Denver’s lively, walkable downtown is filled with outdoor cafés, brewpubs, wine bars, shops, sports stadiums, theaters and museums, all centered around the 16th Street Mall’s two-kilometer-long pedestrian promenade. If you prefer not to walk, hop aboard the free, alternative-energy shuttle, which stops at every corner along the mall. Or, try Denver B-cycle, the city’s bike-sharing program. Watch Colorado Rockies baseball at Coors Field in historic LoDo (Lower Downtown); shop or dine in Larimer Square, where the red-brick Victorian buildings will take you back in time; see masterpieces of the Wild West at the Denver Art Museum; or sample handcrafted ale at the Wynkoop Brewing Company. And don’t miss shopping at historic Rockmount Ranch Wear, where the snap-button cowboy shirt was invented.
Denver offers attractions for all ages: the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, with its dinosaur exhibits, Space Odyssey, 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.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES
The Rocky Mountains are Denver’s backyard playground, offering outdoor adventures, spectacular beauty and Old West history just a short drive from Denver. The Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is a local favorite for hiking amid the giant boulders, but Red Rocks is even more loved for its unforgettable concerts under the stars. Nearby Golden is home to the famous Coors Brewery, where visitors get tours and free samples. Rocky Mountain National Park, just 114 kilometers from Denver, features amazing wildlife, hiking trails and spectacular vistas. Mount Evans Scenic Byway (96 kilometers from Denver) is the highest paved road in North America, winding its way to a 4,346-meter summit. And, come winter, Denver is the gateway to the world’s best skiing and snow sports.
Date: 02 Jan-2014