Things to do in Colorado
Located at 5,820 feet above sea level, Denver is known to many as the Mile High City. Many travelers refer to Denver as the capital of the West, and with all of the amazing things you can do once you land at Denver International Airport, it's hard to argue with that logic. There's something for every traveler in Denver, with the Rocky Mountains in its backyard, loads of great food and beer, and plenty of arts and culture.
A city of neighborhoods
If you had to visit one neighborhood in Denver, you should definitely make a point to check out Larimer Square. According to U.S. News & World Report, this area is the "heart and soul" of the city, as it once housed the entirety of Denver in the 1800s. Today, it is a beautiful historic area filled with some of the city's best restaurants, shops and nightlife.
For those who like to shop, it doesn't get much better than Cherry Creek North, and much of it is laid out in a Main Street-style setting, allowing you to really window shop. Of the 400 businesses in this neighborhood, 73 percent are locally owned, so this could be the perfect spot to pick a souvenir that really lives up to the slogan "Made in Denver."
If you need to escape the hub bub of the city, there's no better place to do so than Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. It's located just 15 miles southwest from the city center, but offers some of the most awe-inspiring views of the Rockies in the city. The site is known for its:
- Signature red cliffs
- Highly regarded Trading Post Trail
- Exceptional amphitheater
Colorado is known for its superb breweries, and Denver is no exception. Just 15 miles west of Denver lies the Coors Brewery, which has been part of the city's identity since 1873. After traversing the mountains, there is nothing more refreshing than a cold pint of beer, and Coors does it right. Here you can get a tour of the grounds, learn about how the beer is made and get a frosty brew on the house.
Wildlife is abundant in the region, but if you would rather stay in the city, you can view more than your fair share of critters at the Denver Zoo. This expansive space was modeled after a Kenyan nature preserve and is home to more than 700 species, from tigers to Komodo dragons.
For an upscale meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant, take a seat at Longman & Eagle in the Logan Square neighborhood. Another globally recognized eatery is Alinea, which is led by Grant Achatz, winner of the coveted Beard Award. If you're seeking more affordable dining, try local favorites such as Hopleaf, Kuma's Corner, Revolution Brewing or Big Star.