How to Plan Your Trip to Denver
Welcome to The Mile High City, where 300 days of sunshine, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods and natural beauty combine for the world’s most spectacular playground. Here are some must-see attractions and tips to plan your trip to Denver.
Airport Rail Service
Getting to and from Denver International Airport is easy thanks to rail service that delivers visitors to the heart of the city, arriving at Denver Union Station, the city’s transportation hub. The completely renovated 1914 Beaux-Arts train station has become a hotspot for locals and visitors alike with its boutique hotel, locally owned restaurants, an ice cream parlor, The Terminal Bar and the elegant Cooper Lounge.
The city’s walkable downtown is home to Larimer Square and historic LoDo (Lower Downtown), where Victorian brick buildings have been transformed into chef-driven restaurants, specialty boutiques, art galleries and cocktail lounges.
Denver is a paradise for cyclists with bike lanes and paved paths that connect to hundreds of additional miles of dirt trails.
Food and Drink
The city’s award-winning chefs are known for innovative cuisine and farm-to-table dining at dozens of must-try restaurants. If you’re traveling with children, check out these restaurants for kids, or if you’d like to enjoy the outdoors, try these patio dining options. And don’t miss the city’s emerging food halls, catering to a multitude of tastes. Denver is also an acclaimed craft-beer capital with more than 150 breweries in the metro area. Let the self-guided Denver Beer Trail be your pathway into the creative brewery scene. If beer isn’t your thing, dozens of urban wineries and distilleries will keep your spirits up!
Arts, Culture and Music
Art lovers will immediately fall in love with The Mile High City, from the giant blue bear that greets visitors at the Colorado Convention Center to the bold architecture of Denver Art Museum, which recently celebrated the reopening of the Martin Building (formerly known as the North Building). First opened in 1971, the building was designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti and Denver-based James Sudler Associates. The building has been fully renovated with expanded gallery space, plus stunning views of the city skyline and Rocky Mountains.
Right next door, the Clyfford Still Museum tells the story of this famed abstract expressionist, and within walking distance are the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, History Colorado Center and the Molly Brown House & Museum. For a truly unforgettable experience for all ages, check out Meow Wolf Denver’s Convergence Station, the Santa Fe, New Mexico-based arts and entertainment company’s new permanent installation. Discover immersive, mind-bending art across the four alien worlds. And don’t miss the vivid street art in the River North Art District (RiNo), Art District on Santa Fe and other creative neighborhoods. Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre anchors Denver’s famed music scene. You can find every genre well represented in music venues all over town.
Denver is proud of its Western heritage and it remains an important part of the city’s story. From the early days of the Wild West and the Gold Rush to the present-day entrepreneurs, ranchers and farmers, Colorado embraces that authentic Western spirit. Visitors to Denver can shop at Rockmount Ranch Wear, where the snap-button cowboy shirt was invented. Rock stars continue to shop there today. Take a day trip to visit the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave and the town of Golden where Coors Brewery is located.
Events and Activities
To find out about events, activities and festivals during your stay, check out the Denver 365 Event Calendar.
With more than 13,000 hotel rooms in the downtown area and nearly 51,000 around the city, there’s plenty to choose from at any price point.