What is Denver CO known for?
10 reasons you must see Denver
Info / recommendations | Colorado | 01/06/2017 | Photo: VISIT DENVER | So Gnar
Denver, Colorado is currently one of the hippest cities in the US and it's no wonder. Because the former western town has developed into a trendy metropolis and convinces with a pedestrian-friendly city center that attracts with many urban adventures.
Denver can convince with a large network of bike and hiking trails, lots of live music, art and culture and of course numerous shopping opportunities. Much of life takes place outdoors, which is not surprising when you know that the sky is mostly clear and blue over 300 days of sunshine a year prevail, and all against the grandiose backdrop of the nearby Rocky Mountains!
We'll give you five reasons why you have to see Denver! But before that, this video gives you an insight into the "Mile High City":
1. Denver Union Station
A few years ago, Denver's old central train station, the Denver Union Station, was extensively renovated and has become one of the “hot spots” in downtown Denver. In addition to the imposing and beautifully restored main hall, Union Station offers a variety of restaurants, shopping opportunities and even a brand new boutique hotel, the Crawford Hotel. The culinary palette ranges from an excellent breakfast in the “Snooze” to fresh beer in the “Terminal Bar” and delicious cocktails in the “Cooper Lounge” to great local cuisine in one of the unique restaurants such as “Mercantile” or “Stoic & Genuine” “, So that travelers, bar hoppers and restaurant guests alike meet here in the evenings, making Union Station a lively, trendy get-together with a great atmosphere. Union Station can also be reached by S-Bahn from Denver International Airport. The ride is $ 10.50 per person and takes approximately 35 minutes.
2. Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater
Framed by gigantic boulders made of red sandstone, the Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater is located in the mountains above Denver - one of the most legendary concert locations in the world. Some of the biggest music stars have played here, such as the Beatles (1964) or U2 (1983) and even today the popular stars give each other a hand when concerts take place here almost every evening during the summer season from May to September. After all, listening to the music in the midst of this majestic backdrop and under the starry sky is not only a magical experience for visitors, it is also something very special for the musicians to play here.
By the way, during the day the facility is a free city park for all visitors with a large network of hiking trails, an exciting Performer’s Hall of Fame and, of course, breathtaking views over the city of Denver, which is about a 30-minute drive away.
3. Denver Beer Trail
Follow the self-guided Denver Beer Trail and discover some of the delicious specialty beers brewed in Denver's craft beer paradise. Visit some of the more than 30 listed breweries, most of which are within walking distance of the city center. From stouts to pils to lager, there are all conceivable types of beer to discover - and the number of them Craft beer breweries in Denver is growing almost daily.
4. Golden Triangle Creative District
Explore Denver's burgeoning arts and culture scene, from world-class museums to one-of-a-kind artist neighborhoods. The best way to explore the Golden Triangle Creative District is on foot and visit the Denver Art Museum and its famous collection of Western and Native American art. The museum offers free admission on the first Saturday of each month and in principle for all people under the age of 18 on every day. Or discover the interactive exhibits about Rocky Mountain West at the History Colorado Center or admire the fantastic art and design collections from around the world at the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.
5. Explore Denver's neighborhood by bike
Denver offers its visitors a well-developed network of bike paths that allow them to explore the exciting districts of Denver beyond downtown even without a rental car. Accordingly, it is very worthwhile to rent a bike from one of the local providers.
A trip to the River North Arts District (RiNo), for example, which has become a magnet for artists, gourmets and designers in recent years, is worthwhile. A cool, young district has developed in the former warehouses and factory buildings, which offers a variety of cafés, brewery bars, restaurants and art galleries. It is also strewn with street paintings. Also recommended is the Highlands district, just north of downtown, and the Arts District on Santa Fe with its over 100 galleries, studios and creative workshops.
6. Blue Bear and Public Art
In Denver, great art can not only be admired in museums. Throughout the city, visitors will encounter murals, sculptures, and other inspiring public works of art. In the city's official “Public Arts” program alone, over 150 different works are registered and are freely accessible. Outstanding, both literally and figuratively, is the massive blue bear in front of the Colorado Convention Center, which is called "I See What You Mean" and of course invites you to take a striking selfie. The many Wild West statues in Civic Center Park are also very popular photo motifs.
7. Larimer Square
Larimer Square is Denver's oldest street block, and this is where the first saloons, bars and shops of Mile High City were built. Even today, enjoyment and entertainment are in the foreground in the beautifully restored Victorian brick buildings, after all, Larimer Square is still one of the main focal points in Denver's nightlife, with many excellent restaurants, wine and cocktail bars and nightclubs. Even during the day, unique boutiques, exciting galleries and relaxed street cafes attract residents and visitors to the neat, historic block right in the heart of Denver's city center.
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Just a few minutes southeast of downtown (about 25 minutes by bike) is one of Denver's most prestigious neighborhoods, Cherry Creek North. Here visitors will find a variety of galleries, boutiques, cafes, wine bistros, wellness facilities and much more. The heart of the district, however, is the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, a luxury mall that is home to more than 160 shops and restaurants. Our tip: Download the “Passport to Shopping” beforehand, a book of vouchers with lots of great discounts. For more shopping, head to the Denver Pavilions on 16th Street Mall or the brand new Denver Premium Outlets, just 20 minutes from downtown.
9. Rockmount Ranch Wear
Rockmount Ranch Wear's quaint shop is one of the institutions in downtown Denver. It was here that Jack A. Weil (1901 - 2008) invented the first cowboy shirts with press studs instead of traditionally sewn on buttons. Many of the designs designed by Rockmount with the typical diamond buttons and distinctive sawtooth pockets are still worn today by Hollywood stars, musicians and politicians. The grandson of "Papa Jack", Steve Weil, is now the third generation to run the traditional business. You can visit the cozy, small shop on Wazee Street (number 1626) in the city center.
10. Rocky Mountain National Park
Denver is not only home to countless green city parks, but is of course also the gateway to the spectacular mountains of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado's four national parks. The Rocky Mountain National Park is only about 90 minutes drive from Denver, so it can easily be visited as a day trip from Denver's capital.
Easier to reach
Since 2016 it's even easier to visit Denver, because there's finally a S-Bahn connection from Denver International Airport to the recently renovated Denver Union Station, right in the heart of downtown. The drive to downtown only takes around 35 minutes and costs $ 10.50 (as of 2019). Discover the numerous small breweries that conjure up delicious craft beer from the fresh mountain spring water, enjoy local products in the town's “farm to table” restaurants and don't miss a concert under the stars in Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater.
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