitor to his home and studio over the course of four years.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Denver Museum of Nature & Science opened a new wing in February 2014 with 126,000 square feet and five levels of exhibit space. Called the Morgridge Family Exploration Center, the space has a beautiful glass expanse that connects the Museum with City Park and gorgeous views of downtown, and also provides exhibit space for world exclusive shows and major national touring exhibitions.

Vikings: Beyond the Legend, March 10 – August 13, 2017

This exhibition will bring the largest collection of Viking artifacts in North America to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Vikings: Beyond the Legend lays waste to the one-dimensional stereotype of bearded barbarians with horned helmets. Visitors can marvel instead at a culture of surprising refinement, complexity and achievement, and a supernatural world inhabited by Thor, Odin and other gods and giants. Fresh insights revealed through new archaeological discoveries and more than 500 treasures, many never before seen outside of Scandinavia, show why the Vikings will always capture the imagination.

Ultimate Dinosaurs, October 6, 2017 – January 15, 2018

This exhibition will go beyond familiar dinosaurs to showcase some of the most spectacular fossils unearthed in recent years. Evolving in isolation, the new discoveries from Africa, South America and Madagascar are among the strangest creatures ever on display. The exhibit will feature dozens of life-size fossils and casts alongside augmented reality displays of the creatures in lifelike settings.

Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs, October 14, 2016 – February 5, 2017

Receive a rare look at 20 mummies, many of which have never been on public display, originating from ancient Egypt and Peru, from many historic ages and backgrounds. Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs reveals these people's burial secrets, new details about their lives, and the societies they lived in. The experience is enhanced by richly decorated coffins, sarcophaguses, mummification tools, and mummies of birds, cats, and crocodiles. Ancient civilizations and the modern world intersect as you see how the latest technologies are making it possible to unravel the distant past.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens is an urban oasis for gardens and collections that illustrate an ever-widening diversity of plants from all corners of the world. Distinctive gardens define and celebrate a Western identity and a unique high altitude climate and geography. Recently, the gardens have been attracting summer blockbuster exhibitions – Calder: Monumental will be the highlight of Summer 2017.


Calder: Monumental, April 28 – September 24, 2016


American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is considered one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century and is known for his bold energetic sculptures. Calder: Monumental features his iconic works of bolted steel plate –which rise in sweeping curves, or puncture space with geometric lines – revealing the artist's exploration of forms, volumes, and voids. Using shapes that resonate with the natural world, Calder's large, lively abstractions will interact with the surrounding landscape to create a unique spectacle at Denver Botanic Gardens.


Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA)

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is an exhilarating mix of Broadway tours, Tony Award-winning theatre and long-running cabaret shows.  In February 2016, DCPA announced that they will host the pre-Broadway stage adaptation of Frozen in the summer of 2017 (Aug. 17 – Oct. 1, 2017); and in June of 2016, the organization announced that the national tour of Broadway’s Hamilton will play The Buell Theatre in the 2017/18 season. The sure-to-be-hit is not slated to open on Broadway until 2018. Additionally, the 38th season of the Theatre Company at the DCPA will feature Book of Will (Jan. 13 – Feb. 26, 2017), An American in Paris (Mar. 8-19, 2017) and Kinky Boots (Mar. 21-26, 2017).

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art recently broke ground on a new museum in the heart of Denver’s Golden Triangle, scheduled to open in late-2017. Located near the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum, the new location will offer visitors an enhanced experience, while staying true to the salon style and intimate atmosphere for which the Kirkland is known. The collection features 5,000 works by 534 Colorado artists, one of the nation’s most important design collections with 15,000 items, and 550 paintings by Vance Kirkland. The current location closed on May 2, 2016.

Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Commonly named among the top children’s museums in the U.S., the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus reopened in late 2015 after a $16.1 million expansion. The museum features new interactive learning exhibits, a new admission area, new café, additional parking and more.

History Colorado Center

Opened in April 2012, this experiential museum makes Colorado history fun. Visitors should make sure to check out Denver A to Z, an irreverent retelling of The Mile High City’s history through its most interesting characters. The museum also features Colorado-centric exhibits including Destination Colorado, Living West and The Denver Diorama.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Celebrates 75th Anniversary and National Historic Register Designation

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a naturally formed, world-famous outdoor music venue just fifteen miles west of Denver and is the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world. In 2015, the park was named a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service; and in 2016, the amphitheater celebrated its 75th anniversary. The Visitor Center features interactive educational displays, a short film documentary on the geologic and musical history and a Performer's Hall of Fame. Red Rocks is recognized for its star-studded concert roster, natural acoustics and ambience, as well as its awe-inspiring hiking and biking trails.

The Summer Concert Series will feature concerts from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Umphrey’s McGee, Foreigner, Cheap Trick and hometown heroes, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, among others. The full series lineup will be announced in early 2017.

Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo is home to more than 4,300 animals representing 650 species including Asian elephants, African lions, Komodo dragons and Western lowland gorillas; and it is the greenest zoo in the country. Open daily with numerous animal shows, feedings and meet and greets, along with new animals and interactive exhibits, Denver Zoo is one of the city’s top cultural attractions.

NEW Tiger Exhibit: The Edge, debuting in spring 2017

Located on almost a full acre on the southeastern edge of the park, The Edge will bring guests closer than ever to the Zoo’s Amur tigers. The expansive, open space will also offer several unique ways to safely connect with these magnificent creatures and to see them from multiple perspectives in yards that mimic their native habitat.

Museum of Outdoor Arts

The Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to making the visual and performing arts accessible to everyone by implementing its mission of "Making Art a Part of Everyday Life."


University of Colorado A Line Commuter Rail Connecting Downtown Denver to Denver International Airport began service in April 2016

The 22.8-mile commuter rail transit corridor between downtown Denver’s Union Station and DEN opened on April 22, 2016. The trip costs $9 and takes 37 minutes with trains leaving every 15 minutes most of the day.

Winter Park Express by Amtrak Ski Train

Denver is the only city in the country to own its own ski resort; and – after a seven-year hiatus – it is now easier than ever to get to Winter Park with the Winter Park Express Ski Train. The train reopened on January 7, 2017 and will run on weekends and Monday holidays through March 26. The train allows people to hit the slopes during the day and return to Denver for après ski, an abundance of culinary options and nearly 10,000 hotel rooms to choose from. Denver’s Crawford Hotel, Oxford Hotel and Westin Denver Downtown are all offering Winter Park Express packages, featuring deals on tickets, room nights and more.

Events at DEN comes to the plaza

With last year’s opening of the 82,000-square-foot open-air plaza outside the Westin Denver International Airport came a new opportunity to showcase Denver arts, events and entertainment like never before. “Events at DEN” brings those opportunities to life though an ongoing series of public events that is bringing family friendly entertainment, activities, music, movies and more to the plaza. This year’s lineup was already jam packed with free events, including: an ice skating rink on the plaza; a Denver-themed putt-putt course; movie screenings via the “Film on the Fly” series; a holiday market; the return of DEN’s Beer Flights beer garden and more. The plaza connects the terminal to the hotel and is covered by a canopy, providing both covered and uncovered areas for activities. The plaza is located pre-security, is open to the public and is accessible just steps from the new University of Colorado A Line station at DEN, or a short walk from the airport parking garages.

Great Hall kicks off pre-development

This summer, DEN signed a pre-development agreement with Great Hall Partners to design needed improvements to the Jeppesen Terminal while also moving the TSA checkpoints out of the terminal’s Great Hall area. The Great Hall project aims to embrace a new, modern airport experience through three main areas of improvement: consolidating the airline ticket counters and consolidating and relocating the TSA screening areas to level 6; modifying the baggage handling system in and under the terminal to support the relocated ticket counters; and redesigning the shopping, dining, and overall passenger experiences available in the terminal.

Union Station Redevelopment

Denver’s historic Union Station has become the Living Room of the city, integrating light rail, commuter rail, and intercity rail (Amtrak), as well as regional, express, and local bus service, the 16th Street MallRide, Downtown Circulator, and taxis, e-hail services, shuttles, vans, limousines, bicycles and pedestrians. It has also become a destination in and of itself, featuring restaurants from some of Denver’s top chefs, local shops and comfortable public areas where people can enjoy coffee or a beer and each other’s company.

eTuks, 100% electric three wheeled vehicles: This new Denver based company offers a fun alternative to pedicabs or Uber for short rides. eTuks can transport 4-6 people at a time within a 5-mile radius of Union Station, including Cherry Creek and LoHi.

Denver International Airport offers a variety of international, non-stop flights.

Denver International Airport (DEN) ranks as the second largest airport in the world by size, the sixth-busiest airport in the United States and the 19th-busiest airport in the world, handling more than 54 million passengers annually.

In the 2016 World Airport Awards, Denver ranked in the Top 10 for the following categories:

  • Best Airports with 50 million+ Passengers: ranked 9th, making DEN the highest rated large American airport
  • Best Airport Staff in North America: ranked 3rd behind Seattle and Vancouver
  • Best Regional Airport in North America: ranked 1st
  • Best Domestic Airport: ranked 2nd, one of only 2 U.S. airports on the list
  • Best Airports in North America: ranked 2nd behind Vancouver
  • World’s Best Regional Airport: ranked 3rd, one of only 2 U.S. airports on the list


DEN offers nonstop service from 18 international destinations in 7 countries (Germany, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Japan).

  • In December 2016, Volaris began nonstop service from Monterrey, Mexico; Great Lakes Airlines began nonstop service to Telluride, CO; and Allegiant Air began nonstop service to Montrose, CO.
  • In October 2016, IcelandAir announced that it will begin service on two additional nonstop flights between Denver and Reykjavik. With these additions, beginning in June 2017, there will now be nine nonstop flights weekly between the two cities.
  • Virgin America added its first ever Denver flight on March 15, 2016, a Denver to San Francisco route.
  • Sun Country Airlines added daily nonstop service from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Denver with service beginning May 2, 2016.
  • German airline, Lufthansa, launched a nonstop flight from Denver to Munich that began service on May 11, 2016.
  • In June 2016, Southwest Airlines began weekly nonstop flights between Denver and Charleston, SC; Buffalo, NY; and Norfolk, VA.
  • Frontier Airlines added nonstop flights from San Antonio, TX; Pittsburgh, PA; and Columbus, OH in 2016.
  • United Airlines began nonstop flights from Richmond, VA to Denver in April 2016. More than 60,000 passengers currently travel between the two cities each year.
  • On June 4, 2016 Air Canada began a nonstop flight from Denver to Montreal.


A variety of airlines now connecting at DEN offer nonstop service to more than 181 destinations worldwide including: Aeromexico, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Boutique Air, Branson Air Express, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Denver Air Connection, Frontier Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, Icelandair, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin America and Volaris.


Denver features a wide variety of events throughout the year; for a full list of events, visit

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, January 7 - 22, 2017

The National Western Stock Show, established in 1906, is the premier livestock, rodeo, and horse show in the nation, serving agricultural producers and consumers throughout the world. Held every January for 16 days A nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment event, the stock show hosts one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows and Colorado’s largest western trade show, attracting attendance numbers over 650,000 visitors each year.

VISIT DENVER’s 13th Annual Denver Restaurant Week Presented by Lexus, February 24 - March 5, 2017

The 13th Annual Denver Restaurant Week will return in late-February with an all new pricing structure. Hundreds of Denver’s top restaurants will offer multi-course meals at great values – menus this year will be offered with $25, $35 or $45 price tags, depending on the restaurant. Denver Restaurant Week is always a great opportunity to try some of Denver’s newest hotspots or return to old favorites.

4th Annual Collaboration Fest, March 25, 2017

America’s most creative beer festival features more than 75 beer projects from more than 100 participating breweries across Colorado, the U.S. and internationally. Every beer tapped at Collaboration Fest has a unique story as two or more breweries come together to brew something special, resulting in some of the most exciting, delicious beer tappings anywhere.

CONCACAF Gold Cup, July 13, 2017

Denver will host two Group C stage games in the Gold Cup, an international soccer championship, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Held every two years, the Gold Cup is the official national team championship of CONCACAF, which is composed of countries from North and Central America and the Caribbean.