Everyone loves a stunning landscape photo! Nestled at the edge of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is the perfect place to get some stellar landscape views. After all, being in “The Mile High City” gives you an advantage when it comes to getting a bird’s eye view. We’ve rounded up some of the best spots for you below.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
This concert venue has absolutely stunning views of the hilly, red rock landscape around Denver. The amphitheater is located just 30 minutes outside of the city. At an elevation of 6,000 feet, you know you’re getting a phenomenal view! It’s a historic concert venue with nature-made acoustics and they also host fun events there, like yoga classes.
Looking for more of a cityscape when it comes to your view? Linger is your spot! This former mortuary (I know, let’s just forget that part) is now an eclectic, high-end bar and restaurant. They have a rooftop lounge with one of the best views of the Denver skyline. Their menu is made up of creative small plates and craft cocktails, so you can make your stomach happy while you feast your eyes on the view.
Mount Falcon Park
Not here for the cityscapes? If you want all-natural landscapes, Mount Falcon Park is a great place to see them. The park is just under 30 minutes from the city (it’s quite close to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre and they could easily be paired for a day of hunting for views) and offers lots of hiking trails with stunning views. Try the 3.9 mile Upper Loop Trail for Rocky Mountain views or the Castle Loop Trail to see historic ruins sitting in the landscape of rock formations and bush-dotted hills.
Denver is already a mile high, but sometimes you need to get even higher. Climb up to the 27th floor of the Hyatt Regency and you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the whole Denver landscape, from the city to the mountains and plains beyond. Peaks Lounge, the restaurant at the top of the hotel, serves up sustainable food and craft beer in a chic modern setting.
On the outskirts of the nearby city of Boulder, there’s an urban park that opens right up to the Flatirons with tons of trails. Founded in 1898 as one of the first steps by the city to preserve wild lands, the park considered a National Historic Landmark! The park is so beautiful that it is a popular location for weddings and retreats and also has cabins onsite for year-round lodging. If you don’t have time to do one of the longer hikes (try to make time, though, they’re worth it) you can still get a lovely view about a mile in at the Chautauqua Trail Overlook.
Hiking isn’t for everybody. And if you can’t, or don’t, hike you can still get awesome views from your car. West of Denver is the Lariat Loop, a National Scenic Byway. You can easily make a day of it stopping at scenic overlooks, landmarks, shops, and galleries.
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