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Get a mile high (and much higher) in The Mile High City. From chic lounges located above downtown to the highest paved auto road in North America, Denver offers plenty of chances for high-altitude fun. Also see our high-altitude tips to help you adapt to higher elevations.
It's the perfect Mile High City photo opportunity: the 13th step at the Colorado State Capitol is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level - one mile high! Afterwards, take the free tour of the building and see Allen True's water murals, Women's Gold Tapestry, Colorado General Assembly Chambers and the rare Rose Onyx wainscoting.
The Mile High Trail in Denver's largest park follows a full 5K-route (3.1-mile), and tracks along the city's 5280 contour line - so you're exercising at exactly a mile high!
The Anschutz Family Sky Terrace in the Denver Museum of Nature & Science offers unparalleled views of The Mile High City. See well above the trees in City Park with the downtown skyline and the capitol dome in the distance. On a clear day, you will see views from Mt. Evans to Longs Peak. The best time to go is a cloudless morning when the Museum opens for the day.
Enjoy breathtaking views of Mile High City and the surrounding Rocky Mountains from atop Hyatt Regency Denver at Peaks Lounge. This sophisticated Denver bar provides the perfect backdrop for sophisticated gatherings and special occasions. Celebrate a job well done with a bottle of wine or champagne from the Peaks' extensive collection. Top off an evening out with a succulent dessert and Irish Coffee or try one of the Wine and Cheese Flights.
Take your car up the road to the summit of Mount Blue Sky, the highest paved auto road in North America, climbing to 14,260 feet above sea level. Echo Lake is a delightful mountain park with picnic benches, lake fishing, and views of snowcapped peaks.
Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is the highest continuous motorway in the United States, climbing to a maximum elevation of 12,183 feet, with more than eight miles snaking across tundra, high above the treeline at 11,000 feet. The views throughout the drive are incomparable: At Milner Pass, motorists cross the Continental Divide. Trail Ridge Road is generally accessible only from May to September due to snow
The first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the heroism, technology, culture and spirit of mountaineering, the American Mountaineering Museum brings visitors into the world of mountain and rock climbing. Highlights include exhibits on climate, science, cultures and the humanities as they relate to the mountains - as well as an incredible model of Mount Everest.
The high altitude in Denver resulted in Coors Field becoming known as a very home run friendly ballpark - and by extension a somewhat pitcher unfriendly park, too! Baseball fans love Coors Field, though - there's not a bad seat in the house! No matter where you're situated in the stadium, your view of the game will be unobstructed. If you want to be close enough to smell the freshly cut grass, buy tickets at the club level. If you're on a budget, you can't beat the Rockpile, located right behind centerfield, where tickets are bargain-priced - and the fans are their most exuberant. But if it's altitude you're after, buy a couple of seats in the upper deck's purple-painted 20th row, which is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level. And don't miss the new Rooftop, where you can order a Colorado craft beer at exactly a mile high, relax and take in the game.
Outdoors on the lushly landscaped third-floor rooftop terrace of Four Seasons Denver, the heated swimming pool and whirlpool evoke a glamorous resort-style escape above the city. In a setting with more than 60 trees indigenous to Colorado, and ample potted plants and flower beds, the rooftop terrace is a serene oasis. Shaded seating areas are perfect for quiet conversations, or to catch up on a good book. Four Seasons attendants offer a menu of light fare and cocktails served poolside in the adjacent patio area.
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park has plenty of thrill rides - but only the heartiest of thrill seekers will dare to take on the Tower of Doom. Plunge over 200 feet on this free-fall ride, the ultimate Rocky Mountain high! (Must be at least 48 inches tall to ride. This ride has weight and size restrictions.)
A reconstruction of one of Colorado's most famous railroads, the Georgetown Loop takes riders through scenic Clear Creek Canyon, scaling an elevation of 640 feet over mountainous terrain, requiring cuts, fills, loops, curves - and a trip over the massive Devil's Gate High Bridge, a 90-foot high trestle.
Located in a 150,000-square-foot, 1930s-era former Air Force hangar, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is heaven for the aerospace enthusiast. The museum is home to more than three-dozen historic airplanes and space vehicles, including a massive B-52 Stratofortress, a 1926 Eaglerock "longwing," and - Star Wars fans take note - an X-Wing fighter.