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DenverUnited States of America

Flanked by majestic mountains, which attract skiers in winter and hikers in summer, this city is full of outdoor adventures as well offers many cultural attractions. 

Denver, the capital of Colorado, has a rich cowboy history but is no longer the Wild West. A former mining town, this city has long since shaken off its frontier reputation. These days visitors can enjoy all the museums, galleries and theaters you'd expect of a modern state capital along with outstanding outdoor activities.

A great way to get a feel for this city is to head to the Golden Triangle Museum District and explore some of the city’s most-visited exhibition halls. These include the Denver Art Museum, the History Colorado Center and the Art Institute of Colorado. Afterward, take a stroll through the nearby City Park or check out the district’s shops, clubs, cafés, salons, studios and performing arts centers.

Denver’s family attractions are also worth visiting. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Children’s Museum of Denver are very popular and so is the Denver Zoo, which was founded in the late 1800s. Many visitors say it is among the best zoos in the country. Catch a breeze on Water World’s Mile High Flyer ride or on the Lakeside Amusement Park roller coasters. Look for shows at the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre to enjoy a concert among amazing canyon formations. At Dinosaur Ridge, do the Triceratops Trail and marvel at the 1,600 butterflies in the Tropical Conservatory of the Butterfly Pavilion.

Denver and its surrounding areas also offer plenty for those with a love of the great outdoors. In the warmer months, hike the trails of Rocky Mountain National Park or jump on a bike and tour Colorado's Wine Country.

Rent a car and head for the hills. Just 30 minutes' drive away you’ll find Golden, home to the Coors Brewery and the gateway to the Rocky Mountains. To the south, the Garden of the Gods has breathtaking rock formations. In winter, hit the ski slopes at nearby Vail, Copper Mountain or Beaver Creek and discover why Denver is such a popular destination.

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Where to stay in Denver

Downtown Denver featuring signage

Downtown Denver

4.5/5Wonderful!(103 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Downtown Denver. 16th Street Mall is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at 16th - California Station or 16th - Stout Station to see more of Denver.

Downtown Denver
Golden Triangle showing a statue or sculpture and outdoor art

Golden Triangle

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

Art galleries, museums, and shopping are just a few things travelers enjoy about Golden Triangle. Check out Denver Art Museum or United States Mint while you're exploring the area.

Golden Triangle

Top Hotels in Denver

Grand Hyatt Denver
Grand Hyatt Denver
4.5 out of 5
1750 Welton St, Denver, CO
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $147 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Downtown Denver, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paramount Theater, Colorado Convention Center, and 16th Street Mall. Denver Art Museum ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,641 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly and extremely helpful! Definitely will stay there again!!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2020

Grand Hyatt Denver
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
4 out of 5
650 15th St., Denver, CO
The price is CA $149 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in Downtown Denver, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Colorado Convention Center and Paramount Theater. 16th Street Mall and Denver Center ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,297 reviews)

"Very clean and the service was good. Wasn’t pleased having to pay to park in the garage."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 26, 2020

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Warwick Denver
Warwick Denver
4 out of 5
1776 Grant Street, Denver, CO
The price is CA $146 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9

Located in Uptown, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wells Fargo Center and Paramount Theater. Denver Art Museum and Colorado Convention Center ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,350 reviews)

"Thought staff was excellent and very friendly. Loved the room and the roof top pool and the restaurant gattara."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

Warwick Denver
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Denver

Staybridge Suites Denver South-Park Meadows
Staybridge Suites Denver South-Park Meadows
3 out of 5
7820 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree, CO
The price is CA $118 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Lone Tree Brewing Company and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Park Meadows Mall. Inverness Business ...

4.3/5Excellent! (326 reviews)

"Very clean, very professional & always willing to help"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 18, 2020

Staybridge Suites Denver South-Park Meadows
Staybridge Suites Denver Airport
Staybridge Suites Denver Airport
3 out of 5
6951 Tower Road, Denver, CO
The price is CA $106 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Buckley Air Force Base, The Children's Hospital and University of Colorado Hospital. Northfield ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,021 reviews)

"Very nice hotel, super clean and close to airport. Full kitchen with dishwasher and real dishes! Nice little store in lobby for late night snacks."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 27, 2020

Staybridge Suites Denver Airport
Uptown Suites Extended Stay Denver CO – Centennial
Uptown Suites Extended Stay Denver CO – Centennial
2.5 out of 5
12943 East Briarwood Ave, Centennial, CO
The price is CA $98 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Situated near the airport, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Centennial Center Park and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Denver Tech Center. Cherry Creek State ...

3.7/5Good! (125 reviews)

"Staff very friendly. No complaints. Room was very clean and everything worked as it should."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 9, 2020

Uptown Suites Extended Stay Denver CO – Centennial
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Denver

Red Rocks Amphitheater
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Red Rocks Amphitheater

5/5(33 reviews)

This legendary rock concert venue boasts outstanding acoustics thanks to soaring rock walls that hug the stage. 

Denver Art Museum
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Denver Art Museum

4/5(16 reviews)

This eclectic museum is impressive not only for its vast collection of artwork but as an architectural masterpiece.

Denver Zoo
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Denver Zoo

4.5/5(23 reviews)

This zoo started with a single bear. Now, it’s an award-winning tourist destination housing more than 3,500 animals.

Top things to do in Denver

Boulder Hike and Beer
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Boulder Hike and Beer

CA $107
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Visit Red Rocks Park, Continental Divide & Breckenridge
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Visit Red Rocks Park, Continental Divide & Breckenridge

CA $156
Per adult
Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience

CA $81
Per adult
Guided Mountain Biking Tour in the Rockies
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Guided Mountain Biking Tour in the Rockies

CA $171
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Guided Active Sightseeing Tour in the Rocky Mountains
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Guided Active Sightseeing Tour in the Rocky Mountains

CA $171
Per adult
Colorado Gold Rush Mountain and Mine Half-Day Tour from Denver
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Colorado Gold Rush Mountain and Mine Half-Day Tour from Denver

CA $115
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Denver

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 42.10526315789474%
4 - Good
96
4 - Good 45.933014354066984%
3 - Okay
22
3 - Okay 10.526315789473685%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.4354066985645932%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 15, 2020

Lots to do, we had limited time so we missed a lot, you really need to plan your trip. Mountain top look out by Golden is an awesome place to see scenery

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 9, 2020

Was just a stopover so didn't form any impression

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 7, 2020

Be aware it's a $40+ Uber from the airport to downtown.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 3, 2020

Denver was an amazing city through out, I just wished I had more time to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 8, 2020

We just enjoy the outdoors the scenery and the whole 16th St mall experience every time we go. And of course the main reason is sporting events

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 25, 2019

Really enjoyed the atmosphere and vibe of Downtown. Looking forward to coming back. Train option from airport to Union station is terrific urban planning.

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