Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is a city brimming with life. With 300 annual days of sunshine, the Mile High City is a year-round destination that seamlessly blends a rich Western heritage and passion for the outdoors with urban excitement. Downtown Denver is home to an array of chef-owned restaurants, brewpubs, professional sports, shops, and family-friendly attractions. Additionally, Denver serves as the premier gateway to the most breathtaking national parks in the Western USA, including Mesa Verde, one of Colorado's four national parks, as well as Wyoming's Yellowstone and Utah's Canyonlands.
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General opening hours for shops are 10 am to 9 pm Monday to Saturday, and noon to 6pm on Sundays.
Metro area: 2.93 million (2023)
Tourist Information Center at Denver Union Station
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In the wake of the California Gold Rush, prospectors hoped to strike their own reserve of wealth and riches in the streams of the Rocky Mountains and the South Platte River. Today, citizens of Denver have riches worth far more than precious metal. They have a prosperous city inlaid in the horizons of prairie fields and the mighty Rockies mountainside.
As a part of America’s pioneering history, Denver is riddled with historical elements. The Colorado Railroad Museum showcases the city’s tenacity in constructing an entirely citizen-built rail system, which connected Denver to the transcontinental railroad. Remnants of the Wild West can be found in areas like the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, allowing visitors to step into the Old Western lifestyle. Other landmarks of esteem include the world’s largest single producer of coins, the Denver Mint.
Denver is a city that generously caters to its citizens, boasting an array of parks, trails, gardens, museums, and districts that suit their diverse interests. Additionally, the Mile High City knows how to entertain its inhabitants and visitors alike, as evidenced by its status as the largest beer brewer in the United States.
Mile High Holidays (November-January)
National Western Stock Show & Rodeo (January)
Denver Restaurant Week (March)
Denver Day of Rock (May)
Cherry Creek Arts Festival (July)
Denver 4th of July Weekend
Denver Labor Day Weekend (September)
Denver Beer Week (September)
Denver Arts Week (November)
As a city crafted among the natural wonders of the Rocky Mountains and High Plains, much of Denver’s appeal resides in exploring its ethereal beauty. It possesses a rich cultural and geographical history, both of which are created via Denver's plethora of museums and natural trails.
Denver offers attractions for all ages: the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, with its dinosaur exhibits, Space Odyssey, a digital planetarium, and IMAX theater; the Denver Performing Arts Complex, home to 10 venues offering theater, opera, symphony, ballet, and Broadway touring shows; History Colorado Center, telling the stories of the past through people and places; Denver Botanic Gardens, a lush oasis in the middle of the city; the Denver Art Museum, with its acclaimed American Indian and Western art collections; and the Clyfford Still Museum, showcasing the work of this American abstract expressionist.
Cherry Creek Bike Trail
Lower Downtown Denver
Denver Botanic Gardens
Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Empower Field at Mile High
Molly Brown House Museum
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Denver Art Museum
Stranahan's Whiskey Distillery
Clyfford Still Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Colorado State Capitol
Forney Museum of Transportation
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Rocky Mountain Adventures
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
The city’s farm-to-table epicenter, Larimer Square buzzes with outdoor dining and a twinkling canopy of lights. Denver Union Station — the city's elegant transit hub — is a foodie destination as well. The historic building houses many restaurants and bars, including Mercantile Dining & Provision, a unique restaurant-market combination.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Mercantile Dining & Provision
Wynkoop Brewing Company
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
The Wolf's Tailor
ChopHouse & Brewery Denver
Denver Central Market
Avanti Food & Beverage
5280 Burger Bar
Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs
One simply cannot find a better setting for enjoying a good cup of coffee than Denver’s many mountainside cafés. Some solely specialize in serving breakfast, so rest assured that breakfast is taken seriously at such establishments. The usuals, such as coffee and tea, are something that you can, of course, expect to find in any single one of them.
Lucile's Creole Café
Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria
Stella's Coffee Haus
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Denver is a city rife with the expectation of having a good time. Its vibrant nightlife scene lives up to the unspoken promise, especially in the South of Colfax nightlife district and the bustling clubs and bars of Larimer Square. Denver has an eclectic, even sultry mix of venues for your post-sunset adventures. With more breweries in the Denver Metropolitan area than in any other city in the USA, the beer culture is thriving, innovative, and laid-back. Microbreweries take advantage of Colorado's pure mountain water to produce over 200 different beers every day. Whether you're in the mood for jazz lounges or sports bars, Denver's mountainous nightlife scene is sure to delight you.
Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret
The Grizzly Rose
Great Divide Brewery
Blue Moon Brewing Company
Denver Beer Co
The backdrop of stupendous mountain ranges only adds to the well-maintained and well-equipped shopping centers and districts of Denver. Many are incredibly walker- and biker-friendly, making the shopping experience not only a happy one but a healthy one as well. Try the high-end Cherry Creek Shopping District, with both indoor and outdoor options, and the 16th Street Mall, where you’ll find all of your favorite American brands.
If a unique, local shopping experience is your thing, then check out the boutique shops at Larimer Square right in the heart of downtown Denver. You’ll find a range of high-quality and distinctive local designers offering clothing, accessories, jewelry, wine, chocolate, home goods, and salon and spa services.
16th Street Mall
Cherry Creek Shopping Center
Cherry Creek North
Rockmount Ranch Wear
Tattered Cover (Union Station)
Denver Premium Outlets
The Shops at Northfield
Park Meadows Mall
Art District on Santa Fe
Twist & Shout Records
Bass Pro Shops
The Truffle Cheese Shop
Passport / Visa
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
Denver International Airport (DEN)
Denver International Airport (DEN) is the primary airport servicing the Denver area, located 24.4 miles (39.9 kilometers) northeast of downtown Denver.
Ground transportation is available from the level 5 Jeppesen Terminal. SkyRide is a convenient and affordable bus service to and from Denver International Airport. Catch frequent SkyRide buses throughout the RTD service area at bus stops and at many Park-n-Rides. Buses run every day at 15-minute intervals, tickets may be purchased at RTD counters.
Other available transportation includes taxi services, rental car companies, hotel shuttles, public buses, commuter shuttles, luxury limousines, mountain carriers, and charter buses.
Address: Denver International Airport, Denver
Phone: +1 303 342 2000
Best Time to Visit
Denver sits conveniently en route to the slopes of the Rocky Mountains, which makes it a must-visit for those making their way there during the winter. There is a multitude of events going on around Christmas time, which is an added incentive. For city exploration, the summers are best, with warm, yet not uncomfortably hot temperatures.
In Denver, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) is responsible for managing public transportation. With over 170 bus routes, 12 rail lines, and a range of specialty services, RTD provides convenient and reliable transportation options for getting around the city.
If you're planning to use public transportation throughout the day, consider purchasing a daily RTD pass. These passes can be bought online or at various RTD retail outlets.
The following cab company serves the Denver area:
Denver Taxi Cab
+1 303 335 9996
Ride-sharing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, are also commonly used.
Post offices and mailboxes can be found all around the city.
Some addresses are:
450 West 14th Avenue, Denver
1541 North Marion Street, Denver
2620 East 12th Avenue, Denver
3700 Tennyson Street, Denver
Phone: +1 800 275 8777
Denver has a plentiful supply of retail stores, including but not limited to Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Target, and several independent chain stores.
Country code: +1
Area codes in Denver: 303 and 720
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