When you stay with us in one of Stay Alfred's Denver vacation rentals, not only do you get a luxurious modern travel apartment where you'll feel instantly at home, but you're also within walking distance of many of Mile High City's biggest and best sights.
Denverites are outdoorsy types, and the city’s hiking opportunities are second to none, but there's also tons of culture, shopping, fine dining, and some of the best microbreweries in the country. Here are ten must-visit Denver tourist attractions to keep you busy on your trip.
The infamous 'Blucifer', a 32-foot high sculpture of a rearing horse with glowing red eyes, sits outside Denver Airport and will probably be your introduction to the city whether you like it or not. The artwork is famous for killing its creator when a section fell on him, and locals like to joke that it's cursed. Hopefully not, but in any case there's nothing quite like being welcomed to Broncos country by an enormous fiberglass horse.
Stand exactly a mile above sea level on the steps of Colorado State Capitol, a magnificent neoclassical building made of local marble and rose onyx and filled with murals and stained glass. There are free 45-minute tours on weekdays that give a good overview of the building and its history. If you're feeling active, climb the 99-step staircase up into the dome for imposing 360-degree views of most of Denver's points of interest, backed by the snowcapped Rocky Mountains.
The art appreciation starts before you even step inside Denver Art Museum, housed in a slick contemporary building designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. The museum holds one of the country's largest Native American art collections, in addition to diverse collections of art, fashion and furniture from all around the world. There are engaging puzzles, video corners and hands-on activities for kids, and the mountain views through the hallway windows rival the art.
Your Denver sightseeing isn't complete without a visit to Larimer Square in the historic heart of Denver, where the best of downtown's shopping, dining and nightlife can be found. Quaint Victorian buildings are home to boutique shops, innovative restaurants and lively bars. Looking for a craft cocktail, one-of-a-kind jewelry, or a unique gift to take home? You'll find it all here. Don't miss the bi-weekly, rotating art display located in the walkway, or take a historic walking tour of the square.
Money doesn't grow on trees, but at the United States Mint they sure have a lot of it. You can get a look at some of the billions of coins produced each ear on a free tours every Monday through Thursday, where knowledgeable guides walk you through the history of the mint, its various designs, and the craftsmanship involved in making the coins. There's also a handy gift shop with themed coins and unique souvenirs.
You'll never run out of things to do in downtown Denver at the Denver Performing Arts Complex and the center of Denver's live theater scene. Here you can dine in splendor before taking in a show at one of its ten performance spaces, including theaters, concert halls and opera houses. The Colorado Ballet, Colorado Symphony and Denver Center Broadway regularly perform here, and it has hosted some major Broadway shows like The Lion King musical and Dear Evan Hansen.
Mixing local Colorado flora with plants from all over the world, Denver Botanic Gardens is a tranquil sanctuary in the middle of the city. There are more than 15,000 species of plants and trees, fountains, conservatories, and frequent exhibits of sculptures and other art by well-known artists. Don't forget to check out the lectures and interactive exhibits in the Science Pyramid, or attend a tea ceremony in the Japanese garden.
If you're staying with us at Centric LoHi, you're perfectly placed to appreciate one of the city's favorite things – beer! Brewery tours are one of the top things to do in Denver for both locals and visitors, and you can grab a traditional German Weißbier right across the street at Prost Brewery. The legendary Coors Brewery is based here and tours of their malting and brewing rooms complete with free samples are always popular, but it's also worth visiting microbreweries like Great Divide Brewing Company, where they often have taproom-only specials.
Denverites are rightly proud of their baseball team, the Colorado Rockies, and equally proud of their home at Coors Field. The stadium has a wonderfully nostalgic atmosphere, in spite of the $200 million recently spent on upgrading its technology to cutting edge. Because the air is thinner here, the ball travels further, so get ready to see them knocked out of the park! And it's super handy for Stay Alfred guests, with Stay Alfred at The Ballpark right across the street.
It might be a 15-mile trek out of the city, but Red Rocks Amphitheater is totally worth the trip. A must-see in Denver, the naturally-formed outdoor amphitheater is known for its killer acoustics as much as its incredible hiking and biking trails. You can go horseback riding, take a yoga class, or even catch a movie here, but of course the main attraction is the concerts almost every night during the summer, where they play everything from classical to reggae.