The Best Travel Guide to Denver, Colorado
Provided by: Scott Dressel Martin/Visit Denver
Section in Denver, Colorado
Do & See
As a city crafted among the natural wonders of the Rocky Mountains and High Plains, much of Denver’s appeal resides in exploring its ethereal beauty. It possesses a rich cultural and geographical history, both of which are created via Denver's plethora of museums and natural trails. Denver offers attractions for all ages: the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, with its dinosaur exhibits, Space Odyssey, digital planetarium and IMAX theater; the Denver Performing Arts Complex, home to 10 venues offering theater, opera, symphony, ballet and Broadway touring shows; History Colorado Center, telling the stories of the past through people and places; Denver Botanic Gardens, a lush oasis in the middle of the city; the Denver Art Museum, with its acclaimed American Indian and Western art collections; and the Clyfford Still Museum, showcasing the work of this American abstract expressionist. Learn more at: www.visittheusa.com/destination/denver

Mount Evans

Mount Evans is Denver’s biggest natural attraction, drawing people from all over the United States to scale its Scenic Byway and catch glimpses of everything from stunning wildlife to a wonderful view of the cityscape and skyline. Just 60 miles west of Denver, the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is nearly 9,000 feet of adrenaline-fueled elevation gain. It extends from the High Plains all the way to the Mount Evans summit—which lifts to a spectacular 14,000 feet. Native to Mount Evans are birds, mountain goats, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, marmots and alpine wildflowers; three different hiking trails will give you the opportunity to see them: the Walter Pesman Trail, the Walter Pesman Alpine Garden Loop, and the Summit Trail.
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Ute Indian Museum

Denver has the unique position of being in possession of a large portion of Native history. Among these tribes were the Ute Indians, who now share their own history in the Ute Indian Museum. Located on the original homestead of Chief Ouray and his wife Chipeta, the museum contains changing exhibits, dioramas, hands-on programs and the biggest collection of Ute artifacts in the nation. Walking trails, shaded picnic areas, and a Spanish conquistador memorial add to the moving experience.
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Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens and its satellite locations are a Shakespearean sonnet come to life. Four gardens with four distinctive identities are available for leisure, education or play. The gardens at York Street serve as a testament to Denver’s Western heritage. The gardens at Chatfield possess a rustic peace. The Mount Goliath gardens offer subalpine, alpine and mountain vistas of Denver. The Mordecai Children’s Garden is a land of exploration for kids and families through the seasons.
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El Pueblo History Museum

Expanding on exploring Colorado’s rich Native American history, El Pueblo History Museum recreated the 1840s trading post, plaza and the original archeological excavation site. You can explore artifacts and the lifestyle of the region’s first and native peoples, or explore remnants of the Spanish, French and American journeys through the region. Also of interest are the exhibits and trails outlining Pueblo’s thriving growth as a city during the Gold Rush.jj
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