Denver Activities for the Perfect Vacation

Culture

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The fourth largest museum in the United States is a top pick of Denver activities for families. Museum visitors can step into space simulators, wonder at dinosaurs and Egyptian mummies, and view amazing fossils, gems and minerals. The museum also showcases IMAX films and one of the best planetariums in the country.

Denver Art Museum

The contemporary architecture at the DAM is as outstanding as the works inside. The museum is comprised of two buildings – one a titanium structure of peaks and shards by Daniel Libeskind and the other, a fortress by Italian architect Gio Ponti. The museum housed some of the world’s most impressive Native American and Western works. Other collections include European masters and traveling exhibits.

Clyfford Still

This is the perfect example of what a single-artist museum should be. Most single-artist museums have to make do with leftovers, while the Clyfford Still Museum houses 94% of his works – a gift to the city on behalf of the artist by his widow. Clyfford Still is considered one of the most important American artists of the 20th century and an originator of the Abstract Expressionism movement. Marvel at over 2,400 works of art.

Coors Brewery Tour

This is largest brewing site in the world, and it still uses the same fresh Rocky Mountain spring water that Adolph Coors employed in 1873. Brewery tours are complimentary. Visitors will walk through every step in the brewing process and finish with a free, ice cold Coors. Of all our Denver activities, this is the only one that allows you to “Taste the Rockies.”

Day Trips

Boulder Hiking

Boulder is just a 40 minute drive north of Denver, Colorado and offers some of the best front range hiking in Colorado. There is a rich variety of terrain to choose among. The Boulder Falls has breathtaking tight canyons and rushing waterfalls; Flatirons Vista is a flat loop through meadows and pines that is a runner’s dream; Sanitas is a scenic, steam hike convenient to town. No matter which hike you choose, refuel at one of Boulder’s many charming outdoor patios. Hiking is definitely one of the most popular of Denver activities.

Quick Ski Trip

It is perfectly feasible to wake up in Denver, Colorado, hit the slopes, and be back downtown in time for an après cocktail. Keystone, Copper Mountain, and Winter Park are close mountains that offer runs for every level skier, from beginner to advanced. No Colorado ski day would be complete without a chili or hot chocolate at the mountain’s cozy lodge-style restaurants. Day passes are available to purchase at the mountain and shuttle or ski train services run daily from Denver during the ski season.

Central City and Black Hawk

Once called the “Richest Square Mile on Earth,” these two historic mining towns have come back to life. Just 34 miles west of Denver, Colorado, Central City and Black Hawk are now home to 30 casinos. The towns are famous for having some of the best-preserved Victorian architecture in the Western United States. Hit the Black Jack table and then visit the historic Central City Opera House, which hosts an extraordinary summer Opera series. There are also plenty of mine tours in the place where hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of gold was once panned.

Entertainment

Larimer Square

This posh city block of Western buildings hosts a variety of fashion and decor shopping, night clubs, Comedy Works, charming cafes and some of Denver’s hottest restaurants.

Farm-To-Table Dining

Denver Colorado leads the national charge of organic, seasonal fine cuisine. Potager and The Kitchen are just two of the progressive, local restaurants that serve exceptional cuisine in gorgeous but industrial settings.

Red Rocks

This famous amphitheater is carved from monumental red rock and is a mecca to music fans around the globe. This 9,000 seat arena has hosted everyone from the Grateful Dead to the Beatles and U2. Seeing a show here is truly a moving experience. On days there are no concerts, there are other Denver activities.  Visitors can check out the Performers’ Hall of Fame or hike the surrounding trails.

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