There’s a lot to do in Denver, but three days gives you plenty of time to take in much of what the city has to offer without feeling like you’ve rushed through the sights. In other words, take your time, relax and enjoy.
Denver's oldest block is also it's most trendy. The shops and boutiques of Larimer Square carry the latest fashions from New York to Milan. Charming and elegant, gas lamps line the street as the mountain views remind you of what lured you here in the first place. With several restaurants and nightclubs, Larimer Square is a great place for dinner and to end your first day in Denver.
KIRKLAND MUSEUM OF FINE & DECORATIVE ARTS
Take in the Kirkland Museum's collection of 20th-century decorative arts. On display are more than 3,300 works of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Glasgow Style, Wiener Werkstatte, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern, and Pop Art. Additionally, a major survey of Colorado art history is documented, with over 170 artists represented by more than 700 works with a strong focus on the first thee quarters of the 20th century. Also, be sure to view the retrospective of Colorado's distinguished painter Vance Kirkland (1904-1981).
NOTE: The Kirkland Museum is temporarily closed. The museum is building a new 38,500-square-foot facility and relocating to 12th Avenue and Bannock Street. It will be near the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum within Denver's Golden Triangle. The new building is set to open in early 2018. See the museum's website for updates.
MOLLY BROWN HOUSE MUSEUM
1340 Pennsylvania St.
No trip to Denver would be complete without a stop by the house of its most famous prospector, Molly Brown. Margaret "Molly" Brown gained wealth during Denver's gold rush days and fame as a Titanic survivor, earning her the nickname "Unsinkable Molly." This historic turn-of-the-century mansion contains original furnishings and mementos including furniture, china, silver, artwork, photographs and textiles. Her adventurous travels often overshadowed her philanthropic and political contributions. The Molly Brown House Museum is a great place to learn about all facets of the woman and the times in which she lived.
DINNER IN UPTOWN
Colfax Ave. forms Uptown’s southern boundary, while 20th St. creates its northern border. York St. and Broadway border Uptown to the east and west, respectively
Close to City Park lies a neighborhood filled with numerous dining choices: Uptown. From upscale Italian to casual Vietnamese, to local favorites like Steuben's (523 E. 17th Ave.), beast + bottle (719 E. 17th Ave.) and Il Posto (2011 E. 17th Ave.), you can easily walk this area filled with diverse option.
RED ROCKS PARK & AMPHITHEATRE
18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
Aside from being a geological wonder 70 million years in the making, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is one of the world's most famous concert sites and a must see for any music enthusiast. Well-known symphonies, and bands ranging from The Beatles to U2, have graced the stage, which is surrounded by dramatic, 500-foot high red sandstone cliffs. Trails surrounding the concert venue and a spectacular view of the plains make it a perfect place for moderately challenging hikes. There are also dinosaur tracks and fossil fragments dating back 160 million years to captivate students, families and geology fans. Want a unique way to get there? Try renting a scooter from ScooTours Denver. They supply everything you need for a fun ride through the foothills. When you're finished imagining what it would have been like to witness some of the world's greatest musicians performing in such a breathtaking venue, head to Golden where you'll find your next attraction.