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Denver Vacations: What to See and Where to Stay

By Edited Jun 18, 2015 0 0

Denver Attractions

With a population of around 2.5 million people, Denver and its surrounding areas provide a diverse palate of places to go and things to see.  Start your trip in the heart of downtown Denver at the gold domed Capitol Building.  Surrounding the Capitol is Denver's infamous Civic Center Park, which designed by the landscape architects who were responsible for other famous city parks such as Central Park in New York City.  A visit to Civic Center is not complete without a trip to the Denver Art Museum and new Frederick C Hamilton Building designed by architect Daniel Liebeskind.  Love it or hate it, this building is unlike any other that you have ever seen, and it will either leave you with vertigo or with dreams of the sweet milk of architecture. 

From Civic Center, it is just a few short blocks to Denver's famous 16th Street Mall, which is a mile long pedestrian mall lined with Denver's best restaurants, vendors, and street performers.  The mall features well known national chains like the Hard Rock Cafe and ESPN zone, but smaller local restaurants should not be passed over.  Just a few blocks off of the 16th Street Mall is the Colorado Convention Center, which hosts hundreds of events throughout the year.  If your timing is right you could catch a car show or enjoy a local brew at the Great American Beer Fest.   If you are a fan of the arts, take a quick walk from the convention center to the Denver Center for Performing Arts, which hosts everything from Broadway musicals to classical music performed by the Colorado Symphony.  Also be sure to check out the chic shops and restaurants at the historic Larimer Square just a few blocks from the Denver Center. 

Be sure to take in a baseball game at Coors Field, home to one of baseball's best, the Colorado Rockies.  After the game is over  grab a few drinks in Lower Downtown, or LoDo, which features many of Denver's hottest bars.  Sports fans have many other options to watch professional sports in Colorado's capitol city, including football, basketball, hockey, soccer, and lacrosse.  No matter what season you visit Denver, there will always be a sporting event to enjoy.   

Also be sure to journey outside of Downtown Denver to visit the Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo, which are great places for adults and children alike.  The Museum is one of the country's largest and features many great permanent exhibits, and the zoo is a great place for families with young children.  The museum and zoo are adjacent to each other, and although you can easily spend an entire day in each, they can be visited on the same day.  If this type of cultural attraction suits you, the recently renovated Denver Botanic Gardens is also well worth the visit. 

For thrill-seekers, Elitch Gardens is your destination.  Elitches, which was once owned by Six Flags, has been in the Denver area for over 100 years, and has a prime location on the edge of Downtown Denver.  Roller coasters and thrill rides abound, while an attached water park allows visitors to cool off in the hot summer sun.  If it is water thrills that you seek, Water World, a larger and, by all accounts, better water park than Elitches, is just a short drive north from Denver in Federal Heights.  Water World features 44 water slides and two wave pools on 67 acres of land, making Water World one of the largest water parks in America. 

Shoppers will want to take a trip to south Denver to the Cherry Creek District.  Home some of the highest end shopping in the state, Cherry Creek is the place to go if you have a lot of money to spend. 

Denver Hotels

Some of the Colorado's most exciting hotels are located right in downtown Denver.  The Convention Center Hyatt rises above western downtown and offers breathtaking views to the mountains from its rooms and a roof level restaurant.  The new Four Seasons Hotel is located in a newly built skyscraper, which boasts some of the best rooms and views in the state.  Also be sure to check out the Ritz Carlton if you have some extra pennies to spare.  For those wanting to stay in a more boutique hotel, be sure to book a night at the Hotel Monaco.     



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