Denver Hot Spots and Tourist Attractions

Check out Denver's best places to see art, listen to music, go shopping, take a hike and so much more.
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The Denver Skyline

A vibrant Colorado city home to a thriving arts community, innovative restaurants, seven professional sports teams and an abundance of outdoor recreation areas, Denver offers something for everyone. The city's diverse assortment of neighborhoods ranges from hip historic districts to family-friendly suburbs.

Colorado's State Capital

With its glistening, gold-plated dome, the Colorado Capitol is a key feature of the Denver skyline. Built in the 1890s, the structure bears a resemblance to the nation's capitol but was constructed primarily with locally sourced materials. In 1908, the dome was plated with 24-karat gold, commemorating Colorado's Gold Rush days and the early pioneers and miners who helped build the state. Inside, the dome soars 180 feet high and features stained-glass depictions of the 16 initial founders of Denver.

Denver, the Mile High City

The phrase "One Mile Above Sea Level," which refers to Denver's official elevation of 5,280 feet, is engraved on the 15th step of the Colorado Capitol’s west side.

The Denver Skyline: Washington Park

Denver features 4,000 acres of parks and parkways, which means beautiful green space is a stone's throw away no matter where you are in the city. Washington Park -- nicknamed "Wash Park" by locals -- is one of the city's most popular outdoor hangouts, featuring two lakes, two flower gardens, a recreation center and fantastic views of the Denver skyline.

Denver's Bike Sharing Program

Always a great city for cyclists, Denver boasts 850 miles of bike routes and trails and recently launched B-Cycle, the first large-scale municipal bike-sharing program in the United States. The pioneering program allows residents and visitors to rent bicycles at one of 50 stations throughout the city and return them to any station when finished. A daylong rental costs only $5, making it easy and affordable to stay active and reduce carbon emissions.

LoDo (Lower Downtown) Denver

Over the past two decades, the Lower Downtown Historic District, known to locals as LoDo, has been restored and renovated into one of Denver's liveliest areas. The vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood is filled with historic buildings repurposed as restaurants, sports bars, art galleries and shops. LoDo is also home to about 1,000 residential units -- mostly lofts -- for Denverites who want to live where the action is.

Shopping at Cherry Creek

About 3.5 miles from downtown Denver lies Cherry Creek North, the city's premier shopping and dining neighborhood. The 16-block district's charming, tree-lined streets contain 320 independently owned shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and spas. Plus, the upscale Cherry Creek Shopping Center offers an additional 160 brand-name stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany and Co. and Burberry.

The Civic Center and Art Museum in Denver

The Denver Civic Center Park plays host to several events throughout the year, including the People's Fair, a free festival featuring food, crafts and music, and A Taste of Colorado, a Labor Day weekend festival serving creations from Colorado's favorite restaurants.

Fireworks Light the Sky

Fireworks illuminate the Denver City and County Building during the Independence Eve Celebration, a free event held in Denver's Civic Center Park. The celebration also features a concert by the Colorado Symphony and an innovative light show.

Big Blue Bear

Though it was just installed in 2005, the giant blue bear peeking into the lobby of the Colorado Convention Center has already become a Mile-High City icon. Titled <i>I See What You Mean</i>, the 40-foot-high sculpture is the work of Denver artist Lawrence Argent.

Fireworks Show Above the DF Tower

The Daniels and Fisher Department Store was one of Denver's most fashionable shopping complexes until it was bought out in the 1950s. While the flagship store was demolished in 1965, its grand clock tower was saved and continues to grace the Denver skyline. Today, the Denver landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and plays hosts to parties, fundraisers and other events.

Take in Amazing Art

Opened in 2006, the striking Frederic C. Hamilton Building is the newest addition to the Denver Art Museum. Architect Daniel Libeskind was inspired by the rugged landscape of Colorado when designing the building, which evokes the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and geometric rock crystals found in the foothills near Denver. The 9,000 titanium panels that cover the building reflect the Colorado sunlight.

Gallery Hop at the Denver Art Museum

Inside, the 356,000-square-foot museum houses one of the country's largest collections of Native American art, plus 68,000 other art objects from around the world. The museum has also been recognized for its family-friendly environment and interactive activities.