Denver is known as the Mile High City, and indeed, the sky’s the limit when it comes to Denver’s numerous attractions!
From new, exciting food hot spots to outdoor pursuits to literary pilgrimages, there are hundreds of reasons to climb up to the city in the middle of the High Plains.
Here are seven of the best reasons to visit Denver this summer.
1. Rock At Red Rocks Amphitheatre –There will be over 130 concerts in Denver this summer, with the epicenter of the city’s music scene, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, hosting acts as diverse as Dave Chapelle and Jon Stewart, Tenacious D, Colorado natives OneRepublic, Lionel Richie, Peter Frampton, Billie Eilish, My Morning Jacket, and The String Cheese Incident. If you’d rather stretch out and relax as the sun rises, the amphitheatre also hosts Yoga On The Rocks on Saturday mornings until mid-August.
2. Cherry Creek –Denver is known for its very active outdoor lifestyle, and its numerous parks and bike trails in neighborhoods like Cherry Creek are great places for running and hiking. Cherry Creek Reservoir, south of Denver, is the end-point of an 11.2-mile trail that runs south from Confluence Park in Denver’s LoDo district. The reservoir itself has a sandy swimming beach, camping facilities, and boat docks.
3. Denver’s Union Station is a fully-operational train station that features classic Beaux Arts architecture. It serves as the city’s link to California and Illinois through the Amtrak and is the terminus of the various city trains that serve the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area.
However, people now flock to Union Station for the food and drink. The Terminal Bar, built in the center of the station, offers an extensive collection of local beers. Mercantile Dining & Provisions, on the other hand, features local produce, including braised lamb Bolognese served with gnocchi.
4. The Denver Broncos are three seasons removed from winning Super Bowl 50 and wins have been hard to come by in the past two seasons, but that hasn’t stopped the city’s football fans from packing Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The Broncos rank fifth in the NFL in terms of average home game attendance, with more than 76,000 fans filling the stadium on game day. The stadium also has its own unique noise, called the “Mile High Thunder”, caused by fans stamping their feet on the steel floors.
5. Great American Beer Festival – Beer lovers should not miss the Great American Beer Festival, which often takes place in September. Over 600 breweries from all over the U.S. will have 3,000 beers on tap. If you don’t like crowds, perhaps you might want to join the 20-brewery Denver Beer Trail, featuring local breweries, including Coors and Wynkoop. In 2015 alone, 16 breweries opened in the city, which means Denver’s reputation as the craft beer capital of the world isn’t going away any time soon.
6. Larimer Square – Fans of literature will remember Denver as the setting for many of the Beat Generation’s shenanigans. Larimer Square, where Denver native Neal Cassady made his start as a literary legend, is no longer the run-down, bohemian hotspot it was when Jack Kerouac first met him, but landmarks like My Brother’s Bar, where Cassady, Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg used to eat and drink, still retain much of their old charm. In fact, the waiters might tell you that Kerouac himself sat on one of the existing bar stools. By the pay phone lies a letter written by Cassady to a friend, asking the latter to pick up his tab while he was doing his time.
7. Downtown Aquarium –Because of its location at the foothills of the Rockies, you wouldn’t think Denver would have a large aquarium of its own. Yet it does! The Downtown Aquarium is the largest aquarium between Chicago and California. It houses more than 500 species of fish and other aquatic life, including horseshoe crabs, sting rays, desert pupfish, and sea otters. In addition to marine life, the Downtown Aquarium also takes care of endangered Sumatran tigers.
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