Known as the Mile High City, Denver first came to prominence as a mining town during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush of 1858. As prospectors flocked to get a piece of the action, it became apparent that Denver had something really special to offer. The intervening 150 years have only strengthened that sentiment and today, it is the city’s many excellent attractions that ensure a steady stream of visitors all year round.
Denver is bursting with things to do. With eight museums chock-full of cultural gems, the Golden Triangle area is a history-buff’s paradise. Learn about the early pioneers at the History Colorado Center. Admire the architecturally stunning North and Hamilton buildings at the Denver Art Museum. Discover the secrets of the ancients and explore new worlds at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
The City Park is a popular urban retreat where visitors can enjoy lakes, trails, gardens, sports facilities and historic monuments set into rolling lawns and greenery. This is a great place to indulge in some people watching so grab a shady spot and a cool drink, and let the world go by.
At the Children’s Museum of Denver little ones are encouraged to develop visual expression, creative thinking and problem-solving skills through educational play-based exhibits and programmes. Afterwards, bring your little Einsteins to the Denver Zoo which is home to over 3,500 animals. The ever-popular Water Worlds is the perfect place to cool down on a hot day.
If it’s thrills and spills you seek, step back in time at the Lakeside Amusement Park where old-charm rides like the Tilt-A-Whirl and the Loop-O-Plane leave visitors warm with nostalgia.
After all this excitement, you will long for the tranquillity of the Butterfly Pavilion. Hold your breath as chrysalides transform into beautiful butterflies and flutter around their tropical rainforest home. If you’re lucky, they might even land on you!
Catch a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre but leave enough time to drink in the stunning Colorado scenery of the Rocky Mountain National Park. The majestic mountain views, shimmering lakes and wildlife will make it worth your while. Finally, why not walk in the footsteps of giants on Dinosaur Ridge. As you make your way along the trails, keep an eye out for dinosaur footprints, fossils and bones. They make great souvenirs!