Denver Travel Guide

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Denver Highlights

  • Pro
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     The layout of the city, public transportation, access to mountains. 

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     Urban Sprawl. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Beautiful city and so close to a mountain paradise! 

Denver Things to Do

  • Red Rocks

    We went up to Red Rocks around sunset time, we actually missed the sunset for a few minutes and we were sorry because it is supposed to be the best time to see the colors. Red Rocks is a park with some very odd, well, red rocks formation sticking out of the ground. There are several hiking trails available and there is also a amphitheater they...

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  • Denver Zoo

    Like any major zoo, the Denver Zoo houses a wealth of animals representing different regions from around the world. What was most memorable to me was the polar bear exhibit. Here, polar bears can be observed from both an above-surface viewing deck and an underwater viewing window. I would even say that the polar bears seem closer and more active...

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  • Rocky Mountains

    Since it was a short trip (and because I'm used to low altitude), we decided to rent a car and just drive to the sights. We drove up to the Alpine Visitor's Center, which is right by the highest point on the road. That took us into the tundra and into snow (we were there in June). I was happy with our choice (p.s. bring a jacket and water)

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Denver Hotels

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Denver Restaurants

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  • Buckhorn Exchange

    This is the oldest restaurant in Colorado. Buffalo Bill ate here as well as Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Bill Clinton and others. Roy Rodgers, Dale Evans, and more.....they have all signed photographs and hung them on the wall. Besides the numerous photos, there is an old rifle collection, and heads of at least 50 different animals that were...

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  • Casa Bonita

    My son and I went there in 1996, after just having moved to Denver. I am surprised at all the BAD REVIEWS, Back then it was GREAT. It was not a Buffet, not even close. The entertainemnt was fantastic. I'm sorry to hear it has gone down in food quality, Service, etc. I have bragged about it for years. It was STRICTLY MEXICAN food then, and it was...

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  • Denver Chop House

    Denver's Chop House is an unusual combination: from one perspective, it's a steakhouse-style spot, with an excellent menu leaning toward the beef, but from the other, it's a brewpub, just with somewhat higher-priced entrées. Walking in, with the restaurant channeling 1940's cool (the lights are turned down, and the decor looks like something from a...

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Denver Nightlife

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  • Drag Queen Showcase!

    Ever wanted to see Drag Queens? Now is your chance! See these lovely ladies dress up in outrageous costumes and sing popular songs old and new! They walk through the crowd collecting dollar bills and serenade you. It's a really entertaining show. It's fun for a girls night out! Anything goes!

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  • I didn't love it

    Maybe it's because I am over 30, or maybe it's because I'm jaded, but I hated this place, a lot. I found the music to be pretty standard, the decor was boring, it was uninspired with a really high cover charge (10 dollars just to let me come in and get drinks spilled on me and wait in line for their bathroom and to wait in line for drinks) - I...

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  • Intimate Night Club, Upscale Lounge!

    The Loft is the first intimate nightclub in Denver. What makes this Denver venue significant, elemental and profound is that you can choose the experience -- the décor, the music and the atmosphere. Choose a sophisticated big-city vibe or an eclectic surround-sound buzz, whichever suits your evening mood ... at THE LOFT DENVER.Whether you choose...

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Denver Transportation

  • Free 16th Street mall ride

    Denver offer to its citizen and visitor a great help to enjoy the mail shopping street.16th Street Mall ride is a free shuttle bus that go back and forth along the 16th from Union Station to Civic Center Station. You can hop on and off as many time you want and it is very useful if you are visiting the different area of the center.Rides are...

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  • The bus

    Most of the time in Denver we got around with bus or light rail. The bus system is fairly extensive and reliable. We got to see some interesting parts of the city we wouldn't have seen otherwise. My friend had a way to look everything up on her smart phone, otherwise it may have been more difficult.

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  • Exploring Denver in a rental car

    Getting around Denver can be a little tricky if you're driving from the suburbs to downtown, where we spent most of the time. We rented with Auto Europe http://www.auto-europe.co.uk and picked up our car from the airport. Like any major city, the traffic can be hectic during rush hour, but I truly believe it's the best way to explore the city. We...

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Denver Shopping

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  • Embroidery fibers, fabrics and more

    Cristine Hause is a wonderful person and this shows a lot in her shop. She is a certified Brazilian embroidery instructor but her shop has also lots of other embroidery techniques materials.It is a big store packed full of fantastic stuff, especially fibers of every color and material.She is very knowledgeable and will help you with any request or...

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  • Pedestrian Mall

    About 15 blocks of downtown 16th street are blocked off as a pedestrian mall and are filled with shops, restaurants and night clubs. A free tram runs up and down the street.

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  • Fascinating bookstore

    If you are into books don't miss to visit Tattered Cover Bookstore, downtown near the train station. It was by far the best thing I experienced in Denver! for my european standard it was fantastic! It is located into an historical building with bricks walls, it have dark wood shelfes,an inside cafereria and lots of confy chairs to rest and check...

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Denver Local Customs

  • Weekend in the Mountains

    We discovered to our sorrow that everyone in Denver takes the weekend to go to Estes Park. Well, not everyone. Some go to Rocky Mountain National Park instead. On weekends, there are a lot of people in both of these places. It's one of the reasons that the town and the park have shuttle buses running back and forth all summer. They're both...

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  • Denver's a Healthy but Private City

    First of all, the people in Denver love their outdoor activites. In the winter, most everyone goes up to the mountains to ski or snowboard, and during the summer, people bike and run. The people in Denver love to watch their football and hockey, but they're not really into baseball or basketball. Popular sports to play here are golf, tennis, and...

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  • An extra garage

    It took a couple of these houses before it dawned on me that they have a 2 car garage and then a small 3rd one with a separate door. My daughter explained to me that the 3rd is for snowmobiles! I suspect they get used for all sorts of things and I only saw them in newer and more expensive neighborhoods. This is a new development advertising homes...

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Denver Warnings and Dangers

  • Do not go north of 19th past 8 p.m.

    When downtown, you'll typically not want to wander past 19th street past dark, the area gets sketchy and the number of people walking around drops down. I work at 18th and Curtis and when I work late, I can tell a difference in the number of people during the daytime and the number of people at night. There is a Greyhound bus station at 19th and...

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  • Vagrants and Homeless are Troublesome

    They City has had a liberal policy toward the matter for a number of years until it got out of hand. I first traveled here in mid 1970's and the problem was not as pronounced then. Denver tolerance of the "underpriviledged" getting into the lifestyle in Denver allowed people to live on the streets and parks going into the 1980's. Today, they are...

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  • Where to avoid while in Denver

    Denver as a whole is pretty safe, especially when compared to other major cities. Still, there are a few areas to definitely avoid, and some that require a little bit of caution (such as parts of Colfax). Safe: Downtown, LoDo (theft is a concern however), Congress Park, Belcaro, Highlands, Park Hill, all of central and south Denver except for...

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Denver Tourist Traps

  • Denver Voice

    The homeless sell these mostly in the 16th Pedestrian Street Mall area. One will ask for a donation of $1, another will try to sell you one for 50 cents, yet another will simply ask for no specific amount but ask you to help the homeless. Give if you want but give WHAT you want.

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  • Denver Mountain Parks Tour

    We were on vacation last week in Denver. It was our first time in Denver and we could barely find our way around. We had purchased two vouchers from Expedia.com that would allow us to take your "Denver Mountain Parks" tour. The vouchers instructed us to call Gray Line Denver by 7 pm the day before we were to take the tour. When I called I told the...

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  • Tours of the Denver Mint

    Many people will tell you that the Denver Mint is one of two operating mints in the U.S. This is true.However, they do not provide walk-in tours of the place. I cannot tell you how many people have asked me where the mint is. It's just not open for tours, not since 9/11/2001. Call them first and ask. They will occasionally do a tour for...

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Denver What to Pack

  • Respect Colorado, Be Respected;...

    Denver airport has shuttle trains that take you to your luggage, when you get off the plane, follow the crowd to the train to avoid getting lost, then use restrooms when you get to the main terminal. Denver has over 300 sunny days a year... and little humidityWinter: Although Denver is known for snow.. it's not usually that bad, sure it could be...

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  • Surviving the Mile High City

    Denver is a bit higher then most people are use to, I find my family and friends from the other parts of the world get a bit tired more easily then the locals, Bottled water is a must if you plan on walking around. The tap water is fine to drink too. Another must even for us locals is lip balm and lotion as sometimes the winter dryness can be...

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  • Altitude!

    Sandals are popular in the Denver area. Find a comfortable pair that have straps or something to attach to your foot. People here also wear a lot of khaki. Also, the temperature can wildly switch from day to day. We've been known to have a blizzard one day, and the next day reach over 60 degrees! Also, even in the summer, the temperature doesn't...

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Denver Off The Beaten Path

  • Mt. Evans (14,2100 ft or 4,331 m)

    This is a great trip. While, I technically didn't make it to the top. Short by about 100 vertical feet and a one-mile (2 Km) trail, I stopped short in the parking lot., which is at 14,130 ft (4,307 m). That's higher than Pike's Peak, see my Cog Rail to the Top review, which is 14,115 ft (4,302 m). So, without climbing the last 100 feet, I exceeded...

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  • Bandimere Speedway

    Had to put this one in. We drove by the track, west of town on 470. It looked like it was between events. Maybe something would be happening later that evening. We went up on Dinosaur Ridge. While having a great time seeing the fossils (see the Dinosaur Tip), I noticed the track down below. Low and behold, there was movement. They were having...

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  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    One of the best things about Denver is its proximity to Rocky. In fact, its less than a two hour drive from the tall buildings of the city to the towering mountains and sweeping views of the park. Rocky Mountain National Park is open all year, although some portions of the park are closed in the winter due to snow. From Denver, take I-25 north to...

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Denver Sports & Outdoors

  • Colorado Rockies

    We visited Denver partly in order to see the Atlanta Braves (our team) play the Rockies.There are public tours of the stadiumPublic Tour Times (During the Baseball Season):Non-Game Days: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.Evening Game Days: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.Afternoon Game Days: No ToursPublic Tour Times (Offseason):12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.Public...

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  • Denver the bike friendly city?

    I remember riding my bike to work in Portland. Yes the weather is not as good as Denver but in Portland when you are on a bike, you are a car if you believe you are a car. Denver has lots of bike paths, has beautiful weather, but I wouldn't dare ride my bike on the streets like I would in Portland. In Denver it's the rule of the big. The bigger you...

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  • Red Rock Park

    My son and husband took a day trip out to Morrison to Red Rock Park. First they looked at the amphitheatre and then took the Trading Post loop hiking trail to see some of the rock formations. The park admission is free.

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Denver Favorites

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  • State Capitol

    My son and husband didn't visit the capitol per se but they did take pictures of the building and sculpture outside. The capitol building is a one of the key features in the memorable Denver skyline and looks somewhat like the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. One of the main features of the building is a round brass cap embedded in the west...

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  • Bronco Buster

    The most famous statue in Denver is the Bronco Buster, which is a bronze statue at the Denver Civic Center. In the mid-1910s, at the request of Major Robert Speer two large bronze statues (the Bronc Buster and the companion statue On the War Trail) were given to the city by J. K. Mullen an early settler. Phimister Proctor (1862-1951)who grew up in...

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  • Red Rocks

    Red Rocks Amphitheatres: It is a really beautiful place. You can usually get in, when there is no concert and just walk around. It is a fun place to go to a concert; they have a wide variety of concerts there. Morrison, CO 80465 (303) 830-8497

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