One of the main appeals with Denver is that it sits just 15 miles (24km) from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and this makes the city an excellent gateway into the Rockies. In addition though, Denver is a very cosmopolitan city and has much to offer visitors just on its own.
In the city itself there are a variety of attractions including several themed museums – the Denver Firefighters Museum for example, and the Children’s Museum of Denver. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a popular one to visit as this includes exhibitions as well as a planetarium and IMAX cinema, plus special temporary exhibitions which change throughout the year.
The Denver Art Museum has a very large collection of art from around the world and if you’re interested in seeing the collection properly you should allow yourself a whole morning or afternoon to do so. Alternatively pick out the collections you would most like to see and head for those only.
The University of Denver’s Chamberlin Observatory is a city landmark. This historic observatory was built in 1890 and is still in operation today. To really appreciate the observatory, visit on a Public Night when you’re treated to a presentation and views of the planets and stars through the 20 inch telescope which was installed back in 1894.
The Denver Mint produces all of the denominations of coins currently in circulation in the United States and you can take a tour of this interesting building to discover the history behind it and learn about the minting process. Tours are free of charge.
Denver Botanic Gardens is a pleasant place to visit and a number of tours are available here too, including guided and self-guided tours. Self-guided tours use pioneering new technology so that you’re guided by your cell phone!
Denver Zoo is a popular attraction with both adults and children. There are a large variety of species here including bears, nearly 200 species of birds, camels, cats, apes, giraffes, kangaroos and many more, all set within 80 acres!
For more thrills, Denver has a theme park – Six Flags Elitch Gardens and also one of the largest water parks in the whole of the United States, aptly called Waterworld!
As mentioned, Denver is a gateway to the Rockies and hence a great place to start off a skiing holiday. Nearby world famous ski resorts include the likes of Vail, Beaver Creek and Keystone, and Aspen is a little further away. A Ski Train takes you from Denver to the foot of the mountain for extra convenience.