Denver is full of character, from its enchanting landscape and great outdoors lifestyle, to its fascinating gold-mining history and atmospheric microbreweries. Find the city’s art, food and music scenes for a different flavour in this urban hub.
Colorado’s capital might be shadowed by the Rockies, but you can bask in over 300 days of glorious sunshine in this adventurous metropolis. Book flights to Denver and explore the Golden Triangle area for intriguing museums and impressive architecture. Inhale clear mountain air, as you make your way around this walkable city. Try a rattlesnake hot dog at Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, then indulge on a rocky road ice cream at Little Man Ice Cream. On holidays to Denver, sip on tasters at the Great Divide brewery, one of the first in Denver, then listen to a live band at the Skylark Lounge. Venture up the magnificent Flatirons mountains or take a day trip up Mount Evans. Make the most of this captivating cosmopolitan before discovering more of Colorado’s gems.
While Denver may be the ‘Gateway to the West’, it is also a major urban centre with lots of great food spots and brew pubs galore. In fact, Colorado makes more beer than any other US state, so you are in for a treat of craft ales and Belgian-style beers. Head to LoDo (Lower Downtown) for chic eateries and cocktail bars with a modern feel, or venture to the stylish RiNo (River North) Art District for innovative art, superb food – make sure to head to The Source which houses many different foodie stalls - and a craft beer pub! Or explore the self-guided Denver Beer Trail to sample 20+ craft breweries, many in the walkable city center. Be warned though, the high altitude makes the beer much stronger, so go easy.
In recent years, the arts and cultural sphere in Denver has blossomed and thrived, and has seen many major hubs created. The impressive Denver Art Museum and the MCA - Museum of Contemporary Art are in the heart of downtown. The MCA was designed by British architect David Adjaye, and is an eco-friendly space for worldwide artists. Denver's creative scene is huge, with several neighbourhoods dedicated to art and creativity. See a lot of Latino influence (colourful murals and Mexican culture) in the Art District On Santa Fe, while the RiNo Art District is more aligned with contemporary galleries and street art. Don’t miss Colfax Avenue for live music and hipster culture, arthouse cinema and eclectic record and book stores.
In the winter months, make sure to head over to Aspen, Breckenridge or Vail for some epic ski and snowboarding. Classed as some of the best resorts in the world, with much the same atmosphere and pistes (trails) to the European resorts, only with that all American service-with-a-smile. Aspen has four separate resorts, all with their own trails for you to explore, ranging from beginner to expert. Breckenridge is a cool former gold-mining town, complete with saloons and clapboard shopfronts. It has fantastic skiing for all levels, including the ‘Psychopath’ run for those willing. And Vail brings Alpine-luxury to the US, with superb skiing on offer too.
Explore the Denver area's winter wonderland - the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains - on a snowshoeing tour. Just 30 minutes outside Denver, Colorado's Front Range has hundreds of trails that allow you to enjoy the wintertime wilderness (Nov to March). Choose either a 4- or 6-hour adventure to suit your schedule; lunch is included on the 6-hour tour. Surround yourself with pine forests, spectacular rock formations and other natural features.
A fantastic introduction to the ‘Mile-High City’, courtesy of a very knowledgeable driver in a coach or minivan. Over three hours, you’ll tour all over Denver, from its quiet Victorian streets to its bustling centre. See the home of a survivor of the Titanic, Unsinkable Molly Brown, enjoy Denver’s historic Larimer Square and go inside the State Capitol. Visit the Denver Art Museum, 16th Street Mall and the United States Mint, which produces billions of coins each year – only fitting for a former silver mining town.