14 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Denver

The "mile high city", as Denver is known, lies at the junction of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. As the capital of Colorado it is the economic and cultural center of a wide area extending over the Great Plains and into the Rockies.

1 Mount Evans

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From Idaho Springs the highest mountain road in the United States runs steeply up past the beautifully situated Echo Lake to the alpine pastures on Mount Evans (14,266ft/4,348m). From the summit there are breathtaking panoramic views out over the mountains and valley below. A variety of wildlife also frequents the area. At these elevations it is not uncommon to see mountain goats, bighorn sheep, marmots, and pika.

The Mount Evans Highway (State Highway 5) is a seasonal road which is closed during the winter months, usually reopening in late May. Opening dates may be weather dependant. Mount Evans gets particularly busy on summer weekends. Weekdays and early mornings are some of the less visited hours and may be a better option for people looking to escape large crowds.

2 Museum of Nature & Science

Museum of Nature & Science
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In the southeast of City Park is the Museum of Nature and Science. Among the most notable exhibits are the imposing dinosaur skeletons, remains of Ice Age animals, the collection of minerals presented by the Coors family, and one of the largest nuggets of gold found in Colorado. Also of note are the artifacts of prehistoric Indian peoples. The museum features changing exhibitions so there is always something new to see.

Also on site are an IMAX Theater and a Planetarium.

Address: 2001 Colorado Boulevard

Official site: http://www.dmns.org/

3 Denver Center for the Performing Arts

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On the south side of Larimer Square is the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, a gigantic cultural center with the Boettcher Concert Hall and the Auditorium Theater with the the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. A night out at the Center for Performing Arts could mean seeing a Broadway Show, enjoying a play, or a variety of other entertainment. This venue hosts all kinds of major events. It is home to the Denver Center Theater Company, the Denver Center Attractions, and the Denver Center Theatre Academy.

The center also functions as an educational facility as well, with acting classes and programs, as well as professional development opportunities.

Address: Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street

4 Denver Botanic Gardens

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The Denver Botanic Gardens, first laid out in the late 1950s, is one of the largest botanical gardens in the United States, occupying 23 acres next to Cheesman Park. The garden emphasizes native plants and sustainable, environmentally responsible practices. However, the various gardens display plants from all over the world. There are 43 individual gardens, some of which are laid out in natural landscapes, others of which are in more formal gardens. Some of the highlights include the Japanese Garden, Marnie's Pavilion with orchids, ferns, and waterfalls, and the Boettcher Memorial Conservatory with exotic tropical and subtropical species.

The Denver Botanic Garden also hosts special events throughout the year including concerts.

Address: 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206-3799, United States

5 Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

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Kirkland Museum displays a major collection of decorative art from 1880 to 1980. Every major design period is represented from Arts & Crafts to Pop Art. Regional modernist art, from 1875 to 1980, with a focus on Colorado is also documented with hundreds of works. The museum features a retrospective of Colorado's distinguished painter, Vance Kirkland (1904-1981). All three collections are housed in a 1911 Arts & Crafts building, the oldest commercial art building in Denver. Kirkland Museum is a member of Historic Artists' Homes and Studios, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Address: 1311 Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80203-2518, United States

6 Denver Art Museum

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The massive, fortress-like Denver Art Museum has a vast collection which includes American Indian, African, European, Asian, and Oceanic Art. Collections also include Spanish colonial and pre-Columbian works.

The remodelled American Indian galleries are particularly impressive, covering a broad range of cultures and tribes from the United States and Canada. This extensive collection has gained a reputation throughout North America, with pieces that span 2,000 years of history. Also of note is the museum's African art collection.

The modern and contemporary art collection features both well known names and emerging talent in a variety of media. There is also a separate gallery dedicated to photography.

The Denver Art Museum began in a building which is now known as the North Building, designed by Italian Architect Gio Ponti and opened in 1971. In 2006 the 146,000-square-foot Hamilton Building, an expansion designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, was opened to the public. The new building captured attention with its unique design, inspired by the peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

Address: 100 W 14th Avenue Parkway

7 Coors Field

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Coors Field is the home of the Colorado Rockies baseball club. The stadium, which opened in 1995, has a seating capacity of 50,200. From some seats it's possible to see the Rocky Mountains in the distance. There are tours of the facility year round.. This is a good way to learn about the stadium and see a bit of the behind-the-scenes action. Tickets are limited to a certain number each day so advance purchases are a good idea. Tours last just under 1.5 hours and are accessible to those with disabilities.

One of the later additions to Coors Field is the Mountain Ranch Club with indoor and outdoor dining, weather permitting.

Address: 20th and Blake Streets

8 Denver Zoo

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The Denver Zoo is beautifully laid out, with enclosures adapted to different species, from the polar bears' den to monkeys' island. The zoo is committed to a long term plan to replace and modernize exhibits. The zoo was begun in the late 1800s so by the 1990s the zoo was in need of an update and work has been ongoing. Some of the newer exhibits at the Denver Zoo include the Primate Panorama, Tropical Discovery, and Predator Ridge. Today the zoo is one of Denver's most popular attractions.

Address: 2900 E 23rd Avenue

Official site: http://www.denverzoo.org/

9 Colorado State Capitol

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On a low hill on the east side of the park is the Classical-style State Capitol, crowned by a gilded dome 250ft/76m high. From the viewing platform on the drum of the dome there are magnificent views of the city's imposing skyline and the Front Range. The 13th step on the west side of the Capitol is exactly one mile above sea level, thus the name "mile high city".

Address: Broadway and East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203, United States

10 Denver Public Library

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Famed architect Michael Graves designed the Denver Public Library, which opened in 1995. The library is noted for its western history and genealogical collections. Outside, the thirty-foot tall red-orange steel sculpture is often used for reference as a landmark.

Address: 10 W. Fourteenth Avenue

Official site: http://denverlibrary.org/

11 Larimer Square

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A successful example of urban refurbishment in Denver is Larimer Square, with well restored buildings of the Civil War period. In 1971, Larimer Square became Denver's first historic district. Today it is a major entertainment district. The area is home to art galleries, shops, cheerful restaurants, and gas lamps. It continues to evolve, and is popular with both locals and tourists. During the day most people come here to shop. In the evening this is a great place for dining or seeing some live entertainment, such as comedians or bands. This area is also famous, as the place where Buffalo Bill lived at one time.

12 16th Street Mall

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In an effort to bring a little more life into downtown Denver amid the skyscrapers, 16th Street, which runs through the city center, has been made into a European-style pedestrian precinct, with shady trees, flowerbeds and park benches. The only traffic here is a free shuttle bus. The street is lined with department stores, boutiques, souvenir shops, restaurants and the stalls of street traders. Near the south end of the street there are numerous modern and Post-Modern skyscrapers.

13 United States Mint

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Immediately beyond the City and County Building is the U.S. Mint, one of the United States' six facilities. This is where the American currency is created and part of the country's gold reserves are stored.

Visitors can take a free guided tour of the facility to learn about the history and process of making money. There is a small gift shop on site selling commemorative coins, souvenirs, games, and other items.

Reservations for the tours are always required and can be scheduled online through the website.

Address: 320 West Colfax Avenue

14 Civic Center Park

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In the heart of Denver is the green, and in summer agreeably shady, Civic Center Park, laid out in Classical style with numerous monuments. Around the park are the principal administrative buildings of the state of Colorado, and along its north side runs Colfax Avenue, the city's main traffic artery.

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