Denver serves as an excellent gateway to the wonders of the nearby Rocky Mountains. Here are just a handful of must-see attractions, gorgeous scenic drives and mountain town adventures, all within two hours of The Mile High City. Make Denver your basecamp for exciting day trips and explore the best places to visit near Denver.
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BUFFALO BILL MUSEUM & GRAVE
Distance from Denver: 25 miles (40 km)
One of the most famous cowboys to ever ride the range, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody epitomized the Old West. Upon his request, he was buried atop Lookout Mountain, a site boasting one of the best views in all of Colorado. The Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, which opened in 1921, offers a look into life in the Old West, with exhibits on Buffalo Bill's life, the Wild West shows, Indian artifacts including Sitting Bull's bows and arrows, Western art, and firearms.
AMERICAN MOUNTAINEERING MUSEUM
Distance from Denver: 27 miles (43 km)
The American Mountaineering Museum is a "must-stop" new attraction on your way to the mountains! From 14ers to Everest, experience mountaineering through interactive exhibits and high tech displays. Cross a crevasse, pick your route up Everest, and follow the footsteps of famous climbers as you prepare to hike in Colorado!