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Top 5 must see attractions in Denver?

Hey everyone, I'm traveling to Denver for the first time and I'd love to know - what is on your top 5 list of things you'd tell your friends to do/see?

Any touristy spots worth seeing? Museums, art, sports, music? I'm open to it all!

7 Answers

top answer by
Melanie from Denver

Denver Art Museum – great museum and there’s a great exhibit right now about Jean Miro. Go on the first Saturday of the month and admission is free! They also happen to have a fantastic museum store!

Red Rocks Amphitheatre–This is out of town a bit but it’s worth renting a car and seeing a concert or show there just because it’s so beautiful. The theater is built right into the rocks.

Coors Field – So much fun to see a game here. If you’re a big baseball fan you can actually take a tour of the grounds.

Coors Brewery Tour – if you tour the stadium you might as well tour the brewery. Take a tour and see how they make the beer and also see their collection of Coors memorabilia.

Boulder Reservoir – Again, a bit out of town but it’s such a pretty place and you can make a reservation for a picnic here and they’ll do everything—set it up, take it down, even set up games for you to play like horseshoes. Here’s the link:

Denver Museum of Nature and Science– this is a really cool place even if you’re not a science buff. They have an incredible planetarium and an IMAX theater.


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  1. Denver Art Museum (attraction)
  2. Red Rocks Amphitheatre (attraction)
  3. Coors Field (attraction)
  4. Coors Brewery Tour (restaurant)
  5. Boulder Reservoir (attraction)
  6. Denver Museum of Nature and Science (attraction)
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answered first by
Michael from San Leandro

I'm from Denver and here are the things to see: 1) if it's summertime and the road is open drive to the top of Mount Evans. Highest paved auto road in the U.S. An hour drive from Denver puts you on top. Not uncommon to see mountain goats and big horn sheep right by the top. 2) Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Go walk around. See a concert if you can! 3) catch a Rockies game. Newer stadium is nice and you can get seats. 4) Pearl Street Mall for shopping and herbal attractions. 5) the Denver Art Museum is nice and worth a few hours. You can catch the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as well. Lots of Colorado fossils. Hope you have a good time!

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  1. Mount Evans (attraction)
  2. Red Rocks Amphitheatre (attraction)
  3. Pearl Street Mall (restaurant)
  4. Denver Art Museum (attraction)
  5. Denver Museum of Nature and Science (attraction)
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answered by
Scott from Longmont

Estes Park has been mentioned, which is a quaint little mountain town that is beloved by travelers from all around the world. But in addition, do not make the trek to Estes Park without driving Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. More spectacular views are not to be found anywhere. Give yourself time to frequent the many pull off areas and be ready to have your breath taken away.

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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Hello Rebecca!  Some fantastic recommendations so far!  Even if you don't catch a concert, a visit to Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a must.  If you can snag a ticket, try to catch a performance at Denver Botanic Gardens.  Grab a picnic basket, a bottle of wine, visit the Whole Foods Market for some provisions beforehand, and enjoy a wonderful evening.  The Denver Zoo has a fantastic new Elephant Exhibit.  We would recommend a behind the scenes tour as well.  If you enjoy theatre,  see what's playing at the Buell Theatre.  As others have suggested, a half, or full day, trip up to Mount Evans, or Pearl Street Mall is well worth it.  I know it's more than five, but try to grab a cocktail on a weekend night at Ship Tavern, or Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace.  Ship Tavern should have impromptu entertainers on the piano and singing.  It's a blast!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Red Rocks Amphitheatre (attraction)
  2. Denver Botanic Gardens (attraction)
  3. Whole Foods Market (attraction)
  4. Denver Zoo (attraction)
  5. Buell Theatre (attraction)
  6. Mount Evans (attraction)
  7. Pearl Street Mall (restaurant)
  8. Ship Tavern (restaurant)
  9. Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace (restaurant)
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answered by
Talia from Boston

I love the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Always something interesting there. The café has great views of the city. I also love the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art which is basically a design museum. Everything from really beautiful furniture to cool pottery. Depending on when you’re going you might want to see the Denver Botanic Gardens. Even if you’re not there during the summer they have some amazing exhibits year round. If you’re a fan of the movie,”Titanic” you might want to see the Molly Brown House Museum, home to the Unsinkable Molly Brown herself. The tours here are really interesting. Finally, I would go to the Rocky Mountain National Park which has gorgeous hiking trails. This is a great place to experience some really amazing views.

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answered by
Debbie from Boulder, Colorado

I agree with most of these people have stated, but for me I would put in order:

1. Pearl Street Mall,

2. 16th Street Mall

3. Red Rocks Amphitheatre for a concert

4. Rocky Mountain National Park

5. Denver Art Museum… Hopefully you will have a car with a GPS because you will need it! Have fun, it is a beautiful area! Feel free to ask any questions...

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Pearl Street Mall (restaurant)
  2. 16th Street Mall (attraction)
  3. Red Rocks Amphitheatre (attraction)
  4. Rocky Mountain National Park (park)
  5. Denver Art Museum (attraction)
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answered by
Rick from Denver

Denver Art Museum, Red Rocks Amphitheater (especially for a concert on a summer night), the 16th Street Mall, Union Station, Larimer Square, Washington Park, and the Cherry Creek neighborhood. If you venture out of Denver, Boulder and Rocky Mountain National Park are worth a visit. That's more than five, isn't it?

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