DenverUnited States of America

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Visit Denver

Colorado’s capital is bursting with a fantastic range of top attractions and entertainment options to suit all visitors and budgets.

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!

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Where to stay in Denver

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Downtown Denver

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

Discover Denver is at its most dynamic in this central district, which has cool craft breweries, bars, galleries, boutiques and entertainment venues.

Downtown Denver
Golden Triangle featuring a statue or sculpture and outdoor art

Golden Triangle

Explore modern and Victorian architecture, visit fantastic museums and treat yourself to the very best in shopping and dining in this vibrant Denver district.

Golden Triangle

Top hotels in Denver

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Denver City Center
Hilton Denver City Center
4 out of 5
1701 California St, Denver, CO
NZ$178
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Located in Downtown Denver, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paramount Theater, Colorado Convention Center and 16th Street Mall. Colorado State Capitol ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,692 reviews)

"The property is in a great location a block away from the train station. The lobby has a large fireplace and a Starbucks. Parking is valet only on the property and breakfast is expensive. We opted for the parking garage and Sunday breakfast at Sam's no.3 👍👍"…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec. 2019

Hilton Denver City Center
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
4 out of 5
650 15th St., Denver, CO
NZ$148
per night
Dec 29 - Dec 30

Located near the slopes, this Downtown Denver hotel is situated in the city centre, within a 5-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center and Paramount Theater, ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5,588 reviews)

"Excellent service! Clean, wee appointed room. Comfortable bed. Great location. Will be back!"…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
The Westin Denver International Airport
The Westin Denver International Airport
4 out of 5
8300 Pena Boulevard, Denver, CO
NZ$332
per night
Jan 3 - Jan 4

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 7.9 mi (12.8 km) from Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and within 20 miles (32 km) of Dick's Sporting ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,310 reviews)

"I loved being able to quickly just walk to the terminal to catch my flight!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec. 2019

The Westin Denver International Airport

Popular things to do in Denver

Red Rocks Amphitheater
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Red Rocks Amphitheater

5/5(4 reviews)

Catch a concert, do yoga, or tramp through beautiful unspoiled terrain – all in the heart of the world’s most stunning natural amphitheatre.

Denver Zoo
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Denver Zoo

Come face-to-face with a variety of different animals and learn about conservation at this impressive zoo in the heart of Colorado’s capital.

Denver Art Museum
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Denver Art Museum

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Explore the rich diversity of world-art collections and admire the award-winning architecture of this impressive museum.

Top activities in Denver

Rocky Mountain National Park Full-Day Tour
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Rocky Mountain National Park Full-Day Tour

NZ$200

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the top National Parks to visit in the winter. Wildlife, solitude, and a even more dynamic environment guarantees a unique experience.

1.5 Hour LoDo (Lower Downtown) walking tour
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1.5 Hour LoDo (Lower Downtown) walking tour

NZ$33

What's LoDo - I’m happy you asked! Lower Downtown or as we call it - LoDo is Denver’s oldest neighborhood which is home to some of the best restaurants and attractions in Denver. On this 1.

6-Zipline Adventure in the Rocky Mountains
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6-Zipline Adventure in the Rocky Mountains

NZ$165

OPEN YEAR ROUND! Ride down Colorado’s longest and fastest ziplines ranging from 850ft to over 1,900ft long, with speeds up to 60mph and up to 250ft above ground! Our zipline course is located in a beautiful nature park nestled in the Rocky Mountains only 30 minutes from Denver.

Denver Haunted Pub Walking Tour - LoDo
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Denver Haunted Pub Walking Tour - LoDo

NZ$39

Experience a haunting mixture of ghostly sights and pub crawling on this walking tour of Denver. Explore haunted bars and buildings and listen to creepy stories about the city's former red light district while sipping on a drinks at 4 local pubs.

Denver Foothills Explorer
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Denver Foothills Explorer

NZ$107

Overview Explore Colorado in its greatest beauty on a half day tour to Red Rocks Amphitheater and the foothills of the Rockies. Disconnect for a few hours and enjoy driving along the scenic Lariat Loop in an upscale vehicle that has panoramic views for miles.

Pikes Peak Regional Wonders
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Pikes Peak Regional Wonders

NZ$194

Visit: Colorado Sightseer, 469 S Cherry St Suite 220, Denver, CO 80221-2743 Your tour begins at historic Union Station in beautiful Downtown Denver. Your Driver/Guide for the day will pick you up in a clean comfortable 12 or 15 passenger Transit Touring Van.

Reviews of Denver

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

My first time in the US, in love with Denver and Colorado. Beautiful city with heaps of awesome places in the vicinity. Wish we could've stayed much longer.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 6, 2019

Took the Light Rail to 'Littleton Downtown' lovely historic village feel. Took the Light Rail to 'Park Meadows' large shopping centre, loved this place for shopping. Our second time to Denver so have seen most things. Non smokers have rights.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 27, 2019

Make sure you hire a car to the Rocky Mountains.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 11, 2019

Some very nice places to visit, however there are a number of homeless shelters and people so need to be a little careful of walking around outside of busier or touristy areas

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 6, 2019

A clean city with a range of activities and attractions. Great place to base oneself and take day trips to mountains - especially Mt Evans and Rocky Mountain NP.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 28, 2019

It’s got great bookstores

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