10 melhores coisas para fazer em Denver


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Janeiro, 2018

Ignore as montanhas incríveis por momentos. Em Denver, vai adorar percorrer as cervejeiras artesanais, impressionar os seus filhos nos museus e degustar comida deliciosa durante os seus passeios. O melhor? Ao contrário de muitas cidades dos EUA, a maioria das atrações de Denver fica a uma distância que conseguirá percorrer de bicicleta ou até a pé.

Rock and roll at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

It’s a one of a kind concert venue – an amphitheatre carved out of the landscape in a city park. Rock out in front of a gorgeous Martian-red backdrop of craggy cliffs. Concerts go on rain or no, and there are close to perfect acoustics and views from every seat in the near-10,000 capacity space. If you go for a daytime hike around the popular park you’ll see keen joggers training on the steps.

Dica importante: Venha prevenido com uma almofada e um impermeável.

Discover Denver

É no bairro Golden Triangle que atualmente ficam todas as galerias de arte mais importantes de Denver, incluindo o Clyfford Still Museum, o Denver Art Museum e o History Colorado Center

Chegue tarde à estação Denver Union Station

Not in every train station can you find some of a city’s most popular restaurants and bars. The city’s ‘Living Room’, Denver Union Station has more than trains and ticket machines, with an outpost of Denver’s famous Snooze brunch stop and modern cuisine from the dourly-named Stoic and Genuine. There’s an airy cocktail bar on the mezzanine, Cooper’s Lounge.

Dica importante: Não se deixe intimidar com a fila do Snooze, vão servir-lhe café enquanto espera.

‘Ale aboard’ the Denver Beer Trail

Find out what’s brewing in Denver. There are more craft ales, breweries and ale appreciators here than in any other American city. The oldest, Tivoli Brewing Company, opened in 1859, while Wynkoop Brewing Company is notorious for experimenting with everything from roasted bull testicles to spicy ancho peppers. If you can’t pick just one to visit, take one of the four self-guided Denver Beer Trails. Just try to walk in a straight line.

Dica importante: Deixe o Wynkoop para último, jogue uma partida de bilhar e suba até ao clube de comédia no piso superior.

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  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre. ©Adam Springer.

    Dance ao som do rock

    The Beatles performed here in 1964, Daft Punk in 2007. Who’ll be at Red Rocks amphitheatre when you arrive in Denver?£373 return

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Go up to RiNo

RiNo, the former manufacturing district, is a great place to visit – if you know where to go. It’s now a trendy neighbourhood full of art studios, cafes and the coffee-scented whiff of gentrification. Visit on First Fridays, when the galleries are open late, beer is flowing, and you might walk away with the start of your first art collection.

Top tip: Visit The Source, an artisan food market held inside a former foundry with plenty of hipster-friendly bars inside.

Seek inspiration in Denver Art Museum

This very good museum has a bit of everything, art-history wise, and you can get the insider info by taking a free 45-minute tour. Look out for the modern American art, and old colonial and pre-Columbian treasures. There’s a lot of gold, a smattering of Georgia O’Keeffes, and Picasso. It’s all housed in a directional new home, designed by the world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind.

Dica importante: Procure a controversa escultura The Shootout de Red Grooms no terraço.

  • Escultura Big Sweep de Claes Oldenburg, Denver Art Museum. ©robertharding/Alamy Stock Photo.

    Visões renovadoras

    A arte moderna do Denver Art Museum vai desempoeirá-lo e varrer velhas teias de aranha acumuladas. Comece a visita logo pela manhã.

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  • Degustação de uma cerveja numa das cervejeiras artesanais de Denver. ©Anthony Tumminello/EyeEm.

    Sorver até ao fim

    There’s plenty more where that came from. Denver has hundreds of breweries. Drink up before you drink in the sights.£507 pp

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  • "Monet Pool Fiori", Monet Pool, Dale Chihuly Exhibition (vidro soprado), Denver Botanic Gardens. ©Blaine Harrington III/Alamy Stock Photo.

    Denver ao ar livre

    Os habitantes de Denver são naturalmente grandes amantes das atividades ao ar livre. Junte-se a eles e descubra a beleza do Colorado, desde os seus jardins aos picos nevados.

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Arteterapia no Golden Triangle em Denver

With the relocation of Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Arts, the Golden Triangle really does now contain all of Denver’s greatest art galleries, including the Denver Art Museum, the History Colorado Center and the gorgeous one man show at the Clyfford Still Museum. The Kirkland Museum has a whole lot of love for its subject: Colorado’s Vance Kirkland and his beautiful, visionary abstract art.

Dica importante: É provável que não exista obra de arte mais conhecida em Denver do aquela que lhe dá as boas-vindas no aeroporto: uma controversa escultura de um cavalo azul com uns olhos vermelhos brilhantes. Os habitantes locais chamam-lhe ‘Blucifer’.

Apanhe sol nos jardins botânicos

Os Denver Botanic Gardens consistem numa tríada de espaços que se encontra entre os 5 melhores jardins do tipo nos EUA. Vá até à York Street para ver o maior. Tem um jardim japonês e um jardim experimental de telhado e de terras áridas, sendo o espaço perfeito para uma tarde relaxante. Se estiver frio, entre no Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory e sinta-se como se estivesse nos trópicos. Quando está mesmo frio, em dezembro, a equipa instala por todo o parque luzes bruxuleantes, conferindo ao parque o toque de magia ideal para a quadra festiva.

Dica importante: Os voluntários do Mordecai Children’s Garden vão deixar os seus filhos apanhar insetos e brincar na lama. Vista-os a contar com esta brincadeira.

As vistas maravilhosas do City Park

Not only is there free live jazz in summer (take a picnic blanket – and picnic, obviously) but City Park is the home of Denver Museum of Nature & Science, a top-rated attraction in a city full of great museums. As well as its permanent exhibits, the museum also has a revolving door of special exhibitions, all supremely interesting whether they inform on unicorns (very important) or gemstones. You won’t see any unicorns at Denver’s zoo at the other end of the park but you might meet Junie, one of their five resident orangutans.

Dica importante: Veja os esqueletos de dinossauro no museu. As crianças vão adorá-los.

Compras no Cherry Creek

There are two kinds of retail therapy to be had in Cherry Creek. First, the shopping centre, an indoor mall with 160 stores where you can stock up your favourite US brands. Check out Nodstrom, Tory Burch or fun accessories from Kate Spade. Beyond the mall, Cherry Creek North alternates between cafes, galleries and independent boutiques. The Hermitage Bookshop, established in 1973, is great for treasure hunting.

Top tip: For plaids, chambrays, cowboy hats and the original snap-button Western shirt, head to Rockmount Ranch Wear. Even if you’re not buying, come to see where Hollywood wardrobe kits out its stars for any role that requires a bit of line dancing. It’s ten minutes from Cherry Creek.

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Grand Hyatt Denver

Este hotel de quatro estrelas tem uma piscina interior, mas a sua coroa de glória é o campo de ténis no terraço.

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Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel

A big business hotel with all mod-cons and an outdoor pool.

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Aloft Denver Downtown

A trendy, modern three-star hotel with a pool, snack bar, and a useful location for the 16th Street mall.

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