Denver is the capital of Colorado, shadowed by the Rocky Mountains and rises from the western edge of America’s high plains. This city sprang up because of the discovery of some flakes of gold in 1858. However, the gold wasn’t enough around Denver but the riches of this city lie in its mountains. Thanks partly to its incredible weather; this city has continued to grow. Denver enjoys up to 300 days of sunshine every year which is even more than Miami. Here are the top attractions in Denver, Colorado.
This is just a bus ride or an easy walk from Denver’s modern downtown. It is an area filled with public art, museums, and civic architecture. You can climb the stairs to the capital building and when at the 13th step you will be exactly one mile above the sea level.
Denver Art Museum
You can also spend some time at the Denver Art Museum which celebrates this region’s people and landscapes. This museum houses more than 18,000 Native American treasures. This makes it an important First Nations Collection Center.
Denver Children Museum
The Denver Children Museum is close to the Golden Triangle. Here, your children can climb aboard a fire truck, explore nature, and discover the world of kinetics.
At the Butterfly Pavilion and Botanical Garden, there are several other attractions you must explore while in the city. Denverites enjoy the great outdoors and they believe that animals should too. Visitors to this place can feel at home regardless of the weather because they have pioneered the use of natural habitats.
Denver Museum of Science and Nature
Here you can discover the prehistoric past of this great city. If you want to walk in the footsteps of giants, you can go to the Triceratops trail at dinosaur ridges. You will also uncover the Morrison fossil area on Denver’s western outskirts. It is one of the most extensive fossil site and dinosaur tracks in the world
Golden is a historic mining town. The Buffalo Bill Museum is specially dedicated to America’s greatest Wild West Shoe Man’s life and times. Sitting high on a ridge is his final resting place. Here you will find the winds whistling through the Ponderosa Pines. You can peep into the lives of pioneers who carved out the snow drifts, shadows, and life if the Great Divide. You will also find the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. This place helps to maintain the locomotive cabooses and cars that once traversed this region’s mountain passes and high plains.
Another must-see attraction in Denver is the Red Rocks which is a beautiful amphitheater. You can time your visit to when one of the many shows will go live here. Many great artists have performed here including U2 and the Beatles.
If all the history and sightseeing builds up a thirst, you don’t have to worry as Denver is popular for its beer. You can explore the Coors brewery before exploring the other microbreweries and brewpubs in this region.
Garden of the God’s
These are ancient sandstone formations just over an hour’s drive from the south of the city. This has been attracting dreamers and travelers for several years.
Here you can drive to Pikes Peak, catch the Cog Railway, or hike if the weather permits. Colorado’s real high country begins here. Make sure you keep an eye out for the legendary Bigfoot or try your hands at prospecting.
Living close to nature’s majesty can help you keep things in perspective. So if you are looking for a destination with clear mountain air and the best of a big city comfort, Denver is a perfect option.