Denver, Colorado — The Mile High City — is where urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure. Denver is an outdoor city known for its world-class cultural attractions, thriving craft breweries, chef-driven dining and red-hot music scene, all within easy reach of the Rocky Mountains.
From the stately Victorian houses of Five Points to the hip restaurants and nightclubs of historic LoDo, Denver's laid-back attitude is exemplified in its neighborhoods. Explore the city on a B-cycle, Denver's pioneering bike sharing system. Use our neighborhood guides below to find attractions, restaurants and interesting places within each neighborhood and historic district.
Situated in the South Platte River Valley, this modern city draws openness from the Great Plains to the east and features spectacular Rocky Mountain views to the west. Residents of this mile-high landscape (Denver is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level, or one mile high; 1.6 km for our metric friends) are noted for their sunny dispositions and can-do attitudes.
Easy Access & Walkability
Getting to Denver is easy, thanks to the efficient Denver International Airport (DEN), one of the largest connecting airports in the world. From there, it’s a short, effortless trip on the airport train to Denver Union Station in the heart of downtown. Arriving at Union Station, visitors are greeted with an opulent and fully restored 1914 Beaux-Arts train station, home to swanky bars, restaurants, shops and a boutique hotel. In wintertime, skiers and snowboarders can take the Winter Park Express ski train from the station to the mountains for a unique ski-in, ski-out experience (runs seasonally). From Union Station, access downtown on foot, by bike, or on the free 16th Street Mall shuttle.
Walk to your heart’s content around Lower Downtown (LoDo) or get your heart pumping by checking out a bicycle from Denver B-cycle, Denver’s citywide bike-sharing system. Explore numerous nearby cultural attractions like the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum and the History Colorado Center. With more than 11,000 hotel rooms in the downtown area, and more than 50,000 metro wide, there’s plenty to choose from at all price points.
A Foodie Paradise
Denver is also a hub for chef-owned restaurants and was featured in the fifteenth season of Bravo's hit TV show "Top Chef." Stroll among the Victorian buildings and boutique shops of Larimer Square and take your pick of culinary talent, then indulge yourself with the many offerings from locally sourced products. Denver is at the forefront of the food hall revolution, including Avanti F&B, where seven rotating casual dining concepts share space with two craft bars and a patio with spectacular views of downtown; The Source, an artisan market housed in a former ironworks foundry; Zeppelin Station, with street food vendors, designer goods and apparel, and two cocktail bars; Denver Milk Market, featuring 16 culinary concepts run by acclaimed chef Frank Bonanno; and Central Market, where visitors will find nearly a dozen providers serving everything from wood-fired pizza and charcuterie to fresh-baked breads and gourmet chocolates.
Important Things to Know:
Passport Requirement: No
Visa Requirement: No
Recommended Vaccinations: None
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Is This a Family-Friendly Destination: Yes
Best Time To Travel to This Destination: June to August