Things to Do in Denver
At an elevation of 5,280 ft.—a mile above sea level—Denver is the state capitol of Colorado. From downtown, visitors can see 120 miles of mountains and three summits over 14,000 ft. high. But that’s not all. While it may be famous for its snowy slopes, there’s much more to see and do in one of the world’s favorite playgrounds.
Come early, stay longer, or take a time-out to explore.
54thirty - During your stay at Le Meridien, enjoy a great view of the Rockies—and a delicious cocktail with friends—from the highest open-air rooftop bar in the city, 54thirty, right in the hotel.
Union Station – A renovated 1914 Beaux-Arts train station, Denver’s Union Station offers more than a transportation hub. Shop, eat, and relax at an eclectic array of the city’s top restaurants and bars.
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA) – With five galleries, each with rotating exhibits, you never know what you’ll encounter at MCA. The sleek building designed by David Adjaye, is easy to recognize thanks to the whimsical pierced heart sculpture (Toxic Schizophrenia, by Tim Noble and Sue Webster) that greets visitors at the door.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science – Located on Colorado Blvd., this must-see destination offers exhibits, a planetarium, and IMAX, and lots and lots of science. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has more than 4.3 million artifacts and specimens they use for scientific study, educational programs, and to inspire curiosity for visitors.
16th Street Mall – This mile-long pedestrian promenade is lined with 200 trees, 50,000 flowers, public art, 42 outdoor cafes and lots of shopping. From coffee and pastries to handcrafted brews and burgers, and sushi to steaks, there’s something yummy for every tastes. After dark, horse-drawn carriages and pedi-cabs carry people up and down the 16th Street Mall while nearly a million lights twinkle from the trees above.
Denver Botanic Gardens – This 24-acre oasis in the middle of the city has 45 different gardens and some 34,000 different plants. The eco-friendly “green” roof of top of the Offshoots Café offers stunning panoramas of Denver and the Rocky Mountains. The Gardens are lush and open all year with lush attractions every season.
Ski Denver – And for the adventurer, time on the slopes is always an option. Bring your skis or snowboard, and plan some time at one of Colorado’s hottest skiing resorts. It’s easy to catch a ride from Union Station.
Check out the Denver Visitors Guide online for even more things to do and places to go while visiting the Mile High City.